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September 3, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - It's difficult to conjure up excitement when you enter September in last place with the very real possibility of reaching 90 losses before the end of the month. But the Phillies will follow a combined no-hitter on the first day of the season's final month by bringing their top prospect up to the big leagues. Maikel Franco was added to the big-league roster after the Phillies' 7-0 no-hit win over the Braves at Turner Field yesterday. Franco will join five other September call-ups, pitchers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Luis Garcia, catcher Cameron Rupp, infielder Cesar Hernandez and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. Mike Adams also will join the team; he was activated off the disabled list.
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September 3, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT WILL BE interesting to see how invested the Eagles are in Cody Parkey, the rookie kicker who apparently will open the season for them Sunday against the Jaguars. The Birds didn't make a lot of significant changes in training camp. Nobody will be starting against Jacksonville who wasn't in line to start when training camp began July 25 - except Parkey, who was part of the Colts' camp back then. He was traded to the Eagles Aug. 21 and was named Alex Henery's successor 9 days later, in the final roster cutdown to the regular-season limit of 53. Parkey and Allen Barbre, the journeyman vet subbing for suspended right tackle Lane Johnson, are probably the biggest unknowns, at least among the starters, for the Eagles going into Week 1. Barbre can probably afford to miss a block or two; Parkey probably can't afford to miss anything.
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September 1, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There may be a decision to quibble with here or there, but the 53-man roster the Eagles trimmed to on Saturday didn't come with many surprises. They kept only three running backs, retained four tight ends, went heavy on the lines with 16 total players, and snuck five of Chip Kelly's former Oregon Ducks onto the roster. But there weren't any shocking cuts, unless running backs Henry Josey and Matthew Tucker, receiver Damaris Johnson, or defensive lineman Damion Square catch on elsewhere and light the NFL on fire.
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September 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cody Parkey's 54-yard field goal last Thursday was a hint that a change could come at kicker for the Eagles. When Parkey followed with a 53-yard field goal one quarter later, it seemed all but inevitable that Parkey would supplant Alex Henery. Coach Chip Kelly would not say it after the game, but the Eagles saw enough from Parkey to convince them that the rookie should open the season as the team's kicker. The Eagles cut Henery on Saturday, one of the 22 transactions the team made to trim the roster to the league-mandated 53 players.
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August 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Polk missed the entire preseason because of a hamstring injury, which kept him sidelined on Thursday despite Polk practicing earlier this week. That doesn't mean he won't make the roster for a third consecutive season. The Eagles will release running back Henry Josey, the running back confirmed on Twitter. Josey, who led the Eagles with 225 rushing yards this preseason and averaged 6.6 yards per carry, was in a numbers crunch with a crowded running back corps. In addition to LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, and Polk, the Eagles have Matthew Tucker and Kenjon Barner.
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August 29, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE NUMBERS don't compute, and Brandon Graham knows it. The Eagles linebacker was the 13th player taken in the 2010 draft. Yet, in four NFL seasons, he has made only 12 starts, has played only 1,403 snaps, has registered a grand total of 11 1/2 sacks. The 14th player taken in that draft, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, has been to three Pro Bowls and twice been selected a first-team All-Pro. The 15th player taken, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, has been to two Pro Bowls and put up 16 1/2 sacks in his second season.
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August 29, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have one more preseason game and two days before they must trim their roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline. Here's one beat reporter's early predictions: Quarterbacks (3): Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Barkley. There had been some speculation that G.J. Kinne could beat out Barkley for the final spot, or that the Eagles could carry only two quarterbacks. But Barkley solidified his No. 3 standing after a rough spring, and Kinne is probably once again practice-squad fodder.
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August 29, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LAST several days in the Eagles' locker room, there has been a lot of talk about the importance of tonight's final preseason game, against the visiting Jets. It isn't important to the starters, who won't be playing, or to the key reserves, who if they have to play tonight, can only hope not to get hurt, 10 days before the season opener. But it is important to the guys on the roster bubble, as the cutdown from 75 to 53 by Saturday looms large, and to the ones who have little hope of making the Eagles.
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August 25, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles released 14 players on Saturday, including three who were on the 53-man roster at times last season and one 2013 draft pick. Linebacker Jake Knott, wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, and tight end Emil Igwenagu were all let go despite spending time with the team last year. Defensive lineman Joe Kruger, a 2013 seventh-round pick who spent last season on the practice squad, did not make the team. Former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva also was cut after trying to make the Eagles as a defensive lineman.
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August 24, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The addition of Kenjon Barner only complicates the Eagles' running back situation, which will require difficult choices when the roster is cut to 53 on Aug. 30. Barner, a former Oregon standout acquired from the Panthers on Wednesday, is one of six running backs on the roster. LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles are the only locks. Chris Polk was well positioned at the start of camp, but a torn hamstring has kept him out of the preseason and most of camp. Polk expects to return to practice this weekend, and he'll find a crowded backfield.
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