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February 27, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
To no great surprise, the Eagles released defensive tackles Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins on Monday. Age, high-priced contracts, and the expected changes in the Eagles defense made their releases a foregone conclusion. Patterson will turn 30 before next season. Jenkins turned 32 last month. Patterson was slated to earn slightly more than $4 million, while Jenkins had a $5.5 million salary, $1 million of which was to be paid in a roster bonus on March 12. Approximately $1.5 million of Jenkins' salary is guaranteed, but there is offsetting language in his contract.
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March 11, 2013
Former Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins , 32, signed a three-year contract worth $8 million with the New York Giants, NFL.com reported Sunday. The Eagles, who cut Jenkins, last month would have been on the hook for about $1.1 million if Jenkins hadn't signed with another team. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco told USA Today that receiver Anquan Boldin , 32, should not accept a pay cut. Boldin is scheduled to make $6 million this coming season. Boldin, citing "principles," said he will not slash his salary to stay with the Ravens.
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February 27, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MIKE PATTERSON and Cullen Jenkins were loyal soldiers who worked hard and never caused problems, but their general was exiled to Kansas City, and his replacement envisions a different type of army. The Eagles still haven't confirmed they are moving to a 3-4 front under new coach Chip Kelly. Nonetheless, Monday they began retooling for just that, releasing Patterson and Jenkins, two veteran defensive tackles who aren't hefty enough to be great 3-4 nose tackles and would seem to lack the height and power to be great 3-4 ends.
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August 21, 2012 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Eagles coach Andy Reid uncharacteristically got into a verbal back-and-forth with one of his players when he jawed with Cullen Jenkins on the sideline during the second quarter of Monday night's preseason game against the Patriots. The argument was caught by ESPN cameras and was replayed several times during the telecast. Reid, waving his play card at Jenkins, said something to the defensive tackle, who stood up and got in the coach's face. "It's an emotional game.
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September 7, 2011 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORTS
ALL IN. It has become shorthand for what this Eagles season is about, with the acquisition of big-name players and $230 million spent on contracts in 5 weeks. While the goal of winning the franchise's first championship since 1960 is clear, the process to get there is never easy to navigate. "Whatever it takes to try to get there, that's what we're going to do," team president Joe Banner said recently. "I want the players to feel like that's the goal. If we fall short of that, then we didn't hit the goal.
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September 22, 2011
Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins found the dreaded FedEx envelope from the NFL in his locker cubicle yesterday. Jenkins discovered he had been fined $15,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit, which happened when Jenkins sacked the Falcons' Matt Ryan in Sunday's game. Jenkins said a blocker was holding his legs as he lunged forward to try to tackle Ryan. "You're fighting and clawing to try to get to the quarterback. Really, what are you supposed to do?" Jenkins asked.
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August 24, 2012 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Cullen Jenkins saw Andy Reid in the hallway of the NovaCare Complex minutes after Reid's news conference Wednesday. One of the topics Reid discussed was a televised shouting match between him and Jenkins during Monday's preseason game against the Patriots. Jenkins apologized to Reid - the third time he did so - and Reid told Jenkins, "They're coming to get you now. " Sure enough, Jenkins was by his locker to explain what happened and why. "I'm usually an easygoing person," Jenkins said.
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December 16, 2012
Andy Reid said Friday it was "hindsight" to suggest he could have fixed his defense earlier, and maybe saved the Eagles' season, by firing defensive-line coach Jim Washburn and scuttling the wide-nine before he eventually did so, on Dec. 3. Reid didn't say it was "wrong. " He just said it was "hindsight. " Then Reid talked about how, with the defensive line in a normal formation, and the linemen not blindly making a beeline for the quarterback, life is much easier for the safeties and even the corners.
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April 5, 2013
A second former Eagles defensive tackle is joining the New York Giants. According to profootball.com, the Giants have signed Mike Patterson, who will join Cullen Jenkins on the Giants defensive line in 2013. Patterson was cut by the Eagles before the start of free agency on the same day that the team gave Jenkins his walking papers. Patterson played just five games for the Eagles in 2012 after preseason surgery to repair an arteriovenous malformation in his brain. That condition contributed to a seizure during training camp in 2011 that initially seemed to threaten his ability to continue his football career.
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June 2, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Babin said he plans to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, later this summer. His teammates' reactions? A little concern, but no surprise. "That's Babin for you," said wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. "I wouldn't do anything like that, personally. " Michael Vick said he might try to stop last year's leading sack man from going. "I'm going to try to talk him out of it, if it's the truth," Vick said. "I would much rather have him on my team this year than have anything catastrophic happen, so we're going to keep him on the safe side.
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December 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Earl Wolff was sitting at his locker at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday afternoon, his back to everyone, his head hanging low, when out of the corner of his eye he saw DeMeco Ryans enter the room. A rookie safety, Wolff is nursing an injured right knee and has missed four of the Eagles' last five games. Though he had practiced Thursday, he still felt so sore that he worried whether he'd be healthy enough to suit up Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, for the game that will determine whether the Eagles reach the playoffs.
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October 8, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Alex Henery missed field goals in the last three games, but he redeemed himself in Sunday's 36-21 win over the New York Giants by connecting on all five of his attempts. "My confidence was still there, but it does feel good to have a good day of kicking out there," Henery said. "Ninety percent of the kicking game is confidence, so it's just one of those things it helps out. " Henery hit field goals of 27, 29, 36, 40, and 41 yards. He is 12 of 15 this season and 86.3 percent for his career.
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October 8, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There occasionally occurs an athletic event worthy of celebration with prosaic laurels crafted to capture the beauty of the moment. This weren't one of 'em. Both the Giants and the visiting Eagles bore accurate witness as to why they entered with one win between them. Lousy defense, errant offense, spotty special teams . . . a shameful display for two proud franchises deep into a viable rivalry. And, really, a display indicative of where they are as franchises.
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October 7, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three losses to AFC West teams, the Eagles return to the NFC East in a different state than they left following a season-opening win over the Redskins. The Eagles still have an opportunity in the NFC East, where the combined records through four weeks are 4-12. This is also Chip Kelly's introduction to the Eagles-Giants rivalry. The two franchises have had memorable moments over the years, and Kelly's arrival adds another chapter. "I'm very aware of the rivalry between the Giants and the Eagles," Kelly said.
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October 4, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When all else seemed to go awry in the Eagles locker room last season, veteran defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson tried encouraging Cedric Thornton. They told him the next season would be his chance. Thornton and Fletcher Cox would be a part of the Eagles' future. That future has come, and it has arrived without Jenkins and Patterson. The team moved on from both, releasing them together on Feb. 25, early enough to begin planning their next move. Both eventually signed with the New York Giants and will face the Eagles for the first time Sunday.
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October 4, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO, as Cedric Thornton struggled to get snaps on a 4-12 Eagles team, veteran defensive-line starters Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins told Thornton his time would come. "Last season, they were telling me that next year was going to be my test," Thornton said yesterday, as the Eagles prepared for Sunday's visit to the New York Giants. "They prepared me for it . . . Most likely, you're not going to get too many opportunities, but when you do, you just want to step up to the plate.
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October 4, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BRANDON BOYKIN is listed at 5-10, 185. Maybe there was a time when he would have been able to play linebacker effectively in the NFL, but that time faded into memory right around when the Eagles dropped those blue-and-yellow 1930s uniforms. Nonetheless, Boykin found himself an inadvertent outside linebacker for a few minutes Sunday in Denver. Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis later explained he'd sent Boykin out thinking the Broncos were running a three-wideout set. Instead they were going with two tight ends.
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August 7, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERYBODY makes mistakes. But 2 years ago, the Eagles' decision-making troika of Andy Reid, Howie Roseman and Joe Banner made enough of them over a 3-month span to merit Guinness Book of World Records consideration. That April, they swung and missed with their first three draft picks - guard Danny Watkins, safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and cornerback Curtis Marsh. Watkins, who was benched after six games last year, has been a bust. Jarrett was canned after one season. And Marsh has been on the field for a total of 75 defensive snaps in 2 years.
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July 26, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BENNIE LOGAN might have been the most surprising Eagles' draft pick in April. (It was surprising that they got quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round, not all that surprising that they drafted him.) Logan is a defensive lineman from LSU. After the Eagles went offensive line (Lane Johnson) in the first round, and tight end (Zach Ertz) in the second, most observers would have laid odds on a safety or a corner in the third. You saw the Birds' secondary last year; maybe there didn't seem to be a defensive back in the draft worthy of being taken fourth overall, where the Eagles took Johnson, but nobody would have been shocked if they'd gone for secondary help in the second, third and fourth rounds.
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June 7, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THIS YEAR'S Eagles defensive line rotation is going to look very different from what fans are used to seeing. The Andy Reid-era Eagles prized speed over size up front, whether the defensive coordinator was Jim Johnson, Sean McDermott or Juan Castillo. The phrase "high motor" came up a lot, usually with players who might otherwise be described as "low measuring tape. " Which brings us, indirectly, to Clifton Geathers, a 6-8, 340-pound defensive end and nose tackle who has gotten some first-team reps at both spots this week, in the Birds' mandatory minicamp that ends today.
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