Philadelphia Eagles Lose CB Ron Brooks to Season-Ending Injury

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Ron Brooks
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An MBA graduate of Stanford University, Timothy “Tim” Shields serves as director of program portfolio management at UBS in Chicago. Outside of his professional activities at UBS, Tim Shields enjoys following his favorite NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles starting lineup recently took a hit when cornerback Ron Brooks ruptured his right quadriceps tendon during the team’s 21-10 victory over the Vikings on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Brooks suffered the injury during the first quarter of the game and was carted off the field. On Monday, coach Doug Pedersen announced that the injury would require surgery and that Brooks would be unable to play the rest of the season.

Brooks, a five-year pro out of LSU, just joined the Eagles from the Buffalo Bills and quickly found a spot as the team’s top slot cornerback. This season, Brooks had 12 solo tackles and two assists and provided the team with a boost of energy defending opposing teams’ passing and run games. With Brooks out for the season, the Eagles will likely rely on their top three safeties to take turns filling in at the cornerback spot.

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Two Underrated Eagles Greats

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Irving Fryar
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Timothy (Tim) Shields serves as a program and portfolio manager for UBS, where he provides management for complex long-term process and technology projects. Outside his career at UBS, Tim Shields follows the NFL as a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Though he is more prominently known as a head coach and ESPN analyst, Herman Edwards played nine seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles and was a member of the 1980 Super Bowl team. He recorded nine interceptions over his nine-year tenure with the Eagles, but perhaps his most well-known moment in uniform came in November 1978, when he returned a late-game fumble by Giants quarterback Joe Pisarcik for a touchdown. The moment would go on to be called the “Miracle in the Meadowlands” and was the pinnacle of Edwards’ productive, but often underrated career with the Eagles.

Another often overlooked Eagle is Irving Fryar. Though he only spent three seasons with the team, between 1996 and 1998, Fryar racked up a slew of impressive statistics. In his first two seasons, he hauled in 88 and 86 receptions, respectively. His numbers stand as two of the most productive seasons for an Eagles wide receiver to date. Only Brian Westbrook’s 2007 campaign that produced 90 receptions tops Fryar’s efforts. Fryar’s production is even more impressive given that he never had a top quarterback throwing passes his way.

Pederson Happy with Wentz’s Development So Far

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Carson Wentz
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Timothy Shields holds an MBA from Stanford University. As a program manager at UBS, Tim Shields handles complex, long-term technology projects. Outside of UBS, Tim Shields is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s not often that third-string NFL quarterbacks garner much press, but when that third-string quarterback is also the second overall draft pick, he tends to attract a little more attention.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has been vocal about the development of Carson Wentz, who the team drafted earlier this year in the hopes of grooming him as a franchise quarterback. According to Pederson, Wentz’s development has been slow, but that pace has been intentional.

Pederson says that Wentz is “on track” and putting in good practices, learning from veteran quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel–both of whom are ahead of him on the team’s depth chart.

The biggest area of development for Wentz right now is his footwork. Pederson says that he can get jump in the pocket, and that coaches are trying to develop more spring and stability in his footwork in the hopes it will make him a more accurate passer.

Philadelphia Eagles End Season on Positive Note

Before earning an MBA from Stanford University, Timothy (Tim) Shields was an associate with JP Morgan in New York. The Stanford graduate now leads portfolio and program management efforts for UBS in Chicago. Outside of his professional pursuits, Timothy Shields is avid sports fan and supports teams like the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles recently played the last game of their 2014 season, and the team’s head coach, Chip Kelly, thanked the players prior to the game. In his address to the team, Kelly reflected that the players offered their all each time they played and were consistently receptive to their coaches’ instruction. The head coach noted that, despite a number of injuries during the season, his players stayed positive and committed to their teammates.

Although the team was ineligible for playoff participation, it finished the season with a 34-26 win against the New York Giants. Kelly stated that the win reflected the team’s persistent motivation and ability to overcome obstacles.