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March 20, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TWO YEARS after his arrival in Philadelphia, Nolan Carroll is right back where he started. Playing for a new head coach and a new defensive coordinator. Having to prove himself all over again. That was going to be the situation for the 29-year-old cornerback wherever he had decided to sign this offseason. Ultimately, he decided he might as well do it in a place he was familiar with, in front of fans he was familiar with, and with a position coach - Cory Undlin - he was familiar with.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles were the only team in the NFL that didn't have an "outside" receiver with more than 50 targeted passes last season. Most teams had two. Some had three. The Eagles, for various reasons, didn't have a consistent threat outside the numbers or downfield. Only two of four regulars from last season remain on the roster. Riley Cooper was released last month and Miles Austin was mercifully cut with five games left in 2015. Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff return, as expected, but neither was drafted by new coach Doug Pederson or returning general manager Howie Roseman, per se, so their futures aren't as clear as if Chip Kelly had stayed.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
HERSHEY - Math, Civics and Sciences' improbable run in the PIAA playoffs ended Friday at the Giant Center after the Mighty Elephants were unable to climb one of Class A's biggest mountains. Sagaba Konate, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound senior who wears a size 15 shoe, led District 10's Kennedy Catholic to a 71-60 victory, claiming its seventh state basketball championship. Konate, a native of the Republic of Mali in West Africa, scored 17 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and blocked two shots.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY - Mackenzie Gardler called her "unguardable. " Mary Sheehan said she'd seen her play a "100 times and she's never shot that well. " The "who" was Cumberland Valley's Kelly Jekot. The "what" was the performance she put on Friday night against Cardinal O'Hara in the PIAA Class 4A state title game. The "how" was nothing short of spectacular, as the Eagles won a third straight state championship, 57-34. "I don't know their stats, but it was probably pretty close to perfection," Sheehan, a junior, said.
SPORTS
March 18, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
JUST ABOUT the only pressing need Howie Roseman didn't address in the first week of NFL free agency was his team's inexperienced wide receiving corps. The Eagles' de facto general manager checked off that box Wednesday with the signing of former Ram and Raven Chris Givens to a 1-year contract worth $840,000, including an $80,000 signing bonus, a league source said. The source said $100,000 of Givens' base is guaranteed. Givens, 26, has played four seasons in the league, which might not sound like much, but puts him at the top of the Eagles' ensemble, now that Riley Cooper is gone.
SPORTS
March 18, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, STAFF WRITER
YOU KNOW the old saying: You can never be too rich, or have too many capable quarterbacks. Howie Roseman opened the vault and gave rookie head coach Doug Pederson his two preferred passers. Sam Bradford agreed to a 2-year, $36 million contract. Chase Daniel, the backup in Kansas City when Pederson was the coordinator, signed for 3 years and $21 million. With that sort of investment in two healthy veterans, the Eagles should just sign, oh, Josh Freeman and be done with it. Right?
SPORTS
March 17, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
THE EAGLES made another move to solidify their defensive backfield Tuesday, signing corner Nolan Carroll to a one-year deal worth $2.36 million that can pay as much as $3 million, a source close to the situation said. Carroll, 29, started 11 games for the Eagles in 2015, intercepting two passes, before suffering a season-ending broken fibula. He is expected to contend with Leodis McKelvin, signed as a free agent from Buffalo, for the starting job opposite Eric Rowe, the team's 2015 second-round draft pick.
SPORTS
March 17, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
When Chris Givens played with Sam Bradford on the St. Louis Rams in 2012, the rookie receiver caught three touchdown passes that Bradford threw. They were from 37 yards, 50 yards, and 51 yards. Givens' most attractive role in the NFL is as a deep threat who can provide a vertical element to an offense. The Eagles, with Bradford as their starter, needed a player who could offer that skill. That seemed to be the impetus for the one-year deal Givens signed with the Eagles on Wednesday to bolster the team's receiving corps.
SPORTS
March 15, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
PEOPLE RARELY seem to mention the Eagles' pass rush when detailing the problem areas the team must address as it looks for its first playoff win since 2008. Maybe it's because of the numbers Connor Barwin put up two years ago, or because of the presence of Fletcher Cox, or because Bennie Logan and Vinny Curry are two guys whom people love to love. But when you look at the Eagles' performance over the past few years and measure it against the kind of impact that a truly dominant unit can have, I'm not sure that we've paid the front seven enough attention in our evaluations of the great roster rebuild of 2016.
SPORTS
March 14, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
When the window for negotiations opened Monday, two days before the start of free agency, Brandon Brooks said he received text messages from three Eagles offensive linemen, among others, urging him to sign with their team. Center Jason Kelce was one of the first to reach out to the free- agent guard. It shouldn't have come as a surprise. Kelce stood to benefit more than anyone. Last season's struggles on the interior of the line were, in part, of his own doing. And some of his problems were attributed to having not one but two new guards playing at his side.
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