March 6, 2014 |
ASKED YESTERDAY whether he had anything he wanted to say to Eagles fans at the end of his 8-year tenure as the team's working-class hero, Jason Avant emailed this reply: "I just want them to know that I played the game with them on my mind. Also that I will miss them and the city. I will always be a Philadelphia guy. I wish them the best. Hopefully, I showed them that being a good person supersedes being a good athlete. " Avant might have showed them a little bit more than that along the way, making the most amazing one-handed sideline catch many of us have ever seen in 2012 at Tampa, or concussing himself while throwing the block that sprang DeSean Jackson for the "walkoff" punt-return touchdown at the Giants in 2010.
February 21, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Asked where he sees the strongest array of talent in an NFL draft pool that's drawing raves for its overall depth, Howie Roseman talked about wide receiver. That assessment could have implications for the Eagles' 22nd overall first-round draft pick, and for pending free agents Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. "I think it goes without saying that the wide-receiver class is unique," the Eagles' general manager said yesterday as the NFL Scouting Combine kicked off at Lucas Oil Stadium.
February 7, 2014 |
UNTIL YESTERDAY, there was no record of any former Temple football player returing to his alma mater to become a full-time assistant coach. Adam DiMichele can now say he's the first. The former Owls quarterback joined Matt Rhule's staff a year ago as a graduate assistant working with offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield and was a big help with the development of true freshman QB P.J. Walker. He's been promoted to wide receivers coach. "[This] is well-deserved," Rhule said.
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.