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March 14, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Malcolm Jenkins' flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Philadelphia was delayed Wednesday afternoon, which was just about the only delay in this free-agent process for the Eagles' new safety. The Eagles targeted Jenkins once free agency opened Tuesday, and Philadelphia quickly emerged as the destination for the former Saint. Jenkins conceded that he was not in the Saints' plans, and New Orleans replaced him by making Jairus Byrd the highest-paid safety in the NFL. But Jenkins also embraced a new start with the Eagles, where the converted cornerback believes his skill set is aligned with the vision the Eagles have for safeties in their defense.
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March 5, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
OCCASIONALLY, circumstances dictate that several lesser issues be plumbed at once. And, so . . . If the Eagles do, in fact, pursue a top free-agent safety when negotiations begin Saturday, it will be a marked departure from the philosophy they have followed in the nearly 20 years Jeffrey Lurie has owned the team. Yes, they signed Brian Dawkins to a 7-year extension after the 2002 season, but Dawkins was their own: a second-round pick in 1996, in the prime of his career, with impeccable character and an unmatched skill set. He was the most professional person in the franchise and the key to Jim Johnson's fearsome defensive scheme.
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January 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - When Tony Carter first met Brian Dawkins as a Broncos teammate, he was too timid to remind him that they had met years before. Carter was an undrafted rookie cornerback and Dawkins had just signed a free-agent contract after 13 seasons with the Eagles. But they had met years prior in Jacksonville - their native city - when Carter was still in high school and Dawkins was his hero. "I was probably too embarrassed to say that. But he knew who I was," Carter said. "And soon as we met each other he said, 'Duval County!
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January 24, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MOBILE, Ala. - There's a gaggle of good-sized safeties here practicing for Saturday's Senior Bowl. You have to squint really hard to see any of them as a future star, though; most project as midrounders. That's partly because the top two safety prospects in this spring's NFL draft, Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor, are underclassmen and aren't in Mobile. And it's partly because the demands of the safety position in the NFL of 2014 are extreme, much more about coverage instincts and quickly sorting through what you're looking at than wrestling ballcarriers to the turf.
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January 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howie Roseman saw Brian Dawkins at the Eagles' postseason game on Jan. 4, and the sight of the retired safety only reaffirmed to Roseman how difficult it has been to replace him. The Eagles have been looking for safeties for five years. They're still looking. "You really appreciated it when he was here, but the longer he's away, you really get more and more appreciation for what a great player he was," Roseman said. "A Hall of Fame-caliber player at a position that's hard to find.
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November 5, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
OAKLAND - The last guy heading out of the locker room area toward the Eagles' bus to the airport yesterday evening was Nick Foles, who slouched through the empty O.co Coliseum hallways silently, as if he were headed to film review. Had Foles ever thought about throwing seven touchdown passes in a game, before he did it? "I haven't. I always just think about what it takes to win the game," Foles said after gaining a prominent piece of NFL history, and completing what might have been the most amazing start-to-start turnaround in the history of football.
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October 24, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
PHILADELPHIA fans may always acknowledge safety Nate Allen as "that guy the Eagles got for Donovan McNabb. " But now, in his fourth season with the Eagles, Allen is beginning to establish his own identity. When fan favorite and veteran safety Brian Dawkins joined the Broncos via free agency in 2009, the Eagles were left with a hole at the position they needed to fill quickly. After trading McNabb to Washington for a pair of draft picks in 2010, the Eagles used their second-round pick (37th overall)
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September 21, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Somewhere hiding beneath the hoopla surrounding the returning coach and his prodigal quarterback progeny, there was a football game on Thursday night and, to be honest, not a very good one. The Eagles fell to 1-2 for the season with three straight road games on the horizon after a 26-16 loss to the Kansas City Reids. Strip away the cheesy overhyped story line that came with Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia and Donovan McNabb having his number retired at halftime, and what was left?
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September 21, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donovan McNabb had his ups and downs with the fans during his 11 seasons as the Eagles quarterback. But there was only adulation when his jersey number was retired at halftime of the Eagles game with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The speculation by local and national pundits that McNabb would hear boos never materialized. On this night, it was a true lovefest. The crowd gave McNabb an extended standing ovation when he was introduced by former teammate Brian Dawkins.
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September 20, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
I AM NOT sure what the concern was all about. Despite the talk from Philadelphia's vocal minority, there was little chance that Donovan McNabb was going to get booed last night by Eagles fans during the ceremony that retired his No. 5. First off, Philadelphia fans aren't as crass as the national media play them out to be, and, with the game against Kansas City broadcast on the NFL Network, they weren't going to serve up any additional fodder....
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