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April 7, 2010 | Daily News Staff Report
After playing it straight with the press concerning the past and future of Donovan McNabb, star Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson yesterday dished to the radio station that pays him, 97.5-FM, "The Fanatic. " "It was time for a change," said Jackson - a shot, clearly, at McNabb. "We've got some young players here. I'm just excited about everything. " McNabb's criticism of the Eagles' young players in the regular-season loss in Dallas caused Jackson, in his second season, to bristle.
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October 3, 2011 | BY RICH HOFMANN, hofmanr@phillynews.com
SPEAKING for the masses, DeSean Jackson said, "Today I felt we were in great shape being up 23-3 - the second half was just brutal. " On a day when Jackson caught six passes for 171 yards, and dropped a couple of others, the Eagles still blew a 20-point lead and lost to the 49ers, 24-23. The team's third consecutive loss, and third consecutive second-half collapse, colored everything, even his personal success. Bittersweet, as the lady once said. "It was just that they were able to put points on the board [in the second half]
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April 11, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
DURING ITS offseason, NFL.com manufactures creative ways to keep readers interested. It's perfectly normal, and something the Daily News does every summer. We call it the Eagles' training-camp guide. Anyway, one of the things the NFL website did this spring was to put 64 of its greatest plays in a bracket and have readers vote on their favorites. The span went from Bill Osmanski's touchdown run in the 1940 championship game to Jacoby Jones' touchdown catch in the most recent Super Bowl.
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August 12, 2010
Poor Donovan McNabb. After one season with the best wide-receiving tandem he had as an Eagle, he gets traded to the Washington Redskins. Kevin Kolb will be the beneficiary of what has the potential to the top wide-receiver twosome in Eagles history. DeSean Jackson was a star from the start. Injuries made him the first rookie receiver to start a season opener under Andy Reid, but Jackson's six catches for 106 yards against the St. Louis Rams was a sign of things to come. Jackson set an Eagles rookie record with 62 catches and 912 receiving yards.
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March 16, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once more, DeSean Jackson answered questions about his contract. Only this time, he did it with a smile and with certainty. With his future in Philadelphia secure, the dynamic wide receiver offered bold predictions of success for himself and his team. "I have five bright years to look forward to. In one of those years, I'm going to guarantee a Super Bowl because we've been close the past four years," Jackson said Thursday, a day after agreeing to a five-year contract with the team that drafted him in 2008.
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June 3, 2009 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In late April, when the cancer that had invaded Bill Jackson's pancreas spread, DeSean Jackson had his father relocated from Long Beach, Calif., to Philadelphia. From peewee football through DeSean's tenure at the University of California, Bill Jackson was a staple at his son's games. However, after DeSean, a wide receiver, was drafted by the Eagles last year, the bicoastal travel prevented the elder Jackson from attending most of the games during his son's breakout rookie season.
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September 12, 2011
ST. LOUIS - The outside noise has been particularly noisome lately for DeSean Jackson, what with other players successfully getting contracts negotiated, and Terrell Owens going on the radio and saying he shouldn't be risking injury without a new deal, and an unusual number of typists and talkers attempting to read his mind. Keeping the sideshow separate from his business is Jackson's full-time job now, and will continue to be for as long as he is ridiculously underpaid and without a new contract.
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September 22, 2014 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
TOMORROW might mark the return of former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson when his current team, the Redskins, come to town. Jackson, who as of yesterday was questionable to play because of a shoulder injury, was an enigma as an Eagle. He burned cornerbacks on fly routes unlike any other receiver, but drew criticism for his attitude and life outside of football. Jackson's tenure can be characterized by whatever specific version of "Jaccpot" the Eagles were getting on game day: The speedster Jackson and coach Chip Kelly seemed a perfect match because of DeSean's unparalleled speed.
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September 8, 2011
Does DeSean Jackson deserve a contract extension? Both sides of the argument have been presented and argued since the Eagles wide receiver first held out from the start of training camp. The debate has been played out on radio, on paper, online and on barstools across the area. But what about the guys on the Eagles - what do they think? While it is safe to say the opinions of Jackson's teammates - and friends in many instances - don't reflect that of the general public, they do matter.
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July 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
To know what constitutes a "Chip Kelly player" is to know why Chip Kelly doesn't want to be known. After more than two years as the Eagles coach, few - if any - have been able to penetrate a wall built around family, friends, and colleagues who have been protective of Kelly's privacy. Many have tried, to no avail, although a Washington Post story last week revealed that Kelly, thought to be a bachelor, was in fact once married for seven years. "I don't think my friends or family should be bothered or have to answer questions about me," Kelly said last month during an hourlong interview.
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June 19, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
JORDAN MATTHEWS was ticked. He had run the sideline pass route cleanly, but the ball arrived a little late and a little high, and by the time he jumped and extended all of his 6-3 frame to haul it in, a defensive back was upon him and there was no room to run. And thus, no first down. So, as Matthews ran from the field, the sound of his frustration carried out across the practice fields of the NovaCare Complex. Carried, literally, into the streets. "That's nothing," he said after the second day of minicamp had come to an end. "That's just competing.
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June 15, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest discarding by Chip Kelly has resurrected the familiar trope about the Eagles coach - that he whacks those who dare to cross him, all in the name of "culture over scheme. " But what that line of thinking often overlooks is Kelly's stringent belief in his offense. It was likely a confluence of factors that led to the release of Evan Mathis on Thursday. But Kelly would have never parted with the two-time Pro Bowl guard unless he was convinced the offense could function at a high level with what on paper looks like a weaker offensive line.
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June 14, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
I DON'T THINK releasing Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis dooms the Eagles this season. I don't think any of the stuff Chip Kelly has done since taking over personnel control in January necessarily dooms the Eagles this season, or beyond. I still think there's a real good chance the guy is smarter than all of us. But I do think we'll look back someday on all this restructuring and we'll either cite it as the time when "the Kelly way" turned the franchise toward championship contention, or we will cite this offseason as the beginning of the end, when Kelly's inflexibility irreparably marred his genius and started him on the path back to college coaching.
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June 13, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There is no mystery about why the Eagles - let's get specific here, we're talking about Chip Kelly - cut Evan Mathis on Thursday. Mathis wanted a new contract. He thought he deserved one, and he made that desire public. Kelly doesn't want any players on his team thinking about anything but football, which means he doesn't want them thinking about how much money they're making and he certainly doesn't want them talking publicly about it, which means Mathis was bound to be gone sooner or later.
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June 12, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
IS EVAN MATHIS black? Chip Kelly's latest thunderclap move seems to further erode the unsophisticated claim of LeSean McCoy that Chippah prefers white players and coaches. Players don't come much whiter than two-time Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis, self-described Mathlete, Wielder of Mjolnor and sit-down comedian . . . and, now, unemployed former Eagle. No, this was more about the continued dissolution of individuality at the NovaCare Complex, where only one culture matters - not black culture or white culture, but Kelly culture.
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June 12, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT WAS EARLY afternoon in Arizona. Evan Mathis was heading into a workout when his phone buzzed; Chip Kelly was calling. "We're going to release you so you can see if you can get what you want," is how Mathis recalls his message. This, the Eagles' two-time Pro Bowl left guard was not expecting, he said. He said he'd made flight arrangements to attend next week's mandatory minicamp, after sitting out optional OTAs. But clearly, Kelly didn't want to go through the awkwardness of reintegrating Mathis into a group that has been working out together for several weeks.
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June 11, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE EAGLES hoped veteran wideout Jeremy Maclin would be OK, especially since they released DeSean Jackson and signed Maclin to a pricey deal. They expected slot receiver Jordan Matthews, their top offensive pick, to make a splash as a rookie. They figured Marcus Smith, their top defensive pick, would contribute on special teams and push for playing time in place of veteran linebacker Trent Cole by midseason. They projected that free-agent safety Malcolm Jenkins would stabilize their secondary.
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June 9, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY has many deserving lieutenants, but none deserves commendation like receivers coach Bob Bicknell. If things go well in 2015, none will earn his money more than the man they call "Bick. " For the third consecutive season Bicknell is charged with reconstructing a receiving corps with essentially no predictable pieces. No problem. The last two seasons the Eagles broke the team record for passing yardage, a feat that made Bick a candidate for the 49ers' offensive coordinator's job (a toxic post Bicknell declined)
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June 5, 2015 | BY VIC CARUCCI, For the Daily News
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - LeSean McCoy made it clear yesterday he was taking a one-and-done approach to the bombshell he dropped on Chip Kelly in last month's issue of ESPN The Magazine . If reporters wanted to ask McCoy about his new team, the Buffalo Bills, he was perfectly fine with that. But if they were looking for him to rehash his assertion in the publication that Kelly is quicker to part ways with "all the good black players," they were wasting their time. Naturally, the first question was about his former coach saying that McCoy was wrong and that the former Eagles running back had twice rejected his attempts to contact him. "I'm in Buffalo," McCoy said after an OTA practice, the first time he was made available to reporters since his controversial comments.
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