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June 11, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whatever the disconnect between Earl Wolff and Chip Kelly over the safety's recovery from knee surgery, the only opinion that counts in terms of the player's future with the Eagles is the coach's. And right now, Kelly has made it quite clear that he believes Wolff should be practicing. "He's been cleared from Dr. [James] Andrews a couple weeks ago," Kelly said on Tuesday, "but it's what he can tolerate. " Wolff had a different interpretation. "He didn't clear me to come out here and be 100 percent," Wolff said of Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon who has been the go-to guy for pro athletes' injuries.
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June 10, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE EAGLES' story lines this spring are all about gambles. Chip Kelly is gambling on Sam Bradford's left knee and DeMarco Murray's durability and Jordan Matthews' upside and his own ability to oversee not just the execution of X's-and-O's, but the selections of Jimmys and Joes. The biggest gamble, though, might be where he has chosen not to wager, and not to upgrade. There are no significant additions this spring to an Eagles offensive line that got pretty banged up a year ago and struggled even when intact, an offensive line that clearly did not live up to its billing as a team strength when last season began.
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June 10, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, JOHN SMALLWOOD and LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writers barkowe@phillynews.com
BRANDON GRAHAM'S advice to Marcus Smith is simple. "I told him to stay off social media," Graham said yesterday after an Eagles OTA session. "That B-word hurts. " The "B-word" is "bust," as in first-round bust, the label Graham was careening toward his first three seasons after the Eagles moved up to draft him 13th overall in 2010. The heat was turned on when Graham had to miss most of 2011 with a knee injury, and also every time Seattle safety Earl Thomas made another huge play.
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June 10, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
To begin his transformation into an every-down linebacker, Brandon Graham met with his new position coach before the 2013 season and found something that had eluded him through his first three years in the NFL: support. Bill McGovern, the Eagles' outside linebackers coach, had watched film of Graham and determined that there was something more to him than just another defensive end who liked to chase quarterbacks. In the 3-4 scheme that Chip Kelly preferred, Graham would be a better fit as a linebacker.
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June 10, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
JOSH HUFF had one of those telling pauses while answering a question about his strength as a wide receiver. "I feel like once I have the ball in my hands, I'm one of the best receivers in the game," the Eagles' second-year receiver said yesterday, "but . . . , I mean, I've got to get it in my hands first. " I'm not sure what the high side of expectations was for Huff's rookie year. After all, even though the 2014 draft was considered deep in talent at wideout, Huff was still on the board when the Eagles drafted him in the third round, 86th overall, out of the University of Oregon.
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June 10, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TAKING COMMAND of a group that hasn't seen you lead it through a game - or even a practice - can be tricky, Sam Bradford acknowledged. "It is a little bit difficult," the Eagles quarterback said yesterday, after again throwing in seven-on-seven sessions during OTAs. Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow quarterbacked for all the full-team reps. "Yeah, I wish I were out there taking every rep. I think it'd make it a little easier to take on that leadership role and develop some of those relationships.
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June 6, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
A former Eagles running back was asked Wednesday about his old team. He had left the Eagles a while ago, and he was bitter at the time of the departure, and probably had been bitter for a long time before then, too. Now he was fielding questions from reporters, but he didn't particularly want to answer the questions, because he didn't particularly want to talk about LeSean McCoy. "Our situations," Duce Staley said, "are totally different. " It's coming up on 12 years since Staley, who's been the Eagles' running backs coach since Chip Kelly took over as head coach in 2013, was himself at the center of offseason controversy.
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June 6, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
ALLENTOWN - Pressed up against the fence at Patriots Park, Meg Wimmer was her usual engaged and animated self. The Chichester captain was talking, clapping, and gesticulating. Tiffany Malin had just beaten out an infield single in the bottom of the seventh inning. This meant Wimmer was likely to get at least one more at-bat in an Eagles' uniform. The Brown recruit, who had put her team on her back all year long, eventually made her way to the plate with two outs. She did exactly what her teammates have come to expect from her, roping one to right-center and knocking in a run. Fittingly, it was the final hit and run scored of Chichester's season, as the Eagles fell to Nanticoke, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.
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June 5, 2015 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Duce Staley was LeSean McCoy's position coach with the Eagles for two seasons. He ran behind Tra Thomas for six seasons and worked alongside him as a coach for two more. McCoy and Thomas made headlines this offseason with incendiary comments about Chip Kelly and race. McCoy, traded to the Bills in March, said that Kelly got rid of "all the good black players" the fastest. Thomas, whom the Eagles didn't bring back as an assistant, said that some players thought there was "a hint of racism" in how the team was run. The former Pro Bowl tackle also pointed out that Staley is the only remaining position coach who is African American.
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June 5, 2015 | BY VIC CARUCCI, For the Daily News
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - LeSean McCoy made it clear yesterday he was taking a one-and-done approach to the bombshell he dropped on Chip Kelly in last month's issue of ESPN The Magazine . If reporters wanted to ask McCoy about his new team, the Buffalo Bills, he was perfectly fine with that. But if they were looking for him to rehash his assertion in the publication that Kelly is quicker to part ways with "all the good black players," they were wasting their time. Naturally, the first question was about his former coach saying that McCoy was wrong and that the former Eagles running back had twice rejected his attempts to contact him. "I'm in Buffalo," McCoy said after an OTA practice, the first time he was made available to reporters since his controversial comments.
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