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June 18, 2014 | Paul Domowitch, Daily News
IF THE EAGLES had been able to get even a third- or fourth-round draft pick for DeSean Jackson before the draft, the number of conspiracy theories as to why Chip Kelly dumped a guy who had just led his team in every pertinent receiving category wouldn't have been nearly as large. Many of you might have even actually believed Kelly when he said before the draft that it was a "football decision" and had absolutely nothing to do with a gangsta on a grassy knoll. But as I mentioned 7 weeks ago, Jackson's abrupt exit was indeed a football decision that had to do with two things: 1)
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June 18, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
In the meeting rooms of defensive coaches around the league, where the offseason is at least partially for examining the new tricks and trends of their offensive counterparts, you can be sure that coming up with a way to handle Chip Kelly and the Eagles was high on the to-do list for teams on the regular-season schedule. Kelly was hyped as an offensive guru when he came into the league last season, a master of up-tempo spread offense whose ideas might eventually change a lot about how the NFL game is played.
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June 6, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
NICK FOLES' public persona is that of as grounded a star athlete as we have seen. He has learned the coach-speak well, and the we-not-I selection of pronouns, and the special athletic talent of unfurling many words that signify nothing. The next controversial thing he says will be the first. So when he was asked last week about The Future, meaning The Big Contract - the elephant in the room that just grew even a little bit bigger, when the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick signed a 6-year, $126 million contract on Wednesday that included $61 million in money guaranteed against injury - he said All The Right Things.
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June 5, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AMID THE HUBBUB stemming from DeSean Jackson's release, the much-anticipated return of Jeremy Maclin and the drafting of intriguing new weapons in Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, a 2010 second-round draft pick is seldom mentioned when discussing the state of the Eagles' wide receiving corps. "I'm kind of like a dark horse," Arrelious Benn said after practice on Monday. That can happen to a player who misses most of consecutive seasons, including his first with a new team. But it's worth mentioning that when Maclin tore his ACL on the second day of last summer's training camp, Benn was a candidate to step into a much larger role.
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June 4, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES WERE down to their last organized-team-activity rep of the day, a red-zone drill, first-team offense vs. first-team defense. Reporters were starting to drift down out of the NovaCare stands, reviewing their interview plans for the day. In an instant, all those plans were put on hold. Nick Foles threw to Jeremy Maclin at the goal line, and as Maclin planted and reached for the ball, he collided with corner Bradley Fletcher, linebacker Connor Barwin nearby. The ball bounced away.
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June 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
It doesn't take much for LeSean McCoy to notice the value and importance of the running back position withering around the NFL, and it takes even less for him to rage against it. The sport is built around the quarterback and the passing game and the best ways to stop a quarterback and his passing game. No team has selected a running back in the first round of either of the last two NFL drafts. A tailback might sign a boffo extension, then find himself released before the contract ends, thanks to advancing age and declining production, because the perception these days is that, relatively speaking, even an excellent running back is easily replaced.
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June 4, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy is not backing down from his claim that he's the best running back in the NFL, and he is willing to stack his merits against those of Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. "Especially the last three years," McCoy said. "Check the numbers. " In the last three seasons, Peterson rushed for 4,333 yards on 5.2 yards per carry, with 34 touchdowns. He also had 87 catches for 527 yards and three touchdowns. McCoy rushed for 3,756 yards on 4.8 yards per carry and 28 touchdowns, with 154 receptions for 1,227 yards and eight TDs. The McCoy-Peterson discussion started when McCoy said during an ESPN interview earlier this spring that he was the league's top running back.
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June 4, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The slot receiver position - Jason Avant's old spot - is there for Jordan Matthews to take. The rookie has been running with the Eagles' second team behind veteran Brad Smith during organized team activities, but it's really only a matter of time before Matthews either wins the job or it is handed to him. The Eagles didn't draft Matthews in the second round for him to sit and watch. However, there will be a learning process and the usual bumps in the road that many receivers - even highly drafted ones - face once they reach the NFL. Matthews, 21, has no illusions about whether he is on the fast track to starting or whether he can slide under the radar after shouldering much of the load in Vanderbilt's pass offense.
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May 31, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles don't need Jeremy Maclin to be DeSean Jackson. They don't need him to draw double teams because they have LeSean McCoy in the backfield, and the basic premise of Chip Kelly's offensive scheme is built around math and the alignment of an opposing defense's safeties. If there are two safeties deep, then the Eagles will most likely hand off to McCoy because they have an advantage in blocking numbers. If there's a single-high safety - and mostly that's what quarterback Nick Foles saw before the snap last season - then he should have two receivers in favorable one-on-one situations on the outside.
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May 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The music now seems like ambient noise, the hurried pace is normal, and only one quarterback is taking snaps with the first-team offense. It isn't even noteworthy anymore when an Eagles player gulps down a post-practice smoothie. Coach Chip Kelly said his second spring in Philadelphia already is "light-years" ahead of his first, and the structure of this week's practices during organized team activities was familiar to more than half of the roster. At last spring's OTAs, each day included the insertion of something new to the offense or defense.
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