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August 15, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - As Riley Cooper noted yesterday, in the wide-receiving business, "It looks bad when your two starters aren't out there practicing. It definitely looks bad. " Suddenly, we're midway through August and midway through the preseason, pending tonight's Eagles-Patriots contest, without the trio of quarterback Nick Foles and receivers Cooper and Jeremy Maclin having done any meaningful work together. You can look at it as an extended audition for other guys, such as Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Jeff Maehl, Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn, getting them more preseason reps, showcasing what they can do. Or you can look at it as the first, faint outlines of an emerging crisis, the Eagles reaping what they sowed when they cast DeSean Jackson into outer darkness (or Washington, which in NFL terms is more or less the same thing)
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July 30, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN JEREMY Maclin tore his ACL Saturday, Riley Cooper said he was so upset he almost cried. "Jeremy's one of my really, really good friends," the fourth-year wide receiver said. "He's a great player. For this to happen to him, I feel for him. I almost shed a tear for him out there on the practice field when I saw him go down. " Losing Maclin, who has averaged 65 catches, 863 yards and seven touchdowns a season since the Eagles selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, is a serious blow to the Eagles' offense.
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August 8, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Eagles on Tuesday, four days after he took an excused absence to seek counseling following a video that surfaced online last week showing Cooper yelling a racial slur. Cooper visited his family's home in Florida during his absence, which began Friday and included only three missed practices. He spoke to Eagles coach Chip Kelly on Monday night and told Kelly he was ready to return. The two met Tuesday morning. By the time Cooper practiced in the afternoon, he said, he had met with every teammate.
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August 8, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles' plan for handling the Riley Cooper situation became clear Tuesday. There is no plan. There never was. The team acted quickly to fine Cooper for his videotaped racist threat, then ducked low and hoped it would all blow over. The assumption that Cooper went to some kind of sensitivity training or counseling program appears incorrect. The Eagles excused him from team activities on Friday so he could "seek assistance. " Coach Chip Kelly said there was no timetable for Cooper's return.
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August 4, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper took an indefinite, excused absence from the Eagles on Friday and will not participate in practice, meetings, or be at the team's training facility until he receives counseling. The announcement came two days after an online video showed Cooper screaming a racial slur at a concert in June. In a statement, Cooper said he needed time to "reflect" on the situation, which could further fester into a divisive issue within the team's locker room. "The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time," Cooper said.
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August 2, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized Wednesday after a video in which he used a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert was posted online, and several of his teammates said they forgave him. "I'm extremely embarrassed, I'm extremely hurt, and extremely sorry for my actions," Cooper said not long after the website CrossingBroad.com posted the clip that was recorded in June at Lincoln Financial Field. Cooper had yet to address his teammates, but later he stood in front of the Eagles in the NovaCare Complex auditorium and expressed remorse for his comments.
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August 2, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
It is going to get worse, probably much worse, for Riley Cooper and the Eagles before it gets any better. The team guaranteed that with its tepid discipline of Cooper for using the most vile of racial epithets in a video that went viral Wednesday afternoon. After meeting with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman, and head coach Chip Kelly - three white men - Cooper got off with a fine. A suspension would have been more appropriate. Releasing Cooper from the team would have been within reason.
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August 16, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Of the Eagles' pass catchers, Zach Ertz made the biggest impression during three scrimmages with the Patriots this week. Most of the tight end's work came against the second-team defense. But when the Eagles went with two or three tight ends against New England's starters, Ertz got open nearly as much. His play through all of training camp - which ended with Thursday's light practice - and the first preseason game has suggested that Ertz needs to see more time with the first team.
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June 1, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The top of the Eagles' wide receiver lineup is set and on solid footing after a summer of turmoil a year ago. DeSean Jackson is signed, participating in early practices, and seems more at ease than he has been in some time, particularly after a training camp holdout last year. Jeremy Maclin, after battling a mysterious illness in 2011, losing weight, and missing most of the offseason preparation, is healthy, has added seven pounds of muscle and bulked up to 205, and says he has not lost any speed or quickness.
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August 14, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Athletes are fueled by failure. They remember the catches they didn't make, the home runs they didn't hit, the races they didn't win, the shots that didn't go in, and use it as motivation. As he prepared for this week's joint practices with the Patriots, Eagles wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah watched over and over the tape of last year's workouts with the Pats. Momah didn't play well in those practices, and eventually was released. This time around, he was determined to make a better impression.
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August 20, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
You take the mileposts as you find them in the preseason, but there was one the Eagles passed Monday when their three projected starting receivers practiced together for the first time. Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews - two of whom weren't even on the active roster last season - are expected to carry the weight at that position this year. Of course, being on the field at the same time will help. Cooper missed more than a week during training camp with an ankle injury and Maclin, coming off knee surgery, had been sidelined since last Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
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August 19, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE EAGLES take the field Thursday night for the third of their four preseason games, they could feature as close to a fully stocked wide-receiving corps as we'll see before the Sept. 7 season opener. A foot injury cost Riley Cooper most of training camp, but the Eagles' No. 2 receiver said yesterday he "felt good" after fully participating in practice and plans to make his preseason debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Jeremy Maclin's status for the game is still to be determined, but he is slated to return to practice today after missing Friday's game in New England with hamstring tightness.
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August 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Eagles started stretching Thursday morning in the shadow of Gillette Stadium, and Jeremy Maclin stood a few yards away wearing a baseball cap. Those who wore helmets were going to practice. Those without helmets would not. Considering that the Eagles were getting ready for a game Friday night against the New England Patriots, wearing a baseball cap was an ominous sign for the receiver's chances of playing. Maclin, who tweaked his hamstring Wednesday, was one of seven players not wearing helmets.
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August 16, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Of the Eagles' pass catchers, Zach Ertz made the biggest impression during three scrimmages with the Patriots this week. Most of the tight end's work came against the second-team defense. But when the Eagles went with two or three tight ends against New England's starters, Ertz got open nearly as much. His play through all of training camp - which ended with Thursday's light practice - and the first preseason game has suggested that Ertz needs to see more time with the first team.
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August 15, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - You could hear Jeremy Maclin's frustration. In the midst of his two best practices of training camp, often with one of the NFL's best cornerbacks covering him, the Eagles wide receiver pulled up lame Wednesday, after snaring a 50-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles. Chip Kelly's music has been muted for scrimmages against the Patriots, so when Maclin walked to the sideline and yelled a few choice words to himself, they carried 50 yards to where reporters were stationed.
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August 15, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Yes, Jeremy Maclin confirmed, he yelled in frustration after his left hamstring "kind of grabbed on me" early on in the second of 3 days of joint practices between the Eagles and the Patriots. Maclin had just broken free to haul in a long Nick Foles touchdown pass, through pelting rain. Maclin's practices here were shaping up as his sharpest of training camp, as he works his way back from last year's ACL tear. In the hamstring pull that once more took Maclin out of practice, and in coach Chip Kelly's words about his presumed No. 1 receiver before the teams took the field, there was a common thread: Maclin isn't quite where he needs to be just yet. Maybe it isn't a big deal.
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August 15, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - As Riley Cooper noted yesterday, in the wide-receiving business, "It looks bad when your two starters aren't out there practicing. It definitely looks bad. " Suddenly, we're midway through August and midway through the preseason, pending tonight's Eagles-Patriots contest, without the trio of quarterback Nick Foles and receivers Cooper and Jeremy Maclin having done any meaningful work together. You can look at it as an extended audition for other guys, such as Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Jeff Maehl, Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn, getting them more preseason reps, showcasing what they can do. Or you can look at it as the first, faint outlines of an emerging crisis, the Eagles reaping what they sowed when they cast DeSean Jackson into outer darkness (or Washington, which in NFL terms is more or less the same thing)
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August 14, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Athletes are fueled by failure. They remember the catches they didn't make, the home runs they didn't hit, the races they didn't win, the shots that didn't go in, and use it as motivation. As he prepared for this week's joint practices with the Patriots, Eagles wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah watched over and over the tape of last year's workouts with the Pats. Momah didn't play well in those practices, and eventually was released. This time around, he was determined to make a better impression.
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August 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Backup center Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery last week, the Eagles said Sunday. Vandervelde had been sidelined for most of training camp, which he entered in a competition with David Molk for the backup spot. There is no timetable for Vandervelde's return. Guard Dennis Kelly had back surgery last August and missed the first month of the season. There are indications that Vandervelde underwent a similar procedure to repair a damaged disk. Vandervelde suffered a back injury late last season.
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August 8, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
RILEY COOPER is out of the walking boot, but he won't play for the Eagles tomorrow night at Chicago, Chip Kelly indicated yesterday. Kelly said he wasn't sure about Jeremy Maclin, who missed 2 days of practice with what Maclin said were sore legs from an unaccustomed training-camp workload, as he comes back from ACL surgery a year ago. More and more, the first preseason game of 2014 shapes up as a showcase for the Eagles' young receivers, such...
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