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December 1, 2002 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Damien Covington, a star athlete at Overbrook High School who went on to play professional football, was killed Friday night as he tried to repel two home invaders, authorities said yesterday. Covington, 29, was visiting friends at the Coachman Manor Apartments in Lindenwold when two men forced their way into the apartment. Covington was shot as he struggled with one of the men. The two intruders fled on foot, said Bill Shralow, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
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February 10, 2016 | By David Gambacorta and Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITERS
An argument over champagne at an Old City nightclub devolved into a brutal beat-down early Sunday, leaving two off-duty police officers in the hospital and a group of football players, including former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, facing possible arrest, according to incident reports. The 2:45 a.m. fight in the Recess Lounge on Second Street remains under investigation. Police are seeking arrest warrants. McCoy, 27, who was traded last year from the Eagles to the Buffalo Bills, was with former San Diego Chargers running back Curtis Brinkley, 30; former University of Pittsburgh player Tamarcus Porter, 27; and Christopher Henderson, 26. Some members of the group allegedly assaulted three off-duty officers - including a sergeant - in a dispute over a bottle of champagne, according to police reports.
SPORTS
December 10, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Tyrod Taylor would not be the best quarterback to run Chip Kelly's vision of a zone-read offense. He was, however, the best alternative available during an offseason in which the Eagles' coach/general manager paid a high price to bring in Sam Bradford from the St. Louis Rams. This, of course, is hindsight and we know how clear our vision can be with that as an aide. But listen to Kelly talk about Taylor and you wonder if there's just a tinge of regret for not signing a guy who was available as a free agent at the low cost of $3.35 million over three seasons.
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January 7, 2015
Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will interview for the Buffalo Bills head-coaching position, a source close to the situation said. Meanwhile, NFL.com reported yesterday that Detroit director of pro personnel Sheldon White is expected to interview for the Eagles job created by last week's reorganization, running personnel under coach Chip Kelly. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Eagles have asked to talk to Kansas City player personnel director Chris Ballard. Also, the Eagles signed 2014 practice squad inside linebacker Brandon Hepburn.
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May 28, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
If Marcus Smith were drafted in any other round, if he were one of the scores of other players from the 2014 draft trying to find an identity in the NFL in his third season, the conversations about him would be different. The questions to him would also be different. And surely, the expectations of him would be different. But Smith was the team's surprise first-round pick in 2014, and his first two years were filled with underachievement. He took 194 snaps in 21 games and totaled only eight tackles and 11/2 sacks.
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June 15, 2015 | Zach Berman, Inquirer
The Eagles will work out offensive lineman Jared Wheeler on Monday, according to a league source. He will sign if he passes his physical, according to agent Brett Tessler. Wheeler, 24, is 6-foot-5 and 319 pounds and played at the University of Miami. He was waived by the Seattle Seahawks after the draft in May. Wheeler spent last summer with the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills. He was with the Bills during the preseason, but did not make the final roster cut. Wheeler started six games at Miami in 2013 - one at left guard, two at center, and three at right guard.
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April 24, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles signed veteran wide receiver T.J. Graham to a one-year contract Friday after Graham tried out for the team during their three-day minicamp this week. Graham, 26, was a third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2012 out of North Carolina State. He has 61 catches for 794 yards and four touchdowns in four seasons with four teams. Almost all of that production came in his first two seasons, and he played only four games with the New Orleans Saints last year. At 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, Graham provides speed to the Eagles receiving corps.
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March 10, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The Eagles started their free agent acquisitions one day early when they signed veteran cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a two-year contract Tuesday. McKelvin, 30, was released by the Buffalo Bills last week, which allowed him to sign elsewhere at any time - even before the start of the league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday, when contracts expire and free agents can begin signing with other teams. At that time, the Eagles can officially trade DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso, and they can spend the money they opened up with those trades.
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November 14, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed veteran wide receiver Brad Smith to a two-year contract on Tuesday and released wide receiver B.J. Cunningham. Smith, a 29-year-old in his eighth NFL season, is a multidimensional player who was added to bolster the special teams. He's a capable kick returner who plays on all four phases of special teams and was a standout quarterback in college at Missouri. Smith was waived by the Buffalo Bills off injured reserve. He joined the Eagles after passing a physical.
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August 10, 2012 | Associated Press
Peyton Manning's first appearance with the Denver Broncos was a brief one. Manning played one possession in the preseason opener against the host Chicago Bears on Thursday and got intercepted near the end zone. In his first appearance since the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season while with Indianapolis, Manning completed 4 of 7 passes for 44 yards. On the game's first play from scrimmage, his pass was broken up by Lance Briggs. Then Chicago's Geno Hayes tipped the ball near midfield, but Jacob Tamme hauled it in for a 12-yard gain.
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May 28, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
If Marcus Smith were drafted in any other round, if he were one of the scores of other players from the 2014 draft trying to find an identity in the NFL in his third season, the conversations about him would be different. The questions to him would also be different. And surely, the expectations of him would be different. But Smith was the team's surprise first-round pick in 2014, and his first two years were filled with underachievement. He took 194 snaps in 21 games and totaled only eight tackles and 11/2 sacks.
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April 24, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles signed veteran wide receiver T.J. Graham to a one-year contract Friday after Graham tried out for the team during their three-day minicamp this week. Graham, 26, was a third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2012 out of North Carolina State. He has 61 catches for 794 yards and four touchdowns in four seasons with four teams. Almost all of that production came in his first two seasons, and he played only four games with the New Orleans Saints last year. At 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, Graham provides speed to the Eagles receiving corps.
SPORTS
March 10, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The Eagles started their free agent acquisitions one day early when they signed veteran cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a two-year contract Tuesday. McKelvin, 30, was released by the Buffalo Bills last week, which allowed him to sign elsewhere at any time - even before the start of the league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday, when contracts expire and free agents can begin signing with other teams. At that time, the Eagles can officially trade DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso, and they can spend the money they opened up with those trades.
SPORTS
March 10, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Staff Writer
A YEAR ago, after giving up 30 touchdown passes, after allowing a league-high 72 pass plays of 20 yards or more, after finishing 31st in the league in pass defense, the Eagles blew up their defensive secondary and tried to rebuild it. They got rid of three of their four starters. They fired their defensive backs coach, John Lovett. They signed two cornerbacks - Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond - in free agency, giving Maxwell a six-year, $63 million contract with $25 million in guarantees.
NEWS
February 10, 2016 | By David Gambacorta and Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITERS
An argument over champagne at an Old City nightclub devolved into a brutal beat-down early Sunday, leaving two off-duty police officers in the hospital and a group of football players, including former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, facing possible arrest, according to incident reports. The 2:45 a.m. fight in the Recess Lounge on Second Street remains under investigation. Police are seeking arrest warrants. McCoy, 27, who was traded last year from the Eagles to the Buffalo Bills, was with former San Diego Chargers running back Curtis Brinkley, 30; former University of Pittsburgh player Tamarcus Porter, 27; and Christopher Henderson, 26. Some members of the group allegedly assaulted three off-duty officers - including a sergeant - in a dispute over a bottle of champagne, according to police reports.
SPORTS
January 23, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The finest 3 hours, 3 minutes, 26 seconds of Frank Reich's career as an NFL quarterback are still available for anyone with a WiFi signal to marvel over. Go ahead. Fire up your internet browser, go to YouTube.com, and behold NBC's Jan. 3, 1993, broadcast of the AFC wild-card game between the Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., in all its anachronistic glory. There are Charlie Jones and Todd Christensen calling the action, both understated in their analysis.
NEWS
January 1, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Howie Roseman is back in charge of the Eagles' personnel department after control of the roster was ceded to Chip Kelly for one season. Roseman will maintain the title of executive vice president of football operations, but he will now be involved in personnel decisions. Tom Donahoe was named senior director of player personnel. He will handle the day-to-day operations of the department while working with Roseman on all roster decisions. The Eagles will not hire a general manager. "Howie will be responsible for making sure our player personnel department is as good as it gets in the NFL and be accountable for that, and that's pretty much the way it would go," team owner Jeffrey Lurie said.
SPORTS
December 16, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE EAGLES were called for five penalties on Sunday. Two were called on Dennis Kelly immediately upon entering the game, playing in an unfamiliar position. Another, on Riley Cooper chasing a punt return out of bounds, seemed ticky-tac. But then again, this was Ed Hochuli's officiating crew out there, the NFL version of a rain delay. Hochuli's crew is famous, or infamous, for numerous penalties, long pauses deciding what precisely to call, and mic'd-up explanations of those calls that take just slightly less time than the closing arguments in a trial.
SPORTS
December 15, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Zach Ertz has caught 142 passes in his three years with the Eagles. Nine finished in the end zone. Three came in the playoffs, including a touchdown. But Ertz said none of those catches was as important as his career-long, 41-yard reception Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. Ertz's third-down catch came when the score was tied at 20 and set up Caleb Sturgis' go-ahead field goal late in the game. "I've made plays for this team the past two years, but in the situation we were in with the playoffs on the line, I think it was the most important catch," Ertz said.
SPORTS
December 15, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
Chip Kelly denied an Inquirer report that he called LeSean McCoy, only to have the former Eagles running back hang up on him. "No, I never called McCoy this week," Kelly said Sunday after the Eagles' 23-20 win over the Bills. Two sources familiar with the call told The Inquirer that Kelly called McCoy on Tuesday. The number came up nameless on McCoy's cellphone, so he answered. When Kelly identified himself, McCoy hung up. The Inquirer stands by its reporting. McCoy has yet to talk to Kelly since he was traded to Buffalo in March.
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