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June 19, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY made the annual, ceremonial declaration common to all coaches, that no hard and fast conclusions should emerge from the Eagles' spring work. Yesterday's bit of cautionary Kelly boilerplate might be more accurate than usual this year, given the long list of new starters we haven't seen in pads yet, and the fact that the presumed No. 1 quarterback, Sam Bradford, has yet to throw in an 11-on-11 session. "It's a lot of new people coming into the fold right now, but chemistry is going to come," cornerback Byron Maxwell said.
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June 19, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The nail that sticks up gets hammered down. - Japanese proverb For the second straight day, Chip Kelly was asked on Wednesday to clarify the perplexing question of why he chose to dismiss an accomplished starter who had two years remaining on his contract. And for the second straight day, Kelly said a lot without saying very much, content to allow one explanation to chase the other's tail like a dog spinning in a tight circle while going nowhere. Kelly is a pretty good football coach, but he's untouchable in debate class.
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June 19, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE KEY to Ryan Mathews remaining healthy might just lie in an analogy between beef jerky and an uncooked steak. Beef jerky is dry and easy to pull apart. But a good piece of meat, fresh out of the package? "Try and pull that apart and it's a lot harder," Mathews said. Mathews was waxing poetic about hydration after yesterday's minicamp session. And he referred to the analogy shown to the team in a slideshow during a meeting. Hydration, Mathews said, was something he never thought about before this year.
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June 19, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles are still figuring out their offensive line, but there are no such questions about the players running behind it. Even with LeSean McCoy in Buffalo, one of the strengths of the Eagles' roster is their backfield. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews both signed with the Eagles during the offseason. They join Darren Sproles, giving the team three running backs who have played in the Pro Bowl. "It's going to be trouble for [opponents] - it's not just me, it's not just Sproles, it's also Mathews," Murray said at Wedesday's minicamp.
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June 19, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Marcus Smith met with Chip Kelly before the Eagles broke at the end of last season, the parting message from the coach wasn't rookie-coated. Smith's disappointing first season was over, and although it would be a stretch to say Kelly handled the outside linebacker with kid gloves, the Eagles' unwavering stance of preaching patience with their top draft pick was over. "He told me straight up, 'You've got to come back and you've got to be better than what you did,' " Smith said Wednesday.
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June 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry made the most of his playing time last season. Although he played only 32 percent of the defensive snaps, Curry was second on the team with nine sacks and tied for first with four forced fumbles. During the second day of minicamp Wednesday, coach Chip Kelly talked about increasing Curry's time on the field as a linebacker. "I think he's expanded his role in terms of where we can deploy him," Kelly said. The 6-foot-3, 279-pound Curry is in his fourth year with the Eagles.
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June 19, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
JORDAN MATTHEWS was ticked. He had run the sideline pass route cleanly, but the ball arrived a little late and a little high, and by the time he jumped and extended all of his 6-3 frame to haul it in, a defensive back was upon him and there was no room to run. And thus, no first down. So, as Matthews ran from the field, the sound of his frustration carried out across the practice fields of the NovaCare Complex. Carried, literally, into the streets. "That's nothing," he said after the second day of minicamp had come to an end. "That's just competing.
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June 19, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY'S Church of Sports Scientology came into Brent Celek's life just in the nick of time. The tight end was 28 going on 60 when Kelly replaced Andy Reid as the Eagles' head coach two years ago. Six seasons of playing pro football the only way he knows how - pedal to the metal, with no regard for his physical well-being - had taken its toll on his body. "I probably wouldn't be here if not for the type of stuff we do now," he said. "I was starting to break down a little bit and I needed to take care of my body a little bit better.
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June 19, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
TIM TEBOW is in Eagles camp this spring because he believes he is a changed quarterback, and because Chip Kelly says that he believes that too. "I think mechanically he's improved, but I think he did a lot on his own," the Eagles coach said earlier this week. Tebow has worked hard on his flawed mechanics, but he hardly did it alone. One day he was running through drills alongside Drew Brees or Tom Brady, another he was working alongside Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. Always he was under the tutelage of former pitcher Tom House, whose well-known biomechanics improvement program has been embraced not only by elite Major League pitchers, but more recently by a slew of elite NFL quarterbacks like Brees, Brady, Joe Flacco and Alex Smith.
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June 19, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News NFL Columnist
G.J. KINNE wants to play in the NFL. He's not concerned about the job description. He doesn't care if he's a quarterback, wide receiver, running back or nose tackle. He just wants to play. Kinne has spent the better part of the last two seasons as a quarterback on the Eagles' practice squad. But even with an impressive 138.2 preseason passer rating the last two summers, he realized it would be next to impossible for him to make the Eagles' 53-man roster this summer strictly as a quarterback.
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