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May 3, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Well, it was just another week with those chatterbox Eagles. All three major players in the team's hierarchy - Jeffrey Lurie, Chip Kelly, and Howie Roseman - were available to share their thoughts with the public. Blah, blah, blah. You just can't shut up these guys. Kelly emerged to say that releasing DeSean Jackson five weeks ago was a "purely football decision"; Lurie said, "What he said"; and Roseman held a wide-ranging predraft confab with the beat writers in which he confirmed everything except the stuff you couldn't probably figure out on your own. Perhaps all this exposure, which arrived after a month of stonewalling and hiding, was a coincidence, or perhaps an acknowledgment that the organization believes it is time to make nice with the paying public again or toss a bone in its direction.
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May 3, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howie Roseman has had more time to prepare for the draft, scheduled for next week, than ever before. It has allowed for free April weekends for the Eagles' personnel staff, which previously spent the time between the league meetings and the draft in exhaustive preparation. The draft, moved this year from late April to early May, begins Thursday, and it's different from most others in the general manager's tenure. Roseman is armed with only six picks - he averaged 10.25 during his four previous drafts - and the No. 22 selection in the first round is the latest he has picked since 2011.
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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 2, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THERE ARE no diamonds on Nick Foles' neck, to borrow a phrase from a rapper we used to know. "It's great coming in here in the offseason, being the starting quarterback," Foles allowed yesterday on a rainy afternoon at NovaCare, in his first extended remarks to reporters since the Eagles' quarterback was named offensive MVP of the Pro Bowl, 3 months ago. "But we have great quarterbacks here. We've all been working together to push the guys or work on things together, get the new players acclimated to what we do here.
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May 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles' offseason has included red-carpet treatment during Super Bowl week, endorsement opportunities, and a new ring on his finger. He returned to Philadelphia as both a newlywed and as the Eagles' undisputed starting quarterback. "Mind-set hasn't changed," Foles, 25, said Wednesday. "I'm still the same guy y'all talked to when I arrived here rookie year. With all that, there's opportunities that arise. But you have to learn how to say no to different things. " Foles appreciates the starting role, which he filled last season like one of the league's elite.
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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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