|Eagles QB Kevin Kolb to Arizona?||07.27.11 at 5:48 pm ET|
Michael Vick has returned to stardom, and for that reason, Kevin Kolb is taking a one-way ticket out of Philadelphia.
The fifth-year quarterback appears to be headed to the Cardinals, in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is expected to happen by the end of the week.
Kolb started five games for the Eagles last season, before Vick returned to full form. The 26-year-old threw for 1,197 yards in 2010 with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
|QB Kevin Kolb draws interest from other teams, Eagles coach Andy Reid says||03.18.11 at 11:26 am ET|
Eagles coach Andy Reid said teams have been in touch to discuss backup quarterback Kevin Kolb. With Michael Vick entrenched as Philadelphia’s starter, the team is seeing what it could get for the established No. 2 QB.
“People have shown a little interest [Kolb], and as this thing picks up, I’m sure it will continue,” Reid said in an article on the team’s website. “Listen we’ll sit back and we’ll evaluate.”
Reid noted that the Eagles might decide to keep Kolb.
“You look at his numbers and the things he did when he had the opportunity to start, and you start six or seven games and you’re the NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice, and all the 300-yard games he put together and the way he commands the offense and all these things, you’re not in a big hurry to get rid of Kevin Kolb,” Reid said.
|Cardinals reportedly talk with Larry Fitzgerald about quarterback possibilities||02.07.11 at 11:25 am ET|
With Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald entering the final year of his contract, the Cardinals know they have to keep their star happy if they hope to re-sign him. That road to happiness starts with finding a quarterback.
The team has asked Fitzgerald for his opinion on which quarterback the team should trade for or sign, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter reports that Fitzgerald’s first recommendation was to trade for Eagles backup Kevin Kolb. He also mentioned Ravens backup Marc Bulger, who will be a free agent this offseason.
|Report: Eagles could sit Michael Vick in favor of Kevin Kolb in playoffs||01.02.11 at 10:57 am ET|
According to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN (as relayed by ProFootballTalk.com), the Eagles have had concerns about quarterback Michael Vick‘s ability to recognize blitzes. The ESPN analyst said that if Vick struggles in the Eagles’ wild card game, he could be benched in favor of backup Kevin Kolb — the quarterback who was knocked out by a concussion in Philadelphia’s Week 1 loss to Green Bay, the same team that Philadelphia could end up facing in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Vick, Paolantonio said, did not practice for part of this week in order to invest extra time in watching film of the Packers’ defense.
|Fantasy Update: Colts vs. Eagles||11.07.10 at 5:13 pm ET|
Indianapolis placed former first-round pick Antonio Gonzalez on the injured reserve with another season-ending injury for the wide out. Gonzalez has a posterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee, forcing him to finish the year on injured reserve for the second straight year. Reportedly, the receiver is not expected to need surgery after suffering the injury during Monday’s game against Houston.
The Colts have been especially unlucky with injuries this season, with running backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart not making the trip to Philadelphia along with the loss of All-Pro tight end Dallas Clark. Donald Brown will start again for the Colts after rushing nine times for 16 yards and catching two balls for 13 yards against Houston last Monday. It seems that Brown will get more opportunities to carry the ball this week, and he will face an Eagles defense that ranks 18th in the NFL against the run, allowing 109.9 yards per game.
Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick will return to the Eagles today after missing the last three games with a rib injury. Coach Andy Reid announced that Vick will start in place of Kevin Kolb, who started in Vick’s absence. Vick will also be wearing a Kevlar vest that is intended to prevent any further injury to his ribs in Sunday’s game. The Colts have fared well against the pass, allowing only 203.3 yards per game, ranking 7th in the NFL. However, Vick was on a tear before suffering his rib injury. Vick has thrown 96 passes without an interception, including six touchdowns and a 108.8 passer rating.
Vick will benefit with the return of DeSean Jackson, who will return for the first time since Oct. 24 after suffering a concussion. Jackson has caught 19 passes for 395 yards for three touchdowns and will be a big factor in the deep passing game of Philadelphia.
|Eagles coach Andy Reid names Michael Vick starting QB||10.25.10 at 11:49 am ET|
Following the Eagles’ 37-19 loss to the Titans on Sunday, coach Andy Reid wasted little time announcing the direction of his quarterback carousel heading into Philadelphia’s Week 8 bye.
“It’s Mike [Vick],” Reid said shortly and bluntly when asked who his starter would be when the team returns to action. Kevin Kolb‘s shaky day (26-for-48 for 231 yards, one TD and two interceptions plus a lost fumble) made Vick the easy selection for the coach. At 108.8, Vick is the top-rated passer in the NFC, and he has tallied 986 total yards and seven touchdowns in limited action this year. He has missed the past two games with injured ribs.
While Vick didn’t declare himself 100 percent, his latest comments suggest he’ll be fine in Week 9. “I’ve got some time to heal, some more time to get stronger. If they really needed me down the line, I probably could have [played],” Vick said. “If Kevin or Mike [Kafka] would have went down, I could have gotten through.”
Kolb, meanwhile, was disappointed yet not discouraged with the news. “I enjoy playing out there, and I want to continue to play,” Kolb began. “But, I’ll say it again, I always trust [Reid]. And I trust him now.”
|Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins, Vikings’ Ray Edwards fined by NFL||10.23.10 at 9:30 am ET|
More fines and controversy follow the NFL entering Week 7, reports Sports Illustrated. The NFL fined Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards and New Orleans cornerback Malcolm Jenkins on Friday. Edwards was fined $20,000 for spearing Cowboys running back Marion Barber while Jenkins was fined $10,000 for an unnecessary roughness hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman.
Titans defensive end William Hayes was fined $10,000 for a late hit while fellow teammate Dave Ball was fined $5,000 for roughing the passer. Three Houston players were fined for $5,000 as well and even Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb was fined $5,000 for a horse-collar tackle against Falcons defender William Moore.
The fines come after James Harrison, Dunta Robinson, and Brandon Meriweather provoked significant fines for illegal hits in Week 6. Harrison’s fine was the highest at $75,000 and the Steelers’ star received much media attention after threatening to retire given the NFL’s new stance on illegal hits.
Entering Week 7, players can be subjected to fines and suspensions for illegal and unnecessary hits that endanger fellow players.
|Eagles’ Kevin Kolb shines in victory; Michael Vick watches from sideline||10.17.10 at 7:23 pm ET|
Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb had a huge game for the Eagles Sunday against a hot Atlanta team who entered the game with a four-game winning streak. Kolb started in place of Michael Vick who has been sidelined with damaged rib cartilage for two weeks. The Eagles dominated the Falcons on almost every side of the ball en route to a 31-17 win.
Kolb went 23-for-29 attempts with 326 yards passing and three touchdowns on the day; showing why he was named the Eagles’ starter entering the season. However, after Kolb received a concussion in a Week 1 loss to Green Bay, Vick shined as the lead quarterback and earned the starting job.
Kolb showed good chemistry with receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. Jackson was injured while trying to catch a pass in the first half and he was unable to return. Jackson had a 34-yard touchdown catch and a 31-yard touchdown run before he was injured. Maclin shined with seven receptions, 159 yards receiving, and two touchdowns.
An ESPN post suggested the game as a “showcase” for the young quarterback to prove to the Eagles that he can be the team’s quarterback of the future. Bob Grotz of the Daily Times argued that the performance could make Kolb an attractive commodity approaching Tuesday’s trading deadline, especially given the stellar play of Vick in the early season. The Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in the offseason to make room for Kolb to hold the starting job, but coach Andy Reid will have to decide how to handle the two talented quarterbacks.
Vick is 59-for-96 attempts for 799 yards throwing and six touchdowns on the season for a 108.8 passer rating. He has also added 187 yards rushing with one touchdown in his four games played. Vick, 30, has especially impressed with his 61.5 percent ompletion percentage; his previous high percentage was 56.4 percent in 2004 when he played for Atlanta.
Kolb, 26, has thrown for 804 yards and five touchdowns and two interceptions. Sunday, Kolb’s quarterback rating was 133.6 and he has notched completion percentages of 62.9, 67.7, and 79.3 over the past three weeks. The solid performance against Atlanta will create a tough decision for Eagles’ coaches after it was widely assumed that Vick would regain the starting job once healthy.
The Eagles (4-2) will face the Tenesee Titans (3-2) next Sunday with plenty of headlines in the mix.
|Eagles to start Kevin Kolb; Michael Vick still unavailable||10.15.10 at 3:23 pm ET|
Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb will start for Philadelphia in Sunday’s match up against the Falcons, ESPN reports. Coach Andy Reid made the announcement after it became clear that quarterback Michael Vick was unable to return to the starting lineup. Vick practiced with the scout team Friday but the former Pro Bowl quarterback will be unable to play for the second straight week after an injury to his ribs.
Vick suffered damage to his rib cartilage during the first half of a Week 4 loss to the Redskins in Donovan McNabb’s anticipated return to Philadelphia. Kolb entered the season as the team’s starter until he suffered a concussion in a Week 1 loss to the Packers. With Vick at the helm, the Eagles won two straight games thanks to superb play by Vick.
Kolb performed well in last week’s win over the 49ers by going 21-for-31 with 253 yards passing, one touchdown, and a 103.3 passer rating. The timetable of Vick’s return is still unknown. The Eagles will play the Titans next week, followed by a Week 7 bye.
The report also ruled out left tackle Jason Peters (knee) and defensive tackled Brodrick Bunkley (elbow).
|Eagles rule out Michael Vick against 49ers||10.08.10 at 2:15 pm ET|
An injured Michael Vick has been ruled out of Sunday’s game between the Eagles and 49ers by Philadelphia coach Andy Reid, reports Yahoo! Sports!. Vick injured himself while running downfield against the Redskins on Sunday, suffering a rib injury when sandwiched between two Redskins defenders.
Kevin Kolb will start for Philadelphia on Sunday. Kolb also started a Week 1 loss against the Packers until being sidelined with a concussion. While recovering with his injury, Kolb watched from the sidelines while Vick’s spectacular play earned national attention and the starting job.
Reid was able to declare running back LeSean McCoy as active for the game against the 49ers. McCoy had been expected to miss time with a broken rib but practiced Friday and should be in the starting lineup. McCoy’s return prompts a sigh of relief for Eagles fans as his replacements at running back have been unimpressive.
Philadelphia will also be without cornerback (and former Patriot) Asante Samuel with a concussion.
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