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July 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just because few rookie wide receivers have come into the NFL in their first seasons and dominated doesn't mean that Jordan Matthews will not. But some of the reports that have trickled out of Eagles practices about Matthews' feats have been downright hyperbolic when evidence contrary to his making a first-year splash is so overwhelming. The Eagles don't need Matthews to put up those kinds of numbers even without DeSean Jackson. Their offensive personnel are designed so that they can play any type of game with balance at the three skill positions of receiver, running back and tight end. They are high on Matthews, though, both in public and private.
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July 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SOMETIMES WHEN we touch, the honesty's too much . . . LeSean McCoy has probably never heard that 1977 Dan Hill song, and he is much better for it, since it regularly earns a high spot in polls ranking the worst-ever lyrics. But McCoy had an issue with being touched yesterday by his Eagles teammate and buddy, Trent Cole, after McCoy became the 879th running back, by unofficial Daily News count, to elude the second-day training-camp pass coverage of a pursuing linebacker. Some Eagles described the touch as more of a hard bump, in what was supposed to be a noncontact session.
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July 28, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There are no two more intriguing sports figures in Philadelphia these days than Chip Kelly and Sam Hinkie. No one else comes close, and the two of them are fascinating for the same reasons. No one else wields as much influence over any of the city's four major franchises as these men do, and no one else has shown the same willingness to flout the conventional wisdom of his respective sport. The Eagles held their first training-camp practice Saturday - exactly one month after the NBA held its annual player draft - so it seemed an appropriate time to point out the philosophical line that separates two of the town's teams from the other two. It's a stark divide, and Kelly and Hinkie are the cause of it. On one side are the Phillies and the Flyers, who have long believed their reluctance to change, their adherence to tradition, is a strength.
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July 26, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was one point during the Eagles' spring practices when wide receiver Jeremy Maclin fell awkwardly to the ground and stayed there for a few seconds. Practices are typically loud and lively, but this one became hushed when players and coaches realized it was Maclin lying on the turf. The scare did not last long. Maclin stood up, dusted himself off, and walked off the field without issue. But the scene illustrated both Maclin's value and his perceived vulnerability one year after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on July 27. Maclin insisted throughout the spring that he is healthy and that the knee is not in the back of his mind.
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July 26, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
RICHMOND, Va. - DeSean Jackson's first training camp practice with the Washington Redskins ended around 11 a.m. Thursday, but Jackson stayed on the field. He took extra throws after other players filed to the locker room. Once he finished, Jackson walked to the ropes that held back fans three or four deep. He signed autographs and posed for photos. It was those fans' first time to see the former Eagles receiver as a Redskin, and Jackson tried to endear himself to a group he once tortured with touchdowns.
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July 25, 2014 | BY BOB VETRONE JR., Daily News Staff Writer vetronb@phillynews.com
WHEN CHIP KELLY held his first full-team OTAs as Eagles coach in May 2013, one thing was apparent, even to the players. "I have noticed that there are a lot bigger guys here this year," said Dennis Kelly, then an Eagles second-year offensive lineman. The 90 players who Kelly would bring to his first full training camp 2 months later were, on average, three-quarters of an inch taller and 7 pounds heavier than the 90 who had attended Andy Reid's final preseason get-together a year earlier.
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July 24, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
FOOTBALL, LIKE fashion, is constantly changing. If a team wants to survive, it has to change with it. With NFL offenses throwing the ball more than ever the last few seasons, defenses have countered by playing more man coverage with bigger, more physical corners who might not have sub-4.4 speed but who can use their size and strength and octopus arms to harass receivers as they come off the line of scrimmage and delay their entry into routes....
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July 22, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERY TEAM tries to get better, immediately. The question is: Since they walked off the field after their playoff loss to New Orleans, have the Eagles improved themselves? It is impossible to tell. For one inescapable reason, it is impossible to tell. Oh, they have taken logical and prudent steps toward improvement in every avenue. Sometimes improvement means adding young players. The Eagles did that by drafting receivers Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff in the second and third rounds, respectively.
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July 22, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
They start hitting this week. The Eagles begin training camp on Saturday, and that's what makes it different. That's what separates training camp from mini-camp and rookie camp and an organized team activity - the cumbersome term for a gathering that might resemble passing camp or summer camp or band camp but, per the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, cannot resemble actual football camp because players aren't permitted to tackle each other....
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July 22, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
TEN YEARS AGO, the Eagles opened training camp at Lehigh with traffic jams, overburdened parking lots, and more than 6,000 fans spilling out of a few sets of bleachers, boisterously reacting to every snap. It won't be like that when the 2014 Eagles first take the field Saturday at NovaCare. For one thing, the workout will be closed to the public. For another, there was no offseason addition anything like Terrell Owens, the catalyst of those 2004 hopes. But for the first time since 2004, lots of Eagles fans sense a team on the rise, real hope for a championship.
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