Ikea items are to my home what rumors about Beyoncé’s twins’ names are to the internet right now. In other words, they’re everywhere. So when I saw the headline “Ikea Admits That a Couple of Its Serving Bowls Might Catch Food on Fire” over on Grub Street this morning, I was 97 percent positive that the bowls in question were stuffed somewhere in my pantry. And yes, yes, they are.
This week we’ll continue to take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first five installments, we covered the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and offensive linemen. Now, it’s on to the safeties.
STATE OF THE ROSTER
Despite going into the offseason with perilous uncertainty at the second safety position, the Eagles’ safeties were one of the bright spots on an otherwise disappointing defense.
Back in December, after stories of cyclists and runners being harassed by teenagers on the Schuylkill River Trail began to circulate, Jon Lyons, founder of Run215 and a stakeholder on the Schuylkill River Trail Steering Committee, wrote a piece for us breaking down how, exactly, the committee, with the help of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and the city, was working to make the SRT safer.
The efforts he talked about then included increased patrol, repairs to lighting along the trail, and the improvement of mile markers and trail signage, among other pushes to make sure people feel safe using the trail. Now, after three new incidents of people being harassed on the trail were reported this week, the steering committee, along with Johnson, has added another effort, this one community-based, to the mix in order to make the trail safer for all users: Meet the Schuylkill River Trail Community Watch, a volunteer program consisting of trained members of the community who will be tasked with patrolling the trail and promoting a positive, safe environment for all users. Read more »
A Montgomery County manufacturer is facing an $822,000 OSHA fine after creating a hazardous safety culture that put employees at risk of injury.
You may have never heard of Lloyd Industries Inc. in Montgomeryville, Pa., but they make ventilation, duct and fire safety products for places like Yankee Stadium, the Philadelphia International Airport and the Chrysler Building in New York. OSHA claims that the company lacked proper safety guards that can prevent injuries from moving machine parts — and the results have been devastating.
A man in an Eagles jacket jumped onto the subway tracks to rescue a man who had fallen on to the Market-Frankford El tracks at 15th Street on Wednesday, according to surveillance video released by SEPTA yesterday. And they say Eagles fans never do anything for the people!
After the man in the Eagles jacket jumped onto the tracks, other passengers then pulled up the passenger and the rescuer. They then attended to the man who was injured falling onto the tracks. (He appeared to be looking at his phone and was walking on the yellow “don’t walk here” platform border.) SEPTA police then arrived; the man who fell onto to the tracks did not suffer life-threatening injuries. All in all, it was an uplifting example of people’s ability to help out in a crisis. Go Philadelphia!
SEPTA, though, would prefer it if passengers didn’t jump onto the tracks to save people. Read more »
NFL.com just released its unofficial free-agent list for 2013. It’s time to start looking at some names.
Free agency opens on March 12 at 4 p.m. We will be doing plenty on free agency as we get closer, zeroing in on available players at key positions of need for the Eagles. Let’s start off by taking a look at the safety market.
New defensive backs coach John Lovett and the rest of the coaching staff is just getting settled in. The plan with the secondary is to study film and talk with the current players on the roster before focusing in on the free agents. This is the group they will soon be be evaluating:
James Sanders, Ari
Chris Hope, Atl
William Moore, Atl – Had four interceptions and eight passes defensed in 12 starts for the Falcons in 2012. The 27-year-old has missed eight games over the past two season due to injury. He reportedly plans on testing the free-agent market if Atlanta doesn’t use the franchise tag on him.
Sean Considine, Bal
James Ihedigbo, Bal
Ed Reed, Bal The Ravens are hopeful they can keep the 34-year-old in Baltimore, but it seems the Ravens will have to make some cap-related sacrifices this offseason. Reed’s name has been connected to the Patriots.
Jairus Byrd, Buf This is a player I get asked about a lot. The 26-year-old has 18 interceptions in four seasons with Buffalo. The 6-foot, 205-pounder has forced 10 fumbles and has 27 passes defensed since coming into the league in 2009. He has been named to the Pro Bowl twice in four seasons. Byrd went to college at Oregon.
Sherrod Martin, Car
Troy Nolan, Chi
Chris Crocker, Cin
Raymond Ventrone, Cle
Eric Frampton, Dal
Charlie Peprah, Dal
David Bruton, Den
Jim Leonhard, Den Leonhard was a quality player with the Jets, but broke his leg in 2010 and tore his patellar tendon in ’11. He had two picks and a fumble recovery last season for the Broncos, starting just one game.
Louis Delmas, Det
Alan Ball, Hou
Quintin Demps, Hou
Glover Quin, Hou – Has played in all but one game since joining the Texans in ’09. Playing both corner and safety, Quin has 48 passes defensed, five interceptions and 251 tackles in four NFL seasons.
Abram Elam, KC
Chris Clemons, Mia Started all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, posting two interceptions and 69 tackles. Miami has had extensive talks to try and keep Clemons, reportedly.
Jamarca Sanford, Min
Josh Barrett, NE
Patrick Chung, NE The 25-year-old has appeared in 50 games for the Patriots, accruing seven interceptions and 19 passed defensed. The 5-11, 210-pounder is an Oregon alum.
Derrick Martin, NE
Kenny Phillips, NYG The 26-year old was hampered by a knee injury last season.
Yeremiah Bell, NYJ It came down to the Eagles and Jets for Bell’s services last year, and he chose New York. Bell, 34, started 15 games for the Jets and had 70 tackles.
LaRon Landry, NYJ Made the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Jets after spending the previous five years in Washington. There is a clause in his contract that prevents the Jets from using the franchise tag on him.
Matt Giordano, Oak Has seven interception over the last two seasons for the Raiders.
Mike Mitchell, Oak
Will Allen, Pit
Ryan Mundy, Pit
Corey Lynch, SD
Dashon Goldson, SF A starter for the last four seasons in San Francisco, Goldson has racked up 14 interceptions, three sacks, five forced fumbles and 245 tackles in that time. Billy Davis reference the Niners specifically when talking about the toughness he wants his defensive unit to have. The 49ers are expected to try and lock him up to a long-term deal.
Chris Maragos, Sea
Craig Dahl, Stl The 28-year-old started all 16 games for the Rams this past season, and had one interception and 56 tackles.
Tanard Jackson, Was
Madieu Williams, Was
Nate Ness, Car
Jeromy Miles, Cin
Danny McCray, Dal
Amari Spievey, Det
Jonathan Amaya, Mia
Stevie Brown, NYG The 25-year-old had eight interceptions for the Giants last year.
Colt Anderson, Phi
Darian Stewart, Stl
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