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August 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
AN INVISIBLE barrier seemed to descend around Alex Henery as the second half wore on. The bench area can be a crowded place, with NFL rosters still at 75 until tomorrow's cutdown to 53. Yet, Henery paced back and forth in a black Eagles baseball cap, several feet of space on each side of him. The Eagles tried three field goals in last night's 37-7 preseason-ending victory over the visiting New York Jets. Rookie Cody Parkey, acquired last week from Indianapolis, attempted and made all three - from 54, 25 and 53 yards.
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August 29, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE NUMBERS don't compute, and Brandon Graham knows it. The Eagles linebacker was the 13th player taken in the 2010 draft. Yet, in four NFL seasons, he has made only 12 starts, has played only 1,403 snaps, has registered a grand total of 11 1/2 sacks. The 14th player taken in that draft, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, has been to three Pro Bowls and twice been selected a first-team All-Pro. The 15th player taken, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, has been to two Pro Bowls and put up 16 1/2 sacks in his second season.
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August 28, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles waived center Julian Vandervelde with an injury settlement Tuesday, reducing the roster to the league-mandated 75 players while cutting ties with last year's backup center. Vandervelde, 26, underwent back surgery this summer. Coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that Vandervelde was a "ways away" from returning. Waiving Vandervelde was another indication that David Molk is likely to make the team as Jason Kelce's backup. Vandervelde played in 14 games last season. As one of the seven offensive linemen active on game days, Vandervelde needed to play both center and guard.
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August 28, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite a late start, Ed Reynolds hasn't taken his few months with the Eagles for granted. Of all the Eagles draft picks, the rookie safety is seemingly the only one who may have to sweat out Saturday's final roster trims. It's not that Reynolds has looked unable to compete at this level. It's just been difficult to assess his development from deep down the depth chart. He missed about a month of offseason workouts after the Eagles selected him in the fifth round. And when preseason snaps have been distributed, Reynolds has had to wait his turn, with the Eagles in their finest shape at safety in years.
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August 28, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
THE GUY WHO is going to make you forget about DeSean Jackson this season isn't Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper or even rookie Jordan Matthews. The guy who is going to make you forget about Jackson isn't even a wide receiver. He's a tight end. He's Zach Ertz. He's not Jimmy Graham. Yet. He'a not Jason Witten or Rob Gronkowski. Yet. And while you might think I'm jumping the gun mentioning somebody who has played only 459 NFL snaps in the same breath with three of the most dangerous pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside.
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August 28, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES' locker room "feels like home," said linebacker Josh Kaddu. Home? Kaddu is a former Miami Dolphin, signed last winter, who dresses in one of those temporary stalls on wheels set up in the middle of the room. He went to high school in Vacaville, Calif., which resembles South Philly not in the least. But Kaddu attended college at Oregon, the alma mater of no fewer than nine of the 75 remaining Eagles, as they prepare for their preseason finale tomorrow night against the Jets.
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August 28, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SUDDENLY, Lane Johnson is looking at his last game action until October. Johnson, the fourth overall selection in the 2013 entry draft, will sit out the Eagles' first four games after testing positive for a banned substance. He can't be around the team practice facility from Monday until Sept. 29, the day after the Birds play game No. 4, at San Francisco. "I've put some thought into it," Johnson acknowledged yesterday. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he didn't know how much Johnson would play in tomorrow night's preseason finale against the visiting New York Jets.
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August 27, 2014
BENN CLEARED TO PRACTICE Receiver Arrelious Benn returned to practice Monday after suffering a concussion in Thursday's preseason game. D6
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August 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arrelious Benn received clearance to return to practice Monday after suffering a concussion in Thursday's preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. A veteran receiver competing for a roster spot, Benn participated in practice and is expected to play in this Thursday's preseason finale against the New York Jets. A second-round draft pick in 2010 by Tampa Bay, Benn has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. He missed nine games in three seasons with the Buccaneers before he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last summer, ending his first season with the Eagles before it started.
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August 27, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THIS HAS BEEN Alex Henery's best NFL training camp, Henery said this week, except for the part about missing two of three field goals he has tried in preseason games. "That's probably the most frustrating part, is that I'm hitting good balls in practice. It's just those two that popped up in the games. Those aren't the ones I'm happy about," Henery said. So it is, despite strong work in practice, Henery fights for his job this week, against just-acquired rookie Cody Parkey, and any other kicker who might get cut. "My first training camp here [2011]
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