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June 20, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LESEAN MCCOY, one of the Eagles closest to released Pro Bowl wideout DeSean Jackson, indicated yesterday that Jackson's departure taught McCoy something about Eagles coach Chip Kelly. "No matter how good a player is, it's the team. If you can't buy in, anything's possible," McCoy said, when asked to expound upon recent remarks he made to NFL.com. about Jackson's departure being a warning to other players. "Some players, some teams may think, 'Well, he's producing on the field, so that's the only thing that matters' . . . It's the small things, that you think nobody really cares about, but in all reality, they do. " McCoy said he didn't necessarily take the Jackson situation as a personal warning; he believes he has bought into Kelly's way of doing things and has taken care of those small things, en route to leading the NFL in rushing last season.
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June 20, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AFTER THE Eagles finished losing to the Saints in their playoff game in January, they exited the field, dressed in their locker room and talked about how they expected to improve in Year 2 of the Chippah. After the Eagles finished their third preseason teaching camp yesterday, they exited the field, headed toward the locker room and talked about how they had improved on several categories of intangibles. That might be true. They might be a smoother machine, more completely comprehending what innovative head coach Chip Kelly wants on offense, more quickly understanding what innovative coordinator Billy Davis needs on defense.
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June 20, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
INVEST IN YOURSELF. Chip Kelly says it to every new face that walks into the NovaCare Complex. "We all have 24 hours in the same day and it's what you want to do," the Eagles' coach was saying yesterday. "If you want to go play video games and watch TV and do all those other things, you're going to get beat out by the guy who is doing the little things that are going to make the difference between making the team and not making the team. " Some get this right away. Some take longer.
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June 20, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
OK, BOYS and girls, let's put together a list of all of the positive things about the Eagles' special-teams play last season. Let's see. Well, first and foremost, there was the consistently good punting of Donnie Jones. And there was, uh, the punting of Donnie Jones. And then there was, well, did I mention the punting of Donnie Jones? OK, so other than Jones, who put a franchise-record 33 punts inside the 20, finished ninth in the league in net average (40.5) and fifth in lowest percentage of punts returned (34.1)
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June 20, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ALEJANDRO Villanueva said he didn't feel as out of place as he had feared, when Villanueva, a former Army Ranger captain, returned to football this spring with the Eagles. He said yesterday he thinks he's on track to compete for a roster spot at defensive end in training camp next month - though until he took the field with the Eagles, Villanueva hadn't worn pads since 2009, his senior year as a receiver for Army. Villanueva, the kind of project Chip Kelly likes at 6-9 and nearly 300 pounds (after getting with the Eagles' nutrition program)
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June 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 165 hours each week last season, the life of Eagles linebacker Travis Long was not much different from that of the players on the active roster. He participated in every practice. He attended every meeting. He traveled on every road trip. The only difference was those three hours during the game, when his teammates wore uniforms and Long wore a warm-up suit with the other practice-squad players. "In every meeting, traveling, doing everything the same, it did make me feel a part of the team," Long said.
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June 19, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THERE'S A LOT riding on Jeremy Maclin's comeback from last July's torn right ACL. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has talked about how eager he is to see Maclin in his offense. Maclin is the main reason the Birds were comfortable parting with DeSean Jackson. Maclin might turn out to be the most significant addition to the 2014 Eagles, but the team's 2009 first-round pick still has some hurdles to cross. Wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell acknowledged this when he was asked Monday how Maclin was doing.
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June 19, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JUST A FEW years ago, an NFL rookie whose college worked on the quarter system might report to training camp far behind his peers. Ed Reynolds and the Eagles are hoping technology has at least partly bridged that gap. Reynolds, the fifth-round safety from Stanford, was prohibited by NFL rule from taking part in the bulk of the Eagles' OTA work because, until last week, his school was still holding class - unlike schools on the semester setup, which...
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June 19, 2014
NOT ALL PLAYERS are created equal. Marcus Smith was the 26th overall pick in the draft last month. The only ways the outside linebacker from Louisville doesn't make the Eagles' roster this season are if he hijacks a plane or sucker-punches Chip Kelly. Travis Long plays the same position as Smith, but doesn't have the same roster assurances. He is going to have to make the team the old-fashioned way. He is going to have to earn it. Long is an undrafted free agent who was signed by the Eagles last summer after tearing the ACL in his right knee in the next-to-last game of his college career.
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June 19, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In the mid-1990s, the Eagles had a cornerback named Mark McMillian, a wee thing who didn't cover wide receivers as much as he snapped at their ankles. McMillian was 5-foot-7 and 154 pounds and still started 47 games for the Eagles. It was a sight to see when he lined up on the outside against one of the Dallas Cowboys' starting receivers then, the 6-2 Michael Irvin and the 6-3 Alvin Harper, but he held his own, and the Eagles even won a playoff game with him in the starting lineup.
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