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.
August 2, 2013 |
In trying to forecast Riley Cooper's future with the Eagles, two dynamics are in play. On the field and in the locker room. Having worked in the National Football League, in the Green Bay Packers' front office, and also as a consultant helping with contract negotiations for the Eagles, Andrew Brandt tends to take a clear-eyed look at NFL issues, including how Cooper's fate will play out. "You have to realize all players aren't created equal,"...
August 2, 2013 |
Despite several team leaders speaking out in support of Riley Cooper on Wednesday, there are many Eagles - the majority of them African American - that are having a difficult time accepting the wide receiver's apology for using a racial slur, according to team sources. And there was one prominent Eagle who questioned the punishment - Cooper was fined an undisclosed amount - handed down by owner Jeffrey Lurie and new coach Chip Kelly. "I'll tell you one thing, if it was Andy Reid, he would have gotten more than a fine," the player said on the condition of anonymity.
July 26, 2013 |
Matt Barkley sees the irony in Russell Shepard's catching his passes at Eagles practices. In 2009, they were the two top-ranked quarterbacks coming out of high school. Barkley topped the pro-style list, while Shepard headlined the ranks of dual threats. "It's funny the way things work out sometimes," Barkley said. Barkley's path to the Eagles after a standout career at Southern Cal could become folklore if he turns into a long-term starter. Shepard's path has been less heralded, which is consistent with his career at Louisiana State.