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September 10, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
PYT, the Northern Liberties burger joint in the Piazza at Schmidts, posted a photo of a receipt to its Facebook page showing that Eagle LeSean McCoy tipped 20 cents on a $61.56 check. That's a 0.3 percent tip. My buddy Daily News Eagles writer Les Bowen asked McCoy about the tipping incident. "It's bulls---, man," McCoy said. He declined to elaborate. Bowen also asked the Eagles about the incident. The team said that the running back was not happy with the service at PYT, although it wished he'd handled it differently.
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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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September 9, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
After the hardest year of his football life, Jeremy Maclin couldn't have taken an easier route to redemption. Nick Foles had fooled the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense with a play fake; LeSean McCoy had thrown a timely and vital block to fend off an oncoming defensive end; and Maclin was alone in the center of Lincoln Financial Field. Here it was, the fourth quarter of Maclin's first game since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last July, and now all he had to do to score the decisive touchdown in the Eagles' 34-17 victory Sunday was to wait for Foles' pass to land in his hands.
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September 13, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cody Parkey lost his job. It was Aug. 20, and the Indianapolis Colts decided to waive him. Then the kicker received a call from Colts general manager Ryan Grigson telling him that he had been traded to Philadelphia. The Eagles surrendered running back David Fluellen, whom they planned to waive. It was a swap of two unwanted players. If the Eagles hadn't traded for Parkey and tried claiming him off waivers, the kicker would have been up for grabs to the 21 teams ahead of them on the waiver wire.
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September 7, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The draft had just ended, and Trey Burton was fielding calls like most of the rookies who just missed out on being selected. He knew the Eagles were interested. The feeling was mutual. But the post-draft scramble for undrafted rookies is a free-for-all, and while Burton's multiposition four years at Florida might have lowered his draft stock, it would certainly make him an appealing addition to any training camp. The Eagles had more in mind than just a camp body, though, and Burton envisioned as much, because of his familiarity with Chip Kelly's offense.
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September 9, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The contrails from the military-style flyover had barely dissipated in the sky above Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday when the Eagles and their season of high expectations began to leak smoke as well. One offensive turnover led to a touchdown for the Jacksonville Jaguars and, just to prove it wasn't a fluke, another was followed by the same result. By the end of the first half, the Eagles trailed by 17 points, and the fans who came to celebrate the new beginning sent them into the locker room with an old serenade.
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September 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles practiced with their patchwork offensive line for the first time Wednesday, using Dennis Kelly to replace Evan Mathis at left guard and Andrew Gardner to replace Allen Barbre at right tackle. Neither player has started a game at that position before. Kelly and Gardner will likely be in the lineup Monday night when the Eagles visit the Indianapolis Colts unless Matt Tobin's high-ankle sprain heals quickly enough to change plans or new signee Wade Smith adjusts quickly enough to make a push at guard.
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September 10, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LESEAN McCOY said last night on his 94WIP radio show that he "wished I'd taken that run a different way," and not been tackled onto the back of Evan Mathis' left knee, spraining Mathis' MCL. Mathis' Pro Bowl blocking skills played a role in McCoy winning the NFL rushing title last season, with a franchise-record 1,607 yards. The Eagles, you might have heard a few times by now, were blessed to be able to start the same five offensive linemen in every 2013 game. That became unlikely for 2014 when news of Lane Johnson's banned-substance suspension broke in late June.
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September 9, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
THE STATS are unofficial yet instructive: three sacks, four quarterback hits, three passes batted down, six tackles for losses, one forced fumble, one fumble returned for a touchdown. Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Mychal Kendricks, Connor Barwin, more: For the guys who play in the front of the Eagles' defense, it was a very good day. We have spent the last months throwing around two terms - "pass rush" and "playmakers" - and wondering often where the Eagles stood in those terms. There was not enough of either component on last season's defense.
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September 8, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
AFTER 7 long months without football, our wait is finally over. Throughout Philadelphia and in 30 other NFL cities, fans have been frantically getting their fantasy teams and survivor pools in order. Our next obsession is predicting our team's final record with game-by-game analysis. Everyone from experts like the great Ray Didinger to the homeless guy at Broad and Locust has made a prediction. Last year, I picked the Eagles to go 7-9 and was called an optimist. I never thought that Nick Foles would look like Joe Montana or that Chip Kelly's offense could be so productive.
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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
One week into the NFL season, the Eagles are in the odd position of alternately hoping that last year's results meant something and also hoping they meant very little. On one hand, they would certainly like to see the Nick Foles of 2013 at quarterback when the season continues in Indianapolis on Monday night. Foles rebounded somewhat from a shaky first half against Jacksonville in the opener, but his overall game was not even close to the accurate and efficient play he showed a year ago. And on that other hand, the one that might be more important against the Colts, no one really wants to see the defense of 2013 back on the field again.
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September 15, 2014
Wide receiver Josh Huff (shoulder) and offensive lineman Matt Tobin (ankle) were declared out for Monday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Neither played last week or practiced this week. Running back Chris Polk (hamstring), wide receiver Brad Smith (groin), and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) are all probable. Polk missed the preseason and season opener, but he could make his debut. The Colts will miss inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who is out with a hamstring injury.
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September 15, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks first met in April 2012 during a predraft visit to Tennessee. They took a limousine together to the Nashville airport. They were not the most compatible pair of 21-year-olds to share a 20-minute ride. Cox is from Yazoo City, Miss.; went to college at Mississippi State; and likes to spend his free time taking his ATVs "mud-riding. " Those who know Cox describe him as a "big ol' country boy. " Kendricks grew up in Fresno, Calif.; went to the University of California; and collects hats and shoes.
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September 15, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A MAIN TOPIC of discussion this week around the Eagles has been the patchwork offensive line, and how it might fare Monday night in the Indianapolis Colts' retractable dome. That story line took a twist yesterday when Wade Smith and Dennis Kelly revealed they were splitting first-team practice reps at left guard. This came after coach Chip Kelly praised Smith's quick grasp of the offense yesterday, speaking before Smith's third practice since signing with the Eagles on Tuesday. Chip Kelly was asked whether he'll have to do anything different offensively, with Dennis Kelly subbing for injured Evan Mathis and Andrew Gardner subbing for injured right tackle Allen Barbre, who was subbing for suspended Lane Johnson.
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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's dangerous to read too much into what happens in the NFL during the opening week. In some ways, it's an extension of the preseason, except, of course, it counts in the standings. The starters are going the distance for the first time, so that's an adjustment. The opponents are finally showing off the offensive and defensive schemes they hid during the preseason, so that must be taken into consideration, too. "You know you've got to be slow to judge what happens in Week 1," Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.
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September 15, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's difficult to imagine Cody Parkey as an Eagle if it weren't for the relationship between Howie Roseman and Ryan Grigson. Former Eagles colleagues and frequent trade partners, the two general managers on Aug. 20 had just placed rookies on waivers who would have filled holes on each other's teams. The Eagles needed a kicker, and the Colts had just cut Parkey. The Colts needed a running back, and the Eagles had just released David Fluellen. Realizing the mutual interest, Roseman and Grigson worked out a straight-up deal before Parkey and Fluellen officially went on waivers.
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September 15, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - One of the brightest spots of the Eagles' Week 1 win over Jacksonville was the pressure the Birds managed to bring on Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. Henne was sacked only three times, but he was under duress a lot more than that. Passes were tipped, passes were hurried, timing was disrupted a lot more than has been common lately for the Eagles' defense, which ranked 32nd against the pass in 2013. Henne completed 12 of his final 27 passes, for 99 yards. Getting that kind of result tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium figures to be a lot tougher.
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September 14, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Sometimes you have to shed more than the blockers when you arrive in the NFL as a first-round draft pick being paid huge money to pursue the quarterback. Sometimes you have to blast through the hurtful rhetoric, too. Injury-prone , underachiever and, worst of all, bust have been attached to Brandon Graham's name. He heard them all. "The hardest part was hearing the fans saying what they say and hearing the media and I wasn't able to defend myself because I was hurt," the pass-rushing outside linebacker said Wednesday after the Eagles finished their first day of practice in preparation for Monday night's game against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
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September 14, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wade Smith has less than 72 hours to learn the Eagles offense to where he would feel comfortable starting at left guard against the Indianapolis Colts. Once considered a long shot because the Eagles acquired Smith on Tuesday, coach Chip Kelly suggested on Friday that the veteran offensive lineman had the acumen to learn the plays and calls in time for Monday night's game. "Dealing with Wade the last two or three days, I think he's got a really good grasp of what we're trying to do," Kelly said.
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September 14, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Luke Cornelius noticed a few things as he ran to the sideline, having just recovered a fumble for the West Deptford football team. It was early in the second quarter, and the senior saw the demeanor completely change in his teammates. They were louder - "hyped," as the linebacker, kicker, and running back put it. But the most obvious change was the look on the Eagles' coach, Clyde Folsom: He was smiling. Cornelius' fumble recovery turned the tide in the season opener for West Deptford, as the visiting Eagles defeated Sterling, 27-10, Friday night.
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