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April 19, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE OFFENSIVE line arrayed in front of Michael Vick this week at Chip Kelly's first minicamp might look pretty different from the group that takes the field next month, when the team again assembles. The Eagles hold the fourth overall pick in the April 25-27 NFL draft, and with three offensive tackles expected to go in the top 10, plus a couple of guards, the veterans on the line could soon be welcoming to their group the highest-drafted Eagle since Donovan McNabb arrived (accompanied by boos, local legend holds)
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April 19, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE EAGLES started their voluntary offseason strength and conditioning program on April 1, which, as luck would have it, happened to be just 2 days after Danny Watkins got married. If Andy Reid, who selected Watkins with the 23rd overall pick in the draft 2 years ago, still was the Eagles' head coach, and if Watkins had lived up to first-round expectations the last two seasons, he almost certainly would've headed to Aruba rather than South Philadelphia. But Reid was canned on Dec. 31 and Watkins, who started just six games last season, is perilously close to joining the Eagles' long, long list of first-round draft busts.
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March 9, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last March, after extending Todd Herremans' contract and re-signing Evan Mathis, the Eagles said they felt as confident about their offensive line as any other position group. With the new contracts, they had all five of their starters locked up at least through 2014. Considering the progression the line had made by the end of the 2011 season, that was seen as a positive. But, less than two weeks after the ink was dry on Mathis' five-year deal, all-pro left tackle Jason Peters ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right foot and was done for the season.
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February 22, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - So, how would you feel if the first draft pick of the Chip Kelly era is, drum roll, please . . . a guard. Could happen. It's early. The Eagles won't be on the clock for another 2 months. But you can put it on the list of possibilities, along with a half-dozen other potential draft-night scenerios. An interior offensive lineman hasn't been taken with one of the first five picks in the draft in 38 years. Thirty-eight years! You've got to go all the way back to 1975, when the Baltimore Colts took North Carolina guard Ken Huff with the third pick.
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February 11, 2013 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
When the Super Bowl finally came to an end late Sunday night, a sense of dread slowly crept over me. It wasn't because the game was disappointing (though the ads - a vital part of the modern-day Super Bowl experience - really sucked, with the sensational exception of Budweiser's trainer/Clydesdale reunion). What really bummed me out: Both of our major bowls are over (including Wing Bowl where Super Squibb let us down at the hands - or stomach - of someone called the "Bear"), and we are entering a dreadful 7-month stretch during which we will not see a meaningful football game.
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January 4, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Here's a proposition for Jeffrey Lurie, something that should add a little incentive as he sets out to hire a new head coach for the Eagles. The way things have turned out, Lurie is competing for a coach with longtime friend and colleague Joe Banner, who now runs the Cleveland Browns. That competition goes a long way toward explaining the veiled insults and revisionist history Lurie wove into his news conference Monday. Meanwhile, Andy Reid's search for a new job has led to interviews with Kansas City and Arizona, two places where the owners are not exactly perceived as gold-standard material.
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December 31, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - They made it easy. With their atrocious farewell performance here Sunday, the Eagles removed any doubt about what needs to be done. It starts with the dismissal of Andy Reid, obviously, but it should not end there. If Howie Roseman is going to remain in charge, as it appears, then he should start general managing immediately. Before the close of business Monday, Roseman should cut ties with a handful of the players most closely identified with this horrendous season.
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December 31, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - They made it easy. With their atrocious farewell performance here Sunday, the Eagles removed any doubt about what needs to be done. It starts with the dismissal of Andy Reid, obviously, but it should not end there. If Howie Roseman is going to remain in charge, as it appears, then he should start general managing immediately. Before the close of business Monday, Roseman should cut ties with a handful of the players most closely identified with this horrendous season.
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December 24, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox sustained a concussion in the Birds' 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, making the rookie first-round pick the fourth Eagles starter to suffer the injury this season. Quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy, and tight end Brent Celek have all missed games this season with concussions. There was no word on Cox's status for Sunday's game at the New York Giants, and the Eagles put their players through a rigorous five-step concussion-recovery process.
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December 24, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Watkins has played fewer than two NFL seasons, and yet, because of his fall from grace this year and his advanced age, he has been deemed by many to be a bust. If the lesson of Brandon Graham has taught anything it's that two seasons - one interrupted by injury - sometimes cannot be enough time to draw conclusions on draft picks. Even first-rounders. Perhaps Watkins won't ever live up to being selected 23d overall in the 2011 draft. If the right guard was to end his career today, with 18 starts of little note, then the Eagles' decision to take the then-26-year-old former firefighter with only four years of football under his utility belt could be labeled a failure.
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