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September 23, 2015 | Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
WHEN DID YOU know the Eagles were done for, Sunday against Dallas? For me, the second and third snaps of the third quarter settled it. The Eagles, down only 6-0 at halftime, worked a 12-yard pass from Sam Bradford to Nelson Agholor with their first snap following the break. They'd completely turned the tables on the Falcons in the second half of the opener, looking like a different offense after getting some time to make adjustments. Now, still within a touchdown of the Cowboys, it was time to try again to get the run game going, after presumably spending halftime straightening out their blocking assignments.
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September 15, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
FOR A TEAM with so few certainties, the preseason hype has reached unprecedented levels. Of the seven Daily News staffers polled last week, four predicted the Eagles would reach the NFC Championship Game. Six saw them winning the NFC East. All predicted at least 11 wins; one blessed soul, either optimistic or delusional, expects the Birds to reach the Super Bowl. Then again, so does exiled Eagles czar Joe Banner, who is Chip Kelly's biggest fan and, now, ESPN's newest and most-credentialed talking head.
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September 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coach Chip Kelly calls tight end Brent Celek the "epitome of a Philadelphia Eagle. " Celek, a blue-collar player who has been with the Eagles longer that every player except long snapper Jon Dorenbos, says he has been indirectly pushed by his grandfather, Ed Celek, who is a retired business manager and supervisor of buildings and grounds for schools in Fremont, Ohio. Ed Celek went to Notre Dame to play football, "but his mom died and he had to go home and take care of his family, so he really never got to live out the football dream," Brent Celek said after a practice last week.
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September 4, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EVER SINCE Zach Ertz arrived in town three drafts ago, with his second-round, PAC-12 pedigree and his 4.6 speed, we've all been trying to put Brent Celek out to pasture. Thanks for the memories, Brent. Thanks for that 76-catch, eight-touchdown season in 2009. Thanks for averaging 13.1 yards per catch in 2011, when you played most of the season with a torn hip labrum and a sports hernia and never even missed a practice or appeared on an injury report. Thanks for all of those kill shots to the head, ribs, groin and knees you've taken for the team, and all of the yards you managed to gain after them.
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August 26, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NEVER MIND the confusion over whether the Eagles were or were not running a read-option play when the Ravens' Terrell Suggs went for Sam Bradford's twice-repaired left knee Saturday night. Chip Kelly said they weren't, some of his players said they were, but NFL officiating director Dean Blandino eventually clarified yesterday that from the league's perspective, it doesn't matter; a quarterback doesn't get protection on a handoff until he clearly no longer has the ball or has reestablished himself as a passer, whether it's an option play or not. Yes, it would have been hard for any sane person to be confused over whether Bradford had handed off the ball on the play in question, before Suggs launched himself at the QB's knees, but even that is not really the pressing issue going forward.
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August 21, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ERIC TOMLINSON caught all of 19 passes last season as a senior at Texas-El Paso. The Eagles signed him as an undrafted free agent mainly because their system prioritizes blocking by the tight end, and Tomlinson, at 6-6, 263, can deliver a load when clearing a path for a runner. But when Zach Ertz required surgery last week for a groin tear, the Eagles lost their most dynamic TE weapon, at least for the remainder of the preseason. So coaches didn't mind a bit last Sunday when Tomlinson nabbed five of the seven passes targeting him, rumbling for 61 yards.
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August 16, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
WITH ZACH ERTZ sidelined for the entire preseason with a "core muscle" injury that required surgery, the Eagles are left for the remainder of training camp with two healthy returning tight ends, in ninth-year veteran Brent Celek and second-year Florida product Trey Burton. Also in the equation is a trio of undrafted rookies: Eric Tomlinson, Andrew Gleichert and Justin Tukes, who will compete for the fourth-string tight end job. "We have three guys in Celek, Ertz, and Trey that we feel really confident in, but we're really trying to figure out who that fourth guy is," said Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who revealed Ertz' situation yesterday.
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August 16, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tight end Zach Ertz had surgery to correct a "core muscle injury" and will be sidelined for all of the preseason, the Eagles said on Friday. The team expects Ertz to be ready by the start of the regular season on Sept. 14. A "core muscle injury" can often be characterized as a sports hernia, but Ertz had a partial tear of his groin muscle, according to NFL sources. "The biggest thing for us in this situation, to be honest with you, is that it's something that we wanted to get cleaned up," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said before the surgery was announced.
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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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