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September 18, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Later, some 11 hours after the Eagles had completed their 30-27 victory Monday night over the Colts, after he and Malcolm Jenkins had been at the center of the play that had swung everything in the Eagles' direction, Brandon Boykin took to Twitter to send a crude and caustic message to his critics. With 5 minutes, 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter, with the Colts leading by seven points and positioned on the Eagles' 22-yard line, Boykin laid his hands on wide receiver T.Y. Hilton as quarterback Andrew Luck threw in their direction.
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September 18, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mychal Kendricks still asks the question that few, if any, of his Eagles teammates have an answer to nearly six months after DeSean Jackson was released. "I didn't see it coming at all," Kendricks said last week. "It's really none of my business, but I still ask the same question a lot - 'Why? Why would that happen?' " It's an open question in the sense that he has not asked the men, or specifically, the man who made the decision to cut a Pro Bowl wide receiver after the most productive season of his career.
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September 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Darren Sproles bounced between Indianapolis Colts defenders for a 19-yard touchdown run in the Eagles' 30-27 win Monday, LeSean McCoy greeted Sproles with a choreographed handshake. McCoy appeared genuinely excited for his teammate - and grateful that Sproles is his backup. "To be honest, he's helping me out," McCoy said after the game. "Without Sproles, we'd be in some trouble. " Sproles' 263 combined rushing and receiving yards during the first two weeks have bolstered two second-half comebacks and elevated the running back into a Philadelphia fascination.
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September 18, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
NICK FOLES completed 21 passes Monday night in the Eagles' 30-27, come-from-behind win over the Colts. Only six of them were to wide receivers. In last week's season-opening, 34-17 win over Jacksonville, only 11 of his 27 completions ended up in the hands of wideouts. Some people, particularly those still mourning the loss of DeSean Jackson, might find the modest reception numbers by the wideouts to be a reason for concern, even though the Eagles happen to lead the league in scoring and total offense through the first 2 weeks.
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September 18, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LeSEAN MCCOY, occasionally a teller of uncomfortable truths, said late Monday night in Indianapolis that without Darren Sproles, the Eagles "would be in some trouble. " Sproles is averaging 6.5 yards a carry (15 carries, 97 yards). He is the team's leading receiver, with 11 catches for 166 yards through two games, 15.1 yards per catch, an astonishing number for a running back. Whatever the Eagles envisioned when they traded a fifth-round pick to New Orleans for Sproles in March, it couldn't have been any better than this.
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September 17, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE PROLIFERATION of networks has watered down the experience of playing prime-time games. For years, there was "Monday Night Football" and nothing else. No Sunday night games, no Saturday playoff games and certainly no Thursday night games. Chip Kelly coached his 19th game for the Birds last night. Counting last year's postseason loss to the Saints, this will be his sixth game in prime time. From 1982-87, the Eagles did not appear on prime time even once - mostly because the team wasn't very good.
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September 17, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles walked the tightrope again on Monday night and made it across one more time. They promise not to turn this into a habit. Just as it did in the opener against Jacksonville, the defense gave up 17 points in the first half to the Indianapolis Colts. And just as it did against the Jags, the defense got enough stops, made enough plays, and forced enough turnovers to locate a win in what could have been a mess. "You're not going to make a living 17 points down in this league," Chip Kelly said just moments after Cody Parkey's game-ending field goal gave the Eagles a 30-27 win. "But [the defense]
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September 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Cody Parkey walked onto the field three seconds and a 36-yard field goal away from a 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts, the team's second straight come-from-behind victory to begin the season. Coach Chip Kelly relied on his rookie kicker to seal another double-digit comeback Monday night. Parkey made the field goal for the win, although the Eagles' celebration was halted when the officials awarded the Colts a timeout that they said Indianapolis called right before Parkey's kick.
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September 17, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Chip Kelly likes to correct anyone who has the gall to call Darren Sproles a receiver. But Sproles is not the running back that the Eagles coach says he is, first and foremost. Sproles is a running-receiving-returning, all-purpose back. And he ran with purpose and willed the Eagles to a thrilling, 30-27, comeback victory over the Colts on Monday night. Sproles ran up and down the track at Lucas Oil Stadium like he was sprinting in the 100-yard dash and everyone else was on Mile 26 of a marathon.
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September 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Linebacker Marcus Smith was inactive for Monday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, making Smith the Eagles' first first-round pick to be a healthy scratch in his rookie season since Danny Watkins in 2011. Smith was active last week, but did not enter the game. The Eagles have insisted on patience with Smith, although his absence Monday shows where he is in his development. "He's close," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said last week. "Like most young guys, it's not easy breaking into the NFL starting lineup.
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