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September 19, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
'WE'RE NOT trying to win rushing titles, we're trying to win football games," Chip Kelly said on Tuesday, in what is likely to be the first of several alternative interpretations of LeSean McCoy's 2014 season. "I think rating his production against last year is meaningless in my opinion," the coach also said, but at the risk of uttering a football sacrilege, his opinion in this case really doesn't matter. McCoy won a rushing title last season and did a lot of woofing in May about being the NFL's best running back, and if the numbers aren't there even if the victories are, the pressure for him to back up his boasts may build as the weeks do, at least from the outside.
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September 19, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT HAS happened a lot in the 19 games since Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman began their reign. Every time something happens with the Eagles, they seem to have it covered. Consider last year's moments of alarm: No Jeremy Maclin? Riley Cooper has a great year. Michael Vick goes down? Nick Foles becomes a star. It remains to be seen if the release of Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson in his prime will haunt the Eagles. So far, the receiving corps and Foles have developed only a, um, passing acquaintance, but then, Jackson has been a nonfactor with Washington, the Eagles' visitor this weekend.
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September 19, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
LIKE MOST of the things related to the Eagles' curious release of DeSean Jackson, the mercurial wide receiver's much-anticipated return to South Philadelphia as a member of the NFL franchise in Washington is muddled in uncertainty. As of now, Jackson's status is day to day for the game against the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. He wants to play, but he is recovering from a mild sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder that forced him out of Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
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September 19, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ASHBURN, Va. - Less than 48 hours after the smallest player on his team (Darren Sproles) stood taller than anyone else on the field Monday night in Indianapolis, Chip Kelly told a "big" lie. The Eagles coach was asked Wednesday why he released DeSean Jackson in March, a move that resulted in the three-time Pro Bowl receiver's signing with Washington as a free agent. Kelly reverted to his philosophy about how he favors big people over little ones. "Yeah, just trying to build the overall team in terms of what we're looking for offensively and how we wanted to get bigger at the wideout spot and that's what we did," the Eagles coach told the Washington media.
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September 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cary Williams played against DeSean Jackson in 2012, a matchup so intense that a scuffle ensued and drew a fine for both players. The Eagles cornerback also practiced against Jackson throughout last season. Williams said that practice experience won't help Sunday when Jackson and the Redskins visit Lincoln Financial Field. "Practice means nothing," Williams said Wednesday. "Game speed is totally different than a practice tempo. I expect him to be at his best, and I'll be at my best.
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September 19, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
RILEY COOPER agrees with you. He should have caught that touchdown pass down the left sideline early in Monday night's win over the Colts. Cooper, closely covered, tried to leap for the ball, though it was headed for his hands, and he juggled and dropped it. "Yes. For sure. The ball was placed perfectly, right where it needed to be," Cooper said yesterday, as the Eagles prepared for a visit from a certain former Eagles receiver and his Washington teammates. "I don't know why I went up and tried to catch it like I did. I don't know what the hell I was thinking, but, yeah, you need to catch that 10 out of 10 times.
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September 18, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
NICK FOLES completed 21 passes Monday night in the Eagles' 30-27, come-from-behind win over the Colts. Only six of them were to wide receivers. In last week's season-opening, 34-17 win over Jacksonville, only 11 of his 27 completions ended up in the hands of wideouts. Some people, particularly those still mourning the loss of DeSean Jackson, might find the modest reception numbers by the wideouts to be a reason for concern, even though the Eagles happen to lead the league in scoring and total offense through the first 2 weeks.
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September 18, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mychal Kendricks still asks the question that few, if any, of his Eagles teammates have an answer to nearly six months after DeSean Jackson was released. "I didn't see it coming at all," Kendricks said last week. "It's really none of my business, but I still ask the same question a lot - 'Why? Why would that happen?' " It's an open question in the sense that he has not asked the men, or specifically, the man who made the decision to cut a Pro Bowl wide receiver after the most productive season of his career.
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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's dangerous to read too much into what happens in the NFL during the opening week. In some ways, it's an extension of the preseason, except, of course, it counts in the standings. The starters are going the distance for the first time, so that's an adjustment. The opponents are finally showing off the offensive and defensive schemes they hid during the preseason, so that must be taken into consideration, too. "You know you've got to be slow to judge what happens in Week 1," Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.
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September 10, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
CHIP KELLY said yesterday he hasn't talked to Nick Foles yet about the film from Sunday's herky-jerky season opener. Kelly didn't want to share any insights into why his starting quarterback spent the first half of the game against Jacksonville lurching around the pocket with the dazed expression of a household pet abandoned on I-95. I watched the game again yesterday, and wasn't visited by any blinding insights. The only thing I noticed that I didn't really consider as it was happening was that a lot of the awkwardness had to do with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
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