April 4, 2014 |
JADEVEON CLOWNEY said yesterday he believes that he's the NFL's No. 1 draft pick and that he took a big step toward that goal during South Carolina's pro day workouts yesterday. The 6-5, 266-pound defensive end did position drills in front of dozens of NFL personnel, including Houston coach Bill O'Brien and Jacksonville's Gus Bradley. And Clowney thinks he elevated his already-elite status during the 40 minutes or so of running through cones, jumping over hurdles and catching tennis balls in workouts he passed on at the NFL combine in February.
March 24, 2014 |
Matt Klinewski is tall and strong, with good skills for a basketball big man. He can shoot with either hand close to the rim. He can knock down mid-range jumpers. He can hit his free throws. But people hardly mention that stuff when they talk about the Eastern senior. They focus on his work ethic. His effort. His passion. "In all my years, he's the hardest-working kid I've ever been around," Eastern coach Joe Murphy said. "He came to the gym every single day and gave 100 percent.
February 28, 2014 |
THERE WAS A TIME when big-money contract extensions for 32-year-old players just weren't how the Eagles rolled. But times change, front offices change, exceptions arise. If Eagles general manager Howie Roseman had any reservations about guaranteeing Jason Peters $19.55 million in a 5-year, $51.3 million contract announced yesterday, Roseman did a very good job of hiding them. "He's got a chance to be a Hall-of-Fame-type player in an Eagles uniform. For us to get that kind of player, and have him end his career here, still playing at an extremely high level . . . just knowing that he continued to get better in this offense, in this scheme, with his work ethic and his determination, he's a guy that really can defy all the odds that you look at going forward," Roseman said after the deal was announced.
February 24, 2014 |
Bob Marshall learned the value of hard work at an early age. By age 12, he was working at part-time jobs to help his single mother raise her five children. "Near poverty level" is how he recalls the family circumstances. Through hard work, Marshall excelled in the classroom and on the playing field. In 1957, at 158 pounds, he was starting offensive guard for the Roxborough High School football team that won the Public League Championship. A year later, as a halfback, he scored 10 touchdowns in six games.
February 19, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Larry Bowa is one of the best fielding infielders in Phillies history. With a tireless work ethic, Bowa made himself into a five-time All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove winner and a shortstop who led the National League in fielding percentage in six seasons. Bowa was stationed at shortstop late yesterday afternoon on the infield practice field at the Carpenter Complex. But instead of a glove, the former manager and current bench coach and infield drill sergeant was wielding a fungo bat. Bowa blasted short hops - and other ground balls that simulated low throws - at first base, where Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf were on the receiving end. Howard was getting the brunt of the work, with four or five repetitions to every one or two for Ruf. "I thought he was looking good," Bowa said afterward of Howard, who has been criticized for his fielding.
October 25, 2013 |
CEDRIC THORNTON doesn't look like a guy you'd peg as a run-stopper of a defensive lineman. At 6-3, 309, he's kind of rangy. If you didn't know his listed weight and someone told you he was a linebacker, you wouldn't look askance. But Thornton, an undrafted second-year man from Southern Arkansas, has a 14.9 "run-stop percentage," according to the Pro Football Focus website, and that happens to be the highest in the NFL, by PFF's reckoning. No. 2 is that J.J. Watt dude, down in Houston.
August 9, 2013 |
AFTER A 2-hour practice under the hot sun yesterday, defensive tackle Cedric Thornton was one of the last Eagles to walk off the field. It was nearly 25 minutes after his teammates did so shortly after noon. Thornton spent that time talking and working on multiple drills with assistant defensive line coach Erik Chinander. The one-on-one drills allowed Thornton to focus primarily on his pass-rushing skills, a skill set he would like to improve upon with the team's transition to the 3-4 defense.
April 29, 2013 |
The music on Kurt Vile's new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze , is deeply relaxed and absolutely confident in its laid-back, stretched-out, fingerpicked trance vibe. So much so that it would be perfectly reasonable to assume that the Philadelphia rocker is a prototypical stoner dude. Reasonable perhaps, but incorrect. Sure, Kurt Vile - yes, that's his real name - looks the part. He's the guy with the past-his-shoulders hair to rival The Addams Family 's Cousin Itt, and who sat down to talk on a recent morning at the Rocket Cat Café in Kensington, up the street from the four-story-tall mural that provides the cover image for Wakin (Matador ***1/2)
April 24, 2013 |
FOR THE 12th straight year, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is breaking 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). INSIDE LINEBACKERS THE BEST Name: Alec Ogletree School: Georgia Height, weight: 6-3, 242 40 time: 4.68 225 bench: 20 reps Vertical jump: 33.5 inches Arms: 33 1/2inches Round projection: 1 Mayock: "I've got him No. 1 among the inside linebackers, but hesitantly.
March 28, 2013 |
Drew McIlhenny doesn't talk much about the combat he faced in Iraq or the loss of five fellow Marines during his unit's deployment to Al Asad in 2006 and 2007. The Port Richmond man focuses on friendships with service buddies, his young family, and a new civilian job as a sheet metal worker. Bryan Hummel, a Marine reservist who lives in Erial, Camden County, also concentrates on a sheet metal career - made possible for him and McIlhenny by a national federally funded program, Helmets to Hardhats.