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May 2, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
No team in the NFL threw the deep ball as often as the Eagles last season, and no team was as efficient passing farther than 20 yards downfield. Nick Foles was the most proficient of the Eagles' three quarterbacks - and all of the league's quarterbacks, for that matter - completing 25 of 55 deep passes for 803 yards and 14 touchdowns. He threw only one interception on a deep ball. As impressive as Foles' season was across the board, his deep passing may have been what set him apart.
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May 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is Cary Williams' second spring in Philadelphia, and it is expected to be quieter than his first. Williams did not necessarily endear himself to Eagles fans last year with his occasional offseason program absences and subsequent explanations. But Williams started all 16 games at cornerback for the Eagles and was an important contributor on a struggling defense. He is expected to return as a starter, and will need to help the NFL's worst pass defense. He also will remain an outspoken voice in the locker room - albeit a little more careful with his words.
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April 30, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly broke a month of public silence about DeSean Jackson on Monday by explaining that the move to release the Pro Bowl receiver was "purely a football decision. " He said the timing of Jackson's release came from the inability to find a trade partner. "We were going in a different direction at the wide receiver position," Kelly said as the team built a playground at Prince Hall Elementary School in North Philadelphia. "Has nothing to do with anything that was ever written in a newspaper article or any off-field behavior from him. DeSean was great the year I was with him. " Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie backed his coach.
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April 30, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
NEARLY A MONTH after their controversial decision to release DeSean Jackson, the Eagles finally got around to addressing why they got rid of the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. Head coach Chip Kelly, general manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeff Lurie all took turns kind of, sort of, answering the why'd-you-dump-DeSean question yesterday at the team's 18th annual playground build at Prince Hall Elementary School in North Philadelphia. In a major upset, Lurie, who is a very nice man but usually is about as quotable as my sneakers, actually shed the most light on the reason for Jackson's departure.
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April 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
So it was purely a football decision, the release of DeSean Jackson, Chip Kelly explained Monday, exactly a month after a similar explanation would have sounded hollow. It still does, but at this point, or at least until some revelatory information about Jackson's sudden release surfaces, the only pertinent question to ask is: Was it the right decision? That answer won't come immediately, and it may take years. But on paper, and even on the football field, it made the Eagles weaker.
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April 28, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
With less than two weeks until the NFL draft, the Eagles have a significantly wider range of players they could select with the No. 22 overall pick than they did a year ago, when Chip Kelly and company held the No. 4 overall selection. Assuming the Eagles don't trade up or down, here's an attempt to narrow the number to 11 (with some cheating), taking into account the team's interest and the likelihood the player will be available: 1. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State. With a jumble of talented receivers expected to be available after Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans go in the top 10, the Eagles should have four to five options to add to a position of need.
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April 26, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If there were any pressure on Jeremy Maclin to return from the second torn anterior cruciate ligament of his career, it increased when the Eagles released DeSean Jackson last month. While Maclin has never publicly put much weight on being the Eagles' No. 1 wide receiver, and coach Chip Kelly has dismissed the notion of having a pecking order in his offense, the 25-year-old has clearly become the team's top receiver. Kelly has a variety of options to help supplement what was lost when Jackson was jettisoned.
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April 25, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles will host DeSean Jackson and the Washington Redskins on Sept. 21 at Lincoln Financial Field, one of the highlights of the 2014 schedule released Wednesday night. The Eagles also will play on Thanksgiving for the sixth time in franchise history, when they visit the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 27. The Eagles will play four prime-time games, including three at home. They have six nationally televised games, including one on a Saturday. The schedule will begin Sept. 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Linc - the first Week 1 home game since 2010.
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