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August 6, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IF THIS WERE just about the pass-catching skills of Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, there would not be an issue. It's basically agreed that Ertz has the hands, speed and route-running techniques to be an impact player in the NFL. Yesterday, at the Eagles' open training session at Lincoln Financial Field, Ertz made a couple of catches that elicited cheers from fans getting their first look at the 2015 Birds. Still, there is a reason why, entering his third NFL season, Ertz has yet to have the breakout year that's been predicted since he was drafted in the second round in 2013 out of Stanford University.
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June 19, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY'S Church of Sports Scientology came into Brent Celek's life just in the nick of time. The tight end was 28 going on 60 when Kelly replaced Andy Reid as the Eagles' head coach two years ago. Six seasons of playing pro football the only way he knows how - pedal to the metal, with no regard for his physical well-being - had taken its toll on his body. "I probably wouldn't be here if not for the type of stuff we do now," he said. "I was starting to break down a little bit and I needed to take care of my body a little bit better.
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December 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Grading the Eagles after their 27-24 loss to the Redskins on Saturday, spotlighting a player from each position: OFFENSE: C+ The Eagles piled up nearly 500 yards on offense, but they had two turnovers, multiple penalties, were 3 of 5 in the red zone and failed to convert a key third down and 1 in the third quarter. Quarterback: B- Mark Sanchez completed 74 percent of his 50 pass attempts, averaging 7.48 yards per throw. He was 3 of 4 for 64 yards on passes over 20 yards.
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November 24, 2014
DID THEY even know where they'll be on Thanksgiving? Did they even know they were in Wisconsin last week? The Eagles were not hung over. They did not looking ahead. They executed with alarming precision and vigor and overwhelmed the Titans yesterday, 43-24. They showed no effects from their humiliation in Green Bay. "You can't let the Green Bay Packers beat you twice," said Eagles coach Chip Kelly, whose team moved to 8-3. They gave no hint that they would visit NFC East rival Dallas just 4 days hence; a game cornerback Cary Williams said would be "like a playoff game.
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November 24, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Once again, it's time for the Eagles to stand next to the growth chart. This time, the measuring stick has a blue star attached to it and a Thanksgiving Day carrot that can give the Eagles control of the NFC East title they won a year ago on the final day of the season in Jerry's Giant Screen Pleasure Palace. It is Dallas Week, and nothing gets the blood boiling around here more than that. Even as the 8-3 Eagles worked their way through a flawed 43-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday that told us nothing about where this team is ultimately headed, the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field made it clear where its attention was focused.
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November 21, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ZACH ERTZ sat down with his tight-end coaches, Ted Williams and Justin Peelle, in deep despair just a few weeks ago, Ertz said yesterday. Ertz's 30 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns through 10 games aren't adding up to the breakthough year to stardom many observers predicted, the year Ertz expected of himself. In fact, Eagles coach Chip Kelly, asked yet again yesterday why Ertz isn't getting more snaps and catches, basically told reporters it's because 8-year veteran Brent Celek is still a better all-around player, and a better fit for Kelly's offense.
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November 21, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zach Ertz played 64.2 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps in their first four games. The second-year tight end has played 40.9 percent of the snaps in the last six. Based on the amount of time Ertz has played, his production has been relatively the same. The rookie tight end had 13 catches for 220 yards and a touchdown in the first four games and 17 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown in the next six. He's not playing less because of production - Brent Celek has played 19 percent more snaps this season and has 20 catches for 217 yards and no touchdowns.
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November 13, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is no longer a mystery about how Mark Sanchez will function as the Eagles' starting quarterback. He threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover Monday in a 45-21 rout of the Carolina Panthers. He can improve his efficiency, and the Eagles must do better on third-down conversions, but Sanchez appears to be a quick study in coach Chip Kelly's offense. Now that opposing coordinators have seen him in the system, Sanchez expects defensive looks to evolve, beginning Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
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November 12, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
NO BUTT FUMBLES. No forced throws. He even covered a dangerously low snap from Jason Kelce early in the game, when the score was close and it mattered. By the end last night, the better version that Mark Sanchez had promised delivered this: Over 300 yards of passing on a night when the Carolina Panthers sold out to stop the run, 31 points engineered in a 45-21 win and, maybe most important of all, zero turnovers. That's right, zero. It marked the first time this season that the Eagles did not give the other team the ball at least once, allowing an offense that was generating points despite itself to show what it is capable of when it gets out of its own way. And allowing a defense tortured by poor field position to feast on the opposite all night long.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
TOMORROW afternoon, Sonny and Christie Acho will occupy the same seats they always do when they attend Arizona Cardinals' home games, in the players' family section at University of Phoenix Stadium. They shouldn't prove difficult to spot. Just look for the only parents wearing midnight green and Cardinals red. "I haven't decided [what to wear], but definitely the Eagles will be represented, maybe in the shirt and Arizona maybe in the hat," Sonny Acho said by phone the other night.
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