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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 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 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.
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September 22, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ANYONE WHO has witnessed a hockey fight and asked about it afterward knows what an exercise in futility such an effort is. It's embarrassing, the antagonists will tell you afterward, whether they are recurring combatants or occasional ones. Not the fight itself. They might even be proud of that work. But the words that come out of their mouths before, during and after it? That's the cringeworthy part. "It is," Cary Williams said the other day after practice. "It really is. You try jaw-jabbing at 'em. It's just a part of the game.
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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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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 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 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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