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December 19, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
He vowed that this season would be different. He pointed to his God as his rock and his guide. Then, the tests began for Eagles running back Ricky Watters. Quarterback Ty Detmer exploded in Watters's face in Minnesota. Backup Charlie Garner replaced Watters for a short touchdown run in Baltimore. Watters will finish the season with his worst statistics as an Eagle. Four times in the Eagles' last six games, Watters has carried the ball 15 or fewer times. The Eagles won none of them and fell out of the playoffs for the first time since Watters arrived in 1995.
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December 19, 1997 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Phil Sheridan contributed to this article
For the Eagles final game, wide receiver Chris T. Jones will make his first start of the season. "I know I'm going to have a chance to have a great game this time," Jones said yesterday of facing the Washington Redskins on Sunday. "I'm starting, and I feel comfortable about it. It's time for me to go out there and make some plays. " Jones, who has played in just three games, spent most of the year recovering from two arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee. He will replace Michael Timpson in the lineup and try to end this disappointing campaign on a positive note.
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December 15, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The residents of southwest Washington state might recognize the rumblings. Like a percolating Mount St. Helens, Eagles running back Ricky Watters burbled with explosive gases after the Eagles fell to the Falcons yesterday. It ended the Eagles' playoff hopes and sent Watters home early for the first time in the five years in which he has been an integral part of a team. It assured him of his first losing football season since the records began to count as a varsity player for Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg.
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December 15, 1997 | By Timothy Dwyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ricky Watters was dressed and ready to go. He was pacing the locker room with a scowl on his face that sent a clear message to anyone thinking of asking his opinion of what happened to his football team yesterday. "I really have no comment," he said as he paced. "I mean, it's ridiculous. I'm not a person who is used to losing. " This is the first year in his NFL life that Watters will not be going to the playoffs. It is his first time on a losing team. And he was not taking it well.
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December 9, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
There's nothing like guessing at your stars' psyches. The day after the biggest loss of the season, Eagles coach Ray Rhodes found himself issuing assurances that young quarterback Bobby Hoying would rebound from Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Giants, and that no, he never seriously considered switching quarterbacks in the game. Rhodes also found himself defending running back Ricky Watters, who appeared to pull back from a fourth-quarter pass over the middle that turned into a Hoying interception.
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December 1, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
After building a reputation over five NFL seasons for petulance and selfishness, Eagles running back Ricky Watters has been quiet, noncontroversial and downright mature during this, his sixth season. Why? How? He points to his newfound devotion to Christianity. While Watters's lack of pouting and chest-pounding certainly seems divinely inspired, God is getting help from running backs coach Ted Williams, who, perhaps not coincidentally, also happens to be a spiritual man. Yesterday was a perfect example.
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November 24, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Just call him Mr. Congeniality. After last week's tie with Baltimore, which stunk like a loss to the Eagles, running back Ricky Watters left the scene miffed at getting a season-low 12 carries and being pulled in a goal-line situation for Charlie Garner, who scored a touchdown. In his two previous seasons as an Eagle, Watters had become infamous for his sideline rantings and coach-directed demands for the ball. He has been relatively quiet this season. Last week he showed the first signs of the Old Ricky; he stood, hands on hips, after Garner scored, avoided addressing the matter after the game and refused to comment all week.
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November 20, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The wind appears to have shifted. After almost a full year of admitting mistaken player analyses and his culpability for them, Eagles coach Ray Rhodes yesterday sounded a different note. Now, it looks as if it's Rhodes vs. the front office again, as indicated in a preemptive strike from the coach regarding the future of the team's best player. When asked about the likelihood of the Eagles re-signing Pro Bowl running back Ricky Watters when his contract expires in February, and if he felt Watters should be back - if he was considered a part of the team's long-term core - Rhodes responded: "Deservedly so. " Reflecting on the huge price tag Watters likely will sport - around $4 million a year - and the team's penchant for neither issuing huge signing bonuses nor committing to star players on the open market, Rhodes continued: "I think it's important that people understand that when the negotiation part comes down, that's the key thing; when the negotiation comes down.
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November 20, 1997 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ray Rhodes wants Ricky Watters back in 1998. The Eagles' head coach said so yesterday, then placed responsibility squarely on the shoulders of owner Jeffrey Lurie and executive vice president Joe Banner. During his daily meeting with reporters, Rhodes said it was vital for the Eagles to keep a nucleus of players together. Given that Watters carried the ball just 11 times Sunday against Baltimore, the coach was asked if the soon-to-be-free-agent Watters fit into that group.
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November 18, 1997 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eagles kicker Chris Boniol will not suffer the same fate as Tim Watson and Mike Zandofsky, coach Ray Rhodes said yesterday. Even though Boniol has missed six of his last 13 field-goal attempts, including a 40-yarder that would have won Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens in overtime, Rhodes said his job was safe this season. Watson and Zandofsky were unceremoniously released after playing poorly earlier in the year. "I feel he'll be able to work his way out of it," Rhodes said of Boniol.
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