Archive: September, 2009
Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is Macho Harris ready to be this team's starting free safety?
The answer won't be provided at least until Sunday -- maybe not until the bye week.
But one thing can be said: the rookie talks a good game. Harris said that he did not lack the confidence to step in and do the job. Asked if he would be able to handle some of the quarterbacking responsibilities a safety has like calling out assignments, Harris didn't pause.
The Eagles have confirmed that they have signed tight end Alex Smith and released tight end Tony Curtis.
Smith, a former third-round pick by Tampa Bay, was recently released by the New England Patriots. There was some thought that New England might trade Smith in exchange for former Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley, but both players ended up being released.
Curtis, a former Dallas tight end, appeared to have made the Eagles' roster with a strong performance against the New York Jets in the Eagles' preseason finale, but Smith is a more experienced pass catcher. Curtis has just 11 career receptions, while Smith has 129 career catches for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns.
A week ago, rookie Victor "Macho" Harris said he didn't even know he was in the competition for the starting free safety job.
Today, he's the starting free safety.
Quintin Demps, the guy who lost the job to Harris, revealed that news after practice.
Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have signed the following four players to the practice squad: CB Jack Ikegwuonu, S Reshard Langford, LB Jeremy Leman, and FB Marcus Mailei.
Ikegwuonu, Langford, and Mailei were all released by the Eagles as part of their final roster cut down on Saturday, while Leman was released by the Carolina Panthers on Saturday.
Leman (6-2, 240) was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent in 2008, but was released by the Vikings prior to the start of the regular season. He signed with the Panthers during the 2009 offseason and saw action in all four preseason games, registering 19 tackles.
Jeff McLane and Bob Brookover
The Eagles released quarterback A.J. Feeley to make room for a defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, a team source told The Inquirer today.
The team claimed Dixon, a 6-foot-3, 322-pounder let go by the Redskins yesterday, off waivers. Washington signed him in April as an undrafted free agent out of Miami where he wasn't a full-time starter.
The Eagles kept Feeley on their roster as of final cuts last night at 6 p.m. But it was expected that the team did so because they hoped to trade the 32-year-old backup. Apparently, a deal could not be struck so the Eagles parted ways with Feeley, who had two stints in Philadelphia.
A.J. Feeley isn't going anywhere for now.
The Eagles' veteran quarterback remained on the 53-man roster that will be released at 6 p.m., according to a league source.
Bob Brookover and Jeff McLane
The Eagles announced their 53-man roster tonight and the most significant news was not the cuts, but who made the team.
There was the belief that quarterback A.J. Feeley would be released, but the team kept the 32-year old on the roster -- for now -- and placed Michael Vick on the commissioner's special exempt list. Vick is suspended for the first two games of the season and will be reinstated by Week 3. As long as he remains on the exempt list, he can't practice.
"We can change that at any time," Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said on a conference call. "We can make him active tomorrow, next week or any time during the suspension. That's not a thing that we're stuck with until the suspension is over. ... As far as [Feeley], I'm not going to get into the trade stuff."
The Eagles made the first batch of their final cuts this afternoon by releasing tight end Eugene Bright, linebacker Curtis Gatewood and defensive tackle Willie Williams.
Those three cuts reduced the roster to 72 players. The Eagles must set their 53-man roster by 6 p.m. tomorrow.
New England, meanwhile, continued to fuel the speculation that they are interested in Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley by releasing quarterback Andrew Walter. That leaves rookie Brad Hoyer as the backup to Tom Brady. It also leaves the Patriots with two quarterbacks on their roster.