Jerome McDougle

Jerome McDougle Update

DE Jerome McDougle doesn't appear likely to get on the field for more than the few plays he played against the Cowboys. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has determined that DE Juqua Thomas is much more productive at both end and in the Joker role formerly played by the injured Jevon Kearse. "I just feel right now the way he is playing both sides and Trent Cole, we keep in there as much as we can, we just decided to go with that rotation. We're using (tackle Darwin) Walker sometimes. So, all of a sudden (McDougle) might be a little bit the odd man out right now." The No. 1 pick in 2003 out of Miami has been taking practice reps with the scout team.


McDougle courageous

Defensive end Jerome McDougle has been named the Eagles’ Ed Block Courage Award winner for 2006.

McDougle missed last season after suffering a bullet wound while visiting relatives in Miami. The incident occurred on the day before training camp. The 27-year-old McDougle had hoped to return during the season but suffered a setback that required emergency surgery.

This season, the Eagles’ No. 1 pick in 2003 has played only nine games this season. He has nine tackles and only one sack but is still optimistic.

“Life is just a struggle in itself. You’re going to have ups and downs, and you’ve got to keep pushing,” McDougle said. “I’m happy to be alive. Life is good to me. A lot of things that would bother most people, they don’t bother me. I’m just enjoying life.”

McDougle and his brother Stockar, a tackle for the Jaguars, have formed a foundation with the Broward County (Fla.) Athletic Association to promote education and interscholastic sports in the area.


Eagles' McDougle says Miami player was `a good kid'

PHILADELPHIA - Jerome McDougle said it was just a coincidence.

It was a strange and horrible coincidence that Bryan Pata, the University of Miami player shot in the head and killed outside his apartment complex Tuesday night, played defensive lineman and wore No. 95 for the Hurricanes' storied football program.

McDougle also wore No. 95 when he played at Miami, and he wears it today with the Eagles. That, of course, is not the entire coincidence. McDougle was also a recent victim of gunfire, although he was fortunate that the bullet that entered his stomach did not cost him anything more than a football season.

McDougle vs. McDougle is off

Eagles reserve defensive end Jerome McDougle was looking forward to a family reunion during tomorrow's game at Lincoln Financial Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The reunion has been postponed.

Stockar McDougle, Jerome's older brother and an offensive lineman for the Jaguars, is out for the second straight week with an ankle injury. Stockar McDougle played in the first five games for the 3-3 Jaguars, mainly on special teams.

"I am disappointed because it's always good to have the opportunity to play against your brother," Jerome McDougle said yesterday after practice at the NovaCare Complex. "Even though it is disappointing, I would rather see him healthy, and I don't want to see him play if he's not healthy."

McDougle goes from grab to worse

TAMPA - Three years of frustration came boiling out of Jerome McDougle at exactly the wrong time.

McDougle, playing more yesterday in a meaningful game than he has ever played for the Eagles since being drafted 15th overall in 2003, crashed into the Tampa Bay backfield and sacked Bucs quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, with about 6 minutes left in what became a 23-21 Eagles loss.

The Bucs were going to be looking at third-and-21 from their 27, leading 17-14, a situation that presumably would set the stage for the Eagles to get the ball back.

McDougle gradually working his way back

IF YOU GO by the stats, Jerome McDougle is the biggest draft-day boondoggle of the Andy Reid era.

In 2003, the Eagles traded up, sending their first-round pick, 30th overall, and a second-rounder (62nd overall) to the Chargers for the privilege of making McDougle the 15th player chosen. In nearly 3 seasons, McDougle has played in 23 of the team's 54 games, made 15 solo tackles, and managed two sacks. Even Freddie Mitchell had more of an impact than that, and Freddie cost only one draft choice.

But McDougle and defensive coordinator Jim Johnson think that the perception of McDougle is about to change, that the former Miami star is finally close to contributing significantly. Johnson said yesterday that McDougle played well Sunday in New Orleans and will see more snaps tomorrow at Tampa Bay. Johnson didn't say so, but the increased role might also have something to do with starter Darren Howard's groin problem; Howard is expected to play, but is listed as questionable and might not be 100 percent.

Jerome McDougle Update

The clock is ticking on Eagles DE Jerome McDougle. Though he'll hold on to his job as Darren Howard's backup this season, McDougle must show something soon to avoid sealing his fate for 2007. He has shown little of the pass-rushing ability he was regarded to have coming out of college.

Tough luck aside, Eagles' McDougle has been a bust

PHILADELPHIA - There are kinder ways to couch this, craftier words to cushion it.

A more empathetic tone might be employed, given the abdominal gunshot wound that threatened his life last year.

A more sensitive tack might be taken, given the myriad of difficulties he's endured since becoming a first-round Philadelphia Eagles draft choice.

Eagles' McDougle relishes opportunity to play

PHILADELPHIA -- Jerome McDougle used to wonder "Why me?" whenever his professional career encountered a setback.

Why was his rookie season marred by knee, ankle and hip injuries?

Why was his heartbeat irregular in 2004?

Why was the Miami convenience store he drove by just before training camp last July in the midst of an armed robbery?

Injury bug gets Eagles' McDougle playing time

PHILADELPHIA -- How's this for a quirky twist in the injury-prone career of Jerome McDougle: This time, it's the Eagles defensive end who benefits from another player's injury.

In a career marred by bad breaks and near tragedy, McDougle now gets another opportunity to prove he's not a first-round bust. Three years after Philadelphia traded up 15 spots in the draft to pick him, McDougle has shown few signs of ever becoming the feared pass rusher the Eagles hoped for.

Instead, McDougle is trying to prove he can stay healthy and become dependable enough to use as a reserve lineman now that
Jevon Kearse is out with a season-ending knee injury.

'FREAK' OUT - Knee injury ends the season for Eagles star defensive end

It's taken more than three seasons, but defensive end Jerome McDougle is finally going to earn his place as a regular member of the Eagles' regular rotation.

The former No. 1 draft pick from Miami likely will move up the depth chart after the Eagles announced on Monday that Jevon Kearse will be lost for the season with a knee injury.

According to a statement released by the Eagles, Kearse's injury included sprains of multiple ligaments, including the medial collateral ligament, the lateral collateral ligament, and the posterior cruciate ligament.

Treatment options will be announced later.

"We're going to miss Jevon," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said. "He was having a good year. It's just a shame. He was really playing at a good level."

McDougle Update

Eagles defensive tackle Darwin Walker and end Jerome McDougle also returned to practice on a limited basis after being sidelined the past couple of weeks with broken ribs.

"It felt good, it’s another step," said McDougle adding that he wants to play in the preseason finale Friday against the New York Jets.


Walker, McDougle are back in action

Eagles defensive tackle Darwin Walker and defensive end Jerome McDougle returned to the practice field yesterday after being sidelined by rib injuries. Both said they hoped to play Sept. 10 in the regular-season opener in Houston against the Texans.
Walker had been sidelined since suffering a fractured rib Aug. 8 in practice. McDougle suffered a rib injury during a live scrimmage Aug. 12. He tried to return the next day but left the field after a brief period. It was later revealed that he had two broken ribs.