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May 31, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles don't need Jeremy Maclin to be DeSean Jackson. They don't need him to draw double teams because they have LeSean McCoy in the backfield, and the basic premise of Chip Kelly's offensive scheme is built around math and the alignment of an opposing defense's safeties. If there are two safeties deep, then the Eagles will most likely hand off to McCoy because they have an advantage in blocking numbers. If there's a single-high safety - and mostly that's what quarterback Nick Foles saw before the snap last season - then he should have two receivers in favorable one-on-one situations on the outside.
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May 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The music now seems like ambient noise, the hurried pace is normal, and only one quarterback is taking snaps with the first-team offense. It isn't even noteworthy anymore when an Eagles player gulps down a post-practice smoothie. Coach Chip Kelly said his second spring in Philadelphia already is "light-years" ahead of his first, and the structure of this week's practices during organized team activities was familiar to more than half of the roster. At last spring's OTAs, each day included the insertion of something new to the offense or defense.
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May 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DARREN SPROLES is the NFL's leading receiver among running backs over the past six seasons, with 375 catches for 3,371 yards. But Sproles said yesterday he didn't know much about running pass routes until he went from San Diego to New Orleans as a free agent in 2011. Sproles said the Chargers' offense used the backs mostly as safety valves. In Sean Payton's multifaceted New Orleans attack, Sproles blossomed, setting an NFL record with 2,696 all-purpose yards in 2011. The Eagles, who almost signed Sproles in 2011, Sproles acknowledged yesterday, traded a fifth-round draft pick in March to make sure they got him this time.
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May 30, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
NONE OF US knows what he is like in private, but in his public life, Jeremy Maclin has never lacked in confidence. In media Q&A sessions, he routinely rejects any negative parts of the questions and is almost combatively positive in his answers. So, when you ask him about the theory that people recovering from serious knee injuries and surgeries often aren't fully back to health in their first year, he says with a smiling defiance, "Luckily for me, a year will be right at the start of training camp.
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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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