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September 24, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There are a couple of ways to view what has taken place with the Eagles in the first three weeks of the NFL's regular season. It is either a team with serious issues that somehow was able to overcome them in the three straight comeback wins but can't be that fortunate forever, or it is a team that simply hasn't hit its stride yet and won't require such dramatics when it finally does. You decide, because anyone's guess is good at this point. The 3-0 start has arrived in such bizarre fashion that the Eagles, while they'll take it, don't have any answers, either.
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September 23, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Cary Williams is tired and says he isn't the only one. The Eagles cornerback isn't tired from the games. He's tired from the daily grind of practice and the pace coach Chip Kelly demands when the team is preparing. Williams made his assertion that the coaching staff didn't look out for the well-being of the players on an afternoon when the Eagles pulled out another crazy win to improve to 3-0, and an afternoon in which the highlight play of the day for Washington came as former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson beat Williams on a deep post route for an 81-yard touchdown.
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September 23, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles sprawled on the turf with ribs aching after a hit he never saw coming. Jason Peters picked a fight with the instigator, and defending his quarterback turned into a multiplayer melee on the Washington Redskins sideline that resulted in two ejections. The game was tied in the fourth quarter, and the commotion became widespread. No one knew who would have the ball, or who would play quarterback for the Eagles, or whether the star left tackle would stay in the game. During a Sunday afternoon that already featured the drama of DeSean Jackson's return to Philadelphia, the intensity of the Eagles' 37-34 win over Washington was unlike any other game that some Eagles had ever experienced.
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September 23, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The actions and reactions were every bit as boisterous as anticipated. It was great theater with the kind of better-than-fiction plots that professional sports so often provide. After it was over, however, DeSean Jackson was subdued. He was not leaving Lincoln Financial Field with the one thing he had hoped for. "I think it was a great game," Jackson said in what was an exact description of the Eagles' wild, 37-34 win over the wide receiver's new football team from Washington. "Credit to the other team.
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September 23, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
ON A DAY when DeSean Jackson was determined to show Eagles fans what they lost when he was unceremoniously shipped out of town, the receivers still wearing midnight green made a statement of their own. Jackson had his moment. That 81-yard touchdown catch he made in the third quarter was the worst nightmare for Eagles fans. Lincoln Financial Field has rarely been quieter than when Jackson strutted into the end zone and began preening. But this never was about whether the Eagles could use Jackson's talent.
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September 23, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
They walked to the center of the field as captains, but Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson were no longer teammates. It wasn't just the different uniforms they were wearing that made the brief meeting an unusual one. The Eagles have one-game captains. The Redskins have three season-long captains and pick an additional two for each game. You can be certain their respective teams selected Maclin and Jackson because of the meaning it had for each wide receiver. Jackson was returning after six seasons with the Eagles and an unceremonious release.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Nick Foles thought he had thrown an interception, and he thought the play had ended, and so he never did turn his head to the right to see Chris Baker - a 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins - charging toward him with malevolence on his mind. An NFL player lives for an opportunity like the one Baker believed he had, for a clear shot at a defenseless quarterback, and Foles could walk backward across Roosevelt Boulevard at rush hour without risking the same measure of bodily harm that Baker threatened to deliver.
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September 23, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
HE CAUGHT a 6-yard pass on the game's second play and was lustily booed. A few plays later, he took exception to a late hit by Malcolm Jenkins, jumped to his feet, pushed, got pushed, drew a penalty and was lustily booed again. The idea that there would be some sort of fan appreciation for DeSean Jackson returning to Lincoln Financial Field dressed in gold and burgundy? Well, I don't get to do this often, but . . . I told you so. As he himself said following the Eagles' 37-34 victory yesterday: "Honestly, it's a new time, a new era. I don't see them worry about me. So I don't worry about them . . . " That, of course, is not true.
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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 22, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper took a razor to the tape around both his ankles and proceeded to slice off the bandages. A gaggle of print reporters approached his locker, and the wide receiver dropped the cutter that hangs from every stall in the Eagles locker room. "This ought to be interesting," Cooper said last week. "What?" He stood up and turned as television cameras joined the semicircle. "I know where this is going," Cooper said, "but go ahead, I'm listening. " He's been down this path before.
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