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August 21, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
MANY IN EAGLES nation saw the photo tweeted in May of Sam Bradford stopping to grab a pie at a Haddonfield pizzeria. Joe Flacco was born in that quadrant of the nation, grew up in nearby Audubon, and in a strange crossing of the stars, now owns a home in the same neighborhood from the rented home where Bradford took that pie to eat. Guess who didn't come to dinner? Guess who didn't see the photo, didn't even know until a casual conversation with Eagles coach Chip Kelly this week that he is one-half of what must be some sort of NFL record - two starting quarterbacks from two NFL towns living two blocks away from each other.
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August 21, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
JUST 2 1/2 WEEKS into training camp, the Eagles already have taken heavy casualties at the outside linebacker position. It began on the second day of camp when Travis Long tore his left ACL for the second time in 12 months. Then, Brandon Hepburn suffered an abdominal injury and Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo injured his ankle. Both Hepburn and DeWalt-Ondijo were waived/injured. Then, in yesterday morning's joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens, Marcus Smith, who was the front-runner for the No. 3 outside 'backer job behind starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham, was carted off the field at the NovaCare Complex with a right hamstring injury of undetermined severity.
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August 21, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ERIC TOMLINSON caught all of 19 passes last season as a senior at Texas-El Paso. The Eagles signed him as an undrafted free agent mainly because their system prioritizes blocking by the tight end, and Tomlinson, at 6-6, 263, can deliver a load when clearing a path for a runner. But when Zach Ertz required surgery last week for a groin tear, the Eagles lost their most dynamic TE weapon, at least for the remainder of the preseason. So coaches didn't mind a bit last Sunday when Tomlinson nabbed five of the seven passes targeting him, rumbling for 61 yards.
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August 21, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
CHIP KELLY saw Joe Flacco coming from 400 miles away. In Newark, Del., on the last day of September 2006, Flacco threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-49 home loss to New Hampshire, where Kelly was offensive coordinator. "I knew how good Joe was going to be a long time ago," Kelly said yesterday. That happened to be the turnaround game for Flacco, the one that secured for him the starting job with the Blue Hens as a junior who had transferred from Pitt. Kelly, as is maddeningly usual, was right.
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August 20, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EVERY DAY, every single day at practice, the Eagles' defensive linemen hit the sled. Most NFL teams have their defensive linemen do a certain amount of sled work. But none are as zealous about it as the Eagles and their defensive line coach, Jerry Azzinaro. "The thing you figure out about defensive linemen is they really don't like to hit each other," Azzinaro said. "But they don't mind being violent against sleds. That's why our use of those kinds of apparatuses is so important for us. It allows those guys to be as violent as they would be in a game situation, but not against each other.
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August 20, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LINEBACKER Kiko Alonso returned to the practice field after a two-week concussion absence, but Alonso's work was limited, as was access to him afterward. "He'll be running around. He's kind of coming on," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said yesterday, before the team took the field for a light workout. "We'll ease him back in. He's missed a few things . . . I think mentally he's good, but he has been out for two weeks. So he'll go through agility drills and maybe a little 7-on-7 . . . He should be good to go by the end of the week.
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August 20, 2015 | Staff Report
SOMEDAY, Temple may have an on-campus football stadium. But in the immediate future, the Owls will continue to play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple and the Eagles have signed an amendment to their agreement that provides the university consecutive one-year options in 2018 and 2019, according to a Temple spokesperson. The current agreement was set to expire in 2017. Temple has expressed interest in building an on-campus facility, something it has never had. The Owls played at Temple Stadium in West Oak Lane from 1928 to 1975.
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August 20, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
OFFICIALLY, THE Eagles' right guard competition remains wide open among four contenders. Unofficially, Andrew Gardner sure looks like the guy to beat. Gardner practiced with the first team last week and started Sunday's preseason opener against the Colts, which Chip Kelly swore was little more than coincidence, really it could have been anybody, he picked Gardner's name out of thin air, etc. Gardner was with the first offensive line again in yesterday's practice, though, and Lane Johnson, the right tackle, seems to be under the impression that means something.
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August 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Wolff continues to miss practice because of knee soreness, and the third-year safety has had trouble getting healthy from an injury that first occurred in 2013. He ended last season on injured reserve and missed much of the spring while recovering. The right knee injury still plagues him during training camp. "He says he can't run with his knee," coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday. A fifth-round draft pick in 2013, Wolff showed promise as a rookie but has not done enough to secure a roster spot.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CHAKA FATTAH ain't going to be taking a deal. Not if yesterday's theatrics were any indication. The 11-term Philadelphia congressman defiantly and repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, speaking out of turn in a packed courtroom, then lashing out at prosecutors when a media scrum pinned him against the glass door of the federal courthouse on Market Street. Fattah, 58, made his initial appearance in court yesterday to plead not guilty to a slew of charges - including bribery, racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and four types of fraud - contained in last month's 29-count grand jury indictment.
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