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June 16, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CURTIS MARSH, Trevard Lindley, Jack Ikegwuonu, Rashad Barksdale, Macho Harris. The ongoing disaster at the safety position gets more attention, but Brandon Boykin, taken in the fourth round in 2012, is the only cornerback the Eagles have drafted since 2002 who has made a significant contribution to the team. In 2002, the Birds drafted Lito Sheppard in the first round and Sheldon Brown in the second, so, that season, they had Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor as their starters, Al Harris for the nickel, and Sheppard and Brown just in case.
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June 15, 2015 | Zach Berman, Inquirer
The Eagles will work out offensive lineman Jared Wheeler on Monday, according to a league source. He will sign if he passes his physical, according to agent Brett Tessler. Wheeler, 24, is 6-foot-5 and 319 pounds and played at the University of Miami. He was waived by the Seattle Seahawks after the draft in May. Wheeler spent last summer with the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills. He was with the Bills during the preseason, but did not make the final roster cut. Wheeler started six games at Miami in 2013 - one at left guard, two at center, and three at right guard.
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June 14, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
I DON'T THINK releasing Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis dooms the Eagles this season. I don't think any of the stuff Chip Kelly has done since taking over personnel control in January necessarily dooms the Eagles this season, or beyond. I still think there's a real good chance the guy is smarter than all of us. But I do think we'll look back someday on all this restructuring and we'll either cite it as the time when "the Kelly way" turned the franchise toward championship contention, or we will cite this offseason as the beginning of the end, when Kelly's inflexibility irreparably marred his genius and started him on the path back to college coaching.
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June 13, 2015
The Eagles must replace two starting guards this season. Here are some names to know: Returning players Player   Height   Weight   Age    Allen Barbre   6-4   310   30    Barbre will likely replace Evan Mathis at left guard. The eight-year veteran was already a projected starter and received a contract extension in 2014. Matt Tobin   6-6   290   25    The Eagles have been high on the 2013 undrafted free agent from Iowa for the last two seasons.
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June 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles released Evan Mathis on Thursday, ending a months-long stalemate between the team and the Pro Bowl guard over his contract. "Thanks for the memories Philly," Mathis posted on Twitter. The Eagles had no comment. Mathis said Chip Kelly called him to deliver the news. Mathis has been the only Eagles player to miss all voluntary workouts this spring. He said he planned to attend the three-day mandatory minicamp next week, and even attempted to prove it by texting to a reporter a confirmed flight plan that had Mathis flying from Phoenix to Philadelphia on Sunday and returning next Friday.
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June 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The questions on the Eagles' offensive line were not supposed to include the starters on the left side, where tackle Jason Peters and guard Evan Mathis are both Pro Bowl players. But Mathis has not reported for the Eagles' offseason program and Peters is proceeding as if Allen Barbre - not Mathis - will play next to him this season. "It's Al right now and that's who we're rolling with," Peters said. "Right now, if we had to play, Al would be the starter. " Mathis, who is unhappy with his contract, would be subject to a fine if he misses the mandatory minicamp next week.
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June 12, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly was like a box of Cracker Jacks in his first offseason as the man in complete charge of the Eagles' football decisions. Day after day, it was surprise, surprise, surprise. To many observers, the trades of Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy probably ranked highest on the "I-can't-believe-he-just-did-that" scale. To others, it might have been the decision to let top receiver Jeremy Maclin walk away as a free agent. Less publicized and barely scrutinized was the decision to give veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans a contract extension even after the team had added highly touted inside linebacker Kiko Alonso in the trade that sent McCoy to Buffalo.
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June 12, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT WAS EARLY afternoon in Arizona. Evan Mathis was heading into a workout when his phone buzzed; Chip Kelly was calling. "We're going to release you so you can see if you can get what you want," is how Mathis recalls his message. This, the Eagles' two-time Pro Bowl left guard was not expecting, he said. He said he'd made flight arrangements to attend next week's mandatory minicamp, after sitting out optional OTAs. But clearly, Kelly didn't want to go through the awkwardness of reintegrating Mathis into a group that has been working out together for several weeks.
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June 11, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that quarterback Sam Bradford has done a "great job" so far in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and reiterated that the quarterback is still on schedule. Bradford is participating in seven-on-seven drills but not in full-team drills as he recovers from September surgery to repair his second torn ACL in as many seasons. "He's got a schedule, and he's worked very hard," Kelly said. "We think he's right on track.
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June 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FOR ALL of Chip Kelly's new-agey, sports-sciencey ways, when he talks about injuries, Kelly can sound like an old-school football coach. Yesterday was one of those times. Kelly was asked about Earl Wolff, the third-year Eagles safety who has battled a knee problem since the middle of his rookie season. Wolff underwent surgery - he said it was a microfracture procedure - in November, when it became obvious he had no confidence in his right knee. For the past two offseasons, Wolff has been considered a contender to start opposite Malcolm Jenkins, but he hasn't been able to seize the opportunity.
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