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October 14, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Among the many fires Chip Kelly was looking to extinguish last week leading up to Sunday's win over New Orleans, one that proved difficult to contain was the apparently growing unhappiness of running back DeMarco Murray. After the deflating loss to Washington, Murray was asked if he thought he should be getting the ball more. He carried the ball eight times against the Redskins and caught two passes. The fact that he gained just 36 yards on those eight runs should have made him a bit circumspect, but considering he had gained a whopping 11 yards in his previous 21 carries to begin the season, maybe he viewed 8 for 36 as a breakout or something.
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September 18, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
CEREBRAL comedian Steven Wright once observed that you can't have everything. Where would you keep it? That's kind of the basis behind why Eagles running back DeMarco Murray is an ex-Dallas Cowboy. There is only so much room under the NFL's $143 million salary limit and the Cowboys just didn't want to make him fit. "We had a situation where we had a few different guys [whose contracts were up], who hit free agency at the same time," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "In a salary-cap era, unfortunately, you can't keep everybody.
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December 8, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - We'll find out in a game whether the Eagles favored Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner over DeMarco Murray because, as Chip Kelly claimed on Sunday, the Patriots have a "big group of linebackers. " But for one game, at least, Murray was demoted and it's difficult not to view the decision in the prism of the Eagles coach sending a clear message. Not only did Kelly cut severely into Murray's playing time, but he also benched the underperforming Miles Austin for rookie Jonathan Krause.
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October 10, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeMarco Murray said he did not go to Eagles coach Chip Kelly to discuss his comments about a lack of touches after the Week 4 loss to Washington, and he did not feel the need to rehash the issue with Kelly. "We all are on the same page and we all know what needs to happen to get this thing rolling offensively," Murray said. "I think the defense, they've been playing amazing for us the past four games, and I think we all need to continue to work hard and do all the little things right and execute.
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September 18, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
IT IS ONLY Week 2 in the NFL and already there is much cud to chew about the more notable wheelings and dealings of this offseason. Nick Foles placed an amazingly accurate deep pass between Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas to set up his new team for a comeback overtime victory. Sam Bradford threw a couple of costly picks, one his fault, one not, to sabotage his new team's come-from-behind try. He was also hit hard several times, inspiring a postgame ankle X-ray. That reworked Eagles offensive line that was supposed to protect him better than it did Foles and create all the space DeMarco Murray would need?
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October 3, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeMarco Murray watched from the sideline Sunday when the Eagles' running game had its most productive game of the season. Murray, who led the NFL in rushing yards in 2014 and was signed to be the Eagles' lead running back, might be able to keep another Sunday from going by without him. Murray was a full participant Thursday in practice. His injured hamstring is feeling better. He would not commit to playing Sunday against Washington, but his involvement in practice is a good indication.
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December 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WITH REPORTERS nearly climbing atop one another to hear his words - like a crowd of standbys vying for the last boarding pass on the final flight of the night - DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia's first-class passenger of the week, said he doesn't want to play anywhere else. Murray refused to divulge anything about his much-discussed conversation with Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie on the team charter back from New England last Sunday evening. But Murray denied he was frustrated with anything other than losing, and expressed no longing for Dallas, where he led the NFL in rushing a year ago. Murray's confab with Lurie became public through tweets and a story by ESPN's Ed Werder, who is based in Dallas and knows a lot of former Cowboys, their family members, agents and friends.
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September 25, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
STRAIGHTENING out the Eagles' offense and particularly the running game this week without a healthy DeMarco Murray will be a bit of a challenge - but what hasn't been, thus far? Murray, the team's key offensive free-agent signee with the much-discussed 11 yards on 21 carries through two games, did not practice yesterday after suffering what Eagles coach Chip Kelly called a hamstring "tweak" during Wednesday's session. Kelly said closed practices today and tomorrow at Monmouth (thanks to Popeadelphia gridlock)
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October 6, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
LANDOVER, Md. - DeMarco Murray is a star. He dresses the part. He carefully tightened the knot of his beige tie. It formed a perfect dimple over his tailored, patterned shirt, and it nicely set off his tailored blue suit. The ensemble radiated glamour in the crowded, smelly visitor's locker room. These, as it turns out, are Murray's fighting clothes. No longer will he play the good soldier. No longer will he keep his mouth shut. This was his Keyshawn Johnson moment; his Jonathan Papelbon declaration.
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March 5, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
DeMarco Murray has not voiced any frustration to Sam Bradford - and he has not voiced anything to coach Doug Pederson, because the two have not yet spoken. An NFL Network report last week said Murray is unhappy and still has an affinity for Dallas. Murray is entering the second year of a five-year, $40 million contract. He counts $8 million against the salary cap in 2016, but the team would absorb a $13 million salary cap hit if it releases him. "I don't know," Pederson said when asked if Murray is happy.
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September 16, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The first play in the Eagles' season-opening win on Sunday was a handoff to Ryan Mathews. The final four offensive plays were also handoffs to Mathews. Those accounted for five of his 22 carries - the second-highest total he's had in a game since 2013. Mathews finished with 77 rushing yards and one touchdown, which came when Doug Pederson kept calling running plays for him near the goal line in the fourth quarter. Mathews didn't need to look to the sideline to see if DeMarco Murray was coming into the game.
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September 2, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
THIS IS the hardest position to handicap, which is one reason why daily fantasy sports leagues have exploded. It's impossible to get stuck with a stiff all year if you can change your lineup each week. C.J. Anderson, Broncos: From Ron Dayne to Steve Slaton to Arian Foster, if head coach Gary Kubiak has a healthy running back, he's going to feed him the ball. Rookie Devontae Booker, a fourth-rounder out of Utah, has surpassed Ronnie Hillman as Anderson's handcuff. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers: Suspended for the first three games, which will include the Sept.
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August 9, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
THE THING is, Ryan Mathews is really good. That was vividly apparent in the Eagles' Saturday and Sunday training camp practices. There was no tackling, but Mathews looked smooth and swift, gliding effortlessly around end, making sharp cuts up the gut. When did the team last boast a physical, 220-pound runner with this much talent? Mathews' position coach, Duce Staley, in his very best years, more than a decade back, probably. But when the Eagles begin their preseason Thursday at home against Tampa Bay, the crowd won't reflect a lot of fans with No. 24 jerseys reading "Mathews" on the back.
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July 28, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Staff Writer
IF YOU'RE one of the five or six people in Philly who still need convincing that this is a football town, consider rookie running back Wendell Smallwood's trip to South Street last Saturday. Smallwood, a fifth-round pick in the draft, was on his way to Lorenzo's to pick up a pizza when, lo and behold, he was recognized by a group of Eagles fans. Now, keep in mind that we're not talking about Carson Wentz or Jason Kelce or Jordan Matthews. We're talking about a 5-10, 208-pound guy who was the 153rd pick in the draft and has yet to play in a game.
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May 18, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
ON PAPER AT LEAST, On paper at least, the Eagles' running-back picture heading into this week's first round of spring OTAs is more say what? than Cezanne. There is injury-prone Ryan Mathews, who averaged 5.1 yards per carry last year, but lugged the ball only 106 times and had more than 11 carries in only two games. There is 5-6, 190-pound Darren Sproles, who turns 33 in mid-June. There is Kenjon Barner, who has all of 34 career rushing attempts. And there are three talented but untested rookies - fifth-rounder Wendell Smallwood (West Virginia)
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April 21, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
When Ryan Mathews said that his mother spent more time following the Eagles' offseason and how it affected her son than he did, it seemed utterly believable. Sure, he followed the DeMarco Murray rumors and his eventual trade to the Titans in March. And, yes, he realized that Murray's departure bumped him up to the top spot on the running back depth chart - at least on paper. But Mathews doesn't appear to be the kind to sweat the uncontrollable. "It dawned on me, but, again, you never know," Mathews said Tuesday before the Eagles' first voluntary practice of minicamp.
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March 25, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
BOCA RATON, Fla. - No matter whom you believe or choose not to believe, there aren't any heroes in the story of the dysfunctional Eagles front office of 2015. Chip Kelly, in his first extensive comments on the subject since being fired by Jeffrey Lurie, painted a picture of organizational discord in which the structure created by the Eagles owner essentially sabotaged his first season with final say over the 90-man roster. In Kelly's view, he wasn't responsible for the disastrous free-agent contracts handed out to DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell last offseason.
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March 24, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Andy Reid maintained strong relationships with the Eagles' decision makers after his dismissal. So when they asked him about Doug Pederson, Reid was ready with an endorsement. "I thought Doug was ready to be a head coach," Reid said Tuesday on a conference call. "He'd kind of done everything he could do here. I hated losing him because of our relationship, but I'm very happy and proud of him for the opportunity he has to lead the Birds there. " Pederson was a coordinator for only three seasons, but Reid thought he was exposed to enough to prepare him for a promotion.
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March 12, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Howie Roseman said the Eagles' decision to trade Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, and DeMarco Murray was "about value," which came from improving draft position and opening cap space to allocate elsewhere. In the trade of Maxwell and Alonso to Miami, Roseman's objective was obtaining a top 10 pick. The Eagles moved from No. 13 to No. 8. "We felt there were 10 players that really stood out to us," Roseman said. "Picking 13th, we felt if we were in position to get one of those top 10 guys, there was tremendous value in that.
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March 9, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE GREAT PART about the National Football League is that there never is a shortage of village idiots. The NFL is the most successful sports league on the face of the earth. It generates nearly $14 billion a year in revenue. Yet, you don't have to look very hard to find someone dumber than you. After usurping personnel power from Howie Roseman following the 2014 season, Chip Kelly went all Monty Hall on us (Google him, kids) and engineered a bunch of questionable trades and spent a Brink's truck full of Jeff Lurie's money on a bunch of free agents he thought would help take the Eagles from good to great.
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