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December 19, 2012 | Staff Report
TIGHT END Clay Harbor has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-back contusion, the Eagles announced Tuesday. Harbor, 25, has 25 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns this season, all of which are career highs. With Harbor out, Brent Celek and Emil Igwenagu are the tight ends on the active roster. Celek is due to return after missing last week's game with a concussion. Igwenagu, who also plays fullback, made his NFL debut last week.  
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June 7, 2012 | By Tyler Jett, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years removed from college, Clay Harbor is back in class. The tight end is participating in his first full professional offseason this spring - he was drafted in 2010 and waited through the NFL lockout last year. The extra time with the coaches, he said, means a higher football education, and better results in the fall. In particular, Harbor wants to be a smarter blocker and a more fluid route runner. A couple of tweaks, along with extra two-tight-end packages, might pull him off the sidelines more often this season.
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December 12, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Brent Celek sustained a concussion on the first play from scrimmage of Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Clay Harbor took his place at tight end. The Eagles didn't call his number right away. They eased him into the offense with a few protection assignments. After a few snaps, tight ends coach Tom Melvin called down from the press box to speak with Harbor. "I'm fine now. I'm in the game. The jitters are gone. I'm going to have a good game," Harbor told Melvin. After the game, Melvin reminded Harbor of that conversation.
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August 28, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
In his career, Chip Kelly already has experienced everything that comes along with coaching a football team, with one notable exception. There aren't many cutdown days in college. "We have none," Kelly said. That part of the NFL game is new to him. These aren't recruits who stay on scholarship even if they can't stay on the field. These are professionals who sometimes have to be told that their livelihood won't be continuing here. "There's only a certain number of guys who are going to make it. You start with 90 and end up with 53. How that comes about is difficult," Kelly said.
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December 11, 2012 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
SOME INTREPID folks were trying to work the gee-despite-the-win-you-were-eliminated-from-playoff-contention angle in the locker room Monday. Of the handful of Eagles available after a brief practice, nobody seemed shocked they weren't going to the postseason. "It felt great to win, especially under the circumstances, with a lot of young guys in, a lot of key players out in key positions," tight end Clay Harbor said. Despite how the question was phrased, Harbor didn't even mention the playoffs.
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February 12, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed defensive end Phillip Hunt on Friday to a three-year contract, adding a pass rusher who led the Canadian Football League in sacks last season. Hunt, 25, had 16 sacks for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season and had three in 2009. The CFL plays an 18-game season. He played at the University of Houston but was undrafted. Hunt worked out for the Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and New England Patriots in December. At 6 feet and 248 pounds, he fits the physical mold the Eagles look for in pass rushers.
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August 15, 2012
Crunch Time is a compilation of notable hits and a few misses from Eagles training camp at Bethlehem. * Michael Vick, moving to his left, lofted a long strike down the left sideline for Jason Avant, flicking it just over the coverage of Nnamdi Asomugha. Avant caught it in stride. * O.J. Atogwe tried to jump a short route on Nick Foles and Clay Harbor. Foles zipped the ball to Harbor, who had no one behind him and romped to the end zone. * Kurt Coleman sniffed out a budding flea flicker and "sacked" Vick, just after the QB got the ball back from LeSean McCoy.
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December 15, 2012 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Here are some observations and ruminations about Thursday night's Eagles-Bengals game: It couldn't last. A week after the Eagles offense did not commit a turnover for the first time in six weeks, Jeremy Maclin fumbled on the second play from scrimmage. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called for another of his trusty receiver screens, and Maclin made some nifty moves to get upfield. But he apparently didn't learn anything from Bryce Brown's recent misfortune when holding the football like a loaf of Stroehmann's.
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February 12, 2011
The Eagles added another pass rusher to their mix yesterday when they signed the Canadian Football League's 2010 sack leader, defensive end Phillip Hunt, to a 3-year contract. Hunt notched 16 sacks for Winnipeg last season, his second in the CFL after failing to make the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Houston in 2009. "This organization has a strong, winning tradition, and with a quarterback like Michael Vick and players like DeSean Jackson, just to name a few, it's a great organization to be a part of," Hunt told the Eagles' website.
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September 4, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY really had us going, didn't he? All that "May the best man win" stuff. All that "Every job is open for competition. " And then, after the blood was let, there were zero surprises on Kelly's first Eagles roster. Zero. Kelly, early in training camp, listed co-starters at quarterback, when one guy fit his offense like a New England accent fits in Philly sports (there's a lot of that going on these days). Making Michael Vick watch Nick Foles run Kelly's read-option scheme would be like making Kelly put his best receiver and his most professional player, Jason Avant, at safety for a day. Avant, all along clearly the only choice in the slot, should drop two passes just to get even . . . but then, Avant lacks that sort of malice.
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September 1, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CLAY HARBOR will have no regrets if he is told he didn't make the Eagles. The 26-year-old tight end/wide receiver thinks he's done everything humanly possible to prove he belongs on the team. He's built a solid resumé, playing 34 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps the last two seasons and catching a career-high 25 passes in 2012. He's trained hard and has studied harder. He's put in hours upon hours of extra time on the JUGS machine after practice, has watched God knows how many hours of extra video, and didn't hesitate for a second 2 weeks ago when Chip Kelly asked him to move outside and learn the wide receiver position.
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September 1, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
HERE'S MY CRACK at the 53-man roster the Eagles must end up with by 6 p.m. today, working with who was still around after yesterday's cut from 75 to 62, not inferring any additions. The Eagles might pick up several players as other teams cut down; that would knock some guys who've made my 53 off the bubble. Quarterback: Of course, Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. I have been told Dennis Dixon retains practice-squad eligibility in what I believe to be his 15th NFL season, because he hasn't played in nine career games, or spent three seasons on a practice squad.
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August 29, 2013 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
NFL TEAMS must get down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon, which means tomorrow night's preseason game against the Jets will be the final opportunity for Eagles players on the roster bubble to make their case to Chip Kelly and his coaching staff. "There's a lot up in the air right now," Kelly said. "This will be the last opportunity to see how those guys react in that [game] environment. It's a huge night for all those guys. " Linebacker Phillip Hunt was waived injured yesterday as the Eagles reduced their roster to 75 players.
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August 28, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
In his career, Chip Kelly already has experienced everything that comes along with coaching a football team, with one notable exception. There aren't many cutdown days in college. "We have none," Kelly said. That part of the NFL game is new to him. These aren't recruits who stay on scholarship even if they can't stay on the field. These are professionals who sometimes have to be told that their livelihood won't be continuing here. "There's only a certain number of guys who are going to make it. You start with 90 and end up with 53. How that comes about is difficult," Kelly said.
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August 14, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
IF CLAY HARBOR weren't such a positive, upbeat guy, he might think the Eagles were trying to tell him something. Something not very good. The fourth-year tight end caught a career-high 25 passes last season, then watched as the team added not one, but two highly touted tight ends in the offseason - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz. Then, during OTAs in May, the coaches asked Harbor to take some reps at outside linebacker. The experiment lasted only a day, and coach Chip Kelly said it was nothing more than food for thought in the event of an emergency, but still.
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August 9, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TWO WEEKS into Eagles training camp, there still is a lot we don't know about Chip Kelly's offense. But one thing we do know is that the tight end position will have a starring role in the production. The Eagles have seven tight ends on their preseason roster. Only one NFC team is carrying more (Rams, with eight). During the team's 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work, Kelly regularly has used two-tight-end sets, and sometimes has put three on the field together, particularly in the red zone.
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July 24, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When all the Eagles have reported to camp and the first full-team practice takes place on Friday, seven tight ends will be trying to find some room on Chip Kelly's first NFL roster. Who knows? Maybe they all will. Not likely, but no position on offense will gain more importance in the Andy Reid-to-Kelly shift than tight end. With the Eagles, the tight end role is going to be transformed from a somewhat necessary afterthought to the most versatile cog of an offense that will be built on versatility.
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May 24, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE MUSIC Howie Roseman was happiest to hear from the Eagles' practice field this spring wasn't Nicki Minaj, Lupe Fiasco or even the Lumineers. It was the sound of Eagles players trumpeting their excitement over new coach Chip Kelly's changes. Roseman, who spoke to reporters yesterday at Lincoln Financial Field after participating in a Rothman Institute panel discussion of "The Impact of Sports," was asked if Kelly's loud, frenetic practices were as big an adjustment for him as they were for reporters, accustomed to the more staid style of 14-year coach Andy Reid.
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May 24, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
TED WILLIAMS is the calm hand in the middle of the revolution. The longest-tenured assistant coach in the history of the Eagles franchise, Williams arrived here as the tight ends coach in 1995 and 1996 under Ray Rhodes. Now, a lifetime later - and after 16 years coaching running backs named Ricky Watters, Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy - Williams is coaching tight ends again in 2013 under Chip Kelly. To say that a few things are different would be an embarrassing understatement.
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