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March 12, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NFL's free-agent market opens Tuesday, along with the promise of the Eagles' grabbing some big names, but the team took care of two of its own when it signed long snapper Jon Dorenbos and safety Colt Anderson to contracts on Monday. Dorenbos was slated to become an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. like hundreds of other veterans who hope to cash in on the first day of the NFL year. But the Eagles locked up one of their longest-tenured players with a four-year deal. Anderson, a restricted free agent, would have become unrestricted had the Eagles not tendered a contract by Tuesday.
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December 21, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Staff Writer
The list of Eagles for whom the 2012 season will be remembered as a positive is not a long one. There are rookies who have established themselves and a very few veterans who improved their standing as NFL players, but you could hold a meeting of the This Wasn't All Bad Club in a pretty small room. And then there is Colt Anderson, the smallish safety who has been doubted at every level and who began the season still recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
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June 7, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN and Daily News Staff Writer
COLT ANDERSON isn't part of the Eagles' OTAs. Anderson is running and cutting on his own most days, usually just yards away from the main workout, virtually unnoticed.   Bobby April notices him, though. The Birds' special-teams coordinator knows Anderson, nominally a safety, was the main reason the Eagles ranked third in punt-return yardage surrendered and 13th in kickoff-return yardage surrendered last season. Anderson was voted team special-teams MVP by his teammates, after he finished second in special-teams production points and tackles despite missing the final four games after tearing his left ACL Dec. 1 at Seattle.
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December 21, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SOMEWHERE FAIRLY high among the reasons why Andy Reid almost certainly will coach his final home game for the Eagles Sunday is this: Reid's team drafted safety Nate Allen in the second round in 2010, 37th overall, and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett in the second round in 2011, 54th overall. Neither Allen nor Jarrett will start for the Eagles against the visiting Washington Redskins. Jarrett was cut Sept. 11, and on Wednesday, Reid announced that Colt Anderson will take Allen's starting role.
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August 26, 2012
The Eagles released 10 players Saturday, trimming their roster to 80 players. They have until 4 p.m. Monday to get to 75. The following players were cut a day after the Eagles beat the Browns, 27-10, in their third preseason game: wide receiver Elvis Akpla, safety Wade Bonner, defensive end Xavier Brown, wide receiver Brian Hernandez, wide receiver McKay Jacobson, wide receiver Tiger Jones, guard Alfred McCullough, safety Tom Nelson, cornerback Kevin...
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October 7, 2012
Special teams The Eagles' units continue to struggle across the board. Last week, their kick-cover team allowed returns of 58, 45, and 43 yards to the Giants' David Wilson. The Eagles addressed the issue by cutting Brian Rolle and replacing him with Adrian Moten. The return of specialist Colt Anderson should also help. As for the Eagles' return teams, rookies Brandon Boykin (21.0 yards on kick returns) and Damaris Johnson (5 yards on punts) continue to have trouble finding space.
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September 15, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles defensive end Jason Babin was fined $15,750 for roughing Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in last Sunday's 17-16 win. The NFL determined that Babin "unnecessarily" drove Weeden into the ground, according to a league spokesman. Per the collective-bargaining agreement, fines increased 5 percent this season, so a $15,000 fine last year is $15,750 this season. This is not the first time Babin's been levied a fine from the league. After a $15,000 fine for roughing the passer last October, Babin was outspoken about his frustration with the league's system.
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December 3, 2011 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy Reid said Friday that starting quarterback Michael Vick , out the last three games with cracked ribs, could practice on Monday and that he might start when the team resumes play next Sunday at Miami. "I do," Reid said when asked if he thought Vick would be available when the team practices on Monday. "In what role, we'll see. But I think there is a pretty good chance. I want to see him throw the ball and really put torque on it for at least a handful or more than a handful of plays.
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December 19, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy, who missed four games with a concussion, has been cleared by an independent neurologist and could play Sunday against the Redskins, Andy Reid said Monday. "There's a chance he ends up playing for us this week," Reid said during his radio show on WIP-AM. "We'll see how it goes with practices this week. He practiced today and did well. " In McCoy's absence, Bryce Brown has had his ups and downs. The rookie running back ran for 347 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries in his first two starts, but was held to 40 yards on 28 carries in the next two games.
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September 17, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - It is important to note, at this juncture, that the Eagles very much are a work in progress. They have a quarterback with less than a full season's worth of starts. They are inexperienced on the defensive line. They rebuilt their receiving corps. They addressed the porous defensive secondary, but they could not upgrade it overwhelmingly. They lost three of their top six offensive linemen to injury or suspension, and the offensive line was their best unit.
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September 16, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's difficult to imagine Cody Parkey as an Eagle if it weren't for the relationship between Howie Roseman and Ryan Grigson. Former Eagles colleagues and frequent trade partners, the two general managers on Aug. 20 had just placed rookies on waivers who would have filled holes on each other's teams. The Eagles needed a kicker, and the Colts had just cut Parkey. The Colts needed a running back, and the Eagles had just released David Fluellen. Realizing the mutual interest, Roseman and Grigson worked out a straight-up deal before Parkey and Fluellen officially went on waivers.
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September 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two days after the Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs, Chip Kelly was asked how much emphasis he would place on the loss to the Saints against the season as a whole when making changes in the offseason. "I think that's a mistake. I think you have to look at everything," Kelly said then. "I've always done it that way. It has to be the totality of the season. " But what happens when a postseason loss magnifies season-long issues and, in certain cases, reveals flaws that would keep an ascending team from cracking into the NFC's top tier and beating teams like the Seahawks, 49ers, Packers and Saints in the postseason?
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March 19, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even after the Eagles signed free agents Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos last week, there was the belief that they weren't quite finished adding to the safety position before May's draft. Turns out, the team looked no further than its own list of unrestricted free agents to address the need for more depth and signed Nate Allen to a one-year contract on Monday. Even though he started all 16 games in 2013, including one playoff game, Allen won't be handed a starting spot. Jenkins' three-year, $16.25 million contract ensures that he will, at the least, be given every opportunity to start.
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March 14, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the second day of free agency, the Eagles focused their attention on special teams. They made it a priority Wednesday to sign two players whose primary roles are as special-teams performers: safety Chris Maragos from the Seahawks and linebacker Bryan Braman from the Texans. Maragos, 27, agreed to a three-year contract worth $4 million ($1 million guaranteed), according to a league source. Braman, who will turn 27 in May, agreed to a two-year deal worth $3.15 million ($1 million guaranteed)
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March 13, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Malcolm Jenkins fit the paradigm the Eagles set last offseason during free agency. The former Saints safety, who agreed to a three-year contract with the Eagles on Tuesday, is young, relatively inexpensive, and considered by some to be an ascending talent. Most of the team's signings last season followed this pattern, and some panned out, but the two additions at safety were strikeouts. So it's understandable if skeptics question Jenkins and the Eagles' evaluation of the 26-year old. Jenkins may not have the resumé of Jairus Byrd, T.J. Ward, or Donte Whitner - three other free-agent safeties - but the Eagles believe his skills are suited to their scheme.
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March 11, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ON TWITTER over the weekend, " @FakeWIPCaller ," a parody account, twice expressed exasperation that the Eagles hadn't yet signed any free agents. The joke, of course, was about fan impatience; while teams were free to talk to agents for pending unrestricted free agents starting Saturday, the teams can't sign those players until 3 p.m. tomorrow. It's a long time to wait, and to track rumors. A cynic might suggest that the 3-day "official tampering period" was instituted to give agents a chance to create some buzz around their clients.
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January 7, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are about five minutes of the Eagles' season that will haunt the team and its fans in the coming months - the end of Saturday's 26-24 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. An extra point had given the Eagles a one-point lead with 4 minutes, 54 seconds remaining. Victory was possible if they could make one more stop. The Eagles defense had forced the Saints to punt just once on the previous five drives. Now a field goal would give New Orleans the lead. But if the Saints quickly scored, the Eagles would get the ball back.
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December 20, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
IKE REESE, the former Eagles Pro Bowl special-teamer and now the smarter and better-looking half of WIP's "Mike & Ike Show," was talking the other day about Chip Kelly's decision not to kick the ball to the Vikings' dangerous kickoff returner, Cordarrelle Patterson, in the Birds' 48-30 loss last Sunday. On the Eagles' first five kickoffs, Kelly had Alex Henery go with shorter squib kicks and mortar kicks. Patterson never got a return opportunity, but the strategy gave the Vikings a short field.
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December 19, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles hope that the way their secondary played in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings was an aberration, even if they entered the game with one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. In this Sunday's visit by the Chicago Bears, the Eagles will learn whether the concern about the defensive backfield is valid. The Bears feature two of the NFC's top receivers - Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have both eclipsed 1,000 yards this season - and the NFL's fifth-ranked passing offense.
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