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August 21, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Whenever an offensive player sustains so forceful a hit during a football game that his helmet tumbles to the ground, there is often that subsequent half-second when everyone has the same thought: Oh, my Lord - his head came off. Brent Celek took one of those hits Friday night. He caught a pass for a 22-yard gain against the New England Patriots, and safety Patrick Chung - whom the Eagles had released in March after one ignominious season - drilled him in the chest. Yet this was one of those rare occasions when no one watching the game either at Gillette Stadium or on TV had that silly-if-instinctive reaction.
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August 20, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
You take the mileposts as you find them in the preseason, but there was one the Eagles passed Monday when their three projected starting receivers practiced together for the first time. Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews - two of whom weren't even on the active roster last season - are expected to carry the weight at that position this year. Of course, being on the field at the same time will help. Cooper missed more than a week during training camp with an ankle injury and Maclin, coming off knee surgery, had been sidelined since last Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
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August 15, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Yes, Jeremy Maclin confirmed, he yelled in frustration after his left hamstring "kind of grabbed on me" early on in the second of 3 days of joint practices between the Eagles and the Patriots. Maclin had just broken free to haul in a long Nick Foles touchdown pass, through pelting rain. Maclin's practices here were shaping up as his sharpest of training camp, as he works his way back from last year's ACL tear. In the hamstring pull that once more took Maclin out of practice, and in coach Chip Kelly's words about his presumed No. 1 receiver before the teams took the field, there was a common thread: Maclin isn't quite where he needs to be just yet. Maybe it isn't a big deal.
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August 15, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - As Riley Cooper noted yesterday, in the wide-receiving business, "It looks bad when your two starters aren't out there practicing. It definitely looks bad. " Suddenly, we're midway through August and midway through the preseason, pending tonight's Eagles-Patriots contest, without the trio of quarterback Nick Foles and receivers Cooper and Jeremy Maclin having done any meaningful work together. You can look at it as an extended audition for other guys, such as Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Jeff Maehl, Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn, getting them more preseason reps, showcasing what they can do. Or you can look at it as the first, faint outlines of an emerging crisis, the Eagles reaping what they sowed when they cast DeSean Jackson into outer darkness (or Washington, which in NFL terms is more or less the same thing)
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August 13, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
All you needed to know about the care with which Darren Sproles catches and carries the football was right there Monday, in the way he served himself lunch. When the Eagles left the practice field after a 90-minute walk-through, they formed two lines as they filed into the NovaCare Center, where a local Qdoba had set up a buffet. Sproles fell in with his teammates, scooping rice and beef and white sauce into a cardboard bowl. By the time Sproles had finished moving through the line, his meal looked like an ad in Martha Stewart Living - his pile of food centered and symmetrical, the sauce covering it just so, not a drop to be found on the lip of the bowl.
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August 9, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeremy Maclin - yea or nay? There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to the Eagles wide receiver, the player who is most likely to fill DeSean Jackson's cleats in 2014: 1. Maclin is a very good receiver whose growth was stunted by the decline of Andy Reid's Eagles and who should be every bit as productive as Jackson was in Chip Kelly's offense now that he's the No. 1 option. 2. Maclin is a good receiver who peaked in 2010 but has fallen short of expectations because he doesn't have the tools nor is durable enough to be an elite talent.
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August 8, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
EAGLES AGENDA Who: Eagles at Bears What: First preseason game When: Tonight, 8 o'clock Where: Soldier Field, Chicago TV: 6ABC Radio: WIP (94.1-FM, 610-AM) Three things to watch: * 1. Wide receivers: You didn't need us to tell you this. First time out with no DeSean Jackson. Riley Cooper isn't playing, and it doesn't seem likely Jeremy Maclin will. There are youngsters to watch, such as rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, and there are veterans looking to grab a toehold, such as Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith.
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August 1, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
DeSEAN JACKSON is gone, and the people who believe he is the most dangerous receiver in the history of the world are convinced the Eagles won't be able to survive without him. There is genuine concern that his 82 catches and 1,332 receiving yards and nine touchdowns are gone, lost forever, never to be replaced. There is genuine concern that Riley Cooper won't be able to figure out how tie his cleats this season without Jackson, let alone get open and catch a pass from Nick Foles.
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August 1, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeffrey Lurie praised Chip Kelly and Nick Foles, but the Eagles owner stopped short of raising expectations for his coach and starting quarterback after a better-than-anticipated 2013 season. During an impromptu interview after Wednesday's practice at the NovaCare Complex, Lurie made it obvious that he is pleased with the state of his franchise. Kelly guided the Eagles to an NFC East crown in his first year, Foles set NFL records even though he was not the starter for a full season, and the returning team is chock full of talent and youth.
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July 31, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DeSEAN JACKSON has a selective memory. Jackson, who signed with the Redskins in March after spending six seasons in Philly, was asked by CSN Washington's Chick Hernandez yesterday to compare Eagles and Redskins fans. "It is different," Jackson said. "[Redskins fans] are very supportive here. They're open. Being out here on the field, I've been hearing certain things. But you know, they're good things. In Philly sometimes things could have got a little negative. They booed their own players.
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