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November 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy walked off the AT&T Stadium field in December celebrating a season-finale win over the Dallas Cowboys with a championship belt draped over his shoulder. The Eagles running back clinched his first rushing title on that night last season, and he boasted about that belt throughout the offseason. Almost three months into his title defense, it sounds as if McCoy is ready to bequeath the belt to Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who has rushed for 1,354 yards - 403 more than any other player this season.
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March 13, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles agreed to terms on a deal with former Pro Bowl running back Ryan Mathews, a league source said Wednesday. The contract will be for three years and worth $11.5 million with $5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. However, the Eagles might not be finished. Several reports continue to link the Eagles to DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL in rushing last season. Murray will travel to Philadelphia to meet with Eagles officials on Thursday, according to ESPN. The Eagles have Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner, and Matthew Tucker under contract at running back, with a tender out to restricted free agent Chris Polk and Mathews' deal upcoming, too. Mathews, 27, was a 2010 first-round pick by the San Diego Chargers who has been productive when he has not been injured.
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November 27, 2014
Who is the better running back, the Eagles' LeSean McCoy or the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray? Here is how they compare year vs. year, and of late: THROUGH 11 GAMES      Att.   Yards   Avg.   TD    Murray 2014    268   1,354   5.1   7    Fumbles: 5; 100-yard games: 10; Receiving: 38 for 303 McCoy 2014    217   859   4.0   3    Fumbles: 2; 100-yard games: 3; Receiving: 23 for 111 McCoy 2013    213   969   4.5   5    Fumbles: 1; 100-yard games: 4; Receiving: 35 for 399 LAST 6 GAMES Murray    138   684   5.
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April 16, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles might think DeMarco Murray is a better fit for Chip Kelly's offense, but Brian Westbrook is not convinced. The former Pro Bowl running back heard that the Eagles favored Murray's one-cut running style. But he doesn't think that explanation is totally fair to LeSean McCoy, who followed Westbrook in the Eagles backfield. "I hear that a lot about Murray being a one-cut runner - it's easy being a one-cut runner when your holes are [as wide] as a truck," Westbrook said in an interview after speaking on a panel at Villanova's Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium last week.
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November 30, 2012
THIS IS the first opponent Nick Foles gets a second look at, but as Foles noted this week, it's also the first opponent that gets to see him the second time. The Cowboys gave up Foles' only touchdown pass so far, after he came in for concussed Michael Vick in the second quarter of the previous meeting, Nov. 11. Foles got decent protection Monday night and he passed for 119 yards. OK, that was partly because Bryce Brown ran for 178, but still. Looks like the Cowboys are getting DeMarco Murray back, in some fashion.
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December 1, 2012 | Associated Press
IRVING, Texas - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it "looks like" injured running back DeMarco Murray will end a six-game absence Sunday against the Eagles. Jones said on his radio show Friday that Murray didn't have the usual setbacks associated with someone returning to practice for the first time in weeks. Murray was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday in what coaches said was the most football activity he has had since spraining his right foot at Baltimore on Oct. 14. Coach Jason Garrett wouldn't say Friday whether Murray will play.
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April 5, 2015 | By Mason Levinson, Bloomberg News
The rapid evolution of fantasy sports from casual season-long recreation to high-stakes daily Internet games has given U.S. professional sports another source of revenue as well as a headache in determining player-participation policies. Over the last year, all four major sports leagues signed sponsorship deals with daily fantasy websites through players, teams, or the league itself. They are now promoting a business that, while legal in most of the United States, resembles sports gambling because participants profit by correctly predicting success.
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November 28, 2014
The Cowboys' offensive line has helped running back DeMarco Murray jump to the NFL's rushing lead and has been central to the team's offensive success this season. Here is who the Cowboys have and how they were acquired. LT Tyron Smith: One of the best young players in the NFL, Smith was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2011 draft and made his first Pro Bowl last season. Smith is only 23 and is in his fourth season. He signed an eight-year contract extension in July worth up to $110 million.
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April 3, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News columnist
THE EAGLES may not be done moving players this spring. And while that might excite you, it has absolutely petrified those in charge of area stores that carry team jerseys. Petrified is the operative word here. Little inventory coming in, very little going out. "I don't know what Chip Kelly is doing," Frank Sanders, the store manager of Lids Locker Room in the Cherry Hill Mall, was saying yesterday. "So, yeah, I'm a little nervous getting anything in here just yet. " Nearby, Sports Authority is in a state of suspended animation as well, said employee Tina Lopez, saddled with an inventory of shirts of players no longer with the team.
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April 30, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
CRITIQUING and analyzing previous drafts is hardly fair. But it is a lot of fun. Doesn't matter whether it's examining Sam Bowie going ahead of Michael Jordan or wondering about Mike Ricci being picked before Jaromir Jagr, no optometrist could argue with the 20/20 hindsight of such exercises. Anybody who's ever been in a fantasy league knows the sensation of pulling a draft-day gaffe. It's like a hammer to the thumb. So let's look at the 2014 All-Pro teams and where those players were selected.
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April 16, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles might think DeMarco Murray is a better fit for Chip Kelly's offense, but Brian Westbrook is not convinced. The former Pro Bowl running back heard that the Eagles favored Murray's one-cut running style. But he doesn't think that explanation is totally fair to LeSean McCoy, who followed Westbrook in the Eagles backfield. "I hear that a lot about Murray being a one-cut runner - it's easy being a one-cut runner when your holes are [as wide] as a truck," Westbrook said in an interview after speaking on a panel at Villanova's Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium last week.
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April 10, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Before the first and only time he coached against a Chip Kelly offense, Jeff Casteel spent a desert summer morning in the cool comfort of his new office at the University of Arizona, watching film of the 2012 Rose Bowl. Arizona had hired Casteel to be its defensive coordinator on Jan. 14, just 12 days after Kelly's Oregon Ducks had run over Wisconsin, 45-38, in Pasadena, racking up 345 rushing yards, conjuring big plays out of what's supposed to be football's most conservative play call: a handoff.
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April 8, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - LeSean McCoy still hasn't spoken to Chip Kelly. The running back said his former coach called him twice, but he didn't answer. So he has yet to hear Kelly's reason for trading him to the Buffalo Bills last month. McCoy said he heard Kelly say to reporters that money was the primary factor. He said he heard Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie say that Kelly thought his shifty running style wasn't ideally suited to his offense. He has another theory. "I don't think he likes or respects the stars.
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April 6, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The best that can be said about the free-agent contracts Chip Kelly handed out this offseason is that he wants to win now. The Eagles coach identified players he wanted for his systems and made bold moves to acquire them over the last month. But that often meant overpaying when the market suggested he could have gotten free agents such as Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray for less. Kelly paid Maxwell more than $2 million more a year than any other team was willing to pay for the cornerback.
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April 5, 2015 | By Mason Levinson, Bloomberg News
The rapid evolution of fantasy sports from casual season-long recreation to high-stakes daily Internet games has given U.S. professional sports another source of revenue as well as a headache in determining player-participation policies. Over the last year, all four major sports leagues signed sponsorship deals with daily fantasy websites through players, teams, or the league itself. They are now promoting a business that, while legal in most of the United States, resembles sports gambling because participants profit by correctly predicting success.
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April 3, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News columnist
THE EAGLES may not be done moving players this spring. And while that might excite you, it has absolutely petrified those in charge of area stores that carry team jerseys. Petrified is the operative word here. Little inventory coming in, very little going out. "I don't know what Chip Kelly is doing," Frank Sanders, the store manager of Lids Locker Room in the Cherry Hill Mall, was saying yesterday. "So, yeah, I'm a little nervous getting anything in here just yet. " Nearby, Sports Authority is in a state of suspended animation as well, said employee Tina Lopez, saddled with an inventory of shirts of players no longer with the team.
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April 1, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LIKE THE NFL'S endangered extra point, physicals given to players to make signings and trades official tend to be almost automatic. That might not be the case when Eagles doctors give wideout Miles Austin the once-over, though. Austin, who turns 31 in June, last played a full NFL season in 2012 and has a chronic hamstring problem. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that the Birds have signed Austin to a 1-year deal worth $2.3 million, with another $700,000 possible in incentives.
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March 31, 2015 | Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
ESCAPE THE confusing dissonance that now envelops the Eagles and recognize this reality: Any evaluation of the 2015 version cannot be attempted until at least the end of training camp. The team has too many unknowns . . . and too few players. So much noise surrounds the franchise. Did Jeffrey Lurie or Chip Kelly demote Howie Roseman? Is it stable? Racist? This unharmonious symphony is the work of one man, Chip Kelly, who apparently loves blue-chip players who are better known for their injuries than for their accomplishments.
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March 25, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whose only two head coaching hires coached in the Super Bowl this year, is an admirer of Eagles coach Chip Kelly. "If I were an Eagle fan, I would be excited," Kraft said Monday at the annual NFL meeting. "He did an outstanding job in college. I know my head coach [Bill Belichick] has great respect for him. He's trying to put his stamp on what's going on there. This is a tough league, so there will be some challenges. But he's an exciting guy to be around.
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