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August 14, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
JASON PETERS showed up for Eagles training camp with a new body and a renewed determination to prove that, at 33, he still is one of the two or three best left tackles in football. The seven-time Pro Bowler weighs 320 pounds, which is the lightest he's been since making the switch from tight end to offensive tackle in his second NFL season. That's about 25 pounds below what he played at last season. "Three forty-five is what I've always played at," Peters said. "Since my first year starting at offensive line.
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August 14, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN & PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writers
IT SEEMS unlikely fans will see two of their team's shiny new acquisitions, running back DeMarco Murray and linebacker Kiko Alonso, in Sunday's preseason opener against the Colts at Lincoln Financial Field. Both players missed training-camp practice yesterday. The mystery behind what's going on with Murray's frequent practice absences deepened. Alonso still has not cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, though defensive coordinator Bill Davis continued to assert that Alonso is "fine," Davis saying: "I've got no worries about Kiko.
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August 13, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ERIC ROWE'S morning began with a text from defensive backs coach Cory Undlin, telling Rowe he would be getting some nickel-corner reps at practice. "Luckily, I've been paying attention," Rowe said, after working in the nickel for the first time, behind Jaylen Watkins. During "teach" periods yesterday, Rowe would shadow Watkins, moving across the formation with him when a receiver went in motion. "E.J. [Biggers] and Jaylen Watkins really helped me a lot. It went well. They threw me right in the fire, fast pace, but that's what this league's about.
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August 13, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THERE ARE 53 players on an NFL regular-season roster, but only 46 can be activated on game day. Last season, 23 Eagles players were inactive for at least one game, many because of injury. Only one player spent the entire season as a game-day inactive. That was rookie defensive end Taylor Hart. He didn't play a snap. Didn't make a tackle. Didn't even get a chance to run out of the tunnel at the Linc to the roar of the crowd. "It was tough," acknowledged Hart, a 2014 fifth-round pick from Oregon.
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August 13, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There are days, and Tuesday was one of them, when Fletcher Cox wakes with the memory of his brother filling his thoughts, and he knows that Shaddrick Cox will follow him through every step of the day. "He's been on my mind heavy since this morning. It's been a sad day for me," Cox said. "I think about him a lot. " The memory doesn't get in the way of the work, of course, and Fletcher Cox is considered the best player on the strongest unit of the Eagles, but when his older brother and mentor died of a heart attack in January, a little bit of the younger brother went with him. This time of the month, around the date when Shaddrick died and the family gathered in Yazoo City, Miss., for his services, is the most difficult.
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August 13, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Eagles traded Brandon Boykin, Chip Kelly said one player who would not practice as a slot cornerback - at least initially - was Eric Rowe, the team's second-round draft choice. But after JaCorey Shepherd tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Sunday, those plans changed. Rowe was notified on Tuesday morning by defensive backs coach Cory Undlin that he would play the slot this week. And during training camp practice Tuesday, Rowe was the second-team nickel cornerback behind Jaylen Watkins.
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August 13, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the Eagles' only prayer for winning the Super Bowl involves Sam Bradford's remaining healthy, then fans have a creative idea on who should offer the blessing. Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia in September and Pratik Patel of Audubon, Pa., has started an online petition for divine intervention. The petition is for the pope to bless Bradford's knees. The left one has been surgically repaired twice because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "If I got to meet the pope, I think that would be pretty cool," Bradford said with a laugh.
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August 13, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT SHOULD BE comforting to G.J. Kinne that he is still here and has a chance to stick around for a third season. There is nothing Chip Kelly likes more than a weapon he can use in more than one way, and Kinne, a practice squad quarterback the past two years, is now a wide receiver, who also takes reps with the running backs. And maybe most crucially, Kinne still has a year of practice squad eligibility, as he gets his new-position feet under him. But viewed another way, this training camp has to be terrifying.
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August 13, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE ARE a lot of things that are tough to judge from practice. Here's one that isn't: Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford have developed some serious chemistry over the first week-and-a-half of Eagles training camp, and everybody at the NovaCare Complex will testify. Nolan Carroll: "He's hungry, man. " Byron Maxwell: "He definitely looks like he's gotten bigger. " Bradford: "I think that guy catches more footballs than anybody I've ever seen. " If you can purchase stock in Matthews, the Eagles' second-year receiver, do it before the start of the regular season.
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August 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
JaCorey Shepherd's rookie season is finished before it even started after an MRI exam revealed Monday that the promising cornerback tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. With that diagnosis, the Eagles lost a player who left them intrigued on draft weekend and excited during the spring workouts. He was the first player to take snaps at nickel cornerback after the team dealt Brandon Boykin on the eve of training camp, and Shepherd had been the front-runner for the position.
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