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June 10, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Doug Pederson was never in a position to skip offseason workouts or attempt to force a trade or hold out for a new contract, but it's likely he wanted to at one time or another, and, at the least, shared locker rooms with players that were able to take those stances without repercussions. Would he have preferred for Sam Bradford, Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles to attend all of his first offseason as Eagles coach? Is Riley Cooper looking for a job outside the fast food industry? But Pederson never said as much publicly, never questioned their desires, and never instigated a showdown even though the Eagles had leverage in each circumstance.
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June 10, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
TRAINING CAMP is a far-away, shimmering dot on the horizon. The NFL season is as distant in one direction as March Madness is in the other. But right now, the Eagles rookie poised to make the biggest 2016 contribution is . . . Jalen Mills? This is not often the case for someone selected in the seventh round of the draft, but the circumstances are unusual. First, because of the tradeups for quarterback Carson Wentz, who isn't scheduled to start right away, the Birds didn't have a pick between No. 2 overall and No. 79, in the third round, when they took Oregon State guard Isaac Seumalo.
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June 9, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
JEFFREY LURIE came out of the NovaCare Complex about 15 minutes into the Eagles' first "official" practice of the offseason. The minicamps and training activities of the last several weeks were on a voluntary basis for veterans. So it was easy for the Eagles to dismiss the prominent absence of All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Monday's start of the current minicamp, however, was mandatory, and had Cox not shown up then it would have been a good indication that he was willing to go to extreme measures to have a new contract agreement.
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June 9, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Fletcher Cox returned to practice for the first time under new coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday, although the star defensive tackle spent a significant part of the session as an observer. Pederson limited Cox's workload on the first day of mandatory minicamp after Cox missed two months of voluntary workouts and practices. The coach said that did not come at the directive of Cox's agent or the player while they are in negotiations with the team on a new contract. "He's coming back and we want him to be in the meetings, we want him to go through the walk-throughs, and we want him to get as many mental reps this week as [he]
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June 9, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
It was an interception at the worst time possible. Eli Manning threw the pass. Rueben Randle was supposed to catch it. The ball was placed slightly behind Randle, but he could have caught it had he run a precise route. The Eagles had a similar play last season when Mark Sanchez threw an ill-advised pass to the lazy-route running Miles Austin and the ball was picked off in the end zone. Austin was released a week later. Randle's dubious moment occurred around the same time, but survived until the end of the season.
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June 9, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
FLETCHER COX and Darren Sproles, absent from Eagles drills all spring, took the field Tuesday for the first day of the team's three-day mandatory minicamp, but there was a twist. Though Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Cox and Sproles would both be limited participants, eased back in to avoid injury, that seemed to be the case only for Cox, who did no team work at all, participating only in position drills. Sproles seemed to do everything, including returning punts. Neither Cox nor Sproles was available during the time reporters were allowed in the locker room.
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June 9, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
RUEBEN RANDLE thought it might be a virus, but when his side kept hurting for three days, Randle decided it was time to talk to the Eagles' training staff. "It was pretty painful . . . I finally decided to see what was going on and get it taken care of," Randle said Tuesday, as he rejoined the Eagles for minicamp, on a limited basis. Tuesday was 15 days after the ultrasound test that led to Randle being admitted to a hospital for the first time in his life, and emerging minus one inflamed gallbladder.
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June 9, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There was a time, easy to forget now, that Nolan Carroll and JaCorey Shepherd were supposed to be something more than invisible. They sit two lockers apart from each other in a corner of the NovaCare Complex locker room. They were sitting there Tuesday, minutes before the first practice of the Eagles' mandatory minicamp this week, their first practice since an injury ended each of their seasons last year. Carroll was one of the Eagles' starting cornerbacks last season, for the team's first 11 games, until he broke his right ankle Nov. 27 against the Detroit Lions.
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June 9, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THIS WAS March of 2014 at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Fla., just two weeks after the Eagles had slipped something into the drink of Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and persuaded him to hand over Darren Sproles for the bargain-basement price of a fifth-round draft pick. On that day at the Ritz-Carlton resort, Chip Kelly talked of all the wonderful ways they were going to utilize the dangerous pass-catching running back. "We've got to be smart enough as coaches to get the ball in his hands because he's a dynamic player with the football in his hands," Kelly said.
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June 8, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EVERYBODY KNOWS that Chase Daniel is a Doug Pederson "guy," brought in and given a three-year, $21 million contract despite an anorexic NFL playing resume because of his backwards-and-forwards knowledge of Pederson's offense and his ability to help teach it to others. Leodis McKelvin, Nigel Bradham and Ron Brooks all are in Philadelphia because they are Jim Schwartz "guys," brought in by the new defensive coordinator and expected to play important roles in his defense. Sports are not unlike politics in that, when there is a regime change, there usually is significant turnover.
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