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.
July 19, 2013 |
Jamal Custis has excelled in basketball and football at Neumann-Goretti. In college he could have the chance to play both. Southern Methodist has offered Custis scholarships in both sports, according to the 6-foot-6 swingman and his AAU basketball coach, Charles Martin. Custis is a wide receiver for the Saints' football team. He is weighing Division I offers from several schools and he is interested in playing both sports in college. He is playing in the Hoop Group Summer Classic East Tournament.
June 6, 2013 |
THIS WAS GOING to be a column about DeSean Jackson learning a new offense under coach Chip Kelly and maybe, just maybe, finding a way to unlock what can be a devastating skill set with a little more regularity. It still is going to be about that, too - after a short detour. Because here is the thing: I could not care less about the identity of Jackson's agent. When word broke the other day that he was firing Drew Rosenhaus and maybe signing on with Jay-Z, my only reaction was to click on the next story as soon as humanly possible.
June 5, 2013 |
THERE IS MORE to the Eagles' depth chart at wide receiver than DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. The current roster has 12 wide receivers, with each one thinking he can contribute in one way or another. Seven of them are at Eagles camp for the first time. "I think everybody is doing a really good job learning the offense and doing well, so I think we do," wide receiver Jason Avant said of whether the team has a surplus of valuable receivers. Arguably the most intriguing addition to the class is wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah.
May 16, 2013 |
Part Two of a Series The Eagles are amid their first organized team activities this week, and they will practice throughout the next four weeks. After those practices, Chip Kelly will have a better idea of the Eagles roster. But there's a lot that will happen between now and then. To get you up to date, The Inquirer is spending two weeks assessing where the Eagles stand at each spot. Jeff McLane started on Monday with offensive line. Here are wide receivers: Projected current first team WR1: Jeremy Maclin (6-foot-0, 198 pounds, age 25, 5th season)
April 17, 2013 |
FOR THE 12TH straight year, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock will break down each of the positions in the draft for the Daily News , providing his assessment of the best player at each position, as well as his top riser and sleeper. Mayock, 54, resides in Newtown Square and is a graduate of the Haverford School. A former safety, he was a 10th-round pick of the Steelers in 1981 and played two seasons with the Giants (1982-83). RUNNING BACKS THE BEST Name: Eddie Lacy School: Alabama Height, weight: 5-11, 231 40 time: 4.53 225 bench: NA Round projection: 1 Mayock: "I see a 230-pound tailback that can carry the ball 20 times a game.
March 31, 2013 |
The Eagles signed 6-foot-7, 239-pound wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah, who last played football at Boston College in September 2011. Momah suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the season opener and considered giving up football after he was denied a sixth year of eligibility. Momah was recently clocked running the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, a time that likely caught the Eagles' attention along with the 23-year-old's impressive size. He caught 39 passes for 629 yards and six touchdowns at Boston College.
March 27, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY has been intentionally vague about his plans for the guys on his roster for a couple of reasons. One is that he's a football coach, and football coaches like to be intentionally vague. The other is that, until next Monday, when the league's collective bargaining agreement finally allows Kelly to talk X's-and-O's with his new players, the only thing he has been able to say to them is get plenty of sleep and keep eating your Wheaties. As we go along here in the next several months, we'll start to find out about the specifics of Kelly's offense and defense, and who fits in where and who doesn't fit in at all. One guy whose role I'm definitely eager to find out about is DeSean Jackson's.