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The first time, Matt Szczur said, it kind of catches you off guard. You make the big leagues out of spring training, but April is barely half over when you're called into the manager's office. The general manager is in there, too, they're telling you that they want you to get regular at-bats, that they're real happy with you, but that you're going back to triple A.
How did Matt Barkley get here? Three years ago, the quarterback was embarking on his senior season at Southern Cal after snubbing the NFL despite the expectation by many that he would be a first-round draft pick.
For everyone from the NBA to his current town, 'Chocolate Thunder' was 'one of us.'
When the Eagles released James Casey, who served as a third tight end in addition to special-teams duties in 2014, Trey Burton knew there was a chance for him to seize that role - if he could, and if it still existed. Neither of those things was guaranteed.
Making a case for keeping a fourth running back on the roster, Barner no longer takes his job for granted.
The quarterback, who is coming off two ACL surgeries, says he's looking forward to regular-season action.
This is not about being a Tim Tebow hater, it's merely that he isn't good enough to be an NFL quarterback.
The nose tackle is only 6-2 and 309 pounds, but is a sizable presence on defensive line.
During the preseason thus far, 19 players have caught passes for the Eagles. In keeping with the need to have all things in perspective at this time of year, it's worth noting that the leading receiver, with nine catches, is rookie Nelson Agholor, who might be the top receiver during the regular season, too, and the second-leading receiver, with eight catches, is undrafted local Rasheed Bailey, who almost certainly will not make the 53-man roster.
Opposing quarterbacks gave Eagles few opportunities to gauge how good the secondary is.
Gomes going RoyalThe Kansas City Royals have reached a deal to get outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Atlanta Braves. Terms of the deal weren't immediately disclosed.
To the untrained eye, the last play of a recent Temple football practice looked successful enough, a completed pass of 7 or 8 yards along the sideline.
Only the most pessimistic of Eagles fans arent feeling excited after the starting offenses showing in Green Bay.
The defense has the potential to be much improved, and it needs to be for the Birds to be serious contenders.
The Eagles are good enough to win the Super Bowl. Yes, of course, that's a dangerous statement to make after three preseason games, especially when the starting quarterback with the dubious medical history has played only four series. On the other hand, if you watched the Eagles play their three preseason games, it is impossible not to consider them among the NFL elite with the "meaningful" portion of these meaningless games behind us.
Owner hints the he may retire the Triple Crown winner, but loss in Travers did nothing to tarnish his reputation.
Fan who fell to death in Atlanta identified The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.
Scully to retire after 2016 season Vin Scully says 2016 will be his last season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which would mark the end of his record 67-year tenure with the same franchise.