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February 27, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
To no great surprise, the Eagles released defensive tackles Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins on Monday. Age, high-priced contracts, and the expected changes in the Eagles defense made their releases a foregone conclusion. Patterson will turn 30 before next season. Jenkins turned 32 last month. Patterson was slated to earn slightly more than $4 million, while Jenkins had a $5.5 million salary, $1 million of which was to be paid in a roster bonus on March 12. Approximately $1.5 million of Jenkins' salary is guaranteed, but there is offsetting language in his contract.
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April 5, 2013
A second former Eagles defensive tackle is joining the New York Giants. According to profootball.com, the Giants have signed Mike Patterson, who will join Cullen Jenkins on the Giants defensive line in 2013. Patterson was cut by the Eagles before the start of free agency on the same day that the team gave Jenkins his walking papers. Patterson played just five games for the Eagles in 2012 after preseason surgery to repair an arteriovenous malformation in his brain. That condition contributed to a seizure during training camp in 2011 that initially seemed to threaten his ability to continue his football career.
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August 13, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
It seems "very likely" that Mike Patterson will play football this year, his agent, J.R. Rickert, said Friday. Patterson is still awaiting the final word from doctors, Rickert said, but he added, "everything that I'm seeing and hearing indicates that" Patterson could return to play this season. Rickert said he and the Eagles will release a joint statement soon, likely next week, on Patterson's condition. Patterson is hoping to rejoin the team soon at Lehigh. The team declined to comment Friday.
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October 23, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson is expected to practice for the first time this year on Monday, a team source confirmed Sunday. The possibility of Patterson's returning to practice was first reported by Comcast SportsNet. Patterson has not formally worked with the Eagles since he underwent brain surgery in January to remove an arteriovenous malformation. The Eagles said as late as June that he would be ready by training camp in late July, but Patterson's surgeon, Robert Spetzler of Phoenix, advised against an early return because he didn't think his skull had healed enough to withstand contact.
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December 13, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writerbowenl@phillynews.com
AS THIS season trudges to an inglorious finish, the Eagles needed to make a roster move to bring aboard fullback/tight end Emil Igwenagu, so he could back up Clay Harbor, with Brent Celek sidelined for Thursday's game against Cincinnati. That move was to place defensive tackle Mike Patterson on the nonfootball injury-illness list, ending Patterson's season, agent Peter Schaffer said. But that isn't the part that has Schaffer angry enough to plan to file a grievance with the NFLPA.
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February 27, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MIKE PATTERSON and Cullen Jenkins were loyal soldiers who worked hard and never caused problems, but their general was exiled to Kansas City, and his replacement envisions a different type of army. The Eagles still haven't confirmed they are moving to a 3-4 front under new coach Chip Kelly. Nonetheless, Monday they began retooling for just that, releasing Patterson and Jenkins, two veteran defensive tackles who aren't hefty enough to be great 3-4 nose tackles and would seem to lack the height and power to be great 3-4 ends.
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July 24, 2012 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Mike Patterson, who underwent brain surgery six months ago, will not participate in Eagles training camp and could need a couple of months - possibly more - before he is cleared to practice, the team said. "We're talking about this preseason as a month, then we'll probably reevaluate there," Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder said. "But it could be a couple of months or more. We don't know. " The Eagles had anticipated Patterson's return at the start of camp, which began Sunday with the arrival of rookies and selected veterans at Lehigh University.
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December 14, 2012 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Mike Patterson's agent said that he planned to file a grievance through the NFL Players Association after the Eagles placed his client on the non-football illness list Wednesday. "This is not how you treat people if you're a winning organization," Peter Schaffer said. Patterson will lose about $150,000, or 50 percent of his remaining salary, Schaffer said. Patterson contracted pneumonia last week and required hospitalization. He was home and resting as of Tuesday, according to team trainer Rick Burkholder.
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June 10, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
In a University City laboratory, Mike Patterson recently shared his thoughts on the potential impact of the business he has helped launch. In doing so, the CEO of Graphene Frontiers demonstrated an unapologetic inability to understate. "This is changing-the-world stuff," Patterson said. At the core of the business: the guts of a pencil. Graphite, the writing part of a pencil, is stacked and bonded layers of graphene. While the mission of Graphene Frontiers has nothing to do with writing in the literal sense, it does involve rewriting the book on medical diagnostics.
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October 25, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles announced on Jan. 16 that they had hired Chip Kelly as their head coach, and with that, the oldest of old-school men left in the NFL began reading up on his new colleague and adversary. Though Tom Coughlin had noticed the eye-popping offensive numbers that the University of Oregon had been putting up, Kelly's tenure there had been a matter of curiosity to him, little more. But now Kelly was on his way to the NFC East for at least two games a season against the Giants.
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October 8, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Alex Henery missed field goals in the last three games, but he redeemed himself in Sunday's 36-21 win over the New York Giants by connecting on all five of his attempts. "My confidence was still there, but it does feel good to have a good day of kicking out there," Henery said. "Ninety percent of the kicking game is confidence, so it's just one of those things it helps out. " Henery hit field goals of 27, 29, 36, 40, and 41 yards. He is 12 of 15 this season and 86.3 percent for his career.
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October 7, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three losses to AFC West teams, the Eagles return to the NFC East in a different state than they left following a season-opening win over the Redskins. The Eagles still have an opportunity in the NFC East, where the combined records through four weeks are 4-12. This is also Chip Kelly's introduction to the Eagles-Giants rivalry. The two franchises have had memorable moments over the years, and Kelly's arrival adds another chapter. "I'm very aware of the rivalry between the Giants and the Eagles," Kelly said.
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October 4, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When all else seemed to go awry in the Eagles locker room last season, veteran defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson tried encouraging Cedric Thornton. They told him the next season would be his chance. Thornton and Fletcher Cox would be a part of the Eagles' future. That future has come, and it has arrived without Jenkins and Patterson. The team moved on from both, releasing them together on Feb. 25, early enough to begin planning their next move. Both eventually signed with the New York Giants and will face the Eagles for the first time Sunday.
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October 4, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO, as Cedric Thornton struggled to get snaps on a 4-12 Eagles team, veteran defensive-line starters Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins told Thornton his time would come. "Last season, they were telling me that next year was going to be my test," Thornton said yesterday, as the Eagles prepared for Sunday's visit to the New York Giants. "They prepared me for it . . . Most likely, you're not going to get too many opportunities, but when you do, you just want to step up to the plate.
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July 27, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Todd Herremans walked through the players' entrance Thursday afternoon to check into his ninth training camp with the Eagles. When he started to fill out an informational sheet during his physical, he realized just how long his career has lasted. "I'm like, 'Don't you guys have this eight times over already?' " Herremans said. "Can't you look somewhere and get all this information?" A few hours earlier, Trent Cole made that same walk. For both Herremans and Cole, checking into camp is an annual late-July ritual.
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July 26, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BENNIE LOGAN might have been the most surprising Eagles' draft pick in April. (It was surprising that they got quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round, not all that surprising that they drafted him.) Logan is a defensive lineman from LSU. After the Eagles went offensive line (Lane Johnson) in the first round, and tight end (Zach Ertz) in the second, most observers would have laid odds on a safety or a corner in the third. You saw the Birds' secondary last year; maybe there didn't seem to be a defensive back in the draft worthy of being taken fourth overall, where the Eagles took Johnson, but nobody would have been shocked if they'd gone for secondary help in the second, third and fourth rounds.
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May 24, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE MUSIC Howie Roseman was happiest to hear from the Eagles' practice field this spring wasn't Nicki Minaj, Lupe Fiasco or even the Lumineers. It was the sound of Eagles players trumpeting their excitement over new coach Chip Kelly's changes. Roseman, who spoke to reporters yesterday at Lincoln Financial Field after participating in a Rothman Institute panel discussion of "The Impact of Sports," was asked if Kelly's loud, frenetic practices were as big an adjustment for him as they were for reporters, accustomed to the more staid style of 14-year coach Andy Reid.
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May 22, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES and the Giants exchanged players this offseason. Not formally, of course, but New York signed Eagles free-agent defensive linemen Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins, and the Eagles signed former Giants first-round safety Kenny Phillips. It will be interesting to see which organization had a better read on the other squad's talents. Patterson, a smallish defensive tackle, didn't fit the Birds' new defensive scheme. Jenkins just seemed to be wearing down at 32, and seemed expendable to a rebuilding team.
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