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June 6, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Comparing the new to the old as opposites can be a forced narrative, unless, of course, it's true. Doug Pederson, in many ways, is the anti-Chip Kelly. His hiring was seemingly as much about his predecessor as about him. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is a contrasting figure when compared with Bill Davis - both in scheme and in temperament. The same applies to Leodis McKelvin as he relates to Byron Maxwell. While it may not have seemed as if the former was signed to replace the latter, it has become increasingly clear this spring that one of the starting cornerback spots is McKelvin's to lose.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Among the survivors of the 2015 Paris Bataclan massacre are the Eagles of Death Metal, who have carried on since that bloodshed with equal doses of sadness, shock, awe, argumentative finger pointing and apology. From the glam-slamming, garage pop-crunching of EODM during a sold-out show at the Trocadero on Friday, it also seems as if the ensemble has continued with its roaring, hammy rocking aesthetic. "We've had a weird six-and-a-half months," said mega-mustachioed, preacher-like bandleader Jesse Hughes, "but we feel loose tonight.
SPORTS
June 5, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
SAM BRADFORD has completed three weeks of OTA work since ending his failed jailbreak. One big question when Bradford came back to the Eagles was how he would approach his role as "starting quarterback with an asterisk" - the asterisk being, "almost certainly only for 2016. " With the Eagles looking toward one final week of work before dispersing until training camp starts in late July, Bradford seems to allay concerns. "Same old Sam," wideout Josh Huff said Friday. "He's been a leader in the huddle, been a leader in the meeting room, and he's demanding perfection out of each and every one of us. " Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who reiterated Friday that Bradford is his No. 1 quarterback, was asked whether Bradford has separated himself from backup Chase Daniel and rookie Carson Wentz, the player the Eagles traded up to draft second overall, spurring Bradford to want to start anew elsewhere.
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June 5, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
BRANDON GRAHAM said that when he talks or texts with Fletcher Cox, he is careful not to ask when Cox plans to report for duty with the Eagles. "I try to be a friend and not really talk to him about that. I don't want him to think I'm the police," Graham said Friday as the Eagles wrapped up the optional part of their spring work. Players gather Monday for physicals, before a mandatory three-day minicamp starts Tuesday. Those are the last sessions before training camp, and the only mandatory part of the offseason setup.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THIS WAS DOUG Pederson in March when asked about using wide receiver Jordan Matthews less in the slot and more on the outside: "I think he can play outside. I'm going to look at him outside as we go through this spring. With his skill set, I think he can play both (inside and outside). " This was Pederson Friday when asked the same question about Matthews: "Jordan, again, he's been good on the outside. (But) he's better inside, because he's got that big body and he knows how to sort of use it in space.
SPORTS
June 4, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
New Eagle Stefen Wisniewski isn't worried about winning a starting spot on the offensive line in June. It's by September that he hopes to be in his familiar position. Wieniewski signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Eagles. He has started all 77 games in a five-year NFL career. A second-round pick of Oakland in 2011, Wisniewski, 27, played his first four seasons with the Raiders and last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I haven't been a backup since I have been in this league, and I don't intend to be one now," Wisniewski said after a workout this week.
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June 3, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
BY NOW, you might have picked up on the fact that those of us who cover the Eagles think this Sam Bradford-Carson Wentz-Chase Daniel quarterback mashup has the potential to become a bit of a circus. John DeFilippo and Frank Reich say they are unfazed. They are the Eagles' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, respectively. They've logged time in QB rooms on both coasts and in between. They have seen the good, the bad and the dysfunctional. DeFilippo, especially, knows from circuses: He was the offensive coordinator last season in Cleveland, where the game plan sometimes depended upon whether Johnny Manziel showed up partying somewhere on Instagram before Tuesday evening, when planning for that week's practice was complete.
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June 3, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY'S fast-paced practices - er, I mean training sessions - always reminded me of one of those old TV game shows where the contestants were thrown into a toy store or supermarket with a shopping cart and given a fixed period of time to fill up the cart with as much merchandise as it could hold. Chippah was all about speed and cramming as many repetitions as possible into a two-hour practice - er, training session - window. There was no stopping for corrections or instruction, except for those very brief "teaching" periods.
SPORTS
June 2, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
NEAR THE TOP of the list of spectacular things we haven't seen yet has to be the meeting room for the Eagles' quarterbacks. "We have a really good room," Sam Bradford said Tuesday. "We've got an awesome quarterback room," Carson Wentz said, minutes later from behind the same NovaCare auditorium lectern. "I've been a part of some pretty good quarterback rooms . . . and I feel like this one is going to be a really good one," Chase Daniel told reporters. An anonymous insider confirmed both accounts.
SPORTS
June 2, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THERE WASN'T one particular thing that killed the 2015 Eagles. They were a dead team walking from the Week 1 opening kickoff. They were a grossly overweight two-pack-a-day smoker with diabetes and a bad ticker and a side order of severe emphysema. Ironically, one of last season's many low points could turn out to be very beneficial to the fortunes of the 2016 Eagles. Early in the second quarter of the Eagles' 45-14 Thanksgiving Day loss to the Detroit Lions, starting cornerback Nolan Carroll suffered a broken right leg that ended his season.
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