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July 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LATE IN Lane Johnson's rookie season, Eagles coach Chip Kelly noted that the big right tackle "rarely makes the same mistake twice. " When it comes to performance-enhancing substances, the consequences for making a mistake even once are substantial. So it was that the Eagles and Johnson found themselves issuing statements yesterday emphasizing the need for the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft to learn from his four-game suspension, which the NFL finally got around to announcing yesterday.
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July 25, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly is all about the process, all about being a little better today than yesterday, and is content to let the todays pile up and eventually become a tomorrow. When Kelly talks about what he hopes the Eagles will accomplish in the training camp that begins as players report Friday and take the field Saturday, he usually says: "We just need to get better in all phases. " Better today than yesterday and on and on. Somewhere deep inside the NovaCare Complex, however, inside the offices where Kelly and his staff and general manager Howie Roseman have plotted the course and prioritized the weaknesses that must be improved, the answers are a little more specific.
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July 25, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles host the Jaguars in this season's opener, it will be the first time that Marcus Smith has ever been to an NFL game. Will the top draft pick be more than a spectator? The Eagles have been tempering expectations, knowing full well that rookie edge rushers rarely make an immediate impact in their first seasons. But will Smith even dress from Day 1? "We're excited to have Marcus," Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said last month. "But he's a rookie like the rest of them, and their heads are swimming right now because we got the whole defense in. " Smith is also relatively new to playing outside linebacker.
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July 25, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
OF THE 32 NFL teams, 19 have won the Super Bowl. That's 59 percent. The Eagles, of course, live among the 41 percent that have not. Their last title was in 1960, against Green Bay, when Vince Lombardi was the coach of the Packers and not the namesake of the trophy they are chasing. Safety Malcolm Jenkins was acquired this offseason to close the most gaping hole in the Eagles' defense. Jenkins doesn't hit like Brian Dawkins and he didn't cost as much as Jairus Byrd. He's had a good NFL career, not spectacular for a former No. 14 overall pick, but solid.
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July 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
1 Releasing DeSean Jackson: You can dispute my ranking of this as the most important move, certainly. If the offense still works smoothly - I think it probably will - and if the Redskins don't win the NFC East - I think they probably won't - then this isn't the most important move of the offseason, from an on-field perspective. But in terms of headlines generated, and in defining what Chip Kelly expects, it certainly was. The Jackson release highlighted an offseason emphasis on players who put football and the team first.
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July 24, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles traded for Darren Sproles in March, Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis reminded coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman of new year's week. The Eagles were preparing for the Jan. 4 playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. Two players particularly vexed Davis while he was determining a game plan: the Saints' tallest player on the field and the Saints' shortest player on the field. While most of the attention leading up to the game went to 6-foot-7 tight end Jimmy Graham, the 5-6 Sproles left an impression in the NovaCare Complex that remained fresh two months later.
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July 24, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven former NFL players have asked an appeals court to block the proposed concussion settlement between the league and more than 4,500 retirees, saying the deal does not adequately address the needs of all players. The group - which includes former Eagles wide receiver Sean Morey and safety Sean Considine - raised similar objections to the plan days before a federal judge in Philadelphia preliminarily approved it this month. The seven players' plea on Monday for intervention seeks to circumvent a process laid out by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody for registering formal opposition to the settlement plan.
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July 24, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
FOOTBALL, LIKE fashion, is constantly changing. If a team wants to survive, it has to change with it. With NFL offenses throwing the ball more than ever the last few seasons, defenses have countered by playing more man coverage with bigger, more physical corners who might not have sub-4.4 speed but who can use their size and strength and octopus arms to harass receivers as they come off the line of scrimmage and delay their entry into routes....
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July 22, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERY TEAM tries to get better, immediately. The question is: Since they walked off the field after their playoff loss to New Orleans, have the Eagles improved themselves? It is impossible to tell. For one inescapable reason, it is impossible to tell. Oh, they have taken logical and prudent steps toward improvement in every avenue. Sometimes improvement means adding young players. The Eagles did that by drafting receivers Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff in the second and third rounds, respectively.
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July 22, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
TEN YEARS AGO, the Eagles opened training camp at Lehigh with traffic jams, overburdened parking lots, and more than 6,000 fans spilling out of a few sets of bleachers, boisterously reacting to every snap. It won't be like that when the 2014 Eagles first take the field Saturday at NovaCare. For one thing, the workout will be closed to the public. For another, there was no offseason addition anything like Terrell Owens, the catalyst of those 2004 hopes. But for the first time since 2004, lots of Eagles fans sense a team on the rise, real hope for a championship.
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