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December 11, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
JASON KELCE calls Riley Cooper a "good friend. " Kelce, the Eagles' center and most honest man in Philadelphia sports, yesterday endured this sequence of conversation: With the press, Riley Cooper can be eloquent and introspective and thoughtful. "Yeah. " And, sometimes, incredibly rude and dismissive and insulting. "Yeah. " That can be an indication of a maturity level, and of personality. "Yeah. " Have you seen him change? "Through my 4 years here with Riley, he's definitely matured a great deal.
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December 11, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the first two games of the season, one NFL coach said, his initial thought when seeing Darren Sproles enter a game was, "Oh, [shoot]!" The new Eagles running back created matchup nightmares for defenses and appeared an ideal fit for coach Chip Kelly's scheme. But Sproles' production has waned since then. He did not record a single rushing or receiving yard Sunday in the 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and had only four offensive touches. The Eagles want Sproles more involved in the offense, but defenses increase their attention on Sproles when he enters the game.
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December 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Mychal Kendricks' teammates were asked to give his No. 1 attribute, they talked about his athleticism. When defensive coordinator Bill Davis spoke of the Eagles linebacker, he focused on his versatility. Kendricks' athleticism and versatility are tied together, and help explain the blossoming he's had in his third season. But when asked to explain his improvement, which reached its zenith Sunday against the Seahawks, Kendricks focused on his mental state, which he said has become less anxious.
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December 11, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles heard the insults from some Seahawks after their 24-14 loss to Seattle on Sunday, but they were not going to trade barbs. The players know how poorly they played. Quarterback Mark Sanchez, who passed for only 96 yards, was on the receiving end of defensive end Michael Bennett's humor. After sacking Sanchez and recording two tackles for a loss, Bennett told USA Today: "You need to tell the Philadelphia police that they need to put an [APB] out, because Sanchez is out there trying to impersonate a good quarterback.
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December 11, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
What is it about Riley Cooper? The Eagles defend him as if he were accused of a crime he didn't commit and they were the law firm of Darrow, Cochran, & Dershowitz. He had 47 receptions last season and already has 46 through 13 games this season. That's good. The rest . . . hmmm. His yards-per-catch average has plummeted, from 17.8 last season to 10.2 this one. He has caught one touchdown in 2014 after catching eight in 2013. He has ticked off teammate Jeremy Maclin by making a joke about Maclin's contract situation.
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December 11, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY is regarded as one of the brightest offensive minds on the face of the earth. Maybe even in the entire solar system. The impressive scoring and yardage numbers that his offense has managed to put up in his first two seasons as the Eagles' head coach even without the benefit of a great quarterback seem to support that view. Yet, one thing he hasn't been able to do with any regularity this season is find a way get Darren Sproles involved in the passing game. The 5-6, 190-pound running back is lethal in space, as he has demonstrated so impressively on punt returns (a league-best 14.1 yards per return)
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December 11, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SUNDAY'S DISMAL offensive showing against the Seattle Seahawks doesn't seem to have shaken Mark Sanchez's faith in himself, or his teammates' faith in the quarterback who took over for injured Nick Foles 5 weeks ago. The Eagles had three possessions in the fourth quarter of the 24-14 loss, as their defense fought to keep them within striking distance. They generated 8 net yards; one of the possessions, set up by a potential game-turning fumble recovery, ended after one snap because Sanchez badly underthrew Riley Cooper and was intercepted.
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December 10, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly continued to support Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, who had three catches for 13 yards Sunday in a 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Kelly has routinely stood up for Cooper throughout the season when asked about the player's production. Cooper has made 46 catches for 470 yards this season. Kelly pointed out that Cooper had 47 catches all of last season. But Cooper also averaged 17.8 yards per catch with eight touchdowns last season. This year, Cooper has averaged 10.2 yards per catch and one touchdown.
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December 10, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
WIDENER COACH Mike Kelly says the comments he made about Eagles coach Chip Kelly were "in jest. " Chip Kelly says he was only helping a friend. Whatever the case, it was still being talked about yesterday. It started after Widener's 38-point loss to visiting Linfield in Saturday's Division III quarterfinal. Mike Kelly blasted Chip Kelly for allowing the small college from McMinnville, Ore., to practice in the Eagles' bubble. "Make sure you put in the paper that we thank Chip Kelly, and I hope the Seahawks do well tomorrow [Sunday]
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December 10, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THE NEXT time you see Charles Brown play basketball for George Washington High, squint your eyes a little. Then imagine the shorts much shorter, the socks much higher and, for giggles, picture him with a mustache and a 1970s-style afro. After all that, maybe when the 6-6, long-armed forward glides up and down the court and deposits a finger roll into the basket, you'll see what his father sees: former NBA and ABA legend George "The Iceman" Gervin. "My dad says my style resembles his," Brown said yesterday after leading the Eagles to a 56-43 victory over host St. Joseph's Prep.
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