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May 12, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
EAGLES CENTER Mike Coccia is the biggest person in his family, but he's not the toughest, or the most determined, or even the best athlete. "That's my sister, Kristina," he said. Mike Coccia, a Bethlehem kid whose family has had season tickets for 15 years, realized a dream when he signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Eagles. He's got a good shot. The team needs depth on the offensive line. Coccia (pronounced KO-sha) played at New Hampshire, where they still run a version of Chip Kelly's offense.
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May 11, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Rasheed Bailey knows the odds. He knows the NFL deck is not necessarily stacked to deal him a winning hand. That's fine. He's dealt with long odds before, and look where he is now. "I have that drive, that passion, everything that Philly is," said Bailey, a wide receiver from Delaware Valley University signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent. "I wear a chip on my shoulder coming from a small school, and having been a fan to now being a player, I wear it every day. " Bailey might be a long shot to make the team - one of nine receivers vying for perhaps six spots on the 53-man roster - but this isn't his first challenge.
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May 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TEE MARTIN, USC's wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, summed up the Trojans' Nelson Agholor, now the Eagles' first-round rookie: "The moment is never too big for him. " That was easy to believe yesterday afternoon at NovaCare, when Agholor met with reporters after his first rookie-camp practice, in which he wore Harold Carmichael's No. 17 jersey. Asked whether he thinks he can come in and contribute in Week 1, Agholor smoothly redirected the focus: "That's not the conversation right now. The conversation is about me getting better.
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May 10, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
JaCOREY SHEPHERD hasn't experienced the thrill of victory much. The Eagles' rookie cornerback spent the last four years playing football for everybody's favorite homecoming opponent, the University of Kansas. In those four years, the Jayhawks won a grand total of nine games. Nine. He played for three head coaches in those four years - Turner Gill (who recruited him), Charlie Weis and Clint Bowen, who replaced Weis four games into Shepherd's senior season. "It was tough," Shepherd said.
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May 10, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' top two picks lined up against each other on the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday, with second-round defensive back Eric Rowe covering first-round wide receiver Nelson Agholor during drills. This was notable not only because the two players are expected to be contributors this year, but also because Rowe played cornerback. When the two were last on a field together, Agholor played wide receiver for Southern California and Rowe played safety at Utah. Rowe, who has the ability to play both safety and cornerback, is starting his Eagles career at cornerback.
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May 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles and first-round pick Nelson Agholor agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday, making the former Southern California wide receiver the fourth of the Eagles' six draft picks to reach a deal. It came one day before all Eagles rookies take part in a rookie minicamp this weekend. The Eagles need to sign only third-round pick Jordan Hicks and sixth-round pick JaCorey Shepherd to complete their rookie contracts. Agholor will receive $9.4 million, including a $5.1 million signing bonus.
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May 8, 2015
The Eagles agreed to terms on four-year contracts with draft selections Eric Rowe (defensive back, second round), defensive back Randall Evans (sixth round) and defensive end Brian Mihalik (seventh round). Rowe (6-1, 205) appeared in 47 games (45 starts) during his four-year career at Utah and had 261 tackles, three interceptions and 34 passes defensed. A former walk-on at Kansas State, Evans (6-foot, 195) started 31 games, recording 210 tackles, seven interceptions and 35 passes defensed.
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May 8, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles agreed to terms with three of their six draft picks Wednesday, two days before the team's rookie minicamp begins. Second-rounder Eric Rowe, sixth-rounder Randall Evans, and seventh-rounder Brian Mihalik agreed to four-year deals. The remaining unsigned rookies are first-round pick Nelson Agholor, third-rounder Jordan Hicks, and sixth-rounder JaCorey Shepherd. Rowe is expected to begin his Eagles career at cornerback. He also can play safety. The Eagles traded up in the second round to acquire him after Rowe started 45 games over four years at Utah.
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May 8, 2015
THE EAGLES signed first-round pick Nelson Agholor yesterday to a four-year contract. The Baltimore Sun reported it was for $9.377 million, including a $5.079 million signing bonus, as per the terms of the 2011 NFL collective bargaining agreement. Agholor, a wide receiver from USC, is the fourth of the Birds' six picks to sign. All six will start a weekend rookie camp today, along with the team's 16 undrafted free agents, six guys from last year's practice squad, and 11 tryout players who will be seeking contracts.
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May 8, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
MAYBE LESEAN McCoy is right. Maybe Chip Kelly is a racist. Maybe he isn't. To paraphrase Proverbs, if the purposes of a man's heart are like deep water, then Chip Kelly's pool is as opaque as onyx. Nobody can figure out why Kelly likes guys with bad knees, much less whether Kelly prefers players who need more sunscreen. One reality: If Riley Cooper had been cut after his racist remark surfaced in 2013, then Kelly's profile would be different. However, Cooper's retention and subsequent contract extension are more owner Jeffrey Lurie's issue than Kelly's.
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