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February 22, 2014 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
INDIANAPOLIS - Longtime Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert called this year's draft the deepest he has ever seen, and while Eagles GM Howie Roseman stopped short of agreeing with his colleague, he said he did see the wide receiver class as "unique. " "When you look at this class and you compare it to classes the last few years, I think we'll be sitting there in every round and there's going to be a receiver we like," Roseman said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Could that mean the Eagles will be sitting at the No. 22 spot in the first round with a receiver they like enough to take?
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February 22, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles remain haunted by their 2011 free-agent spending spree, when they handed out big contracts with little return. They took a more tempered approach the last two seasons. Even when pursuing free agents to help rebuild the roster last winter, the Eagles did not hand out burdensome contracts. General manager Howie Roseman, however, said the team is still willing to spend big money as it did with Nnamdi Asomugha and Jevon Kearse if the player's talent, age, position, scheme fit, and makeup all match what the team desires.
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February 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SEVERAL NFL teams released statements yesterday asserting they would judge draft prospect Michael Sam on the basis of his talents, not on his sexual orientation. The Eagles were not among those teams - in fact, texts to general manager Howie Roseman went unanswered - but that seemed to be at least partly because the Eagles thought this went without saying. "Why would it change anything?" an Eagles spokesman told an Inquirer columnist. When pressed for some sort of official reaction by the Daily News , the spokesman said to use that statement.
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February 4, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THEY HAVE a running back who wants to tackle better. They have a linebacker who seeks encyclopedic knowledge. They have a bull of a nose tackle who wants to be stronger, and a tight end who wants to be the best ever. Only one of these young players started more than half of this season's games for the Eagles. They are a second tier of young talent overshadowed by second-year players such as quarterback Nick Foles and defensive end Fletcher Cox, who already might have shown their strongest hands.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
One hundred years ago, a bird named Martha made history with one simple, inevitable act: She died. She was the planet's lone remaining passenger pigeon. Her death on Sept. 1, 1914, marked a rare instance when the exact date of an extinction is known. (Although, in truth, some accounts put her demise a day or two earlier.) How a species that numbered in the billions - once North America's most abundant bird - can disappear in a matter of decades is a sad story of "deliberate, wanton, and direct human actions," said Joel Greenberg, a Chicago author and natural history researcher.
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January 7, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
IT WAS 25 DEGREES with biting winds in the highest reaches of Lincoln Financial Field at 11 p.m. Saturday. Still, they stayed. Along with 20,000 others, the members of the Holmes family remained at their seats long after the games ended. They stood, and they clapped for their unlikely Eagles. The major exodus by less-allegiant fans and perhaps saner fans began at the 2-minute warning, when Drew Brees snuck up the middle (again) for the first down that essentially assured his Saints a win via short field goal.
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January 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper has been a surprise clutch performer this season, and the Eagles' fourth-year receiver continued that in the second playoff game of his career. Yet his performance wasn't enough to keep the Eagles' season alive. Cooper had six receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown, but the Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints, 26-24, in Saturday's wild-card game at Lincoln Financial Field. Cooper not only scored the Eagles' first touchdown, but he helped set it up. On the first play of the drive from the Saints' 44 after a DeMeco Ryans interception, Cooper had a 22-yard reception on first down.
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January 5, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Boykin keeps a framed list next to his bed of the 12 cornerbacks drafted ahead of him in 2012. It is a motivational ploy devised by his fiancee. Boykin reads the list so often that he has memorized the names. In his second season with the Eagles, the 2012 fourth-round pick still cannot move past the slight. His six interceptions ranked second in the NFL and he emerged as one of the key players on the Eagles defense, but he will continue to judge himself against those 12 cornerbacks "every year, until I'm out of the league.
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January 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evan Mathis said the words slowly and carefully: "One . . . game . . . at . . . a . . . time. " The Eagles guard wanted to emphasize that the cliché was true when explaining how the team went from 3-5 in the first half of the season to a closing mark of 10-6 and an NFC East crown. Mathis reasoned that because "everything was new to everybody," the team's errors were correctable. He said the improvement came in so many areas, and it happened week by week. "It's a product of the habits that have been instilled in us and that have been created," Mathis said.
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January 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
As Chip Kelly retooled and rebuilt the Eagles football operation, changing everything from the offensive and defensive schemes to what the players ate and drank after practice, he also changed a lot of the players, too. There were 22 newcomers on the 53-man roster this season, which isn't an unusual amount of churn for an NFL team, but it did mean that the locker room was split between the group that lived through the disastrous 2012 season and...
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