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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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March 14, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JUST AS FANS started to get good and worked up about the Eagles' inactivity in the early hours of free agency, the team dropped a load of signings on the reeling Twitterverse. Five new Eagles joined the roster, though they weren't the splashy, top-of-the-market guys some fans always seem to want, in the face of solid evidence that trying to build a winner that way doesn't work. The signings reflected what general manager Howie Roseman and new coach Chip Kelly said in the weeks leading up to the opening of the market: The Eagles need players, as they transition from the Andy Reid era to new systems.
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April 21, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson probably felt at the very least that they were performing their due diligence earlier this offseason when they held their private workouts with California's Jared Goff and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz. In truth, it was overdone diligence. The vice president of football operations and head coach should have had their focus elsewhere because they had already made a vital decision at quarterback when they signed Sam Bradford to a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $22 million.
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August 12, 2007 | By Ashley Fox, Inquirer Staff Writer
1 Steve Van Buren. The best ever. How do you judge? How do you cross eras and compare? Just what is universal, what is the tipping point, what is the criteria for such an honor as being named the best ever for a franchise that has existed for more than seven decades? Championships. When it comes down to it, the game of football is about winning championships, and no one was more instrumental in bringing not one, but two championships to the city of Philadelphia than Steve Van Buren.
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April 22, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THIS IS what the Eagles should have done: After snookering the Miami Dolphins out of the eighth pick in the draft last month, they should have sat on their hands, selected one of the three of four appealing options that figure to be on the board at No. 8 next Thursday - Ronnie Stanley? Ezekiel Elliott? Vernon Hargreaves? - and taken a well-deserved bow. Instead, they overdosed on testosterone and decided to show the rest of the NFL how smart they are. "We're going to invest in quarterbacks," executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said after the Eagles swapped a batch of draft picks, among them the No. 8 pick, their first-round selection next year and a second-round pick in 2018, to Cleveland for the second pick in the draft, which they plan to use on the Los Angeles Rams' sloppy seconds - either Division I-AA product Carson Wentz or Cal's Jared Goff.
SPORTS
March 15, 2015
The Eagles will have five organized offseason activities camps (OTAs), starting with a rookie session May 8-10, which is a week after the NFL draft. All minicamps will take place at the team's NovaCare practice facility. The Eagles' other three OTA camps will take place May 26-28, June 1-2 and 4, June 8-11, and a mandatory camp June 16-18. Training camp begins in July.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2013 | Jenice Armstron, Daily News Columnist
PRETTY WOMEN in high-heeled, rhinestone-trimmed sneakers girl-tossing a pink football to each other. That's what I halfway expected to see the night I went to watch Philly's lingerie football team do some off-season conditioning. Boy, did I have it wrong. If they started out in makeup, they'd sweated it off by the time I got there. In fact, there was nothing the least bit glamorous about the Philadelphia Passion players I saw at 7 Deuce Sports, in Medford, N.J., last week. The women, whose team is part of the recently renamed Legends Football League , were hitting it hard, to the point that a few were hobbling.
NEWS
January 21, 2003
Ouch.
SPORTS
April 23, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
For the next week, the Eagles can revel in the excitement of moving up to the No. 2 pick to draft a potential franchise quarterback. But once presumptive selection Carson Wentz arrives in Philadelphia, it will be up to coach Doug Pederson to figure out how the crowded depth chart will work. The Eagles made clear that Sam Bradford is still their starting quarterback. However, considering the assets the team surrendered to draft Wentz, the team must also make sure that their investment eventually bears fruit.
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January 8, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
TWO MYTHS driving me crazy this offseason: 1) That the Eagles find themselves in an either/or quandary at the quarterback position. The notion that they should avoid signing Sam Bradford because they should be targeting a quarterback better than Bradford ignores the reality of both the quarterback position and NFL contracts in general. Judging by the contracts doled out to quarterbacks over the past few years, the Eagles would essentially be committing to having Bradford on their roster for the next three seasons.
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April 27, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Offensive linemen are not, by nature, complainers. The role they chose on a football field or, more likely, the role that chose them is a sentence to a silent, grinding existence. It isn't fun, but, really, no one wants to hear it. Lane Johnson, who grew up in the little crossroads town of Groveton, Texas, and graduated Groveton High School with 34 other classmates, doesn't expect playing tackle in the NFL to be easy. When your first job back home was digging graves for $8 an hour, you don't expect very much to be easy.
SPORTS
April 27, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The five days that lapsed between the Eagles' trade for the No. 2 draft pick and Sam Bradford's reported request to be dealt would have been more than enough time for agent Tom Condon to gauge the market for trade partners. All he needs is one team. Otherwise, Bradford's hard-line stance, if true, would be ill-advised. But even if Condon has a suitor, he has to convince Howie Roseman that Bradford is prepared to hold out. It is the quarterback's only leverage, but it does have additional weight because of the importance of the position.
SPORTS
April 27, 2016 | Daily News Staff
(In the agenda, the Daily News will examine a major issue of the day in Philadelphia sports. We will frame the question and look at it from multiple angles, bringing you opinions from a sports staff unmatched in its experience. The Agenda will run occasionally, only in the Daily News). Les Bowen: I would press for a meeting to try to smooth this over. Take Sam out to dinner. (Jeffrey Lurie knows a nice spot in Fargo, N.D.). Reiterate that he's the QB in 2016, the team should be decent, if Bradford is healthy and productive he'll either be here again as the starter in 2017 or get a bunch of money from somebody else.
SPORTS
April 27, 2016 | Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
This would seem to be exactly the sort of thing the Eagles were trying to avoid when Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson met with Sam Bradford before last Wednesday's minicamp practice, to deliver in three-part harmony the news that they had traded up to second overall in the draft to get a quarterback, and to reassure Bradford that he was their 2016 starter. Welp. Maybe a follow-up meeting or two would have been in order, because by Monday morning, agent Tom Condon was calling Roseman with news of Bradford wanting to be traded.
SPORTS
April 27, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There is only one way to interpret quarterback Sam Bradford's reported demand to be traded by the Eagles, if the reports are indeed accurate. Here is that interpretation: He wants to be traded. This is a rare what-you-see in the dance between professional athletes and their employers. Usually, there is bluffing involved and posturing and chest-puffing and all manner of artifice from both sides. There are more lines drawn in the sand than at a beach volleyball tournament. That isn't what Bradford is doing.
SPORTS
April 27, 2016
PRETEND, FOR a moment, that this conversation between Sam Bradford and his agent occurred this offseason. Agent: Let's talk about how we are going to approach free agency. Bradford: I want to stay with the Eagles. Agent: That's definitely an option, but they're hesitant to go beyond two years. Let's talk about what else could be out there. Bradford: I don't really care about what else is out there. I like what I heard from Doug, Howie and Mr. Lurie when we sat down and talked.
SPORTS
April 26, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
JASON PETERS is, without question, one of the best offensive tackles of his era. There is Peters and there is Walter Jones and then there is everyone else. And everyone else includes Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace and Willie Roaf, who, like Jones, happen to have bronze busts in Canton. Five years after he retires and becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame, I will passionately lobby my fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors to put Peters into Canton in his first year of eligibility.
SPORTS
April 26, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
I'VE BEEN PORING over the Eagles stories from early March, trying to find the place where Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson promised Sam Bradford he would be their quarterback forever, after signing him to a two-year, $35 million contract that everyone pointed out could really be a one-year contract, if 2016 didn't go well. Still haven't found those quotes. In fact, I'm pretty sure all of us who cover the team noted prominently that the structure and term of the deal in no way precluded the Eagles from drafting a franchise QB this coming Thursday.
SPORTS
April 26, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Carson Wentz wanted to win so much that he sometimes would cry when he didn't play well or after his teams lost in midget football or little league baseball. He was only 11 or 12 at the time, so it wasn't as if his behavior was abnormal. But his emotional outbursts were what Ron Wingenbach, whose son played alongside Wentz, remembered most about Wentz's temperament. Coaches didn't have to motivate the athlete. No one was more critical of Wentz than he was of himself. He didn't cry because of outside pressures or out of embarrassment.
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April 25, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Iowa State may not be an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision powerhouse, but the Cyclones do play in one of the BCS conferences and do have recruiting advantages even over an elite Football Championship Subdivision program such as North Dakota State. Carson Wentz's first collegiate start came at Iowa State in front of 55,000 fans - a number significantly greater than the 19,000 that regularly fill the Fargodome to watch the Bison. It wasn't quite like Hickory High School walking into an Indianapolis arena for the state championship in Hoosiers - "I think you'll find the measurements the same as our gym back in Hickory" - but it had to be daunting for the quarterback.
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