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October 20, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
EACH SPRING when the NFL releases its schedule, football-crazed fans across the Delaware Valley go through and mark down potential wins and losses for each of the Eagles' 16 regular-season games. It's a fun exercise, but every fall the same thing happens - a few teams we thought would be good aren't, and several we penciled in as sure-thing wins soon no longer appear that way. So with the 5-1 Eagles on their bye week and all teams five or six games into their seasons, here's a quick look at the statuses of each of the final nine regular-season opponents for Chip Kelly & Co. At Arizona Cardinals Record: 4-1 Combined opponents' record: 17-12 Week 7 opponent: at Raiders In a way, the Cardinals' first 6 weeks have gone similarly to the Eagles, Bruce Arians' squad scrapping its way to wins despite missing several key players.
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October 17, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
WITH ENDLESS appearance opportunities and the compensation it provides, the mascot role of Bucky Badger is a highly coveted one at the University of Wisconsin. "There's, like, 100 people trying out every year," Eagles special-teamer Chris Maragos said the other day of his alma mater. "In Wisconsin, it's a pretty cool thing. " So when big brother Troy won the job in the year before Chris took his own longshot stab at landing a job with the football program, little brother couldn't have been more proud.
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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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October 21, 2014 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
HUDDLED IN THE VIP room of the SugarHouse Casino, former Eagles All-Pro quarterback Randall Cunningham stood and signed autographs for fans on Saturday. Cunningham, now a pastor who ministers in Las Vegas, is one of 113 players and coaches on the ballot for Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. The Hall's Selection Committee will trim that list to 25 next month, and to 15 in January, before electing a final group of between four and eight members during February's Super Bowl Week.
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October 17, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS MIDNIGHT in the locker room after the sixth game of the season. An Eagles tight end had scored two touchdowns in a shutout of the Giants. You would have thought Brent Celek scored both. He scored neither. "Hey, congratulations!" Celek hollered at James Casey, who had a football tucked under his arm - the football he caught for a touchdown that might otherwise have been Celek's. "See him?" Celek asked, unprovoked, pointing at another teammate. "He made unbelievable catches all night tonight.
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October 16, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
ZACH ERTZ always has aimed high. He doesn't want to be only a good NFL tight end; he wants to be a great one. He wants to catch 80 passes a year. He wants to go to Pro Bowls. He wants to be mentioned in the same breath with the best tight ends in the game. He believes he has that kind of talent. His coaches believe he has that kind of talent. If you saw his incredible, diving touchdown catch in the first quarter Sunday night against Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, you know he has that kind of talent.
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August 30, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FOR MORE than a few of the 75 players on the Eagles' roster, tonight's game at the Jets will be the last time they will pull on a football jersey, the end of something they've devoted their lives to since they were in elementary school. That is a serious and solemn thing, even as we roll our eyes at the idea of having to watch a preseason game minus starters, to be contested at least partly among men who will never play a down in the NFL. The cutdown to the regular-season roster limit of 53 by 4 p.m. Saturday looms.
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October 17, 2014 | Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have 16 new faces on their roster. Here's a look at those offseason acquisitions: Free agents S Malcolm Jenkins - The Eagles' biggest free-agent signing did not arrive with the fanfare of some of the other safeties on the market, but his versatility and leadership have helped upgrade the secondary. CB Nolan Carroll - Signed to provide depth at cornerback and contribute on special teams, Carroll has allowed the Eagles to play more dime packages. S Chris Maragos - The former Seahawk bolstered the Eagles' special teams and already has four special-teams tackles and a touchdown off a punt block.
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October 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marcus Smith stays off Twitter and Instagram to avoid the criticism he may receive from fans, but he can't always evade his family. "I got uncles that are really passionate about football," the Eagles linebacker said. "They see me do something wrong in the game, they'll send me a text and try to correct it. Sometimes I don't text back. " Smith is already under enough pressure. Drafted in the first round by the Eagles, the rookie has played sparingly in his first five games and only because of injuries.
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September 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles first learned of their workweek schedule under new coach Chip Kelly, there was a little confusion. Kelly had an order to the week that he had honed at Oregon and wanted to bring to the NFL. But it meant going against the league norm and shuffling schedules for many veterans who had become accustomed to business as usual. Mondays were like Tuesdays. Thursdays were like Fridays. And Saturdays and Fridays flip-flopped. But there were so many other changes that it took some time for players to adjust.
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October 23, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
MYCHAL KENDRICKS, Darren Sproles, Jason Kelce and Chris Polk all practiced for the Eagles yesterday. Of course they did. Consider it a triumph of culture. Like no other sport, vetted football veterans tend to lean toward gradual reinsertion with an eye toward good health down the road. Not all of the aforementioned are vetted veterans - Kendricks and Polk are playing for longevity and a big payday - but the absence of apathy is remarkable. Nobody's milking their money.
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October 23, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles reunited on Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex after a week away from work. During the bye week, they scattered from one end of the country to the other. They went back home to visit family and friends. They went hunting and fishing. They returned to their high schools or colleges to see how things were going. They sat their aching bodies down and put their feet up. They did a lot, and they did nothing. The coaches mostly scattered, too, but Chip Kelly stayed around to evaluate what has happened so far this season and to get a jump on planning for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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October 23, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles returned to practice after the bye week with a healthier roster. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, running back Darren Sproles, center Jason Kelce, and running back Chris Polk practiced Tuesday as they recover from injuries. That doesn't mean all of them will play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals - don't count on seeing Kelce this week - but practicing with 52 of the 53 players on the active roster was a sign of progress for a team that has had injury issues. The only player absent was wide receiver Brad Smith.
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October 23, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If there's a lesson for the Cardinals to learn from the New York Giants' defensive game plan in last week's 27-0 loss to the Eagles, it is that LeSean McCoy and the Eagles' ground attack are still potent against even or minus-one numbers in the box. Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell chose, for the most part, to keep his safeties in coverage, and the Eagles made him pay. McCoy rushed for 149 yards, and a collective sigh of relief seemed to...
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October 23, 2014 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Cary Williams, who questioned the intensity of Chip Kelly's practices last month, said that some Eagles practices have been shorter in the last few weeks. "It was shortened. We shortened a couple of days," Williams said Tuesday. "Taken a couple of portions out of practice both days, so we've got a different schedule. We practice three days a week, and everything else is a walk-through. " Williams said he wasn't sure whether his comments after the Redskins game, which caused a brief stir, led to shorter practices on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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October 23, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DARREN SPROLES didn't like what he was hearing from the Eagles' medical staff as he sat on the Lincoln Financial Field turf late in the third quarter of the Birds' 27-0 victory over the Giants week before last. Sproles, whose 15-yard touchdown scamper on the Eagles' previous series had set the final score, was down and hurting. At the end of a 4-yard run, he'd been bent backward by Giants defensive tackle Markus Kuhn. While quarterback Nick Foles confronted Kuhn, then an official about Kuhn's actions, Sproles feared the worst.
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October 23, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
REMEMBER WHEN Cary Williams talked about how Chip Kelly's practices were wearing down players, in the locker room after the Eagles' thrilling, 37-34, victory over the Redskins back on Sept. 21? Well, as the Birds came off their bye week yesterday, Williams said the practice schedule has indeed gotten lighter, that a couple of periods have come out of Kelly's highly organized training sessions on the two heaviest days, Wednesday and Thursday. "The last couple weeks, he's implemented some changes," Williams said.
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October 23, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
There is nothing simple about what the Eagles will want and need center David Molk to do Sunday when they face the 5-1 Arizona Cardinals out in the desert. Because the Cardinals have been besieged by injuries on defense, they believe their best weapon against the Eagles, or any offense, for that matter, is deception. So when Molk reaches down to grab the football before the start of each Eagles play, he can expect to see planned chaos on the other side. Sometimes he'll see a 3-4 look, which is the Cardinals' base defense.
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October 23, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
'WE'VE GOT to get it fixed," Bill Davis said after the St. Louis Rams game 3 weeks ago and after the Washington Redskins game 2 weeks before that. If you go back to the start of last season, you likely will find a few more declarations identical to that, which, of course, leads to two obvious questions after the Eagles' first shutout victory since 1996, and first of the Bill Davis/Chip Kelly era. Namely, is it fixed? And if so, what got fixed? "I think we're growing," the Eagles defensive coordinator said yesterday.
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October 23, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles might have all three of their running backs available for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, or they might have only one. That's the uncertainty they face with Darren Sproles and Chris Polk on the injury report. But the healthy running back is the one they need most: LeSean McCoy, who is coming off his best game of the season. "With Darren or with Chris, I still get a lot of loads of carries, and I play a lot," McCoy said after practice Wednesday. "Hopefully we get the guys healthy.
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