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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 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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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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October 15, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
SONNY FORRIEST Jr., still wearing his trademark "Ridin' Dirty" Eagles jersey from the night before, sat in his Ogontz home Monday, reflecting on how his 57th birthday party in a Lincoln Financial Field parking lot turned surreal when a woman stole his prosthetic left leg. Forriest, a Vietnam-era veteran, smiled wearily after a sleepless night and cradled the leg, which police had returned to him at 3 a.m. after a SEPTA cleaning crew found it...
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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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October 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Connor Barwin's increased sack production this season can be tracked back to March, when the team bolstered its secondary in free agency but failed to add a pass rusher. The Eagles thought they could improve their pass rush with players returning for their second season in Bill Davis' scheme. One idea was to use Barwin more in that role this season. There was not a noticeable change until recent weeks, but it's now paying off: Barwin is tied for third in the NFL with six sacks.
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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 13, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE COMMUNITY park in Jupiter, Fla., serves as a sprawling sports complex, packed with soccer and baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts. The fields don't feature bright-yellow uprights, but you could still sometimes stumble upon a small group of young men there, kicking and punting footballs. To them, the park is most valuable for its abundance of towering light poles. An exercise in pinpoint accuracy and elevation, clanking a football off a pole, of course, poses a more formidable test than booting one between uprights stationed 18 1/2 feet apart.
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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 15, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
CHIP KELLY said he wasn't relieved yesterday when he heard Darren Sproles had suffered a relatively mild left MCL sprain, which might or might not keep Sproles out of the lineup for a week or 2 after the Eagles come back from the bye. Kelly said he'd talked to his change-of-pace runner, receiver and punt returner after Sunday night's trouncing of the Giants, and Sproles "didn't seem like it was anything big . . . he was walking fine and there was...
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October 18, 2014
SOCCER SOUTH JERSEY COACHES TOURNAMENT Moorestown 1, Ocean City 0: Kiera Dalmass scored with five minutes left in the second overtime, and the eighth-seeded, host Quakers edged the ninth-seeded Red Raiders. Carlie Blessing made nine saves to record her 10th shutout of the season. Lenape 5, Cinnaminson 1: Kenie Wright had a goal and two assists as the top-seeded Indians took down the visiting, No. 16 Pirates. Washington Township 2, Lower Cape May 0: Marissa Pagano and Marina Smolens scored second-half goals for the sixth-seeded Minutemaids, who blanked the No. 11 Tigers at home.
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October 17, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Of all that Chip Kelly has showed disdain for since arriving in Philadelphia to begin our reeducation on the game of football, near the top of the list is the traditional reverence accorded the time-of-possession statistic. There are other things he doesn't much like - including outsiders who attempt to compartmentalize or categorize his methods - but he holds a special place for time of possession and those who clutch its importance the way a dog guards a well-worn bone. On the surface, it seems like an important stat.
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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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October 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howie Roseman took a seat on the set of his radio show at Chickie's & Pete's in South Philadelphia on Monday afternoon with noticeable euphoria among fans in attendance and callers who wanted to chat with the Eagles' general manager. Roseman was hit with requests for autographs and photographs. He discussed some of the key acquisitions during the offseason. One caller praised his role in hiring Chip Kelly. Roseman, who is the only NFL general manager with a radio show, has sat in that chair during less friendly times.
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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 17, 2014 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
A 27-0 WIN on "Sunday Night Football" over the New York Giants has set up a smooth bye week for the Eagles to recharge and relax, but cornerback Brandon Boykin, isn't done working. During this week off from play, Boykin, one of the NFL's top cornerbacks, turned his attention to the "READ! By 4th" campaign, an effort from Philadelphia schools to improve the reading level of grade-school students. According to the campaign, more than half of Philadelphia students beginning fourth grade in traditional and charter public schools in 2012 were unable to read on that grade level.
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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
A PREVIOUSLY released former Eagles draft pick will return to the NovaCare Complex practice fields next week, as the team yesterday re-signed interior offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde. Vandervelde, the backup center to Jason Kelce last season, takes the spot of veteran lineman Wade Smith, who was released yesterday in conjunction with the move. Vandervelde, 6-2, 300 pounds, can play both center and guard. A fifth-round draft pick in 2011, Vandervelde was on the Eagles roster as recently as late August, when he was waived with an injury settlement.
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October 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Connor Barwin's increased sack production this season can be tracked back to March, when the team bolstered its secondary in free agency but failed to add a pass rusher. The Eagles thought they could improve their pass rush with players returning for their second season in Bill Davis' scheme. One idea was to use Barwin more in that role this season. There was not a noticeable change until recent weeks, but it's now paying off: Barwin is tied for third in the NFL with six sacks.
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October 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles brought back offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde on Tuesday and released veteran lineman Wade Smith. Vandervelde, 27, reached an injury settlement with the team in August because of a back injury from which he has since recovered. He has spent parts of three seasons with the Eagles, including all of last season as the team's backup center. He entered the summer trying to hold off David Molk for that job, although his injury prompted the Eagles to keep Molk. After Jason Kelce suffered a sports hernia in Week 3, Molk became the starter.
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