April 30, 2015 |
IF YOU look around the league, you'll notice that Chip Kelly isn't the only guy who worships at The Church of Big People Beat Up Little People. He just happened to be clever enough to come up with a nifty catchphrase for it. This is getting to be particularly true at the wide-receiver position in the league where, to borrow a line from the famous 1977 Randy Newman song, short people got no reason to live. Consider: * Of the 30 wide receivers who had the most receptions in the league last season, 23 were 6-foot or taller.
March 23, 2015 |
DeSean Jackson, gone. Jeremy Maclin, gone. Riley Cooper, here. Chip Kelly's decision to keep Cooper rather than his most productive wide receivers over the last two years might not make much sense, but the Eagles coach has never been one to evaluate based on paper. That may be most apparent at the receiver position. Understanding how Kelly values receivers can help explain Cooper's place on the roster and the departures of Jackson and Maclin. It also points out how Kelly intends to replace the 42 percent of receiver receptions, 47 percent of receiving yards, and 46 percent of receiving touchdowns that left with the two Pro Bowlers.
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.