Pennsylvania State Police have announced that they’ve captured escaped prisoner Danelo Calvacante. The fugitive had been on the loose since August 31 after his escape from Chester County Prison in West Chester.
One detail emerged the morning of the capture. Calvacante was wearing a Philadelphia Eagles hoodie.
Eagles Nation on Twitter: "Escaped murderer prison inmate Danelo Cavalcante was finally found and captured by Pennsylvania State Police this morning after a two week manhunt, wearing an Eagles hoodie. pic.twitter.com/me7jthIbKy / Twitter"
Escaped murderer prison inmate Danelo Cavalcante was finally found and captured by Pennsylvania State Police this morning after a two week manhunt, wearing an Eagles hoodie. pic.twitter.com/me7jthIbKy
Philly Sports Fans
Everyone has heard the repeated rips on Philadelphia sports fans. The national media still talks about how fans at Franklin Field threw snowballs at Santa Claus. This happened in 1968. They also haven’t forgotten the stories from the 1990s about Judge Seamus McCaffery and the infamous jail at Veterans Stadium.
Well, they now might have a new story to point to when they need low-hanging fruit to criticize Philadelphia fans.
The escaped prisoner has made national headlines throughout the past two weeks, and the photos of him wearing an Eagles hoodie won’t just slip through the cracks.
You’ll hear fans of other NFL teams outraged about the association with a previously convicted murderer as if it had absolutely anything to do with Philly sports fans.
Remember the guy who said “Go Eagles!” on the news while getting arrested? He’s out of the spotlight now.
The entire population of Chester County and the greater Philadelphia area has followed the story of Calvacante with intense scrutiny over the past two weeks.
Video footage of the escape from Chester County Prison surfaced. It showed Calvacante climbing maneuvering in an unexpected way between two walls, which helped him into a more escapable area.
The danger of the situation reached its peak on Tuesday when news surfaced about the escaped prisoner stealing a rifle. However, the capture will help Chester County residents and everyone in the Philadelphia area breathe a little easier.
Meet The 53-Man Roster For Your 2023-2024 Eagles
Obviously Jalen Hurts is your starting QB. He will try and somehow improve upon his 2022 season where he finished 2nd in MVP Voting. But given the guy's drive and work ethic, I wouldn't put it past him for him to come out this season even better than he was last year.
Despite some struggles in pre-Season, Marcus Mariota is still your primary backup QB. We have seen him win games in the NFL before, even last year with a bad Falcons team. Were he your starter, it would be cause for concern. But as a backup, you could do a lot worse.
Tanner McKee was one of the darlings of Eagles training camp. He was not perfect in the 3 pre-season games, but the arm talent was evident. He will likely serve as the emergency QB this season, and have a chance to be the primary backup next year.
A.J. Brown is one of the Eagles WR1s. And as we have learned this week, dont try to make it a competition between him and Devonta Smith, he is not going to put up with that,. They are both great, and make one of the best WR Duos in the league.
And then the other WR 1 is Devonta Smith. Perhaps the perfect compliment to A.J. brown. A.J. Brown has the size, is Devonta has the finesse. He made a habit of crazy acrobatic catches last year, and may be better than any WR at getting his feet down on sideline catches.
Quez Watkins had some competition for the slot WR job this camp after the Eagles signed Olamide Zacchaeus. And while Zacchaeus looked good too, Watkins seems to have played well enough to hold onto his job, even if he will still lose some targets with Zacchaeus on the team.
While it does not seem like he replaced Watkins as the main guy out of the slot, Zaccheaus should still get decent playing time, at least more so than last year's Wr 4 Zac Pascal got. Zaccheaus gave the Falcons decent production last year. It will be hard to repeat that with so many pass catchers on the Eagles but he should have some role at the very least.
Who will get the most snaps at RB remains to be seen. The Eagles have a ton of faith in Kenny Gainwell though, so expect him to be firmly in the mix, even if D'Andre Swift has more of an NFL pedigree to this point. They used him a ton in the playoffs, and should continue to give him snaps in this regular season.
D'Andre Swift should bring a dimension the Eagles have been missing in recent years. A RB who can be explosive in the passing game. And that could make him the secret weapon that makes an already dangerous offense more dangerous.
With Swift joining the Eagles, and Gainwell already being here, Penny has been the forgotten name a bit. But when he has been healthy the last few seasons, and that is not often, he has been one of the better RBs in the league, averaging over 6 yards a carry the past two seasons. Not bad for the 3rd RB on the roster.
The Giant Killer is back. Boston Scott is clearly the low man on the totem pole here. But he has been a reliable backup for the Eagles for several years now. That goes double when they play the Giants. he also has some kick return experience.
Goedert has been one of the best Tight ends for a couple seasons now. Injuries keep his numbers from showing it, but if you look game to game he is pretty much always productive, and is one of the best TEs after the catch period. Putting him next to A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith, gives the Eagles one of the best pass catching trios in the NFL.
Calcaterra has some decent upside as a pass catching TE. We didn't see much of him last season, but what we did see showed his potential. is he ready to step in as TE 1 if Goedert gets hurt? That is not clear, hopefully we wont have to find out.
Stoll has not been much of a pass catcher in his time with the Eagles. But he is a reliable blocker, and usually teams like to have one of their backup TEs be a blocking specialist. So he makes the roster again, in that role.
Just before the deadline, Howie made a trade. he traded a 6th round pick for Albert Okwuegbunam and a 7th round pick. And obviously if you trade for a guy, he is going to make the team. Albert O, as they called him in Denver has not been super productive to this point in his career, 546 yards and 4 TDs in 3 seasons, but as far as backups go, you could do a lot worse. He is a former 4th round pick. By the way, it is pronounced Ow-Koo- Way-Boo-Naam
Mailata went from a guy who never played Football, to a Start Left Tackle, and a damn good one, in just a few years. His story is still one of the coolest in the sport, and he continues to get better. He also has an amazing voice for what it is worth.
The main knock on Dickerson coming out of Alabama was if he could stay healthy. A couple seasons into his career, he has mostly stayed healthy. He had small injuries here and there, but nothing significant. And he has tuned into a top 10 LG, with the potential to be even better. He and Mailata should be manning the Left Side of the Eagles line for a while.
Jason Kelce is an Eagles legend. This will likely be his final year though. After making the all-pro team 5 times, winning the only Super Bowl in Eagles history, and changing the way Center is played, he has more than left his mark on the NFL. One day he will walk into the Hall of Fame. For now, he remains you starting Center.
Cam Jurgens was expected to compete with Tyler Steen for the RG job. It was clear from the start of camp there was never really a roster battle at all. The Eagles came in with absolute faith in Jurgens as the starter. He will likely replace Jason Kelce once he retires, but for now, he is your starting RG.
Lane Johnson is not just the best Right Tackle in the NFL, he may be the best tackle period. No other Tackles has given up 0 sacks the last seasons, while playing nearly every game. He will try to make it 3 straight seasons without a sack this year.
Tyler Steen did not get a chance to compete for the RG spot. But he still looked very good in camp. And he could be the main backup at not just RG, but maybe even LT given his history of playing there in College, and the Eagles lack of options after Andre Dillard left this off-season.
Jack Driscoll has been a dependable backup for the Eagles for years now. Could he be a starter? That is not known. But it is hard to ask more from a backup. Plus he can play both tackle and guard.
Fred Johnson is one of the first shocks to make the roster. but the Eagles made it clear they would keep him when they cut him, and then signed him to a reworked deal. He replaces the role Dennis Kelly would have had if he made the team, which is Swing Tackle. It would be interesting to see who replaced Mailata at LT if he gets hurt, but Johnson could be in that mix.
Like Driscoll, Sua Opeta has been a solid backup for the Eagles for a few years now. He does not have the same inside outside versatility Driscoll does, and is mostly just a guard, But he has been reliable in that role when called upon.
Fletcher Cox is one of the longest standing Eagles players, with only Brandon Graham and Jason Kelce having more seniority. His role may not be quite as big this year, given how much depth the Eagles have at DT, but that may be what is best for Cox too. In a smaller role last year, we saw him stay fresher, and wind up with 6 sacks. And hies role as a leader on this team, especially with young guys like Jalen Carter and Jordan Davis around is invaluable.
Davis did not have a huge role his rookie year. He got hurt, and while hurt the Eagles brought in another NT in Linval Joseph that took a lot of playing time away from him. This year he will be the main NT in 3 and 5 man fronts though. Davis came into camp a bit slimmed down and in better condition. Hopefully that translates to more production on the field. We know he can be a force in the run game. But if he wants to stay on the field, he needs to get after the QB too.
There may not be any player Eagles fans are most excited to see in action this season than Jalen Carter. A guy people thought could be the first overall pick fell to the Eagles at 9 after some legal trouble, that has since been taken care of. Carter has the chance to be a game changing DT. We saw some of that in the Pre-Season, and come week 1 we will see if he can do that in a regular season game too.
Milton Williams was the Eagles 3rd round pick in 2021. He had 2 sacks his rookie year, and 4 last year, despite a limited role. His role could still be limited a bit this year, with it being such a deep DT room, but he has been solid, though not spectacular, when asked to fill in.
A 7th round pick out of Texas, the Eagles liked what they saw out of him before a scary injury ion the 2nd pre-season game. He luckily seemed to avoid a major injury, despite being carted off the field. With such a deep DT room, it is unclear what his role will be, but the Eagles like him enough to stow him on the roster.
Injuries and a great DT room have kept him off the field for the most part, but every single Training Camp, Marlon Tuipulotu is one of the stars and secures a job. That was no different this year. Tuipulotu is as solid as they come, and someone the Eagles would trust to step in if there was any injury to one of their main DTs. And he should get some work spelling Jordan Davis at NT here and there.
Kentavius Street was by no means a lock to make it by the end of camp. But with a lot of youth along the line, the Eagles preferred to keep a Vet like him around. How much time he sees is not known, but it is good to have a guy like him around to join Cox as the veterans in the room.
Haason Reddick was a star his first year here. 16 sacks in the regular season, 3.5 more in the playoffs, and 5 forced fumbles between the regular season and playoffs. That gives him 3 straight seasons with double digits sacks. He will likely contend for the league lead in sacks again this year, despite an even deeper rotation at Edge Rusher.
Brandon Graham had his first season with double digit sacks last year. That despite playing the fewest snaps in a long time, and coming off a torn Achilles. The fewer snaps benefited him by keeping him fresher through the season. He returned this season on a one-year deal, and we will see if he can follow that up with a second season of 10+ sacks.
Josh Sweat also had his first season with double digit sacks last season. 11 total, beating his prior career high of 7.5 from the prior season. In fact, his sack numbers have gone up every single season. That may be hard this season with Nolan Smith joining the rotation, but don't be surprised if he gets double digits again.
Even though the eagles had 3 edge rushers with 10+ sacks last year, they still felt the need to add another guy when Nolan Smith feel to them at the end of the 1st round. And he definitely has that potential. He may be smaller than the average edge rusher, but he is fast. There is a reason he is drawing comparisons to teammate Haason Reddick. Could they be the first team with 4 edges rushers to have 10+ sacks? Nolan Smith certainly has that ceiling.
The Eagles are letting Derek Barnett pursue a trade. Even if the Eagles get nothing back, a trade would benefit both sides. Eagles get him off the books and clear a roster spot, and Barnett would get a fresh start on a team with a role for him. But for now, he is stuck here, and the Eagles are stuck with him. There is not likely any role for him here, given the depth at Edge.
There is no role for Johnson on the defense. But there is a role for him on Special Teams, and with so many injuries to their special teams aces, that is why Patrick Johnson sticks around despite there being no playing time for him at Edge.
Nakobe Dean has been the one sure thing for the Eagles at Linebacker. While a long list of other guys have had chances as starting LB, he has had the other spot locked down. And he has looked very good in that role. We will see if that carries over to the regular season, but there is reason for optimism given how dominant he was at Georgia. And Brian Dawkins singled him out as a guy he is excited to watch play when he took the stage at Fan Fest.
Cunningham was not on the roster 4 weeks ago. Now he is probably your other starting Linebacker. He looked better than anyone next to Nakobe Dean at LB in the pre-season. He is a vet who has been a solid starter for years now, including for the Titans and Steelers.
He did not come into camp on many peoples radar, but he left it on a lot of peoples radar. Elliss was all over the place, in a good way. And even if he does not see much time at LB, he should play a big role for their Special Teams unit with both Shaun Bradley and Zech McPhearson out for the year.
For a moment this offseason, it felt like Darius Slay's time in Philly was over. But thankfully for all sides, he stuck around on a new deal. Slay was part of an elite duo at CB last year. And while his age is a concern long term, he should still be among the best corners in the league this season.
There is an argument to be made that James Bradberry was the best CB in the league last year. He had the lowest QB rating when targeted in the league. The true definition of a shutdown corner. Everyone assumed he would walk in Free Agency. So when he resigned with the Eagles, it was a very pleasant surprise.
Injuries have kept him off the field a bit, but when healthy Maddox has been as a good as any slot corner in the league. Slay and Bradberry rightfully get all the credit, but Maddox is also a big reason why the Eagles were so good against the pass last season.
Last season, Josh Jobe came into camp and won a job, but not a real role, as a UDFA. This offseason, he came in and established himself as the main backup at outside corner. When Bradberry was banged up, it was Jobe who took his spot, and looked pretty good doing it.
Kelee Ringo has not looked great in camp. But we have seen flashes of why he was a 4th round pick. He has great size and speed, he just needs to apply it better, And like Jobe spent a season learning last year, that could be Ringo this year.
When the Eagles signed Eli Ricks as a UDFA, they may have pictured him on their practice squad. But he played so well in camp, he forced their hands to keep him around, because he may not have made it through waivers if they tried to put him on the practice squad.
If Zech McPhearson were healthy, Goodrich likely would not have had a spot. But with him going down, leaving the Eagles without a backup for Avonte Maddox, he was the best option for that job. He spent last year on the Eagles practice squad after being signed as a UDFA out of Clemson.
Reed Blankenship quickly established himself as one of the starting Safeties. To the point he joined all of the other starters on the bench in every pre-season game. He looked solid when filling in for CJ Gardner Johnson last year, and will have a chance to build on that this season.
Eventually, Brown will be one of the starting Safeties. it sounds like the Eagles want him to get seasoning before he jumps into that role though. But it is very easy to be excited about him. He is all over the field, seemingly involved in every tackle. And when a Safety comes out and says he wants to be feared, you know Eagles fans will fall in love with him.
Edmunds has been the most quiet of the Eagles Safeties in Camp. But he has been a solid vet for a while, and with so much youth and inexperience at the position, the Eagles likely wanted a vet to offer some stability on top of the young guys upside.
Evan was not a name people were talking about much early on. But we kept hearing his name in games, and like Brown he is the type of guy involved in a lot of plays, and he makes some hard hits. He did enough in camp and in games to earn a spot, and maybe a decent role to go with it.
Since joining the Eagles the year they won the Super Bowl, Elliott has been one of the most consistent Eagles period. There are few guys as good as him at Field Goals of 50 or more yards. And he proved that in the final pre-season game nailing a 59 yarder.
Do you ever hear about the Eagles having a bad snap on a kick or punt? No. That is why Rick Lovato has such great job security. Like Jon Dorenbos before him, you can count of Lovato to be perfect nearly every time he is called upon.