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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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February 27, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
ONE month. That's all it took for WIP-FM (94.1) nighttime host Josh Innes to receive his first death threat. It happened via Twitter on Feb. 4, about four weeks after he took over the 6-to-10 weeknight shift. Innes, who came here from Houston, had been defending Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. Cooper began the 2013 season in controversy after a video surfaced that caught him using the N-word at a Lincoln Financial FieldĀ concert. "Somebody said something to me on Twitter, and I [used the phrase]
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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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July 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
1 Releasing DeSean Jackson: You can dispute my ranking of this as the most important move, certainly. If the offense still works smoothly - I think it probably will - and if the Redskins don't win the NFC East - I think they probably won't - then this isn't the most important move of the offseason, from an on-field perspective. But in terms of headlines generated, and in defining what Chip Kelly expects, it certainly was. The Jackson release highlighted an offseason emphasis on players who put football and the team first.
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June 18, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
EAGLES LINEBACKER Connor Barwin bikes from his Rittenhouse Square apartment to work most days. Riding through Point Breeze in March, he passed a dilapidated basketball court and decided it needed a facelift. He wasn't the first to think so. In fact, Barwin was late to the party. Efforts to revitalize Ralph Brooks Park, at 20th and Tasker streets, had been underway for nearly a year. With support from local nonprofit Urban Roots, the ACE Mentor Program and the Philadelphia Water Department, the goal was to transform the aging park into a local hoops hub on par with New York City's legendary Rucker Park.
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July 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
1 Releasing DeSean Jackson: You can dispute my ranking of this as the most important move, certainly. If the offense still works smoothly - I think it probably will - and if the Redskins don't win the NFC East - I think they probably won't - then this isn't the most important move of the offseason, from an on-field perspective. But in terms of headlines generated, and in defining what Chip Kelly expects, it certainly was. The Jackson release highlighted an offseason emphasis on players who put football and the team first.
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June 21, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles used to hand out T-shirts to their players that had a message for the next season. Two years ago there was the "It's Time" shirt that wound up having more to do with the end of Andy Reid's tenure than it did with finally winning a title. Chip Kelly ended that ritual, but if he was to have shirts emblazoned with a unifying message in the post-DeSean Jackson era, it probably would have the word "Drama" in a red circle and under a slash. The Kelly Eagles in Year 2 are devoid of divalike receivers, controversial quarterbacks, contract holdouts, and the sort of off-the-field drama that seemed to plague the Reid Eagles after their 2005 Super Bowl appearance.
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June 18, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
EAGLES LINEBACKER Connor Barwin bikes from his Rittenhouse Square apartment to work most days. Riding through Point Breeze in March, he passed a dilapidated basketball court and decided it needed a facelift. He wasn't the first to think so. In fact, Barwin was late to the party. Efforts to revitalize Ralph Brooks Park, at 20th and Tasker streets, had been underway for nearly a year. With support from local nonprofit Urban Roots, the ACE Mentor Program and the Philadelphia Water Department, the goal was to transform the aging park into a local hoops hub on par with New York City's legendary Rucker Park.
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June 18, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
In the meeting rooms of defensive coaches around the league, where the offseason is at least partially for examining the new tricks and trends of their offensive counterparts, you can be sure that coming up with a way to handle Chip Kelly and the Eagles was high on the to-do list for teams on the regular-season schedule. Kelly was hyped as an offensive guru when he came into the league last season, a master of up-tempo spread offense whose ideas might eventually change a lot about how the NFL game is played.
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June 11, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
IF THE ONLY thing you looked at was his receiving numbers, you might conclude - mistakenly, I might add - that Brent Celek didn't have a particularly good season last year. The Eagles tight end's 32 catches were his fewest since he became a full-time starter in 2009. Twenty-seven tight ends hauled in more passes. While his six touchdown receptions were the third most on the team, and his four red-zone TDs tied Riley Cooper for the team high, he was targeted only 51 times, which also was the fewest since he became a full-time starter.
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June 5, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
He missed a series of voluntary organized team activities last spring because he was getting married; he attended his daughter's dance recital; he needed dental work; and he had to pick out the sconces for his new home. Sconces? Really? Who says that? We now know the answer is Cary Williams. When the New England Patriots showed up at the NovaCare Complex last summer for a series of workouts against the Eagles, he was the guy who got kicked out of practice by Chip Kelly and responded by saying that no team in the NFL feared the Philadelphia defense.
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May 31, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles don't need Jeremy Maclin to be DeSean Jackson. They don't need him to draw double teams because they have LeSean McCoy in the backfield, and the basic premise of Chip Kelly's offensive scheme is built around math and the alignment of an opposing defense's safeties. If there are two safeties deep, then the Eagles will most likely hand off to McCoy because they have an advantage in blocking numbers. If there's a single-high safety - and mostly that's what quarterback Nick Foles saw before the snap last season - then he should have two receivers in favorable one-on-one situations on the outside.
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May 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Jordan Matthews was to meet with the Eagles, he went into the film study room at Vanderbilt where the Commodores had four cut-ups of Chip Kelly's Eagles offense. "I watched a couple of those films from last year to kind of get a taste for it," Matthews said. If the Eagles hit on their second-round selection on Friday night, Matthews is sure to get a plateful as the team's newest wide receiver. The Birds had an obvious need at the position after releasing DeSean Jackson in late March, and while Matthews won't replace the former Eagle on the outside, per se, there will be obvious comparisons.
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May 2, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
No team in the NFL threw the deep ball as often as the Eagles last season, and no team was as efficient passing farther than 20 yards downfield. Nick Foles was the most proficient of the Eagles' three quarterbacks - and all of the league's quarterbacks, for that matter - completing 25 of 55 deep passes for 803 yards and 14 touchdowns. He threw only one interception on a deep ball. As impressive as Foles' season was across the board, his deep passing may have been what set him apart.
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May 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles' offseason has included red-carpet treatment during Super Bowl week, endorsement opportunities, and a new ring on his finger. He returned to Philadelphia as both a newlywed and as the Eagles' undisputed starting quarterback. "Mind-set hasn't changed," Foles, 25, said Wednesday. "I'm still the same guy y'all talked to when I arrived here rookie year. With all that, there's opportunities that arise. But you have to learn how to say no to different things. " Foles appreciates the starting role, which he filled last season like one of the league's elite.
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