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June 20, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AFTER THE Eagles finished losing to the Saints in their playoff game in January, they exited the field, dressed in their locker room and talked about how they expected to improve in Year 2 of the Chippah. After the Eagles finished their third preseason teaching camp yesterday, they exited the field, headed toward the locker room and talked about how they had improved on several categories of intangibles. That might be true. They might be a smoother machine, more completely comprehending what innovative head coach Chip Kelly wants on offense, more quickly understanding what innovative coordinator Billy Davis needs on defense.
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June 20, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lesson that Eagles running back LeSean McCoy learned after the team released DeSean Jackson in March was that any player is vulnerable if he does not "buy in. " McCoy implied that the team's decision went beyond statistics and production. "No matter how good a player is, it's a team, and if you can't buy in, anything's possible," McCoy said Wednesday. The Pro Bowl running back expounded on comments he made to NFL.com last week. He said he was speaking for himself and did not know whether others on the team viewed Jackson's release as a by-product of not buying into coach Chip Kelly's philosophy and demands.
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June 20, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
INVEST IN YOURSELF. Chip Kelly says it to every new face that walks into the NovaCare Complex. "We all have 24 hours in the same day and it's what you want to do," the Eagles' coach was saying yesterday. "If you want to go play video games and watch TV and do all those other things, you're going to get beat out by the guy who is doing the little things that are going to make the difference between making the team and not making the team. " Some get this right away. Some take longer.
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June 19, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THERE'S A LOT riding on Jeremy Maclin's comeback from last July's torn right ACL. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has talked about how eager he is to see Maclin in his offense. Maclin is the main reason the Birds were comfortable parting with DeSean Jackson. Maclin might turn out to be the most significant addition to the 2014 Eagles, but the team's 2009 first-round pick still has some hurdles to cross. Wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell acknowledged this when he was asked Monday how Maclin was doing.
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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 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 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 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 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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