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August 16, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles continue to miss starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who has been out since last Monday with a hamstring injury. Coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday that he expected Kendricks back at practice by the weekend, but Kendricks was absent both Saturday and Sunday. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said the team does not want to rush Kendricks back to the field. "Mychal is a very, very conscientious player and he works very hard off the field," Schwartz said. "So he's getting all the mental reps and he's staying up and he's asking a lot of questions.
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August 15, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
THE FIRST TWO kickoffs in the Eagles' 17-9 win over the Buccaneers on Thursday landed a few blades of grass shy of the goal line. On the first, Kenny Bell fumbled Caleb Sturgis' kick at the 16-yard line. On the second, Donteea Dye returned Cody Parkey's kick to the 25-yard line. All that mattered to special teams coach Dave Fipp was getting Tampa Bay's returners out of the end zone. In the offseason, the NFL changed the way it handles touchbacks on kickoffs. Instead of a touchback bringing the ball to the 20-yard line, the offense starts at its own 25-yard line, a 25 percent increase in field position.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
For a top-of-market $6 million, the Eagles signed backup quarterback Chase Daniel to finish, at most, one game this season. The Eagles would prefer if Daniel never played a game. It would imply that starter Sam Bradford was healthy for all 16 games. Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson would gladly throw away $6 million of insurance - Daniel is promised $12 million over the next two years - for that kind of guarantee. But the Eagles are far from assured a full season from Bradford let alone a herculean feat that will compensate for the team's deficiencies and keep them competitive throughout.
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August 14, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
With applause percolating throughout the stadium, Carson Wentz extended his right thumb into the air when he entered the Eagles' 17-9 preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers late in the first half on Thursday. It could have been interpreted as a gesture expressing approval to the fans cheering him. Except that's not what it was. "It was thumbs-up to Coach," Wentz said, referring to Doug Pederson. "He was asking if I could hear him. Probably not as cool as you thought it was. " When it comes to Wentz, myth-making could be an easy trap.
NEWS
August 13, 2016 | Staff Report
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers - no strangers to heat and humidity - may have the advantage when they meet the Eagles Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. An excessive heat warning means it will be steamy in South Philadelphia - and throughout the region - when the preseason game begins at 7 p.m. on what is expected to be the second day of a five-day heat wave. The warning, issued by the National Weather Service and in effect from noon through Saturday evening, covers Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania and Gloucester, Camden and Burlington Counties in South Jersey.
SPORTS
August 13, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Sam Bradford needed just three plays Thursday to do what Sam Bradford does during an Eagles' preseason: He chews bubble gum, kicks tail, completes passes, and leads touchdown drives. Kenny Bell, a wide receiver/return man for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had lost a fumble on the opening kickoff, giving the Eagles the ball at the Bucs' 18-yard line, and the one thing you don't do is give Sam Bradford a short field in a preseason game, because he will make you pay. And he did: a 3-yard completion to Brent Celek, two handoffs to Ryan Mathews, and presto: Eagles touchdown.
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August 13, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Peruse steamy Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night and you would have found plenty of tributes to the past and present among the crowd. Look to the left and you'd have found multiple jerseys with White - as in Reggie - and Dawkins - as in Brian - on the back. Look to your right and you'd have seen some (Zach) Ertz in green and (Fletcher) Cox in white. The one nod to the future, of course, went to Carson Wentz, whose game jersey found its way into the rotation before he took his first snap from center, which is what happens when you're a quarterback, the second overall pick in the draft, and a perceived franchise savior.
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August 13, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The calls for Carson Wentz came in the first half of the Eagles' preseason opener Thursday night from fans who endured a 100-degree heat index in Philadelphia to catch their first glimpse of the Eagles' future franchise quarterback. "We want Wentz! We want Wentz! We want Wentz!" The original plan was to keep them waiting until the start of the second half, but coach Doug Pederson altered course and sent Wentz onto the field to run a two-minute drill with 79 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Edward T. Gay Jr., 60, of Center City, lead broker in the firm of George Gay Real Estate Inc., died Thursday, Aug. 4, of respiratory failure at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Known to friends as "Ted," Mr. Gay was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Willow Grove. He graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 1974 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. From age 16, he was employed in the business founded by his grandfather in 1923 - first as a gofer and later as the broker in charge of others in the office at 2029 Walnut St. in Center City.
SPORTS
August 12, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
A FOOTBALL TEAM is not a democracy, so the folks in the seats might not have a say. Still, by the end of Carson Wentz's Eagles debut on Thursday night, you had the sense that it was going to be awfully hard to get anybody in this town excited about a team quarterbacked by anybody else. Maybe that doesn't matter to the guy who actually makes those decisions. But coaches are made out of the same stuff as the rest of us, and you have to wonder how long Doug Pederson is going to be able to ignore the part of his mind that is joining in the chorus.
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