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September 5, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders completed their offseason overhaul of the cornerback unit Monday by signing recent Eagles castoff Joselio Hanson and cutting 2011 third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke. Hanson was cut last week after six seasons as the Eagles' nickel cornerback. "He's been a guy that's played a lot of years in the league in the slot and we just felt like it was a good thing to get another veteran guy in there with what really amounts to a young room," coach Dennis Allen said.
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April 30, 2011 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
Nepotism is alive and well - very well, in fact - with the Oakland Raiders. But the fact Stefen Wisniewski's uncle, Steve Wisniewski, was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection for the Raiders and is now their assistant offensive line coach is not the overriding reason why Oakland selected the All-America guard for Penn State with their first pick of the 2011 draft, No. 48 overall, last night. Sentimentality is nice at family reunions, but productivity is always an NFL team's first consideration.
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March 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is little significant buzz about Michael Vick, although two quarterback-needy teams remain possibilities: the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. Neither team has addressed its quarterback situation this offseason, and both teams have head coaches who need to win in 2014 - Rex Ryan in New York and Dennis Allen with the Raiders. Vick would likely be welcomed back by the Eagles as a backup, but he wants to compete for a starting job. The No. 2 quarterback on the Eagles roster is slated to be Matt Barkley, but the team could bring in competition.
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November 11, 2011 | Associated Press
SAN DIEGO - Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes and Michael Bush ran 30 times for a season-high 157 yards and one touchdown to lead the Oakland Raiders to a 24-17 win over San Diego on Thursday night, the Chargers' fourth straight loss. The Raiders (5-4) broke a two-game losing streak and took a half-game lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. Palmer looked much better in making his second start and third appearance since being acquired in a trade with Cincinnati, throwing touchdown passes of 33 and 26 yards to Denarius Moore.
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April 4, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
FORMER EAGLES cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has agreed to a 1-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, his agent confirmed. According to an ESPN report, the deal could be worth up to $3 million. A source told ESPN that Asomugha picked the 49ers over the New Orleans Saints. Asomugha also collects a guaranteed $4 million from the Eagles, who released him earlier in the offseason.   Noteworthy *  As expected, the Arizona Cardinals acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders.
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May 18, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Joseph's Prep retired the No. 32 jersey worn by basketball standout Steve Vasturia in a Thursday afternoon assembly at the school's Kelly Fieldhouse. In his career at the Prep, Vasturia, a 6-foot-5 senior guard ticketed for Notre Dame, totaled a school-record 1,764 points. Twice selected as the Catholic League's most valuable player, he shot 89.2 percent (378 for 424) from the free-throw line in his career. This past season, while leading the Hawks to a 24-6 record and the PIAA Class AAAA state semifinals, Vasturia averaged 20.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.1 steals.
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November 1, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the Eagles on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, coach Chip Kelly said. Kelly announced his decision before Wednesday's practice, one day after Foles returned from a weeklong absence because of a concussion. "I was really happy with how Nick practiced today," Kelly said. "Nick did a really good job, and Nick is going to be our starting quarterback this week. He'll take the reps with the [first team] this week, and we'll get ready as a team to prepare for Oakland.
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May 16, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
RUTGERS NAMED Julie Hermann yesterday its new athletic director, and the former No. 2 athletic administrator at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program following the ouster of its men's basketball coach and the resignation of other officials. Hermann replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit last month after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them. "No one on the coaching staff doesn't believe that we need to be an open book, that we will no longer have any practice, anywhere at any time, that anybody couldn't walk into and be pleased about what's going on in that environment.
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September 26, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
OAKLAND, Calif. - Darren McFadden bullied the New York Jets on the ground and the Oakland Raiders bloodied Mark Sanchez in a most satisfying victory in their home opener. McFadden ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Raiders to a 34-24 win yesterday. Denarius Moore scored on a 23-yard reverse and Michael Bush added a 1-yard TD run 42 seconds later as Oakland (2-1) took control in a dizzying span beginning late in the third quarter to baffle the Jets (2-1). Sanchez had a much rougher second trip to Oakland, getting bloodied on one of Oakland's four second-half sacks and needing a visor to protect a cut on his face.
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February 13, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
IN THEIR SUPER Bowl championship season, the Giants only went 3-3 in the NFC East, with a loss to the Eagles and two losses to last-place Washington. That might not make running back Ahmad Bradshaw an expert, but he was asked for his opinions about the other teams in the division. His observations on the Eagles were astute in their obviousness: "I think it might be a little bit of their defense," he said. "I guess they were trying to come together with a lot of different people.
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May 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The debate might be as old as leather helmets and it definitely predates soccer-style kickers. It might have been at its height in the 1990s, when two of the greatest running backs ever - Dallas' Emmitt Smith and Detroit's Barry Sanders - played the game. The burning question then and now: Does the running back make the offensive line or is it the offensive line that makes the running back? It is an argument that will be fueled during the next season by the Eagles and the Cowboys.
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April 29, 2015 | BY GORDIE JONES, For the Daily News
THE FLIGHT, in late March, was from State College to Washington, D.C. The prop plane was small, the weather bad. And Deion Barnes was hanging on for dear life. Barnes, a defensive end from Penn State and Northeast High, was on the first leg of a journey that took him to a pre-NFL draft workout with the Oakland Raiders, the only team he worked out for besides the Eagles. He tweeted at the time that it was the "scariest flight of my life" and added, "I almost threw up and cried at the same time.
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January 29, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The official Chip Kelly offseason scoreboard shows that his actions hold a significant lead over his words and, in all likelihood, the verbal game won't even attempt a comeback until late March. In typical fashion, the big play from the Eagles head coach came fast and furious. When Howie Roseman wielded his general manager power by firing vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble immediately after the season ended, Kelly's counterpunch resulted in a bloody TKO. Owner Jeffrey Lurie stripped Roseman of all his personnel duties, making it clear that the head coach ruled the decision-making kingdom at One NovaCare Way. That was by far the loudest and most meaningful action by Kelly since the Eagles played their last game of 2014 and he has not spoken a single public word about it. Given the way things work in the silent society shared by so many NFL teams and coaches, it's possible - even probable - that Kelly will not answer any questions about the Eagles' internal power struggle until the March owners meetings in Arizona.
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January 21, 2015 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Chip Kelly will be looking for his third quarterbacks coach in three years after Bill Musgrave left Monday to become the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Musgrave, 47, replaced Bill Lazor last offseason after Lazor became the Dolphins' offensive coordinator. Musgrave spent one year in Philadelphia, working with quarterbacks Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Barkley. Kelly praised Musgrave's work with Foles' mechanics, and the quarterbacks spoke highly of the way Musgrave coached.
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January 18, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Like so many of the victories restored to his resume on Friday, the response from former Penn State players to Joe Paterno's posthumous redemption was easy to forecast. Via interviews and social media, Nittany Lions players reacted to the news about their ex-coach with relief and satisfaction. "It was only a matter of time," tweeted Mike McGloin, the Paterno-recruited quarterback now with the Oakland Raiders. "Now this [a photo of the Paterno statue school officials removed] needs to be put back.
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September 29, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
To understand just how good the Eagles have it at quarterback with Nick Foles as their starter and veteran Mark Sanchez as his backup, all you have to do is look around the NFL. First, let's head down to South Florida, where it's Week 4 and Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin arrived for work Monday unwilling to say who would start Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders in London. That announcement came from Ryan Tannehill, who had started the first three games of the season and played unimpressively enough that his coach had every reason to wonder about his ability to do the job. "I'm taking the first snap of the game," Tannehill told Dolphins reporters Wednesday.
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September 19, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
SO WHAT DO we know about this Alabama team, really? Well, it's taken three games, but, for starters, we can finally say that Blake Sims is the No. 1 quarterback for the third-ranked Crimson Tide. And you were thinking junior Jake Coker, who transferred in after graduating from Florida State in May, would be AJ McCarron's successor. The same guy who supposedly nearly beat out Jameis Winston for the FSU job in the spring of 2013. But Sims, a senior who was the backup the last two seasons after getting carries as a running back in 2011, apparently wasn't ready to accept that role forever.
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September 9, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
HAVING HIS FIRST NFL field-goal attempt turn out to be a 51-yarder to tie the score in the fourth quarter was "pretty cool," Cody Parkey said afterward. So was the rookie kicker from Auburn, who later hit from 28 yards, and managed touchbacks on five of seven kickoffs in the Eagles' 34-17, season-opening victory over Jacksonville. Would he have rather tried the 28-yarder first? "It doesn't matter, as long as we get 'em both on the board," said Parkey, who came to the Eagles in an Aug. 21 trade with the Colts - against whom he will kick a week from tonight.
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September 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Can Seahawks buck trend? No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since New England beat the Eagles, 24-21, in February 2005. Since then, the defending Super Bowl champion has earned only one playoff win - New England the next year. Since 2005, the defending Super Bowl champion hasn't qualified for the playoffs four times, and the ones that did were a combined 1-5 in the postseason. Seattle, which retained most of its team, appears a solid choice to buck this trend. First-round QBs Blake Bortles (Jacksonville)
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August 4, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
LITO SHEPPARD entered that nether region that all aging athletes reach after the 2011 season, during which he played nine games for the Oakland Raiders. Just 30 years old at the time, the 2002 first-round draft pick of the Eagles still believed he had the physical skills, athleticism and game experience to remain a productive cornerback. But as all athletes eventually learn, Sheppard realized it was not going to be he who ultimately would make that determination. None of the 32 teams gave Sheppard - who had played 126 games and had 19 interceptions - a chance in 2012.
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