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October 21, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
So Percy Harvin thought he was Biff Tannen and every other wide receiver on the Seattle Seahawks' roster was George McFly. On Friday, the Seahawks traded Harvin to the New York Jets, getting a conditional draft pick for a Pro Bowl-caliber player with a volcanic personality. It was the news of the week in the NFL, and at first glance there would seem to be no doubt about who made out best in this deal. The Eagles. There's still plenty of skepticism about whether the Eagles, even after their 5-1 start, are equipped to win the Super Bowl this season, or even reach it. There are two reasons for that skepticism.
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October 21, 2014 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
HUDDLED IN THE VIP room of the SugarHouse Casino, former Eagles All-Pro quarterback Randall Cunningham stood and signed autographs for fans on Saturday. Cunningham, now a pastor who ministers in Las Vegas, is one of 113 players and coaches on the ballot for Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. The Hall's Selection Committee will trim that list to 25 next month, and to 15 in January, before electing a final group of between four and eight members during February's Super Bowl Week.
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October 20, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
EACH SPRING when the NFL releases its schedule, football-crazed fans across the Delaware Valley go through and mark down potential wins and losses for each of the Eagles' 16 regular-season games. It's a fun exercise, but every fall the same thing happens - a few teams we thought would be good aren't, and several we penciled in as sure-thing wins soon no longer appear that way. So with the 5-1 Eagles on their bye week and all teams five or six games into their seasons, here's a quick look at the statuses of each of the final nine regular-season opponents for Chip Kelly & Co. At Arizona Cardinals Record: 4-1 Combined opponents' record: 17-12 Week 7 opponent: at Raiders In a way, the Cardinals' first 6 weeks have gone similarly to the Eagles, Bruce Arians' squad scrapping its way to wins despite missing several key players.
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October 20, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
In Chip Kelly's last session with reporters before bunkering in for some bye-week brainstorming, he was asked more questions about reserve tight end Trey Burton (two) than about starting quarterback Nick Foles (zero). That's remarkable in some ways, but also an indication that Foles has the ability to blend into the wallpaper around here. Through six games, the Eagles have won five times, and Foles has been neither very good nor very bad in any of them. If the team wasn't winning, or if Foles had been egregiously bad, maybe he would be a topic of conversation.
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October 17, 2014 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
A 27-0 WIN on "Sunday Night Football" over the New York Giants has set up a smooth bye week for the Eagles to recharge and relax, but cornerback Brandon Boykin, isn't done working. During this week off from play, Boykin, one of the NFL's top cornerbacks, turned his attention to the "READ! By 4th" campaign, an effort from Philadelphia schools to improve the reading level of grade-school students. According to the campaign, more than half of Philadelphia students beginning fourth grade in traditional and charter public schools in 2012 were unable to read on that grade level.
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October 17, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Of all that Chip Kelly has showed disdain for since arriving in Philadelphia to begin our reeducation on the game of football, near the top of the list is the traditional reverence accorded the time-of-possession statistic. There are other things he doesn't much like - including outsiders who attempt to compartmentalize or categorize his methods - but he holds a special place for time of possession and those who clutch its importance the way a dog guards a well-worn bone. On the surface, it seems like an important stat.
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October 17, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
WITH ENDLESS appearance opportunities and the compensation it provides, the mascot role of Bucky Badger is a highly coveted one at the University of Wisconsin. "There's, like, 100 people trying out every year," Eagles special-teamer Chris Maragos said the other day of his alma mater. "In Wisconsin, it's a pretty cool thing. " So when big brother Troy won the job in the year before Chris took his own longshot stab at landing a job with the football program, little brother couldn't have been more proud.
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October 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howie Roseman took a seat on the set of his radio show at Chickie's & Pete's in South Philadelphia on Monday afternoon with noticeable euphoria among fans in attendance and callers who wanted to chat with the Eagles' general manager. Roseman was hit with requests for autographs and photographs. He discussed some of the key acquisitions during the offseason. One caller praised his role in hiring Chip Kelly. Roseman, who is the only NFL general manager with a radio show, has sat in that chair during less friendly times.
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October 17, 2014 | Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have 16 new faces on their roster. Here's a look at those offseason acquisitions: Free agents S Malcolm Jenkins - The Eagles' biggest free-agent signing did not arrive with the fanfare of some of the other safeties on the market, but his versatility and leadership have helped upgrade the secondary. CB Nolan Carroll - Signed to provide depth at cornerback and contribute on special teams, Carroll has allowed the Eagles to play more dime packages. S Chris Maragos - The former Seahawk bolstered the Eagles' special teams and already has four special-teams tackles and a touchdown off a punt block.
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October 17, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS MIDNIGHT in the locker room after the sixth game of the season. An Eagles tight end had scored two touchdowns in a shutout of the Giants. You would have thought Brent Celek scored both. He scored neither. "Hey, congratulations!" Celek hollered at James Casey, who had a football tucked under his arm - the football he caught for a touchdown that might otherwise have been Celek's. "See him?" Celek asked, unprovoked, pointing at another teammate. "He made unbelievable catches all night tonight.
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