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April 21, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zach Ertz's quest for greatness led him to three of the NFL's all-time best as mentors this offseason. But his search for one wouldn't have happened had he not met Ronnie Lott. A mutual friend brought Lott to dinner one day in January. Ertz, of course, knew of the former 49ers defensive back. He grew up in the San Francisco area and attended Stanford, but he had never met arguably the best safety of all time. Lott also knew of Ertz. He was familiar with the Eagles tight end and his promising first two seasons, but also that something was missing.
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April 17, 2015
JAELEN STRONG, the wide receiver from Philadelphia's West Catholic High and Arizona State who has been projected as a possible first-round pick when the NFL draft gets underway, confirmed an NFL Network report that said he would go to Indianapolis this weekend, where teams are doing medical rechecks on injured players. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Strong has a broken bone in his wrist that likely will need surgery "at some point. " Strong subsequently told the Daily News he will not need surgery, and that he anticipates missing no time this spring for whatever team drafts him. Strong said he wasn't sure what teams want to see him in the recheck this weekend.
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April 15, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AN AMUSING thing to do in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft is to go back and review what people were saying about it 1 year ago. The website WalterFootball.com is an invaluable resource for this endeavor thanks to its copious note-taking during the NFL's smoke-blowing season. What follows are a selection of reports from national media outlets during the run-up to the 2014 draft. We recommend reading them out loud, followed by the words, "And, this year, Chip Kelly will do anything to land Marcus Mariota.
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April 12, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
TO MOST football fans, Willie McGinest is the NFL Network analyst who was selected to two Pro Bowls and was a big part of three championship teams for the New England Patriots. To Soul linebacker Beau Bell, the former linebacker represents something much more personal. Bell was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2008 when he met McGinest, who was about to begin his 15th and final NFL season. Bell tweaked his knee in training camp and was coming off arthroscopic surgery.
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April 10, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NFL announced yesterday it had hired its first-ever full-time female official. It took nearly 95 years for the league - founded in August of 1920 - to change its stripes. So it's about time. "If you look at Sarah's background and her journey to get here, this is not something that happened overnight," Dean Blandino, the NFL's officiating director, said on a national conference call with the media to discuss the hiring of Sarah Thomas. "She's been on our radar screen for 8 to 9 years and a part of our development program for 2. " Thomas' history-making achievement comes with an asterisk as Shannon Eastin, who worked regular-season NFL games in 2012, was technically the first female official.
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March 26, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Asking the same question several times in different ways, to see whether the responses remain consistent, is a tactic used in police interrogations - at least the ones we see on TV cop shows. It also happens more or less by accident whenever a group of at least three dozen reporters encounters a subject willing to stand and talk for nearly 40 minutes. Jeffrey Lurie didn't say why he wasn't available to talk about the Eagles' front-office restructuring from the time of the Jan. 2 announcement that Eagles coach Chip Kelly was taking charge of personnel until lunchtime yesterday, outside the Arizona Biltmore hotel at the NFL meetings.
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March 25, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
WIDE RECEIVER Marques Colston will be entering his 10th year with the Saints. He is in the red zone of his football life and he's at peace that his playing days are numbered. "Me being on the back end of my career, I know the transition [is inevitable]," said Colston, who joined the ownership group of the Soul this offseason. "They're going to show me the door sooner rather than later. " Colston, 31, had been the owner of a minor league arena football team that played in Harrisburg the last 3 years.
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March 24, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - One year ago, the Eagles' brass arrived at the NFL's annual meeting tight-lipped about DeSean Jackson's future with the team. One year later, they'll arrive for this week's event without a big decision looming but with turbulent offseason activity behind them. Eagles coach Chip Kelly will hold a one-hour roundtable interview on Wednesday morning to further discuss the team's March makeover. Owner Jeffrey Lurie is also expected to speak publicly for the first time since he made the decision to rearrange the front-office responsibilities.
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March 24, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TEMPE, Ariz. - Adam Carriker, the 13th player selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft, spent yesterday morning tiptoeing around cones and jousting with padded dummies, at the prodding of a whistle. Carriker, who turns 31 in May, has earned more than $16 million in guarantees, playing 4-3 defensive tackle and 3-4 defensive end for the Rams and the Redskins. He hasn't played since suffering a serious knee injury early in the 2012 season with Washington; Carriker's right knee since has undergone three surgeries.
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March 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Most of the 68,000-plus fans who cram into Lincoln Financial Field on a given Sunday during the NFL season are too young to have any recollection of Chuck Bednarik's decorated playing career. They know, however, who he is, what he did, and what he meant to the Eagles. Is that not the ultimate sign of greatness? How many living athletes in this or any other city will be able to say that more than 50 years after their careers ended they were still remembered and revered? Here's a hint: You can cut off some fingers and still count the ones in Philadelphia.
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