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March 13, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
HOPING TO MAKE a final impression before May's NFL draft, 12 Temple seniors, four former Owls and three other players held a Pro Day for scouts yesterday afternoon. Thirteen teams, including the Eagles, were represented, recording times, measurements and administering other physical tests. Offensive lineman Cody Booth said he was excited by the presence of NFL personnel, which included Eagles coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. "I had trouble sleeping last night just thinking about it," Booth said.
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March 6, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR A GUY who graduated with honors from Stanford University, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman can sure make himself appear foolish at times. The other day, Sherman responded negatively to the idea that the NFL's competition committee is going to discuss implementing a 15-yard penalty for players who use racial slurs on the field. "It's an atrocious idea," Sherman told the website themmqb.com. "It's almost racist to me. It's weird they're targeting one specific word.
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March 5, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NFL's proposal to ban the use of the N-word on the field has ignited a debate among players. This week, the NFL Competition Committee is in Naples, Fla., to discuss implementing a 15-yard penalty on players who use the word during games. Over the weekend, Peter King, of the website Monday Morning Quarterback, asked three active NFL players their thoughts. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he opposes the ban. "It's an atrocious idea," he told King. "It's almost racist to me. It's weird they're targeting one specific word.
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February 26, 2014 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
LOOK FOR Joe Banner's next job to be in the NFL office. The former Eagles president was fired earlier this month as the Cleveland Browns' chief executive officer after only 18 months on the job. His turbulent year-and-a-half with the team included a four-win season, a falling-out with Mike Lombardi, the general manager he had handpicked, the firing of his first head-coaching hire - Rob Chudzinski - after only 1 year, and another Keystone Kops-like...
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February 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - Lots of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine still have a lot of growing up to do. Trevor Reilly, not so much. For one thing, Reilly, a defensive end-linebacker from Utah, is 26 years old. And then there's the fact that he's a married father of two whose younger daughter, 17-month-old Shayn, had a cancerous kidney tumor removed last summer. "She's doing well now," Reilly said. "The biggest thing about marriage for me is that I have a strong wife [Jessica].
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February 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - Despite all the talk you're hearing about an unprecedented abundance of talent in the upcoming NFL draft, if you look at assessments of the safeties - what Eagles fans seem to care most about these days - you'll find a steep dropoff after the first two names, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor. As in, most of them aren't considered potential NFL starters. "I don't think the safety class is as deep as some of these other classes," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said yesterday evening as he summed up the NFL Scouting Combine.
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February 25, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Louisville played two Thursday night games this season. Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix watched on television, focusing on Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor. Clinton-Dix developed a respect for Pryor's ability, and the two met for the first time Sunday afternoon at the NFL combine. They will be linked often during the next three months, and maybe long thereafter. Although opinions differ about which one is better, Pryor and Clinton-Dix are the top two safety prospects in May's NFL draft.
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February 24, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Sam introduced himself, even though an introduction was not required. He stared straight into a wall of cameras and wore a rainbow pin that read: "Stand with Sam. " "My name is Michael Sam. I play football for the University of Missouri," Sam said on Saturday. "As you may know, Missouri is the Show Me State, and you'd think I'd have shown you guys enough these last couple of weeks. " Sam announced two weeks ago he was gay. He is set to become the first openly gay, active NFL player.
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February 24, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - It seems like only yesterday we were shoveling dirt on the yet-to-be-born NFL career of Johnny Manziel. After winning the Heisman Trophy two Decembers ago as a redshirt freshman, the Texas A&M quarterback they called "Johnny Football" turned into Johnny Stupid. He became a magnet for bad publicity, which can happen when you're a famous, immature kid living in a fish bowl such as College Station, Texas. Too much partying, too little good judgment. He became sort of a gridiron version of Lindsay Lohan.
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February 23, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - Johnny Manziel had swept into the interview room here at Lucas Oil Stadium like a prizefighter with an entourage, reporters shuffling in front of him and hustling behind him, as he positioned himself atop a riser and behind a podium early Friday afternoon. Here was the star of the second day of the NFL combine, ready to state his case as the best quarterback prospect in this year's draft, and all the reporters and analysts on hand paid him their attention. But the man who controls Manziel's fate hadn't entered yet. Bill O'Brien came in next, taking the podium at the opposite end of the room.
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