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October 24, 2008 | by Bob Cooney
POSITION: Long snapper HEIGHT: 6-0 WEIGHT: 250 AGE: 28 BIRTHDATE: July 21, 1980 HOMETOWN: Garden Grove, Calif. COLLEGE: Texas-El Paso YEARS PRO: 6 HOW ACQUIRED: Unrestricted free agent in 2006 FAVORITE PRO ATHLETE: "Hank Baskett. No, [former Seattle Mariner] Jay Buhner. I grew up in Seattle and used to love watching him play. " DESCRIBE PHILLY FANS: "From what I've seen of them, they're great. They go to the games, they scream, they sport their gear.
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March 12, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NFL's free-agent market opens Tuesday, along with the promise of the Eagles' grabbing some big names, but the team took care of two of its own when it signed long snapper Jon Dorenbos and safety Colt Anderson to contracts on Monday. Dorenbos was slated to become an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. like hundreds of other veterans who hope to cash in on the first day of the NFL year. But the Eagles locked up one of their longest-tenured players with a four-year deal. Anderson, a restricted free agent, would have become unrestricted had the Eagles not tendered a contract by Tuesday.
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December 30, 2007 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The life of a long-snapper can be a long and prosperous one in the NFL as long as you can remain mostly unnoticed on game day. Mike Bartrum, for example, spent 10 seasons in the NFL snapping on kicks, including seven seasons with the Eagles. Now, Jon Dorenbos has a chance to hold down the job for the same amount of time. Thanks to his work in his first full season with the Eagles, he received a five-year extension from the team yesterday. "Jon has been a very good long-snapper for us over the last year and a half," Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said.
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July 15, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
HONESTLY, I don't know how he does it. No, not the magic. I don't know how he does that, either, or even how Jon Dorenbos consistently hits the hands of the punter or the placeholder over 13 seasons in the National Football League. Or that a player with such a limited specialty has lasted so long, 149 straight games as the Eagles' long snapper - and counting. How, really, Jon Dorenbos has lasted at all. That's what really hit you during his second appearance on America's Got Talent Tuesday night.
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November 20, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES worked out a couple of long snappers Tuesday, Tyler Lott and Patrick Scales. Jon Dorenbos didn't have to use any magic tricks to find out about this; his coaches told him. They also told him Lott and Scales went home without being signed. So Dorenbos, 35, an Eagle since 2006, will take the field this Sunday against Tampa. It will be Dorenbos' 143rd regular-season game with the Birds, and he knows it also could be his last, if he doesn't correct the problem that contributed to a blocked punt and a missed field goal in last Sunday's 20-19 loss to Miami.
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November 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Peters returned to the sideline Wednesday, one day after the Eagles' left tackle practiced with the team. Peters has a back injury that affected his quadriceps and caused him to miss the last two games. Coach Chip Kelly said he did not know whether to classify Peters' absence as a "setback. " "That's a good question," Kelly said before practice. "I just know he can't go today. " Peters was not available for comment again on Wednesday. Thursday will be a big indicator of whether he can play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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October 4, 2012 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
BRIAN ROLLE started 13 games at weakside linebacker for the Eagles last season. Coaches considered him a gritty overachiever as a sixth-round draft choice from Ohio State. But Rolle, generously listed at 5-10, lost his starting job in training camp and never really showed his rookie tenacity when demoted to special teams. Two days after allowing the New York Giants to average 36.2 yards on six kickoff returns, the Eagles cut Rolle on Tuesday and brought back Adrian Moten, a linebacker they'd cut in the preseason.
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February 19, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is "very unlikely" that the Eagles will use the franchise-player tag on any of their seven unrestricted free agents, according to a league source. That group includes cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was likely the only player under consideration. The franchise tag helps teams keep unrestricted free agents without having to reach a long-term deal, but they must pay them the average of the top five salaries for players at their position if the player accepts. Teams are compensated with two first-round draft picks if another team signs the player.
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November 6, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
JON DORENBOS, the Eagles' long-snapper who dabbles in magic, wants to make hunger disappear. He and the Eagles have been partnering with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger to promote a website that allows people to donate money that will be used to purchase healthy foods for the Green Light Pantry Program. The website has a long address: yougivegoods.com/eaglesfooddrive2014 . But its purpose is short and sweet: to provide healthy, highly nutritious food for those in need.
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September 26, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
MANY observers thought Mat McBriar won the Eagles' punting battle in training camp, and were surprised when the Birds went with incumbent Chas Henry. Special-teams coordinator Bobby April later indicated the decision came down to who was a better holder for Alex Henery. But holding on kicks, it turns out, is not the most important factor in punting, and on Tuesday, the Eagles announced they had released Henry and brought back McBriar. The team also signed long snapper Kyle Nelson to the practice squad, so he can get some work with McBriar and Henery this week.
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July 15, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
HONESTLY, I don't know how he does it. No, not the magic. I don't know how he does that, either, or even how Jon Dorenbos consistently hits the hands of the punter or the placeholder over 13 seasons in the National Football League. Or that a player with such a limited specialty has lasted so long, 149 straight games as the Eagles' long snapper - and counting. How, really, Jon Dorenbos has lasted at all. That's what really hit you during his second appearance on America's Got Talent Tuesday night.
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November 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Peters returned to the sideline Wednesday, one day after the Eagles' left tackle practiced with the team. Peters has a back injury that affected his quadriceps and caused him to miss the last two games. Coach Chip Kelly said he did not know whether to classify Peters' absence as a "setback. " "That's a good question," Kelly said before practice. "I just know he can't go today. " Peters was not available for comment again on Wednesday. Thursday will be a big indicator of whether he can play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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November 20, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES worked out a couple of long snappers Tuesday, Tyler Lott and Patrick Scales. Jon Dorenbos didn't have to use any magic tricks to find out about this; his coaches told him. They also told him Lott and Scales went home without being signed. So Dorenbos, 35, an Eagle since 2006, will take the field this Sunday against Tampa. It will be Dorenbos' 143rd regular-season game with the Birds, and he knows it also could be his last, if he doesn't correct the problem that contributed to a blocked punt and a missed field goal in last Sunday's 20-19 loss to Miami.
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November 17, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles counted on their special teams to help win games last season, but too often this fall, those same units have been contributing factors in losses. That was the case again Sunday in a 20-19 defeat to the Miami Dolphins. The Eagles had a punt blocked, and they missed a 32-yard field goal, two plays that were big parts of the loss. And it's not the first time either has happened this year. It was the second punt blocked against the Eagles this season, and they now have missed two field goals inside 40 yards.
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September 24, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
A YEAR AGO, Dave Fipp's special teams were the Eagles' salvation. Take away the huge contributions those units made, take away the four punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns, take away the four blocked punts, including the three returned for scores, and the blocked field goal and extra point, and Cody Parkey's 32-for-36 field goal accuracy, and 10-6 maybe ends up being 9-7 or 8-8 or worse. But Fipp's special teams haven't been able to do anything to help the Eagles avoid a puzzling 0-2 start this season.
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December 15, 2014
TREY BURTON whisked by and Jon Dorenbos muttered, "Beast. " Phone to his ear, Donnie Jones walked back and forth in animated conversation, unaware of the praise streaming from the lips of his locker neighbor and long snapper. A media crowd was assembling around the locker of Darren Sproles. Dorenbos took note, checked off what seemed to be another half-dozen names - James Casey, Brandon Graham, Chris Polk, Josh Huff - and said, finally, "This is the best special-teams unit I've ever been on. "Really, I've never seen this on any level I've played.
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November 6, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
JON DORENBOS, the Eagles' long-snapper who dabbles in magic, wants to make hunger disappear. He and the Eagles have been partnering with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger to promote a website that allows people to donate money that will be used to purchase healthy foods for the Green Light Pantry Program. The website has a long address: yougivegoods.com/eaglesfooddrive2014 . But its purpose is short and sweet: to provide healthy, highly nutritious food for those in need.
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September 13, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cody Parkey lost his job. It was Aug. 20, and the Indianapolis Colts decided to waive him. Then the kicker received a call from Colts general manager Ryan Grigson telling him that he had been traded to Philadelphia. The Eagles surrendered running back David Fluellen, whom they planned to waive. It was a swap of two unwanted players. If the Eagles hadn't traded for Parkey and tried claiming him off waivers, the kicker would have been up for grabs to the 21 teams ahead of them on the waiver wire.
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August 15, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
WITH A keen sense of appreciation cloaked in self-deprecating humor, Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos recently took stock of what he's come to appreciate most about his NFL career, which is entering its 12th season. "I never thought I'd play more than a year," Dorenbos said recently at training camp, inside the NovaCare Complex. "This is year 12, which is sick, it's just sick. "I look at it as there's 53 guys on the team, but I really look at it as there's 52 and then me, because these guys are unbelievable athletes and I'm kind of the short, pudgy, white guy that's not very fast and is just hanging on, you know?
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January 7, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
COMING OUT of Nebraska 3 years ago, Alex Henery was the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, converting 89.5 percent of his field-goal attempts during his college career. The Eagles' fourth-round selection in the 2011 draft quickly replaced David Akers by converting 88.9 percent of his attempts as a rookie. On Saturday night, Henery struggled not only with field goals but on kickoffs, too, creating a lasting image that will remain until the 2014 season begins. Prior to the start of the Eagles' matchup with New Orleans, Henery took to the field to warm up and find his range in the cold winter air. While he was clearing field goals from beyond 50 yards, he said his comfort level was around 48 yards, meaning the Eagles offense would have the place the ball around the 30-yard line in order to convert for three points.
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