September 29, 2013 |
When spring practice concluded, Temple coach Matt Rhule kind of liked what he had at right cornerback. Anthony Robey was penciled in as the starter, and lanky Robby Anderson would be his backup. Robey had been the best player in the secondary in the 2012 season, and the 6-foot-3 Anderson, who played some wide receiver, was making a decent adjustment at cornerback. There was, however, one problem. Anderson, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wasn't sure that he wanted to be here. "I was going through a tough time dealing with personal issues with my family, and I was homesick on top of that," Anderson said.
September 5, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' wide receivers are not perceived as the strength of the team, especially since Jeremy Maclin went down with a season-ending knee injury. But Jeff Maehl, the one Eagles wideout who has played in a Chip Kelly offense previously, says he thinks they do some important things well. "It's a hard-nosed group. Obviously, we've got DeSean [Jackson], who can take the top off of man coverage, make a big play at any time. After that, we're not a bunch of blazers, but we're guys who can make plays, and we're going to be physical on the perimeter, blocking, which is really important in this offense," said Maehl, who starred for Kelly at Oregon, then spent the last two seasons on the fringes of the Texans' roster, playing in three games.
September 3, 2013 |
Every year, Rob Rolle got closer to the football. As a sophomore, Rolle was a wide receiver. As a junior, Rolle was a running back. Now a senior captain for Delsea's defending Group 3 sectional champions, Rolle is a quarterback with a different perspective than many of the signal-callers in South Jersey. "I've had a different role every year, and it's helped me better understand the offense," Rolle said. "I saw things from a wide receiver's perspective. I saw things from a running back's perspective.
September 1, 2013 |
CLAY HARBOR will have no regrets if he is told he didn't make the Eagles. The 26-year-old tight end/wide receiver thinks he's done everything humanly possible to prove he belongs on the team. He's built a solid resumé, playing 34 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps the last two seasons and catching a career-high 25 passes in 2012. He's trained hard and has studied harder. He's put in hours upon hours of extra time on the JUGS machine after practice, has watched God knows how many hours of extra video, and didn't hesitate for a second 2 weeks ago when Chip Kelly asked him to move outside and learn the wide receiver position.
August 30, 2013 |
Danny Amendola, Patriots: A fun side bet would be who gets more targets, Amendola with the Patriots or Wes Welker with the Broncos. It would have to be a weekly wager, since Amendola missed 15 games in 2011 and five last year. Dez Bryant, Cowboys: Bryant has improved his numbers in each of his first three seasons and had 10 touchdowns in a seven-game stretch in the second half of last season. It's scary that he's only 24. Michael Crabtree, 49ers: Out until late in the season, recovering from surgery for a torn Achilles' tendon suffered in May. Anquan Boldin is the Niners wideout to have, but don't expect much more than WR3 production.
August 28, 2013 |
With the start of the high school football season just days away, we take a look at some of Southeastern Pennsylvania's top multipurpose threats: Kris Akins, North Penn, senior. With his speed, Akins, a third-year starter, causes headaches for foes as a wingback, cornerback and kick returner. Tate Carter, Spring-Ford, senior. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder can play any of four offensive positions: quarterback, halfback, fullback and wide receiver. He is a safety on defense.
August 21, 2013 |
Considering the test that life hurled at Romond Deloatch earlier this year, this was nothing. A week ago Sunday, Deloatch, one of 14 true freshmen to play for Temple last season, found out that his late arrival to a team meeting would be punished by being moved from tight end to defensive end. "At first I was mad about it," said the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder. "[Coach Matt Rhule] just handed me the defensive playbook and didn't say anything else. But I knew why he was doing it. I understand.
August 15, 2013 |
During the last two seasons, Jeff Maehl heard the questions in the Houston Texans locker room. It continued after the Eagles hired Chip Kelly in April. The intrigue from Eagles fans about whether Kelly can succeed in the NFL was not limited to this region or even those who watch NFL games on Sunday. It extended even to those who play in the league. "There are a lot of guys that are curious. 'Are they going to run it just like Oregon? Are they going to have the same tempo?' " said Maehl, a wide receiver who played for Kelly at Oregon.
August 14, 2013 |
IF CLAY HARBOR weren't such a positive, upbeat guy, he might think the Eagles were trying to tell him something. Something not very good. The fourth-year tight end caught a career-high 25 passes last season, then watched as the team added not one, but two highly touted tight ends in the offseason - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz. Then, during OTAs in May, the coaches asked Harbor to take some reps at outside linebacker. The experiment lasted only a day, and coach Chip Kelly said it was nothing more than food for thought in the event of an emergency, but still.
August 4, 2013 |
Chip Kelly insisted the Riley Cooper situation is a "life deal," not a "football deal. " But the Eagles head coach still runs a football team. So Cooper's indefinite absence from the team while receiving counseling for shouting a racial slur at a June concert leaves an undermanned wide receiver corps missing another important piece. The group that practiced Friday featured veterans DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant and a cast of seven players with few achievements and even fewer expectations for major contributions.