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April 26, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Geno Smith was swarmed by adoring children Wednesday morning and directed participants in an NFL youth festival the way he would West Virginia receivers. In the eyes of the children, Smith was just one of the 24 NFL draftees-to-be in attendance - and the most heralded quarterback in the group. He was not viewed by the children as the most polarizing player this season at the league's most polarizing position. Smith has been seen as a potential top-five pick, but he also has received criticism and been discussed as a quarterback who could fall out of the first round.
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April 27, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Geno Smith's long wait to hear his named called at the NFL draft stretched from Thursday into Friday, creating an extra day of suspense that Smith neither wanted nor expected. It finally concluded when the New York Jets picked Smith at No. 39, the seventh pick of the second round. After potentially escaping New York, where the draft was held, Smith will stay and play for one of the league's most visible teams. The Eagles twice passed on Smith, the West Virginia quarterback who Jeffrey Lurie personally scouted with coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman.
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May 2, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles twice passed on Geno Smith, and it's reasonable to wonder whether their interest in the West Virginia quarterback was ever that significant. This topic was debated leading up to the draft, and intrigue was added when owner Jeffrey Lurie accompanied coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman on a personal scouting visit to West Virginia. "First off, it wasn't a smoke screen," Kelly said Tuesday morning on WIP-FM (94.1). "We were as thorough with Geno as anyone else with our evaluation.
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March 15, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although they made a 600-mile trek to and from Morgantown, and brought owner Jeffrey Lurie along for the ride, Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman did not have much to say about their private workout of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. "Obviously, he's an impressive guy," Roseman said Wednesday, two days after the Eagles brass checked out the top-rated draft prospect. Impressive enough to be a top-10 pick? "You're going through the process, you're trying to get as much information as possible," Roseman said.
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April 1, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There may be plenty of reasons the Eagles won't draft Geno Smith with the No. 4 overall pick. But Chip Kelly's belief that his offense can thrive without a franchise quarterback suggests that a team with many needs will pass on the West Virginia prospect. Perhaps Kelly views Smith as being worth the investment. The Eagles coach would prefer to have his quarterback of the future as soon as possible, and if he considers Smith that guy, then he might as well take him with the team's first pick.
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March 16, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
The answer to the New York Jets' quarterback woes could be . . . ex-Eagle Kevin Kolb? Or could it be Geno Smith - if he slips past the Eagles, who have the fourth pick in the coming NFL draft? The speculation about Kolb has heated up for several reasons, according to several sources. The Arizona Cardinals owe Kolb a $2 million payment if he's still on their roster Saturday ("which is some pretty sweet St. Patty's Day drinking money," quips thescore.com) so he's expected to be cut. Also, his base salary is $9 million, with a cap number of $13.5 million, and Arizona just signed according to profootballtalk.com.
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February 26, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Should the Eagles spend the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft to get Geno Smith? The West Virginia quarterback, who was reluctant to run out of the pocket as a college passer, put up some eye-popping numbers at the combine on Sunday. Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds, and while too much can be made of sprinting in a straight line, his showing erased concerns that the top-rated quarterback does not have the quickness to run the read option. It also heated up speculation that the Eagles might go after him, especially with the likelihood that Chip Kelly's new offense will feature the read-option wrinkle that swept the league last season.
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January 9, 2013 | By Mike Kern, kernm@phillynews.com
1. Alabama (13-1) 2. Georgia (12-2) 3. Oregon (12-1) 4. Notre Dame (12-1) 5. Ohio State (12-0) 6. Texas A&M (11-2) 7. Stanford (12-2) 8. South Carolina (11-2) 9. Florida (11-2) 10. Florida State (11-2)   Fraud Five, Bowl Edition Notre Dame: Did you watch? Florida: When you're ranked third and are a double-digit favorite in SEC territory, you shouldn't be trailing by 23 midway through the fourth quarter, especially to the Big East champ.
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November 13, 2011 | Associated Press
CINCINNATI - Geno Smith threw for 372 yards and led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that rallied West Virginia to a 24-21 victory Saturday over No. 23 Cincinnati - which lost both quarterback Zach Collaros and control of the Big East race. Eain Smith blocked Tony Miliano's attempt for a tying 31-yard field goal as time ran out, giving the Mountaineers (7-3, 3-2) a win they needed to stay in contention. The Bearcats (7-2, 3-1) lost Collaros to a lower-leg injury in the second quarter and he watched the rest of the game on crutches from the sideline with his right foot and ankle heavily wrapped.
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February 20, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - If Chip Kelly does in fact covet Marcus Mariota - and evidence suggests as much - then he will have to leapfrog a number of competitors for the Oregon quarterback in this year's draft. But are there really that many teams that could be contenders? If the Buccaneers select Mariota with the No. 1 overall pick, then all bets, of course, are off. If Tampa Bay takes Jameis Winston instead and the Titans choose Mariota with the next selection, then that, too, would nip the Eagles' chances in the bud. But what if Mariota slips past the first two teams?
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November 10, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MARK SANCHEZ last started an NFL game on Dec. 30, 2012, at Buffalo. His New York Jets lost, 28-9. Sanchez completed 17 of 35 passes for 205 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. His passer rating was 55.1. The Jets wrapped up a 6-10 season and went on to draft Geno Smith out of West Virginia. Sanchez's journey from that night in Buffalo to Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field, where he will be introduced as the Eagles' starting quarterback for the first time, has been a bumpy one. The key event was a shoulder injury suffered in 2013 when he was reinserted late in a meaningless Jets preseason game, causing Sanchez to miss that entire season and closing the door on a future with the team that had drafted him fifth overall in 2009.
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October 15, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DONOVAN MCNABB has company. Like the former Eagles quarterback, Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin admitted on Sunday that he didn't know a game could end in a tie. That explains the quizzical look he had when players started walking onto the field to shake hands with the scoreboard reading, Panthers 37, Bengals 37. "I was like, what? I was confused," Benjamin told the Charlotte Observer. "They had to explain what was going on. In a way, it still kind of felt like a loss.
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October 8, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
So it appears Tom Brady isn't quite finished yet. And the Patriots defense that cost me a win last week by actually producing negative points proved they can still be a formidable fantasy play. The Matt Asiata juggernaut hit a serious speed bump on Thursday night, but Eddie Lacy is back in fine form. Any worries about Arian Foster's health were put aside in Dallas, for one week anyway. But the natives are getting restless waiting for LeSean McCoy to break out. If he doesn't have a solid outing against the Giants on Sunday night, his fantasy owners might start calling him "Trady.
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October 1, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Heading into Thursday's game, it was hard not to feel good about my tight end matchup when I saw Larry Donnell in my opponent's lineup. After all, I had the option of Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates, while he was forced to sit Julius Thomas because of the bye week. By Friday, I was popping antacids, and my opponent was dishing out a heaping helping of smack talk. Enter Matt Asiata. When he plunged across the goal line for the third time Sunday, the tide had turned and my decision to draft Marshawn Lynch and Giovani Bernard back-to-back didn't cost me a Week 4 victory as expected.
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September 30, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
T HIS SEASON, the Phillies struggled just as much in the stands as they did on the field. The Phightens drew 2,423,852 fans to Citizens Bank Park, an average of 29,924 per game. That was over a half-million fewer than last year - 588,551 to be exact - and marked the fourth straight season there was a drop in home attendance. The Phillies' year-by-year home attendance figures since they moved to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 are on Page 57.   My bad High-five to Jets quarterback Geno Smith for apologizing after cursing at a fan while leaving the field following a 24-17 loss to the Lions yesterday.
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September 5, 2014 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
AFC East NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 2013 record: 12-4 Biggest addition: CB Darrelle Revis Biggest loss: LG Logan Mankins What's the story: Tom Brady is the starting quarterback. Bill Belichick is entrenched as head coach. That formula has been consistently successful since Brady took over as a starter more than a decade ago. Incoming cornerback Darrelle Revis adds another key component to a team that is attempting to win the AFC East for the sixth consecutive season. Prediction: 12-4 NEW YORK JETS 2013 record: 8-8 Biggest addition: WR Eric Decker Biggest loss: RT Austin Howard What's the story: Geno Smith is unproven after a shaky rookie campaign, but will start at quarterback.
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August 8, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME Mark Sanchez took the field in a preseason game, he saw the life crushed from his 2013 season and his New York Jets career. Sanchez, 27, begins his comeback tomorrow night in Chicago. And though he has no idea how much he will play behind starting quarterback Nick Foles, who is scheduled to get about 10 to 15 snaps along with the rest of the first-teamers, at least this time Sanchez knows he's scheduled to play. Last Aug. 24, as a Jet, Sanchez watched rookie Geno Smith quarterback most of a preseason game against the Giants.
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August 8, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CORTLAND, N.Y. - Watching Michael Vick throw a football never gets old. That oh-so-effortless arm motion followed by a dart-thrower's flick of the wrist followed by the piece de resistance : a perfect spiral that comes out of his hand like a bullet exiting the chamber of a gun. As evidenced by his .562 career completion percentage, the ball may not always go where Vick intends it to go, but it's still fun watching him throw it. And...
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June 2, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
When it comes to Mark Sanchez and the five years before he became an Eagle - that is, the five years he spent with the New York Jets - there's no single moment that could define his career. You just stick your hand in the vat and pull something up, and the scenes and anecdotes and circumstances are all endless and interesting and revealing. So where do you start? With the "butt-fumble," that unforgettable sight of Sanchez's crashing headfirst into teammate Brandon Moore's derriere, dropping the football, and having the New England Patriots' Steve Gregory return it for a touchdown - all while we were still digesting our dinners on Thanksgiving night 2012?
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