Tag:Philadelphia Eagles
Posted on: August 21, 2010 12:06 am

Vick awful against Bengals

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Vick (US Presswire)
Arguably the NFL’s two most famous reclamation projects were on the same field Friday night: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones. The latter showed encouraging flashes; the former was awful.

First, Vick. He was sacked twice and did not get great help from his offensive line, but he also showed poor awareness in his pocket movement. He completed only two of his first four passes, which wouldn’t have been so bad if not for the fact that both completions went to a member of the Bengals. His struggles in identifying coverage under pressure were concerning.

Vick did rush for 34 yards on three carries, but 13 of those yards came on third-down and 17. And, while Vick has shows hints of his old speed, his lateral agility is nowhere near where it once was.

Jones had a better night. He returned a punt 22 yards after enduring a fair-catch interference (it was a heads-up play – a lot of guys wouldn’t have realized they could legally return the ball in that situation). Jones also had a 40-yard kick return. Clearly, the Bengals are trying to make him their top return specialist.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:17 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2010 8:23 am

Jeremy Maclin leaves with injury

Posted by Andy Benoit

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin left early with an injury against the Bengals. Maclin took a shot while running after the catch on a third down pass underneath. He stumbled around, fumbled the ball out of bounds and, even before hitting the ground, motioned across the field to the Eagles sideline.

On first glimpse, it appears Maclin’s pain is located in the left shoulder region. There’s no word yet of the severity of the injury.

One criticism of Maclin as a rookie was that he lacked toughness and was hesitant to take on contact. In this particular game against Cincy, Maclin seems to be making a concerted effort to be physical. In doing so, he got dinged; it will be interesting to see whether this impacts his assertiveness in future games.

UPDATE: Maclin's shoulder appears to be fine. X-Rays were negative.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 5:30 pm

Eagles-Bengals tonight: why to watch

Posted by Andy Benoit

Just one game on the preseason slate tonight: Eagles @ Bengals (8:00 ET FOX). So what’s a reason to watch?

Well…the McNabb-Owens thing no longer applies here. And Owens is facing his former team, but it’s in Cincy, not Philly, so that’s a little off the mark.

This game does mark the epic return of right guard Stacy Andrews to Paul Brown Stadium, but if we highlight that, then we’re assuming that people care about Stacy Andrews…

Okay, here’s a legit reason to watch: Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham going up against Bengals right tackle Andre Smith.
Graham has been turning heads in practice. Smith finally returned to practice this week (he’d been out with a left foot injury). We’ll assume Smith will see action with the backups in this game.

Both Graham and Smith are super talented and primed for breakout campaigns, as long as they can stay on course. They’re at the beginning of that course tonight.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 3:25 pm

Asante Samuel has a few things to say

A. Samuel had quite a few things to say in his interview (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles CB Asante Samuel sat down with Geoff Mosher of the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal , and he got a few things off his chest. A few of the topics of conversation Samuel broached.

1) He plays too unconventionally and he can’t tackle worth a crap.

2) He’d rather have nothing to do with the media.

3) Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a problem with him.

What he had to say:

Samuel doesn’t believe that’s true. Not for one second.

"I know in my heart, ain't nobody out there doing what I'm doing," he told Mosher. "If you can't respect that, you're hatin'. Anybody else had those stats, people would be going crazy."

2) Dealing with the media is only good for one thing.

“The only thing I need you guys [the media] for is to help me get into the Hall of Fame," Samuel said. "That's what they tell me."

3) For some reason, Belichick – whose Patriots organization drafted Samuel in the fourth round in 2003 – didn’t like him.

"I ain't never said it, but Belichick, I just felt like he had a thing for me," Samuel said. "He had something against me. I have no idea why."

After two Super Bowls, he said he wanted to leave. But …

Instead of enjoying the Patriots' two Super Bowls, Samuel's stormy relationship with Belichick enticed him into craving free agency after the 2006 season. But the Patriots used the franchise tag to keep him.

He added six more interceptions, 89 return yards and another touchdown that year, but said he never felt appreciated the way Bostonians celebrate other football greats that passed through, which he also pins on Belichick and the national media.

"Ty Law in New England, he's making all these picks. Oh, he's a great corner, this and that," Samuel said. "But I all of a sudden go and do it [and it's], 'Oh, he's in a Cover 2 defense, that's why he isn't as good and this and that.' But when Ty Law does it, it's all gravy."

Does he come across whiny? Yeah, I’d say so. But you can’t dispute his ability to grab interceptions (42 since he entered the NFL, more than anybody else). When it comes to that, he’s one of the best in the league. With everything else – tackling, dealing with the media, not holding grudges – maybe not so much.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 1:15 pm

It's the last day of school feeling

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After a loooong stay at Lehigh University, the Eagles broke camp today. As the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, it sounds like it was a scene directly out of “Dazed and Confused” when Alice Cooper sings, “School’s Out” where papers are flying and students are ripping up their text books and kids are jumping out of windows (I can’t find a video clip, but I’m sure you know what I mean).

By all accounts, it was a grueling camp, but the best news for Philadelphia was that the team suffered no major injuries.

From the Inquirer:

(Coach Andy) Reid said that there were an extra 200 plays this camp as a result of the extra week of practices. With 13 drafted rookies, more than a dozen undrafted rookies and plenty of other new faces, the extra time allowed all the newbies to get acquainted with the Eagles' ways. And that meant enduring Reid's brutal two-a-days.

“I think that built a foundation," Reid said. "In particular, a young group, and I think they need to be introduced to what the National Football League is all about. It’s faster, there’s more pressure put on you mentally and physically than what you had at the college level, and there’s no better place to figure all that out than right here."

According to Reid, camp also showed that quarterback Kevin Kolb could handle all the responsibilities that come with the job and exemplified further that the Eagles weren't misguided when they traded away Donovan McNabb and promoted Kolb.
The best part about this scene was what occurred on the basketball court in the parking lot after school let out.

Apparently, RB LeSean McCoy didn’t believe that QB Michael Vick could dunk the ball and bet him that he couldn’t. Vick proved him wrong, and without taking a running start, flushed the ball through the hoop with a two-handed jam.

Unlike Broncos WR Brandon Marshall, who might have an inflated self-worth of his basketball skills , maybe Vick actually could play in the NBA if there’s an NFL lockout next year.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 4:21 pm

Eagles center Jackson taken off PUP

Posted by Andy Benoit

Nestled in the newswire Sunday was the mention that Eagles center Jamaal Jackson was taken off the PUP list. Jackson has returned to the non-contact portion of practice some eight months after tearing his ACL. It has been assumed that the veteran center – who was having a career-year in ’09 before blowing out the knee – would begin the season on the sideline.

That’s still very possible. Jackson still must return to full-speed practicing. "I'm still optimistic about it,” Jackson told the Philadelphia Inquirer about a full-speed practice being on the horizon. “But I have to check with [surgeon] Dr. [James] Andrews and [Eagles trainer] Rick [Burkhalter] and those guys and develop a plan. We implemented some today and we'll add a little bit more tomorrow."

Jacksons’ replacement, Nick Cole, has battled a knee injury in training camp but was expected to return to practice soon.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 6:39 pm

Reasons to watch tonight's preseason action

Posted by Andy Benoit

Usually, the best part of a preseason game is simply seeing two teams in NFL uniforms on the same field. Tonight, there are three games, each with a unique reason to watch (maybe). Here’s what’s on the NFL’s Friday night docket (with a reason to watch listed below): K. Kolb (US Presswire)
Bills @ Redskins

McNabb’s debut in Washington. He’ll probably play two or three series. But we’ll get a quick glimpse at his on-field chemistry with Washington’s very mediocre receiving corps.

Also, bonus: what will Albert Haynesworth do in this game?

Chiefs @ Falcons

Tony Gonzalez faces his former team…for a few minutes, anyway.

Jaguars @ Eagles

Last year, this matchup gave us the Michael Vick return. This year, we get the Kevin Kolb debut. Sort of. Kolb has started games before – regular season games, in fact. But this is a tad different. For the first time, he’ll be taking the field as The Man in Philly. It’s a bigger deal that he’s doing so at home, where the Eagles fans will overreact to his every move. Will Kolb give in to the temptation to try and do too much? Will he be poised? How he plays shouldn’t matter (it’s the first preseason game, after all). But, given that Kolb’s performance will set the tone for Philly’s talk radio world and blogosphere the next few weeks, his performance tonight does matter.

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 6:06 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 6:12 pm

Brent Celek injured by ... cheesecake?

Posted by Will Brinson

It sure seems like athletes -- more than anyone other group of people -- get injured via really stupid stuff. (My mind immediately goes to Joel Zumaya getting hurt playing Guitar Hero. It's stupid, but I totally empathize.)

Let's go ahead and add Eagles tight end Brent Celek to the list, as he missed yesterday's practice (which featured an Eagles fan rocking a Donovan McNabb Reskins jersey, in case you were underneath a rock) because he was smart enought to dominate some twice-baked cherry cheesecake.

It seems harmless enough until you realize that the second cooking was courtesy of Celek's car , where the cake sat for FIVE HOURS before he got dirty on it again .

"I don't want to even tell you what I ate, but I ate something spoiled last night, and I got a little sick. I wasn't feeling too good the whole middle of the night and subsequently I couldn't practice this morning. I'm feeling better now. The training staff took care of me, and I'm feeling pretty good," Celek said. "It was like spoiled cheesecake or something. It was not good."

What he means by that is "Look, I'm really, really embarrassed that I let cheesecake sit in my car for five hours and still didn't have the sense to throw it away, instead choosing to grub face on it, okay?"

This should serve as a reasonably easy-to-understand lesson for everyone in the entire world: if you purchase cheesecake and let it sit in the car, do not eat it. That's one of those things we assume that everyone already knows (like knowing that just because your garbage disposal is so named, it still can't take, you know, garbage), but occasionally it's good to be reminded.

So, um, thanks, Brent.

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