February 18, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Wide receivers typically, though certainly not always, enter the NFL on little cat feet, quietly learning the intricacies of playing the position in a league where just getting off the line of scrimmage often can be more difficult for a rookie than scaling Mount Everest. That, of course, wasn't the case last year, when rookie wideouts took the NFL by storm. Fifteen were selected in the first three rounds of the draft. Nine of them caught at least 45 passes. Seven had five or more touchdown receptions.
February 17, 2015 |
Frisman Jackson, the wide receivers coach at North Carolina State for the last two seasons, has been hired as an assistant at Temple, according to a person familiar with the situation. Temple is expected to announce several moves regarding the football coaching staff this week. Jackson, 35, played parts of six seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. He also has been an assistant coach at Western Illinois, Akron and Northern Illinois. Temple wide receivers coach Adam DiMichele is being reassigned to an off-the-field job. In addition, running backs coach Tyree Foreman is no longer with the Owls, a person familiar with the team confirmed.
February 14, 2015
Patrick Anderson, a senior wide receiver for perennial Pennsylvania power Aliquippa High, has signed a letter of intent with Temple. Anderson is the 21st and final recruit of this year's class. "He was a highly recruited kid who took longer to go through the process, but we're glad to have him," Temple coach Matt Rhule said in a telephone interview. "He is a good, physical, athletic wide receiver and has the ability to get down the field and catch balls. " The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Anderson is the second wide receiver in Temple's class, joining Cortrelle Simpson of Lackey High in Indian Head, Md. - Marc Narducci
December 19, 2014
The Eagles wide receivers this year have more catches than last year's group, but last year's receivers had a higher average per catch. As happened last year with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin has more yards than the other two receivers combined. Here is a comparison of this year's wide receivers group and last year's through 14 games: 2014 Receiver Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Jeremy Maclin 78 1,207 15.5 10 Jordan Matthews 56 709 12.7 7 Riley Cooper 48 487 10.1 1 Totals 182 2,403 13.2 18 2013 Receiver Rec. Yds. Avg. TD DeSean Jackson 75 1,275 17.
October 30, 2014 |
Tyree Rodgers didn't want to throw passes anymore. He wanted to catch them. "He had been a receiver at the end of last year, and that's where he wanted to stay," Camden Catholic coach Nick Strom said of Rodgers, a junior who has emerged as one of the most improved players on one of South Jersey's most improved teams. Rodgers said he was "frustrated" as a quarterback last season. He figured his future, for the rest of his high school career and in college, was at wide receiver.
October 23, 2014 |
For some, making the decision to leave Hawaii - especially when you are there on someone else's dime - would be the working definition of paradise lost. That's not the case for Keith Kirkwood. After he opened some eyes at Hawaii last season, the wide receiver looked to be all set to play an important role for the Rainbow Warriors in 2014. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Kirkwood established himself as a stretch-the-field receiver, catching 12 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman.
September 4, 2014 |
ONE YEAR into the Chip Kelly era, there is a recurring theme among the Eagles players who work the fringes of the team. The role guys, the special-teams players, the likely to be inactives. They've got their, um, stuff together. At least more together than many of their peers. They take little for granted. They appreciate their station on this roster, rather than feel slighted by it. They speak repeatedly about their self-belief, and about the background names that anchor and lift them.
August 31, 2014 |
Early in his football career, Irv Charles was an offensive lineman. Brad Hawkins was a quarterback. Juwan Johnson was a running back. Cameron Chambers has been a wide receiver since he put on a helmet at age 6, but that just means the Timber Creek junior has been ahead of the curve for most of his life. What all four South Jersey stars have come to realize is that they play the sport's new glamour position: the hot spot for the best athletes and the prize college recruits.
August 29, 2014 |
Keenan Allen, Chargers: Allen's 71 catches were the seventh-most ever by a rookie wide receiver. He slipped to the third round coming out of Cal because of a knee injury. He's not sneaking up on anyone anymore. Antonio Brown, Steelers: Second in the league in catches (110) and yards (1,499). Look for him to improve on eight touchdowns and crack the top-five receivers heading into 2015. Dez Bryant, Cowboys: Since he had 12 TDs in 2012 and 13 in 2013, he's going to get 14 in 2014, right?
August 27, 2014 |
LOOKING OVER what is and is not settled, as the Eagles prepare to wrap up the preseason Thursday night against the Jets, the wide receiver position remains a bigger question than the team probably would prefer. Ideally, if you're going to cut your Pro Bowl wideout in the offseason - yeah, a mention of DeSean Jackson, fire up the bile ducts - you'd like to see your wideout corps dominate in the preseason, so the nattering media nabobs wouldn't have that to natter about, at least.