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May 29, 2014
The Eagles signed second-round pick Jordan Matthews to a four-year contract Tuesday. The wide receiver from Vanderbilt is expected to be the Eagles' slot receiver this season, replacing Jason Avant. The only remaining unsigned rookie is first-round pick Marcus Smith. Matthews, 21, was the first receiver acquired by the team after DeSean Jackson was released. He is expected to fill an important role. Matthews is the Southeastern Conference's all-time leader in receiving yards (3,759)
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May 28, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE 2014 EAGLES are to assemble for the first time today at NovaCare, as the team begins the spring's first full-squad organized team activities. Reporters won't be allowed to watch, and Chip Kelly and Nick Foles don't talk until Thursday. We're all really eager to glean any faint hint of what Year 2 of Kelly will bring. There's a sense that this team's personnel will have the Kelly stamp on it, much more than the group Kelly inherited from Andy Reid a year ago. Two drafts and two offseasons' worth of free-agent acquisitions - and departures - have turned over the roster.
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May 19, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
THE PRESIDENT of the United States is required once a year to report to Congress on the "State of the Union. " It is often more of a campaign speech for the policies the president wants to enact, but, in a tip of the hat to tradition, the president always ends with the reassuring words, "the state of the union is strong!" When thinking about this, I decided that mid-May might be a perfect time for my report on the "the state of professional sports in Philadelphia. " If we polled the sports fans of our city and gave them a choice of "strong," "fair" or "weak," my guess is that "weak" would come in a solid first, followed by "fair," with "strong" in dead last.
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May 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City Hall courtyard filled with 1,000 people on May 17, 1994, to celebrate Jeffrey Lurie's introduction as owner of the Eagles. Mayor Ed Rendell and Eagles players, Mummers, cheerleaders, season-ticket-holders, and the Keystone jazz band all welcomed him. They snacked on cheesesteaks, hoagies, and soft pretzels. Lurie spent a then-record $185 million to buy the Eagles, fulfilling a dream of owning a professional sports franchise. The Boston native was an outsider prepared to make Philadelphia home.
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May 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are no cornerbacks for Jordan Matthews to prepare for this spring. The new Eagles receiver has a more cumbersome workload. "Right now, essentially my opponent is myself and trying to get to the point where I'm actually very confident in the offense," Matthews said Friday at the team's rookie minicamp. "I'm in the playbook more, trying to learn that, and then I'll watch film of practice, trying to correct my mistakes. " Matthews has developed a reputation for his meticulous preparation.
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May 11, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The pitch from Chip Kelly was that the Eagles moved up in the second round Friday night and got the wide receiver they wanted and needed to replace Jason Avant. Before you insert laughter here, you should know that Kelly wasn't kidding. Not once after the Eagles cut a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Friday night to take Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews with the 42d overall pick did Kelly even mention the other receiver who left town earlier this offseason. What was his name again?
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May 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Jordan Matthews was to meet with the Eagles, he went into the film study room at Vanderbilt where the Commodores had four cut-ups of Chip Kelly's Eagles offense. "I watched a couple of those films from last year to kind of get a taste for it," Matthews said. If the Eagles hit on their second-round selection on Friday night, Matthews is sure to get a plateful as the team's newest wide receiver. The Birds had an obvious need at the position after releasing DeSean Jackson in late March, and while Matthews won't replace the former Eagle on the outside, per se, there will be obvious comparisons.
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May 9, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said he received a text message this week from the Eagles' assistant director of player personnel, Ed Marynowitz, who helped recruit Clinton-Dix to Alabama. It included a picture of an article that suggested Clinton-Dix could end up in Philadelphia. One of the top safeties in Thursday's NFL draft, Clinton-Dix is a possibility for the Eagles - and he made sure Marynowitz knew he was interested in a reunion. "I told him, 'Come get me, please!' " Clinton-Dix said Wednesday at an NFL event attended by 30 of the draft's top prospects.
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May 9, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the top pick in the 2014 NFL draft still remains a mystery despite a player of Jadeveon Clowney's caliber being there for the Houston Texans' taking, you can be certain no one - let alone Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman - knows whom the Eagles will select with the 22d overall pick in the first round Thursday night. Far too many variables are at play, including the possibility of trading up or down, for anyone to get a grasp on the Eagles' plans. But that hasn't stopped the team's followers from guessing whom Kelly will take in his second NFL draft.
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May 7, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
IN LIFE, and in coaching, it is best to stick with what you know. Chip Kelly coached at Oregon for 6 years before joining the Eagles. He got to Oregon in 2007 when the Ducks played in the Pac-10 and left following the 2012 season, a year after Colorado and Utah arrived. An even 25 percent of the players who have joined the Eagles since Kelly's arrival played in the Pac-12. And this doesn't include Nick Foles, an Arizona alum who played against Kelly three times. Foles was drafted by Andy Reid, but has taken over as Kelly's starting QB with the Birds.
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