The Philadelphia Eagles will open training camp on July 22 at Lehigh University. The rookies and selected veterans will report the first day. The rest of the players will report on July 25. The first full practice will take place on July 27.
The Eagles first preseason game will be against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles will open the regular season on Sept. 9 against the Cleveland Browns on the road.
With all that in place, this should be a big year for the Eagles. All their key players are healthy and signed. Now, it’s time to get down to business. There are some players who need to have good seasons if the team is going to get to the Super Bowl or at least make a strong run in the NFC playoffs.
Vick is capable of having a much better season. The Eagles signal caller was injured during portions of last season. That had a big impact on his game. Although he threw 14 interceptions, he still managed to pass for 3,303 yards with 18 touchdowns. Vick played much better the last four games of the season. The Eagles won all of those games and finished 8-8.
Vick has himself under the microscope this season. He recently brought himself, as well as the team, a lot of attention with his comments on Comcast SportsNet. He said, “I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.”
The 6-foot, 215-pounder, is surrounded by a number of very talented players at the skilled positions. This may be one of the best Eagle teams in regards to personnel in a long time.
LeSean McCoy/running back
McCoy was arguably the best running back in football last year. He had 273 carries for 1,309 yards while scoring 17 TDs. McCoy has good speed and great moves in the open field. Eagles head coach Andy Reid needs to establish the running game with McCoy. If he can run the football the way he did last season, that will be a big help to Michael Vick.
DeSean Jackson/wide receiver
A year ago, Jackson was playing without a contract. Well, now that’s been settled. He’s signed his deal. Jackson is one of the most explosive players in the NFL. Two years ago, he made the Pro Bowl as a wide receiver and punt returner. Last year, he had 58 receptions for 961 yards and four TD receptions. He should be able to surpass those numbers this year. He’s a big-play receiver with tremendous speed.
Demetress Bell/offensive tackle
The Eagles are hoping Bell will step in and help the offensive line. He will replace Jason Peters who is out for the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The 6-foot-5, 311-pounder played for the Buffalo Bills last season.
DeMeco Ryans/middle linebacker
The Eagles need Ryans mostly to play against the run. Last year, it seems like every running back that played against the Eagles had a big day rushing. Ryans, a 6-foot-1, 247-pounder, had 64 tackles with the Houston Texans last season. He should be a big help to the Eagles defense.
Rodgers-Cromartie didn’t get a chance to exhibit his skills with Asante Samuel here. But Samuel has been traded to the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers-Cromartie played some good football for the Arizona Cardinals before the Eagles acquired him. He had 16 interceptions in his first three seasons. Four of those interceptions were returned for TDs. The 6-foot-2, 182-pounder is a terrific cover guy. The Eagles need him to play well against the pass and the run. He had just 28 tackles last season.
Asomugha is regarded as one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks. The Eagles are going to need his aggressive play on the corners. Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie should form a good combination in the secondary. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder had 40 tackles and three interceptions last season.
NFL free agency is in full swing. There have been several free agents who have signed new contracts. Some of them have remained with their respective teams.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ biggest move so far has been the signing of wide receiver DeSean Jackson to a five-year contract. The Eagles also re-signed offensive guard Todd Herremans and defensive end Trent Cole to new contracts. The Eagles don’t appear to be major players during the free agency period. However, there are still some pretty talented players available at several positions.
Wide receiver Marques Colston is staying with the New Orleans Saints. Colston was a big time player on the Saints 2010 Super Bowl team.
Reggie Wayne will remain with the Indianapolis Colts. Wayne, Colts wide receiver, re-signed despite Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning not being there. Manning is the biggest name on the free agent market. He has been visiting teams the past few days. His name has been mentioned with the following teams: Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos. Manning remains unsigned for now. But a decision could be soon.
Vincent Jackson bolted from the San Diego Chargers to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson is a big play receiver who can really stretch the field. His pass catching ability should give Tampa Bay a huge lift on offense. The Buccaneers also signed free agent offensive tackle Carl Nicks to bolster the offensive line.
Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers:
Flynn played behind Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Flynn didn’t receive a lot of playing time as Rodgers’ backup. The Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL. However, Flynn did show flashes of brilliances on a few occasions. He seems to have good command of the Packers’ offense and could attract some interest from a few teams.
Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers:
Smith had a big year for the 49ers. He led them to the NFC championship game. He struggled badly his first couple seasons, but has emerged as a solid quarterback under head coach Jim Harbaugh. He will probably stay in San Francisco.
Mike Tolbert, San Diego Chargers:
Tolbert has a lot of speed and power. He can run between the tackles. He has the ability to make people miss in the open field. Tolbert is not a bad receiver out of the backfield either.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots:
Green-Ellis doesn’t do anything fancy. He runs hard on every play. He doesn’t put the ball on the ground. He’s dependable and can get the tough yards inside. Green-Ellis scored 11 rushing touchdowns this season.
Brandon Lloyd, St. Louis Rams:
Lloyd was the Rams best receiver last season. He has the ability to explode in the open field. He can catch the ball over the middle. Lloyd did a nice job of working with quarterback Sam Bradford.
Mario Manningham, New York Giants:
Manningham was a big part of the Giants receiving corps that included Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. He runs good pass routes. He can make big catches and has decent speed. He really helped the Giants in their Super Bowl run.
Demetrius Bell, Buffalo Bills:
Bell is a great run blocker. He can really move his feet. He’s one of the best offensive tackles in the league.
Jason Jones, Tennessee Titans:
As a defensive tackle, Jones takes up a lot of space. He’s a good run stopper. He’s capable of playing defensive end. Jones has a lot of versatility.
Jameel McClain, Baltimore Ravens:
McClain, former George Washington football star, has learned a lot from playing with Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis. McClain is aggressive. He has a good nose for the ball. The ex-Public League standout is good in pass coverage, too.
Dan Connor, Carolina Panthers:
Connor, a Strath Haven and Penn State product, played some good football for the Panthers. He’s a solid player. He has good anticipation.
London Fletcher, Washington Redskins:
Fletcher is a real veteran. He knows how to play the position. He could fit in just about anywhere with his knowledge and experience.
It’s really hard to get excited about the Philadelphia Eagles these days. More than anything, it’s hard watching them. The season has been so disappointing, it’s unbelievable.
The team is on a seven-game losing streak. They’re coming off a dismal loss to the Carolina Panthers, a team that has a 3-8 record. By the way, that’s the same record the Eagles have right now.
On Sunday night, the Eagles will battle the Dallas Cowboys at 8:30. Normally a game against the Cowboys would bring a lot of interest for the fans, but when your team has struggled as much as the Eagles, it’s not easy to bring yourself to the television. And actually, this game is on NBC-TV. This is another national television appearance.
The Eagles’ only national appearance worth talking about was the 19-17 win over the New York Giants. Believe it or not, that was their last victory, which was on Sept. 30.
Since then, a lot has happened to the Eagles. Head coach Andy Reid dismissed his defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and replaced him with Todd Bowles. Despite the change in staff, the defense is still having a difficult time stopping teams from scoring.
Michael Vick, Eagles’ starting quarterback, has been out with a concussion and could be sidelined for this Sunday’s game. Vick’s replacement has been Nick Foles, who had a number of fans enamored by his play in preseason. Well, Foles has completed 59 of 99 passes for 542 yards with one touchdown pass, three interceptions and one fumble. He has played three games and started two. He has also been sacked seven times.
LeSean McCoy, Eagles’ running back, sustained a concussion in a loss to the Redskins. He will probably miss the Cowboys game as well. Bryce Brown, Eagles’ rookie running back, showed some flashes of brilliance in the loss to the Panthers. Brown gained an impressive 178 yards on 19 carries while scoring two touchdowns, but he also had two fumbles.
DeSean Jackson, the Eagles’ leading receiver, is out for the year with fractured ribs. Jackson is the team’s only big play receiver. The latest news involves defensive end Jason Babin, who was released after recording just 5.5 sacks on the season. He was quickly picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
And the beat goes on. After this week, the Eagles’ four games remaining are against Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Washington and the New York Giants. The Buccaneers and the Giants are road games. But the Bengals and Redskins are home games. If you think there were some empty seats at the Panthers game on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field, don’t be surprised if there are even more in these upcoming games. With slim chances of getting to the playoffs, there’s no reason to watch any more.
It really looks as if Andy Reid will be gone after the season. Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles owner, has already indicated that 8-8 is not acceptable. Right now, they’ll be lucky to finish even close to that mark.
The Philadelphia Eagles will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in what should be a rugged non-conference game against an intra-state rival at Heinz Field. The Eagles (3-1) are coming off a huge 19-17 victory over NFC East rival and defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
The Steelers (1-2) are looking for a win. Pittsburgh has one victory over the New York Jets (27-10). They’ve dropped two decisions to the Denver Broncos (31-19) and most recently to the Oakland Raiders (34-31). Pittsburgh has just completed its bye week.
The Eagles will carry some momentum into this contest. Michael Vick, Eagles quarterback, had a solid performance in the victory over the Giants. He completed 19-of-30 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown pass. He had six carries for 49 yards.
Moreover, Vick had zero turnovers.
“That’s a good thing, and we’re making progress in the right direction,” said Andy Reid, Eagles head coach. “He’s been knocking the rust off from not playing. This game is so stinking fast that if you have no snaps in the preseason and you’re asked to come out and play at a high level against the football teams we’re playing against, particularly against the defenses we’re playing against, it’s tough. It’s tough for anybody. As great of a player as he is, it’s tough. He found himself, and he did a nice job with it.”
The Eagles did a good job of mixing the run with the pass against the Giants. LeSean McCoy, Eagles running back, had 23 carries for 123 yards. McCoy averaged 5.3 yards a carry. DeSean Jackson was the Eagles leading receiver. Jackson had six receptions for 99 yards including a 19-yard TD catch from Vick.
Defensively, the Steelers are led by linebacker Larry Foote (18 solo tackles, one sack) and safeties Ryan Clark (13 solo, one interception) and Ryan Mundy (10 solo tackles).
On offense, Pittsburgh could be a handful with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is having another good year. Roethlisberger has completed 80-of-120 passes for 904 yards with 8 TD passes and just one interception. Isaac Redman, former Paulsboro High and Bowie State star, is the Steelers leading rusher. Redman has 32 carries for 72 yards and one TD. The ex-South Jersey standout has six receptions for 42 yards.
Roethlisberger has a prolific passing attack with wide receivers Antonio Brown (18 receptions for 240 yards and one TD), Mike Wallace (17 receptions for 234 yards and 3 TDs) and tight end Heath Miller (15 receptions for 129 yards and 4 TDs). These receivers will test the Eagles secondary. Kurt Coleman, Eagles safety, had four solo tackles against the Giants. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eagles defensive back, had four solo tackles and one interception. Brandon Boykin, rookie defensive back, also had four solo tackles.
Vick knows how difficult it is to win in this league. That’s why the victory over the Giants has great significance in the NFC East.
“It means a lot,” Vick said. “It means a lot to be 3-1. It means a lot to be at the top of the division. We still have a lot of tough games ahead of us but that’s what it’s all about. This is the NFL and this is why we play this game.”
NOTES: The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its list of nominees for 2013, including a number of former Eagles: Randall Cunningham, Ron Jaworski, Brian Mitchell, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters, Cris Carter, Jimmy Smith, Carl Hairston, Eric Allen, Troy Vincent, Gary Anderson, Sean Landeta, Dick Vermeil, Bud Carson, Bill Cowher, Leo Carlin and Otho Davis.
PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles on Thursday placed the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Jackson, a 2008 second-round pick out of Cal, who led Philadelphia with 961 yards receiving last season, was scheduled to become a free agent on March 13.
"We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that," general manager Howie Roseman said. "DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia.
"It's our understanding that he has the same desire. We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him."
Jackson made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010, posting totals of 229 catches, 4,085 yards and 21 touchdowns along the way. Last year, like a lot of Eagles, was a disappointment for Jackson, who caught just four touchdowns as Philadelphia finished 8-8 and out of the NFC playoffs. -- (AP)
PHILADELPHIA — The frown on Michael Vick's face emphasized how bitter the Philadelphia Eagles' latest loss was.
Vick had one of the best days of his career with a personal high of 416 yards passing and 30 completions, added 75 yards rushing and two touchdown passes. It was all for naught as the Eagles lost their third straight, blowing a 20-point lead and falling to San Francisco 24-23 on Sunday.
"We've got to dig deep," Vick said. "It's right there for everybody to see what is taking place, how it's been done, what hasn't been done and what needs to be done."
Vick did about all he could, only to see the Eagles fall apart on defense in the second half. He was at his scrambling best and his one interception was tipped by DeSean Jackson directly to cornerback Carlos Rogers. His bruised right hand, protected by a padded pink glove, didn't slow him a bit.
Asked if some restrained playcalling by coach Andy Reid slowed his team and allowed the 49ers to rally, Vick shook his head.
"No, it's not the coaches being conservative," he said. "I think it's us as players having to figure out what needs be done in the moment. And everything has to be right, everybody has to be in the right place. Certain times in the game, you have to gut check.
"Some people have it and some people don't, but we're going to find out who's got it."
Instead, it was the 49ers who produced the gut check. Philly's defense fell apart in the final 30 minutes, and Frank Gore capped a 77-yard drive with a 12-yard TD run with 3 minutes remaining.
Then David Akers, the career scoring leader for the Eagles who joined the 49ers as a free agent in the offseason, kicked the decisive extra point.
"It's unacceptable to give up a lead that size in the second half," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "If we don't win, we're just a bunch of talented people who haven't done anything, and there's a lot of teams like that."
The 49ers (3-1) are talented enough to lead the NFC West after breaking a five-game losing streak against Philadelphia (1-3). The much-maligned Alex Smith went 13 for 17 for 201 yards in the second half, with TD passes of 30 yards to Joshua Morgan and 9 to Vernon Davis. Then Gore, who didn't start because of a sprained right ankle, powered into the end zone, and Akers finished it off.
The victory meant plenty to Akers, who made a 37-yard field goal, missed from 44 and had one blocked from 45. He left the Linc with a huge smile on his face.
"To hit the last extra point, it's like hitting a 50-yard field goal," Akers said. "It still counts as one, but it puts you up."
Akers' replacement, rookie Alex Henery, missed from 39 and 33 yards in the final period. Philadelphia has been outscored 36-0 in the fourth quarter of its last three games, all losses. The team so lauded for its free agency haul after the lockout is in last place in the NFC East.
San Francisco's comeback began after Akers' field-goal attempt was blocked and Henery soon after made a 32-yarder for a 23-3 lead.
Rookie coach Jim Harbaugh then allowed Smith to look downfield more, and the Niners needed just four plays to go 80 yards, including a 44-yard catch and run by rookie Kendall Hunter, who supplemented Gore perfectly. Morgan got wide open over the middle for his TD.
Then Henery began missing kicks after Vick set him up with big plays. Philadelphia had 13 plays of at least 15 yards, including a 61-yard bomb to DeSean Jackson that was wasted when Henery missed from 39 yards.
Davis' touchdown catch brought the Niners within six points late in the third quarter. When Henery failed from 33 yards, it was the final opening the 49ers needed.
Gore had a 21-yard run on the 77-yard drive that ended with his powerful surge into the end zone. He finished with 127 yards rushing.
Jeremy Maclin fumbled with 2:06 left and the Eagles driving for perhaps a winning score.
Vick turned a seeming sack into a sensational touchdown in the first quarter. He was about to go down at the San Francisco 16 when rushed by Ahmad Brooks and Ray McDonald. Both had open shots at him, and both missed. Vick scrambled right and found Clay Harbor in the back right corner of the end zone to make it 7-0.
Henery did make three field goals, from 32, 32 and 33 yards. -- (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles will have a chance to bounce back from a tough 16-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 14 against the Detroit Lions. The Eagles (3-2) will host the Lions (1-3) at Lincoln Financial Field. The kickoff is at 1 p.m.
The Eagles should be able to run the ball against Detroit. The Lions are ranked 15th in the NFL against the run. That means the Lions should get a heavy dose of Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who is one of the league’s best rushers. McCoy had 16 carries for 53 yards including a 15-yard TD reception from quarterback Michael Vick in Sunday’s loss. He is the third leading rusher in the NFL with 384 yards on the ground.
Vick connected on 20-of-30 passes for 175 yards and 2 TDs, but fumbled four times. Two of those fumbles were recovered by the Steelers. In spite of his shortcomings, Vick still had the Eagles in a position to win the game. But the turnovers are really hurting the team.
In regard to throwing the football, the Eagles should have an advantage in their matchup with the Lions. DeSean Jackson, Eagles wide receiver, had four receptions for 58 yards against the Steelers. Jackson leads the team with 20 catches for 333 yards and 1 TD. In addition to Jackson, tight end Brent Celek (18 receptions for 315 yards and 1 TD), wide receivers Jason Avant (13 receptions for 126 yards) and Jeremy Maclin (9 receptions for 126 yards and 2 TDs) have been key players in the passing game.
Defensively, the Eagles need to get a pass rush together. They have to get some pressure on Matthew Stafford, Lions quarterback, who likes to throw the ball down the field. In the last two games, the Eagles haven’t been able to get to the quarterback. Stafford’s big target is wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Lions’ most explosive player. Johnson has 29 receptions for 423 yards and 1 TD. Stafford has completed 114-of-173 passes for 1,182 yards and 3 TDs.
Detroit is coming off a bye week. They should be well-rested and are in desperate need of a win. Detroit has lost three straight games to San Francisco 49ers (27-19), Tennessee Titans (44-41 OT) and Minnesota Vikings (20-13) respectively.
NOTES: McCoy scored his sixth-career receiving touchdown in his return to the site of his college (Pittsburgh) home games. He now has 4,764 career scrimmage yards, moving past Tom Woodeshick into 16th place on the team’s all-time scrimmage yards list.
Celek caught his first TD pass of the season. Over the last 16 games, Celek has accumulated 74 receptions for 1,062 yards and 6 TDs. Celek surpassed Keith Jackson for 16th on the team’s all-time reception list. He now trails only John Spagnola (256) and Pete Retzlaf (452) among tight ends. Celek also tied Jackson for the third-time among Eagles tight ends with his 20th regular season touchdown.
Vick eclipsed 150 career touchdowns (117 passing, 34 rushing), throwing for two TDs and a 104.2 passer rating. It was Vick’s 12th game with a passer rating that exceeded 100 during his career with the Eagles.
SEATTLE — DeSean Jackson was peppered with questions about whether he was refusing to talk with teammates on the sideline. Embattled coach Andy Reid was asked if his team was even invested at this point of the season and if Jackson was essentially a decoy.
Welcome to a new low in Philadelphia's miserable season.
"It's ridiculous to have this much talent and be where we are," Philadelphia offensive lineman Evan Mathis said.
Marshawn Lynch bulled through the Eagles for 148 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns and the Seattle Seahawks rolled past the Eagles 31-14 on Thursday night, Philadelphia's fourth loss in five games.
Making a quick trip to the West Coast after losing at home to New England, the Eagles (4-8) just about waved goodbye to the postseason trip that everyone assumed was a foregone conclusion before the season began.
They might as well have stayed back in Philadelphia.
"We've got a lot of good guys. I can't complain a bit about the effort or the work ethic that they put forth," Reid said. "I've got to make sure that I get them in a better position to make plays."
Making his third straight start in place of Michael Vick and his two broken ribs, Vince Young couldn't find the same magic he did in the 2006 Rose Bowl when he led Texas to an upset of Pete Carroll and USC.
Young's first pass of the night was an awful interception thrown right to Seattle safety Kam Chancellor and nowhere near an Eagles receiver. That was just a precursor. Young threw a career-high four interceptions in all, including a swing pass intended for LeSean McCoy that David Hawthorne stepped in front of and returned 77 yards for a touchdown with 4:24 left to put a cap on Seattle's third win in its last four games.
Three of Young's four interceptions led to Seattle touchdowns and the fourth time, the Seahawks (5-7) took a knee at the Philadelphia 1 to end the game.
"I really felt like the effort was definitely there. I can speak from the offensive standpoint, overall we were driving the ball pretty well," Young said. "Seattle did a pretty good job of coming out and playing good."
Young finished 17 of 29 for 208 yards. McCoy got more chances than he did last Sunday against New England when he touched the ball just 14 times, a number that drew criticism from Eagles fans believing the leading rusher in the NFL deserved more opportunities.
McCoy finished with 84 yards on 17 carries and added another four catches for 49 yards. But he was upstaged by Lynch.
"This is really tough. Knowing that this is a good team, but I feel like we are a better team," McCoy said. "No disrespect to them, they played hard, but knowing that they are a good team, but we are far, far better. Way more talented. We didn't get it done. We played poorly today."
The Eagles played without Vick, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and WR Jeremy Maclin, then lost CB Nnamdi Asomugha to a neck/head injury late in the first half.
Still, Philadelphia pulled within 24-14 early in the fourth quarter when Young led a 17-play, 80-yard drive that ate up more than 10 minutes of the clock. The drive included a fourth-down conversion inside the Seahawks 10 and was capped on a 2-yard shovel pass from Young to McCoy.
Young then drove the Eagles inside the Seattle 35 on their next possession with a chance to make it a one-score game, but failed to see Hawthorne lurking in the flat. Seattle safety Earl Thomas jumped Young's primary target and by the time he came back to McCoy, Hawthorne was ready for the pass.
"He was expecting him to be open and he wasn't," Hawthorne said.
Philadelphia's bigger issue was its inability to slow down Lynch, who had touchdown runs of 15 and 40 yards in the first half, each another showcase of his hard-charging style. His 15-yard run in the first quarter saw Lynch bull into a pile, slip through the arms of linebacker Jamar Chaney and escape into the clear for the score, his eighth straight game with at least one touchdown.
"I couldn't figure it out myself," defensive end Trent Cole said. "I thought he was caught up in there and all of a sudden he popped out. When he popped out I didn't know who had the ball."
Lynch's next score came on the first play of the second quarter and gave Seattle a 14-0 lead. The flow of the play went to Lynch's left, but he immediately cut back right and found open field, beating the Eagles defense to the corner and going 40 yards untouched.
It was the second-most yards rushing in Lynch's career, behind the 153 he had in his rookie season with Buffalo against Cincinnati, and the most for any Seattle running back in more than five years.
Golden Tate added a toe-tapping 11-yard TD catch from Tarvaris Jackson at the back of the end zone in the third quarter to give the Seahawks a 24-7 lead.
Jackson was 13 of 16 for 190 yards and the touchdown, finishing with a career-high QB rating of 137.0. It was a strong rebound for Seattle after blowing a 10-point lead last Sunday in a loss to Washington.
"The whole thing was about finishing," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "That was the focal point and we wanted to execute really well. We did a lot of good stuff."
Notes: Carroll thinks LT Russell Okung may have a serious pectoral injury sustained in the closing seconds. ... Asomugha did not return after hitting his head on the knee of Seattle WR Mike Williams. ... Backup safety Colt Anderson sustained a torn ACL in his left knee. ... Philadelphia fell to 5-2 in Thursday night games. ... Seattle CB Brandon Browner had the first two-interception game of his career. -- (AP)
NEW YORK — The NFL is looking into the hit by Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Philadelphia wide receiver Jeremy Maclin that drew a 15-yard penalty in Sunday night's game.
Robinson was fined $50,000 last year for a similar hit on the Eagles' DeSean Jackson that left both players with concussions. The fine later was reduced to $25,000, but Robinson falls into the category of repeat offender.
The league has said flagrant hits by such players could lead to a suspension. The NFL has not yet suspended anyone for such hits.
Normally, any league discipline is handed down in midweek. But the NFL could speed the process given the high profile of Robinson's hit — during a prime-time national TV game — and the cornerback's recent history.
Robinson drew a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter after leading with his helmet and crashing into Maclin. Maclin was slow to leave the field but returned to the game.
Replays clearly showed Robinson leading with his helmet, something the league has been adamant about eliminating. The NFL this year also banned launches into a defenseless opponent.
Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday he had not heard from the NFL about the hit. Smith said after the game he thought it was a legal hit and "that's the way we teach it."
"My opinion didn't change," he said.
Last October, the NFL sent head coaches memos listing those players on their teams who were called for two or more unnecessary roughness penalties since 2008. Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations, told The Associated Press this summer the league uses the last two seasons as criteria to determine repeat offenders.
"Player safety is a priority and we will not relent on it," Anderson said in August. "Let me make it very clear, particularly in regard to repeat offenders, that egregious acts will be subject to suspension. We will not feel the need to hesitate in this regard."
Anderson, assistant Merton Hanks, the former 49ers safety, and their staff go over every play following each weekend. Director of officiating Carl Johnson and his staff also are consulted. When it's determined a fine or suspension is necessary, Anderson says the player and team are notified as quickly as possible.
The player can appeal to former NFL coaches Art Shell and Ted Cottrell, who are paid by the league and the NFL Players Association to handle those cases. Their appeal must be heard by the second Tuesday following notification of the discipline.
Commissioner Roger Goodell can become involved in the process at any time. -- (AP)
PHILADELPHIA — DeSean Jackson is staying with the Philadelphia Eagles, agreeing to a five-year contract.
The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver already was tagged as the franchise player, and now gets the long-term contract he wanted. The deal was announced on Wednesday.
Jackson held out last training camp because he wanted an extension and let the contract situation affect him. He was deactivated for a game for being late for a team meeting, dropped more passes than usual and his production dropped. But the Eagles are counting on Jackson to be the dynamic player he was in 2009-10.
Philadelphia stumbled to an 8-8 season last year, but closed with four consecutive victories, building momentum for 2012. The Eagles finished, despite a 4-8 start, just one game behind the New York Giants, who not only won the NFC East, but also the Super Bowl.
"We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL's top playmakers in Philadelphia," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "DeSean is a game breaker. He has the speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he has proven himself to be a big threat for our offense."
Jackson has career totals of 229 receptions, 4,085 yards and 21 touchdowns in four years as an Eagle after being drafted out of Cal. He also has three rushing scores and a franchise-record four punt return touchdowns, as well.
"Signing our own players was a big priority for us this offseason," Reid said. "And DeSean was certainly high on our list. We are very excited about his future as an Eagle."
Jackson, 25, was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2009 and 2010 seasons, and is one of five players in NFL history to at least 900 yards receiving in each of his four seasons.
Earlier in the day, defensive end Trent Cole and the Eagles agreed on a four-year contract extension through 2017, and on Tuesday, offensive tackle Todd Herremans agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2016.
Cole is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who ranks third on the team's all-time list for sacks with 68. He had 11 sacks in 2011, his fourth season with a double-digit total.
"Trent plays the game with a level of tenacity that's hard to replicate," Reid said. "He's one of the premier defensive ends in the league."
With the key returnees, there's a feeling — inside the organization, at least — that Philadelphia will return to its status as a perennial playoff team in the NFC.
"As the season went on, we started coming together a lot more and it showed by us winning our (last four) games," Herremans said. "We really feel that we don't need any extra pieces brought to us in free agency. We feel that the team we have in the locker room can make a great run and go to the Super Bowl next year." -- (AP)