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September 8, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fourteen years ago, a rookie free safety broke into the Eagles' starting lineup a week after the season opener in Washington. Brian Dawkins replaced Eric Zomalt and for the next dozen years he was the Eagles' only opening-day starter at the position. Now, shockingly, another rookie has emerged as Dawkins' replacement. When the Eagles returned to practice yesterday to start preparations for Sunday's season opener against the Carolina Panthers, Victor "Macho" Harris lined up with the first-team defense.
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January 19, 2009 | by Paul Domowitch
Defensive struggles: A defense that had given up just 65 points in its last six games and hadn't allowed a touchdown pass in five games, gave up 24 first-half points and couldn't prevent a game-winning, 14-play scoring drive at the end. The kicker: Usually reliable David Akers missed a point-after and a 47-yard field-goal attempt and sent a kickoff out of bounds. Another missed comeback opportunity for McNabb: The Eagles quarterback brought his team back from a 24-6 halftime deficit, but couldn't engineer a game-winning drive at the end. Tough day for Quintin Demps: The rookie safety, who got his most reps of the season, got beat for a 62-yard touchdown by Larry Fitzgerald, and later was flagged for a late hit on Kurt Warner.
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November 28, 2008 | by Paul Domowitch
Rushing offense Brian Westbrook notched only his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season. Kyle Eckel got a standing ovation from the crowd when he converted the Eagles' first third-and-one opportunity. GRADE: A Passing offense Four days after getting benched, Donovan McNabb boun ced back in a big way, completing 69.2 percent of his passes and throwing for a season-high 4 touchdowns. And oh yeah. No interceptions. GRADE: A-PLUS Run defense The Eagles tackled Tim Hightower for losses on his first 2 runs.
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September 3, 2009 | by Les Bowen
Records: Eagles 1-2; Jets 1-2 When: Tonight, 7 o'clock Where: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. TV: 6ABC, with Kevin Reilly, Herm Edwards, Hugh Douglas and Dave Spadaro Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM), WIP (610-AM), with Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin Preseason history: The Jets lead the preseason series, 18-10. Next for Eagles: Regular-season opener at Carolina on Sept. 13 3 THINGS TO WATCH 1. Michael Vick: He's likely to play considerably more this week, and in a more conventional quarterback role, giving fans (and coaches)
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September 7, 2010
The Eagles signed tight end Garrett Mills, safety Chip Vaughn, and wide receiver Jeremy Williams on Monday, giving them the maximum of eight players on their practice squad. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Mills was fourth-round pick by New England in 2006. He spent the last three seasons in Minnesota. He had seven catches for 91 yards in nine career games and spent a season on the practice squad. The addition of Mills means the Eagles probably have closed the book on Cornelius Ingram.
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March 20, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andy Reid said he still thinks the Eagles can win the Super Bowl, even without Brian Dawkins. "You can take the team we have today and go compete for a championship in the National Football League," the Eagles' coach said. "Now, you may have to move some people around to do some things there, and we have to get a little bit more depth at some positions, but with the people we have here, we know we can compete for a championship. " Reid's comments came during a discussion with an Eagles employee and were posted on the team's Web site yesterday.
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September 14, 2009 | by Daily News Staff
UP NEXT   Who: New Orleans at Eagles When: 1 p.m. Sunday Where: Lincoln Financial Field TV: Fox Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM), WIP (610-AM) Series history: Eagles lead, 16-10 (8-2 in Philadelphia) Last meeting: Eagles won, 38-23, on Dec. 23, 2007, in New Orleans   INJURY REPORT   -- Donovan McNabb, cracked rib. Injured after he scored a third-quarter touchdown on what appeared to be a late hit. Andy Reid would not rule out McNabb being available for next Sunday's game.
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December 26, 2008 | by Ed Barkowitz
POSITION: Backup quarterback HEIGHT, WEIGHT: 6-3, 218 AGE: 24. BIRTHDATE: Aug. 24, 1984. HOMETOWN: Victoria, Texas COLLEGE: Houston YEARS PRO: 2 HOW ACQUIRED: Drafted by the Eagles in the second round (36th overall) in 2007. THIS YEAR: Has appeared in five games in relief of Donovan McNabb, with four interceptions in 34 attempts. NEXT YEAR: That's going to be the big question this offseason, isn't it? EARLY EXPOSURE: As a 5-year-old, Kevin would hang around the middle-school team coached by his father, Roy. "I was always in the locker room," Kolb said.
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May 3, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's still Jim Johnson's defense. That was the message sent by Eagles coach Andy Reid at the NFL owners' meetings five weeks ago and confirmed by Johnson at this weekend's post-draft camp. Johnson, the only defensive coordinator to ever work for Reid, is simultaneously fighting the melanoma skin cancer that has attacked his back and devising plans for the 2009 Eagles defense. One of those plans is to replace the legendary Brian Dawkins with Quintin Demps at free safety, a somewhat surprising decision given that the Eagles signed free agent Sean Jones, an experienced starter at safety with the Cleveland Browns.
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August 14, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Josh Huff had already ditched his jersey. He put his helmet down on a bench. There was no name across his back to be read, no number to match to a page on a program. But the fans who leaned over the railing at Franklin Field to dangle items for his signature Sunday called to him by name. The rookie wide receiver shed his anonymity like so many defenders during a 102-yard kickoff return Friday night against the Bears. "Anytime you have a return like that and be a possible game-changer, of course fans are going to latch on and give you their full support," Huff said.
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March 5, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
OCCASIONALLY, circumstances dictate that several lesser issues be plumbed at once. And, so . . . If the Eagles do, in fact, pursue a top free-agent safety when negotiations begin Saturday, it will be a marked departure from the philosophy they have followed in the nearly 20 years Jeffrey Lurie has owned the team. Yes, they signed Brian Dawkins to a 7-year extension after the 2002 season, but Dawkins was their own: a second-round pick in 1996, in the prime of his career, with impeccable character and an unmatched skill set. He was the most professional person in the franchise and the key to Jim Johnson's fearsome defensive scheme.
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September 20, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DONTARI POE "is a bigger guy," Eagles center Jason Kelce noted this week. Yeah, you could say that. The Kansas City Chiefs' nose tackle is listed at 6-3, 346. Kelce is listed at 6-3, 295. Poe also is a dominant defensive lineman on a dominant defense. His 3 1/2 sacks lead the Chiefs, who have nine of 'em through two games. Poe also is hard to move out of running lanes, which is why Kansas City ranks second against the run. "He's a very good run-playing player," said Kelce, who had his thumb wrapped in practice this week after suffering an injury to his snapping hand against the Chargers.
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September 19, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Anybody looking at the revenge angle for Thursday's game between the Eagles and Kansas City may want to take a U-turn when approaching the locker of Chiefs linebacker Akeem Jordan. Jordan, who was with the Eagles the previous six seasons before signing with Andy Reid's Chiefs as a free agent, says he isn't interested in getting even. When asked before practice on Tuesday if Reid has extra incentive to win his first game at Lincoln Financial Field as an opposing head coach after spending the last 14 seasons with the Eagles, Jordan wasn't willing to take the bulletin-board bait.
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January 1, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
↓   Andy Reid After opening the season 3-1, the Eagles lost 11 of their last 12. The blame for a disastrous two seasons can be pinned on many people, but Reid is ultimately responsible for a once-proud team becoming the laughingstock of the NFL. ↑   Andy Reid This one is for the overall job. The ending was ugly, but Reid's Eagles had more good days than bad. On the eve of his official firing, he should be...
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October 12, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
IF OFFENSES want to pull in their horns to keep from giving up sacks, as has happened the past few weeks, the Eagles' defense can deal with that. But not being able to generate turnovers is a problem that must be fixed, several Birds defenders said Wednesday. "You just have to be focused on getting the ball out, when the ball is up in the air," middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "We've got to find a way to come down with those things. " The Eagles have created one turnover the past three games - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's end-zone interception of Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the game before last.
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April 24, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 13 years Andy Reid has drafted eight cornerbacks. Only eight?!? For a coach who has increasingly stressed the importance of improving his pass defense, Reid's investment at the position in the draft comes as a bit of a shock. There are obvious reasons for the modest attention. A strong draft in 2002 in which the Eagles expended two of their top three picks at cornerback and found a pair of starters in Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown didn't make selecting cornerbacks en masse a necessity.
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March 4, 2012
The Eagles are deep at cornerback, need to upgrade at linebacker and should get younger on the defensive line. But what about at safety, where the directive is much less clear? For that answer look to Nate Allen. The Eagles, before they launch their plans at the position, must gauge their confidence in the third-year safety for next season. Do they believe in the Allen that aggressively made tackles all over the field at Buffalo and finished last season on the upswing?
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September 10, 2011 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the last 10 NFL seasons, including the one that began this week, Eagles returners have taken exactly one kickoff back for a touchdown. Even devoted fans can be forgiven for not remembering that one. It took place on Nov. 23, 2008, when rookie Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 100 yards in Baltimore against the Ravens. That game, in which Demps' touchdown was the only Eagles score, is better known as the game in which Donovan McNabb was benched at halftime in favor of Kevin Kolb, the first loose thread in the complete unraveling of the quarterback position.
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May 2, 2011 | By Ashley Fox, Inquirer Columnist
It is a risky business, this discarding of players before their expiration dates hit. The Eagles pride themselves in being ahead of the curve in evaluating the endgame of a player's usefulness. Many times, they have been right. But when they have been wrong, boy, have they been wrong. Andy Reid this time is banking on being right when it comes to the placekicker position. By selecting Nebraska's Alex Henery in the fourth round on Saturday, Reid essentially signaled the end of David Akers' 12-year career here.
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