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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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
May 30, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
NONE OF US knows what he is like in private, but in his public life, Jeremy Maclin has never lacked in confidence. In media Q&A sessions, he routinely rejects any negative parts of the questions and is almost combatively positive in his answers. So, when you ask him about the theory that people recovering from serious knee injuries and surgeries often aren't fully back to health in their first year, he says with a smiling defiance, "Luckily for me, a year will be right at the start of training camp.
SPORTS
May 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DARREN SPROLES is the NFL's leading receiver among running backs over the past six seasons, with 375 catches for 3,371 yards. But Sproles said yesterday he didn't know much about running pass routes until he went from San Diego to New Orleans as a free agent in 2011. Sproles said the Chargers' offense used the backs mostly as safety valves. In Sean Payton's multifaceted New Orleans attack, Sproles blossomed, setting an NFL record with 2,696 all-purpose yards in 2011. The Eagles, who almost signed Sproles in 2011, Sproles acknowledged yesterday, traded a fifth-round draft pick in March to make sure they got him this time.
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