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November 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Casey Matthews arrived at Lehigh University for the Eagles' 2011 training camp atop the depth chart at middle linebacker. A rookie fourth-round pick who entered the league during the NFL's work stoppage, Matthews did not yet know the defense, his teammates, or his coaches. Amid a frenzied free-agent signing period that produced the ill-fated "Dream Team," the Eagles chose the untested rookie to man the middle of their defense. The experiment lasted three games before Matthews was demoted.
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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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December 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
LANDOVER, Md. - Bradley Fletcher had little to say Saturday night, and Cary Williams did not speak at all. Not that it mattered much. The performance of the two men spoke volumes, and the reverberating theme was this: The meaningful portion of the Eagles' season is probably over, and the team's need to get better in the secondary has never been more apparent. Even defensive coordinator Bill Davis, an ardent defender of Fletcher's ability to be a cover corner, decided he had seen enough in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 27-24 loss to wretched Washington at FedEx Field.
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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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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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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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August 8, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles' plan for handling the Riley Cooper situation became clear Tuesday. There is no plan. There never was. The team acted quickly to fine Cooper for his videotaped racist threat, then ducked low and hoped it would all blow over. The assumption that Cooper went to some kind of sensitivity training or counseling program appears incorrect. The Eagles excused him from team activities on Friday so he could "seek assistance. " Coach Chip Kelly said there was no timetable for Cooper's return.
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March 12, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It is the longest-running mystery in Philadelphia sports history, and now the part of Sherlock Holmes is being played by Chip Kelly. The coach and his team are in search of that elusive Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver football award that stands 22 inches, weighs seven pounds, and has never been hoisted by a man in an Eagles uniform. The suspense is killing Eagles fans, the majority of whom were not alive when the franchise last won an NFL championship by beating Lombardi's Green Bay Packers in 1960 and many of whom wonder if they'll still be breathing when the team celebrates its next title.
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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.
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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.
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March 19, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles renegotiated linebacker Bryan Braman's contract with a one-year extension. The deal gives the Eagles salary-cap relief in 2015 and keeps Braman under contract with the team through 2016. Braman was set to make a base salary of $1.2 million this season. Now he will make $745,000. Braman also will have a base salary of $900,000 in 2016 as part of the new deal. Braman, 27, signed a two-year deal with the Eagles last offseason. He was a key special-teams contributor, ranking fifth on the team with eight special-teams tackles.
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March 19, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly likes to say that durability is the best ability. A lack of durability can sometimes lead to affordability. When a player becomes available, it's up to the team acquiring him to try to figure out why. In recent weeks, Kelly has often found that answer to be health. Of the seven new players whom the Eagles acquired this offseason, only DeMarco Murray played 16 games last season - and Murray dealt with durability concerns in previous years. The two players who the Eagles received in trades - quarterback Sam Bradford and linebacker Kiko Alonso - missed all of last season with torn anterior cruciate ligaments.
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March 18, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' unpredictable offseason continued Monday when the team worked out Tim Tebow, the polarizing quarterback who has not played in the NFL for the last two seasons. Eagles coach Chip Kelly did not comment on the workout. No deal with Tebow was announced, and ESPN reported that the Eagles would not sign him at this time. But the mere mention of his workout became breaking news in the NFL, which speaks to Tebow's popularity. Tebow, 27, was a 2010 first-round pick who last played for the New England Patriots in the 2013 preseason.
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March 18, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY nearly broke the Internet for a wild hour or so yesterday afternoon. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Eagles had worked out Tim Tebow. A team source confirmed the workout, and confirmed that Tebow worked out as a quarterback, though some observers have thought the 6-2, 236-pound 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning QB from Florida might be better suited to play fullback, tight end or safety. Alas, after sounding the nationwide Tebow alarm, Schefter then unrang the bell, reporting that Tebow had left Philly yesterday and that the Birds had decided not to sign him at this time.
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March 17, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly hopes that weeks like the one the Eagles just finished become rare in Philadelphia. The spending spree that brought eight new contracts onto the payroll was necessary for Kelly to reassemble the team to his specifications, but he wants roster building to occur more during draft weekend than the first week of free agency. "Eventually, hopefully we're not going to be big guys in free agency," he said. "We're going to develop them from the bottom up and have our players on this [team]
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March 16, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most evaluations of the Eagles' new quarterback come with a two-word caveat that seems attached to Sam Bradford's name: if healthy . The qualifier shows both the risk the Eagles absorbed in Tuesday's trade and the potential reward that could come their way. "When I put the question mark on him, that's it," said former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, an ESPN analyst. "I don't question his talent, his ability, his cerebral ability to lead a football team and run an offense. But he's got to stay healthy.
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March 16, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
We are taught it is healthier to take our time and chew our food, but it's impossible when you are being served a seven-course meal with no palate-cleansing sorbet in between. Who knew the Eagles' moves to release Todd Herremans and Trent Cole were nothing more than hors d'oeuvres? Little doggies on tiny buns. Who knew the LeSean McCoy trade was just an appetizer? Only one torn anterior cruciate ligament came with the Kiko Alonso special. Who knows whether the Sam Bradford-Nick Foles trade or the DeMarco Murray signing was the main course?
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March 16, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
During a six-day span last week, the Eagles added eight new contracts and about $40 million of salary against their 2015 cap. On the seventh day, the Eagles rested. Friday offered the first quiet 24 hours of the free-agency period. That doesn't even include moves from the previous weeks, such as releasing expensive veterans Todd Herremans, Trent Cole, and Cary Williams. Add in the trades of Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy, and the departures of Jeremy Maclin and Nate Allen, among other changes, and the Eagles are replacing eight opening-day starters.
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March 16, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ATLANTIC CITY - We're all about the page views these days, so this story probably should say that MARCUS MARIOTA DID NOT DENY HE REMAINS IN CONTACT WITH CHIP KELLY when Mariota appeared at the Maxwell Awards news conference yesterday. Even more shocking, when asked, MARIOTA CONFIRMED THAT IT REMAINS THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE THE EAGLES WILL STILL ATTEMPT TO ACQUIRE HIM! Furthermore, the Daily News has learned that the large body of water located on the other side of the boardwalk from the Tropicana Hotel and Casino WOULD SEEM TO BE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.
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March 16, 2015
OH MY, my head is spinning. It's almost impossible to keep up with Chip Kelly and his wheeling and dealing. Apparently, he is moving as fast as the Eagles' general manager as his offense does on the field. Though it's almost too hard to keep up with, it certainly is exciting. Think about this, in a 10-day span, the Eagles' No. 1 running back was LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, Darren Sproles, Ryan Mathews, and then, finally, DeMarco Murray. Even with McCoy and Gore not on the team, the Eagles have four quality running backs, but still no deep-threat wide receiver.
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