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August 12, 2014
THERE WAS no artificial turf or an inflatable plastic Eagles head for the players to run through onto the field, when the Birds won the 1960 NFL championship at Franklin Field, their home from 1958-70. But despite those differences, the bricks and concrete were the same yesterday, as the Eagles held their final public training-camp practice in front of a crowd of about 28,000 people, in the oldest stadium still being used for NCAA football, built on the Penn campus in 1895. Legends from the past were honored, and attendees included Chuck Bednarik, Pete Retzlaff and Jeremiah Trotter, among more than 30 others.
SPORTS
August 10, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Jeremy Maclin started for the Eagles on Friday, marking the veteran wide receiver's first game since Dec. 30, 2012. Maclin, who missed practice time this week with leg soreness, did not play in 2013 because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He finished with one catch for 15 yards, hauling in the only pass on which he was targeted. Fellow wide receiver Riley Cooper did not play beacuse of a foot injury that has sidelined him for most of training camp.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY - It'll probably never surpass Cape May and its environs as the Jersey Shore's birding capital. But a small patch of woods on a coastal islet, where a concrete bridge foundation for part of the Route 52 Causeway was rebuilt two years ago at the resort's main gateway, may just be giving veteran birders a new place to flock. The nesting and the squawking - despite the constant roar of traffic off the nearby causeway - can call to mind explorer Henry Hudson's crew. As soon as the Dutch explorers came ashore in 1609, they started giving everything an embryonic-inspired moniker - such as Great Egg Harbor, Great Egg Bay, Little Egg Inlet - because of the inordinate number of seabird nests and eggs laid out across the marshlands and woodlands as far as the eye could see. Pull in, park your car, and stand for a few minutes on the elevated walkway along stretches on the northern side of the little woods, and you'll likely be able to see at least a half-dozen bird species.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | BY ROBERT STRAUSS, For the Daily News
AT CAPE MAY Convention Hall last Sunday, the late-afternoon light came through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the main-stage auditorium, the ocean rippling in the glow, as the Rev. Jeffrey W. Elliott, pastor of Cape May Lutheran Church, led about three dozen casually dressed worshippers in prayer. It was the midpoint of a summer series of Sunday vesper services conducted each week by a different pastor in a spirit of ecumenism by the churches of Cape May County. "We're trying to promote the idea that we all believe in the same thing, but we just practice it in a different way," said the Rev. Rina Terry, pastor of Cape May United Methodist Church, who coordinates the weekly vespers.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly is all about the process, all about being a little better today than yesterday, and is content to let the todays pile up and eventually become a tomorrow. When Kelly talks about what he hopes the Eagles will accomplish in the training camp that begins as players report Friday and take the field Saturday, he usually says: "We just need to get better in all phases. " Better today than yesterday and on and on. Somewhere deep inside the NovaCare Complex, however, inside the offices where Kelly and his staff and general manager Howie Roseman have plotted the course and prioritized the weaknesses that must be improved, the answers are a little more specific.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHO NEEDS a gun when you can assault your enemies with billiard balls and bird feeders? In two bizarre incidents about an hour apart yesterday, two men were beaten with unusual objects, officials said. In the first attack, Samuel Hampton, of Avondale, Chester County, allegedly was tackled by Richard Edgar Hill of Peach Bottom, Lancaster County, about 12:30 a.m. at a home in Fulton Township, State Police said. In the heat of their tussle, Hill smashed Hampton over the head with a glass hummingbird feeder, police said.
SPORTS
June 20, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO, the Eagles wrapped up their spring work on June 6, with optimism, to be sure, but also amid a lot of uncertainty. That was the day Michael Vick acknowledged that splitting the first-team quarterbacking reps with Nick Foles really did bother him, after Vick had parried similar questions for weeks. There was much speculation about what Chip Kelly's first training camp would be like - The tempo! The music! The smoothies! Players found it all intriguing, but to say everyone bought in completely to the new regime would be an exaggeration.
SPORTS
June 20, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THERE WERE more great quarterbacks when he played, Todd Lyght said recently, but fewer big, fast, superstar-level receivers. The Eagles' assistant secondary coach toiled 12 years as an NFL corner, 1991-2002, and while he had to face Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Steve Young, John Elway, Warren Moon and Brett Favre, among others, he missed out on having to cover Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones. The guys Lyght and secondary coach John Lovett are coaching now have to face those challenges, along with the emerging class of wideout-like tight ends, such as Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been calling the plays, making checks, and setting the first-team defense this spring. Wait, you may be saying, isn't that DeMeco Ryans' job? Well, yes, it remains his responsibility, but the Eagles have put more on Kendricks' plate this offseason. "We're both inside linebackers," Kendricks said. "He does do that, but I'm there for him just like he's there for me. And we both make calls, even though he has the last say in what the call will be. Sometimes, I'm in there making those calls, too. " It's difficult to say for certain why the Eagles decided to give Kendricks a more vocal role.
SPORTS
June 4, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The slot receiver position - Jason Avant's old spot - is there for Jordan Matthews to take. The rookie has been running with the Eagles' second team behind veteran Brad Smith during organized team activities, but it's really only a matter of time before Matthews either wins the job or it is handed to him. The Eagles didn't draft Matthews in the second round for him to sit and watch. However, there will be a learning process and the usual bumps in the road that many receivers - even highly drafted ones - face once they reach the NFL. Matthews, 21, has no illusions about whether he is on the fast track to starting or whether he can slide under the radar after shouldering much of the load in Vanderbilt's pass offense.
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