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July 19, 1996 | For The Inquirer / BILL CAIN
Enjoying the NFL Experience, Kerri Kappler, 8, of Levittown, kicks a ball at the Eagles' training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The interactive football event offers nine activities to try.
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August 25, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lacking a true position battle for months, the Eagles have less than a week to figure out whether they have a kicker on their roster or if they will have to look elsewhere to fill a thankless position that teams sometimes overlook until it's too late. A series of decisions that stretches back to drafting Alex Henery has the Eagles crossing their fingers that he will find his nerve, or Cody Parkey will be the exception to the rule about rookie kickers, or some better option will drop into their laps.
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August 20, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles had been handling Marcus Smith with first-round draft pick gloves - the type of cradling a team gives a No. 1 selection who isn't expected to start right away. But the team had surely hoped Smith would contribute and play a part-time role this season. However, after Friday night's preseason loss to the Patriots, the Eagles have taken the gloves off. Chip Kelly was critical of Smith, saying, "If you're going to play that many plays [the second-highest total on defense]
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August 26, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every player is available for the right price, but quarterbacks are at a premium, even backups like Mark Sanchez. The St. Louis Rams need a starting quarterback after they officially learned on Sunday that Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury. Sanchez, in light of his strong preseason with the Eagles and his previous working relationship with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, has been mentioned as a possible target. If St. Louis comes calling, the Eagles should ask for at least a conditional third-round draft pick.
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August 24, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles were already uncertain about their kicking situation before Thursday's preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. There is even more concern after Alex Henery missed a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, bruising his tenuous grip on the kicker spot. "I've got to be better," Henery said minutes after the home game. "It will probably ruin my night, but I'll wake up tomorrow ready to go, and get those [bad kicks] out of there, and get myself ready for the next one. " It's reasonable to wonder how many next ones Henery will get. He made a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter, plus three regular extra points, and he connected on nine 33-yard extra points in the previous two preseason games.
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August 15, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Marcus Smith had 14 1/2 sacks last year at Louisville, which was the second in the country. Got most of them the same way most successful college edge-rushers get their sacks: by using his speed to beat the offensive tackle with an outside rush. It hasn't taken the Eagles' first-round pick long, though, to realize his 4.6 speed won't be enough to regularly get him to the quarterback in the NFL. "I've come to realize that speed, in the NFL, doesn't work as good as it did in college," Smith said yesterday after spending 2 hours in the pouring rain jousting with the Patriots' offensive linemen.
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August 27, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
WITH A FEW notable exceptions, pass rushing historically has been a young man's game. In the last three years, a total of 58 edge rushers - 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers - have recorded 10 or more sacks in a season. Just seven of those 58 were 32 or older when they did it. Late Hall of Famer Reggie White put up 12 sacks at 34 and 11 at 36 and 16 at 37. Fellow Cantonite Bruce Smith had 84 sacks after his 32nd birthday. Kevin Greene recorded 15 sacks when he was 36 and 12 more when he was 37 before retiring.
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August 23, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A little more than 10 minutes remained in the first half of the Eagles' first preseason game of the summer that included both of coach Chip Kelly's starting wide receivers. All was well. The offense was firing on all cylinders against the Pittsburgh Steelers, even after LeSean McCoy left with a benign thumb ailment. The Eagles scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions, with quarterback Nick Foles spreading the ball to his multitude of weapons. There were third-down throws to Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, the aforementioned starting receivers, for first downs.
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August 21, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are all types of wide receivers. Tall ones. Short ones. Fast ones. Not as fast ones. Strong ones. Not as strong ones. Receivers with great hands. Who run great routes. Who have great body control. Most are some combination of the above. Asked to name what kind of receiver would benefit most from the NFL-mandated emphasis on illegal contact downfield, the Eagles varied in their answers. Some said the restrictions on pass defenders would equally aid all receivers. But if a specific sort was cited, aside from the ideal and rare of "big and fast, it was quicker receivers who aren't as physical.
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August 23, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the first two preseason games weren't enough to declare the Eagles defense a disaster in waiting, then Thursday night's steadier outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers wasn't enough to pronounce the unit cured of all its issues. But there has been one constant through the preseason, and that has been the performance of linebacker Mychal Kendricks. In the opener against the Bears, he had good coverage as a pass defender. A week later vs. the Patriots, he was a disruptive run stopper.
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August 27, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The players can all count. They can count the 53-man roster and the 10-man practice squad and, most important for those still unsure of their place in the Eagles universe, they can count the three days left to make a difference. There are practices Tuesday and Wednesday and then the final exhibition game on Thursday, one of those meaningless NFL specials that is anything but meaningless to the players hoping to remain employed. The Eagles have to make their final cuts by 4 p.m. Saturday.
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August 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Sanchez started hearing from family members on Sunday evening, when word spread that St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was out for the season. The speculation was underway on who would be his replacement. Because of Sanchez's relatively decorated resumé for a backup quarterback, an impressive preseason with the Eagles, and a history with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, his name was floated as a possibility. Sanchez's family saw the Eagles quarterback linked to the Rams on television and asked him what he knew.
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August 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arrelious Benn received clearance to return to practice Monday after suffering a concussion in Thursday's preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. A veteran receiver competing for a roster spot, Benn participated in practice and is expected to play in this Thursday's preseason finale against the New York Jets. A second-round draft pick in 2010 by Tampa Bay, Benn has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. He missed nine games in three seasons with the Buccaneers before he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last summer, ending his first season with the Eagles before it started.
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August 27, 2014
BENN CLEARED TO PRACTICE Receiver Arrelious Benn returned to practice Monday after suffering a concussion in Thursday's preseason game. D6
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August 27, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
WITH A FEW notable exceptions, pass rushing historically has been a young man's game. In the last three years, a total of 58 edge rushers - 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers - have recorded 10 or more sacks in a season. Just seven of those 58 were 32 or older when they did it. Late Hall of Famer Reggie White put up 12 sacks at 34 and 11 at 36 and 16 at 37. Fellow Cantonite Bruce Smith had 84 sacks after his 32nd birthday. Kevin Greene recorded 15 sacks when he was 36 and 12 more when he was 37 before retiring.
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August 27, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LOOKING OVER what is and is not settled, as the Eagles prepare to wrap up the preseason Thursday night against the Jets, the wide receiver position remains a bigger question than the team probably would prefer. Ideally, if you're going to cut your Pro Bowl wideout in the offseason - yeah, a mention of DeSean Jackson, fire up the bile ducts - you'd like to see your wideout corps dominate in the preseason, so the nattering media nabobs wouldn't have that to natter about, at least.
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August 27, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THIS HAS BEEN Alex Henery's best NFL training camp, Henery said this week, except for the part about missing two of three field goals he has tried in preseason games. "That's probably the most frustrating part, is that I'm hitting good balls in practice. It's just those two that popped up in the games. Those aren't the ones I'm happy about," Henery said. So it is, despite strong work in practice, Henery fights for his job this week, against just-acquired rookie Cody Parkey, and any other kicker who might get cut. "My first training camp here [2011]
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August 27, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
MARK SANCHEZ has been in the NFL long enough to know when a story might actually have legs and when it's just a string of speculation. So yesterday as a group of reporters crowded around his locker to ask him about the rumors that he could be traded to the St. Louis Rams, the Eagles' backup quarterback tried to defuse things before they went too far. "I haven't heard a thing from the people who would make those kinds of decisions," said Sanchez,...
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August 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles waived center Julian Vandervelde with an injury settlement Tuesday, reducing the roster to the league-mandated 75 players while cutting ties with last year's backup center. Vandervelde, 26, underwent back surgery this summer. Coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that Vandervelde was a "ways away" from returning. Waiving Vandervelde was another indication that David Molk is likely to make the team as Jason Kelce's backup. Vandervelde played in 14 games last season. As one of the seven offensive linemen active on game days, Vandervelde needed to play both center and guard.
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August 27, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite a late start, Ed Reynolds hasn't taken his few months with the Eagles for granted. Of all the Eagles draft picks, the rookie safety is seemingly the only one who may have to sweat out Saturday's final roster trims. It's not that Reynolds has looked unable to compete at this level. It's just been difficult to assess his development from deep down the depth chart. He missed about a month of offseason workouts after the Eagles selected him in the fifth round. And when preseason snaps have been distributed, Reynolds has had to wait his turn, with the Eagles in their finest shape at safety in years.
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