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June 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles' first-team defense took the field during organized team activities this week, Nate Allen was in the lineup. It's a familiar spot for the Eagles veteran, whose grip on the starting job has endured through four defensive coordinators in his first four NFL seasons. He has been injured and demoted at times, but the team still sees promise. In March, the Eagles re-signed him to a one-year deal, the 2010 second-round pick's second contract. The team signed Malcolm Jenkins to start in the secondary, but did not draft a safety in the first round.
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May 21, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beau Allen has legs like tree trunks. You look at the 6-foot-3, 329-pound nose tackle and you can understand why the Eagles drafted him in the seventh round. There's more to playing the position in the NFL, but coach Chip Kelly and his staff have certain size parameters for each position. With his ranginess and solid base, Allen checks off a bunch of the Eagles' size qualifications. And then there's his athleticism. Allen wasn't invited to the scouting combine in February, but his vertical leap (31 inches)
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May 19, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
AFTER SPENDING the last 4 years in the Army, including three deployments in Afghanistan totaling 20 months, Alejandro Villanueva acknowledged he still is getting adjusted to civilian life. "I've been wearing a uniform and a flag for about 8 years now; it's all I know," the 2010 West Point graduate said. "I can't remember anything that happened before going to West Point. "It's kind of different not saluting the flag in the morning and saying the [Army] Ranger's Creed. Not hanging up your military helmet at the end of the day as opposed to a football helmet.
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May 19, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
As confident as the Eagles have been about selecting Marcus Smith with their top draft pick, it may take some time before they can point to the outside linebacker's production and say, "See, we were right. " The old adage is you need two to three years before you can properly evaluate a draft choice, but it may take an additional season for edge rushers because so few make an impact or even contribute in their rookie seasons. The Eagles would love Smith to make a first-year splash.
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May 17, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though they allowed more yards in the air than any other defense in 2013, the Eagles did very little to change the core of their secondary this offseason. Free-agent safety Malcolm Jenkins was signed, in essence, to replace Patrick Chung, but the other starters or those near the top of the depth chart entering spring practices will return. A few second-tier free agents were added for competition and special teams, and the Eagles waited until the fourth and fifth rounds before selecting cornerback-safety Jaylen Watkins and safety Ed Reynolds.
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May 15, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
As far as alarms go, the Eagles' failure to address their depth at offensive line and inside linebacker in last week's NFL draft hardly rang a bell. They return all five players from one the league's best lines and both starting inside linebackers. And although they had opportunities to upgrade at each position this offseason, the Eagles were confident about their returners. They saw the need to inject some young talent into the pipeline, but they didn't. "Dagger," general manager Howie Roseman said about not drafting any offensive linemen. "Dagger in the heart.
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May 13, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE WAY the relationship has been presented to us is that Eagles coach Chip Kelly tells Howie Roseman what he needs, and the general manager goes out and gets it for him. We have seen this spring that it isn't quite that cut-and-dried. Kelly, Roseman joked recently, set an NFL record in March and April for attending college pro days. The coach explained that he gleans important stuff from watching the workouts, and that he likes to talk to position coaches, friends, and so forth about the prospects.
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May 13, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
SO, CHIP. How 'bout that draft? "Honestly, I have no idea," the Eagles coach said Saturday when asked if he was stoked about his seven new draft picks. Kelly was just being honest. Which is actually kind of a refreshing thing from a football coach. The fact is, despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars the Eagles have spent on college scouting over the last 12 months, despite the obscene number of Marriott points general manager Howie Roseman and his personnel staff have racked up during the long evaluation process, it's still anybody's guess whether Marcus Smith, Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Jaylen Watkins, Taylor Hart, Ed Reynolds and Beau Allen are going to be any good in their new profession.
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May 12, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
MAYBE MARCUS Smith will be everything the Eagles hope he will be. Maybe he will become the difference-making pass-rusher of their dreams and put the fear of God into opposing offensive tackles and be a perennial double-digit sack guy. Maybe. Right now, though, he's just a late-first-round project who put up great college sack numbers last season (14 1/2) in an inferior conference (American Athletic Conference) and went a lot higher in the draft than a good many personnel people around the NFL thought he would.
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May 11, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howie Roseman had already traded down once in the first round, and he needed to determine if he would do it again. The Eagles sat at No. 26, and the Kansas City Chiefs took a pass rusher at No 23. Roseman, the Eagles' general manager, wanted a pass rusher and sensed that there would be a run on them early in the second round. The Eagles wanted Louisville's Marcus Smith, who was the highest pass rusher remaining on their board. Smith was not one of the six players the Eagles originally targeted for the No. 22 overall pick, but the Eagles believed he was the best player left at that point and they thought they could take him at No. 26. Roseman did not think Smith would last much longer, so the team felt comfortable submitting Smith as the pick.
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