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June 7, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles, thanks to Hollis Thomas, already had width at defensive tackle. Now, thanks to this year's draft additions of first-round pick Mike Patterson and seventh-rounder Keyonta Marshall, they also have quite a bit of depth. That's probably not the best-case scenario for veteran Paul Grasmanis, who was at the bottom of the depth chart among the team's defensive tackles last season. Grasmanis, entering his 10th NFL season and sixth with the Eagles, admitted he wasn't initially a big fan of this year's draft.
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April 21, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tom Heckert called it a good question even though he didn't have the exact answer. How long does it take to grade a team's draft? "Everybody says the rule of thumb is three years," the Eagles' vice president of player personnel said earlier this week. "Until a guy plays or fails, you can't really tell. " Many pundits, of course, will grade this weekend's draft Sunday night on Web sites and in Monday morning newspapers. A better story might be grading the "experts" three years from now. Anyway, most of Andy Reid's drafts can be fairly graded.
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April 13, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Corey Simon would neither confirm nor deny a report that his agent, Roosevelt Barnes, had asked the Eagles to remove the franchise tag the team placed on the defensive tackle a few days after its Super Bowl loss to New England. "No, I will not confirm that," Simon said yesterday. According to an Eagles source, Barnes made a casual request about removing the franchise tag shortly after it was placed on his client in February, but the source said the sides had not discussed the matter since then.
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April 5, 2005 | INQUIRER STAFF
The Eagles discussed trading defensive tackle Corey Simon to the Baltimore Ravens because the team could not come to an agreement with its franchise player on a long-term contract. Since the Eagles and Simon were "very far apart," according to a league source, the team talked to the Ravens, who were interested but did not want to part with two first-round picks, which is the price for signing a franchise player. The Ravens spoke with Simon's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, to discuss a long-term contract but also found themselves too far apart with the 28-year-old defensive tackle.
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February 11, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles made their first off-season decision yesterday by using their franchise tag on defensive tackle Corey Simon. Simon just completed the final season of a five-year deal he signed after the Eagles made him their first-round draft choice in 2000. He will turn 28 and also becomes an unrestricted free agent March 2, but the chance of other teams bidding for his services greatly decreased because of the Eagles' decision. Under the NFL's franchise tag rules, the Eagles now have seven days to match any contract offer Simon receives from another team during the free-agency period.
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November 30, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was biting commentary. Eagles defensive tackle Corey Simon was having what many people believe was his best game of the season. He had just registered a first-quarter sack of the Giants' Eli Manning on Sunday when lead Fox announcer Joe Buck described Simon as "a bit of a disappointment this season. " Color commentator Troy Aikman joined in, saying, "Yeah, and part of the reason Corey Simon has been a disappointment is because he has put on a lot of weight. He's not playing at near the playing weight he was a year ago and, as a result of that, his production has declined.
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October 27, 2004 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Corey Simon was in his element, standing, clapping, singing. The Eagles' defensive tackle couldn't have looked happier if he had just sacked a quarterback or stuffed the run, two of his well-known specialties. While many of his teammates watch Monday Night Football or enjoy an evening out the day after a game - Tuesday is usually the Eagles' only day off - Simon prefers worship. Except when the Eagles are playing, Simon can be found in a small place of worship in Cherry Hill most Monday nights.
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October 18, 2004 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Fox Sports analyst Daryl Johnston didn't exactly predict a Super Bowl appearance for the Eagles in the fourth quarter of yesterday's 30-8 win over the visiting Carolina Panthers. But Johnston noted that the only other NFL team to open the season with five straight double-digit wins in the last 35 years was the 1999 Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams. "This is a continuation of the progress the Eagles have made," Johnston said. Michael Barkann was more direct on Comcast SportsNet's Post Game Live, taking the hometown approach, stating the Eagles would be Super Bowl champions if they win their next 14 games.
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October 18, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was neither revenge nor vindication for that cold afternoon in January when the Carolina Panthers forced the Eagles to cancel those hotel reservations for Houston. It was further evidence that after five games this season, the Eagles are the best team in the NFC and the Panthers probably won't be making a return appearance in the Super Bowl. "I think the fans were happy," safety Brian Dawkins said yesterday after the Eagles' defense dominated in a 30-8 rout of the Panthers on a blustery afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.
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October 1, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It looks so easy. A white-hot Donovan McNabb is taking his arsenal of weapons back to his hometown to face a Chicago Bears secondary that is missing three starters and a Bears defense that is ranked 26th in the league. The Eagles' defense, coming off its best performance of the season in Detroit, is about to face a quarterback who hasn't made a start in the NFL since 2001. The Eagles are nine-point favorites on the road. Is it any wonder that Eagles coach Andy Reid said this week that "we look forward to the opportunity of playing the Chicago Bears"?
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