December 14, 2013 |
Quarterbacks and running backs always grab the spotlight in football. But watch out for wide receivers in South Jersey in 2014. Several top athletes are projected to return at that position and could turn next season into a showcase for their receiving and running-after-the-catch skills. Among the top players next season could be Paul VI junior Irvin Charles, who could be one of the state's top recruits in the class of 2015. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Charles has offers from Mississippi, Virginia, Indiana, Boston College, Rutgers, Pitt, and Temple, among others.
December 1, 2013
Allen Robinson has compiled the best numbers in back-to-back seasons of any wide receiver in Penn State history. Here are the six best: Player Year Rec. Yards Allen Robinson 2012-13 166 2,323 Bobby Engram 1994-95 115 2,113 O.J. McDuffie 1991-92 109 1,767 Derrick Williams 2007-08 99 1,014 Deon Butler 2006-07 95 1,270 Joe Jurevicius 1996-97 ...
October 9, 2013 |
One player who appears to be creeping up the Eagles depth chart is wide receiver Jeff Maehl, who played 25 percent of the offensive snaps in Sunday's 36-21 win over the New York Giants. They came mostly at the expense of starter Riley Cooper, who played 77 percent of the offensive snaps. Entering the game, Cooper had played 93 percent of the team's snaps. Maehl had played 7 percent. So Maehl's increase Sunday was noteworthy. "That's just a credit to Jeff," coach Chip Kelly said.
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.