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July 24, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When all the Eagles have reported to camp and the first full-team practice takes place on Friday, seven tight ends will be trying to find some room on Chip Kelly's first NFL roster. Who knows? Maybe they all will. Not likely, but no position on offense will gain more importance in the Andy Reid-to-Kelly shift than tight end. With the Eagles, the tight end role is going to be transformed from a somewhat necessary afterthought to the most versatile cog of an offense that will be built on versatility.
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June 19, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordan Poyer took part in Oregon State's graduation on Saturday and flew to Philadelphia on Sunday, but he struggled to fall asleep that night in his airport hotel room. He was awake at about 5 a.m. when Zach Ertz walked into the room after taking a red-eye from San Francisco following his graduation from Stanford on Sunday. By Monday morning, both Eagles draft picks were in the team's facility for the first time since rookie minicamp in early May. Ertz, a tight end taken in the second round, and Poyer, a cornerback drafted in the seventh round, missed all of the organized team activities and the first minicamp because of an NFL rule that does not allow rookies to join their teams until their college terms are completed.
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May 24, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles tight end James Casey underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee earlier this week and will miss the remainder of organized team activities. The recovery usually takes only a few weeks, so Casey should be back in time for training camp this summer. "I had a minor scope done on my right knee," Casey, 28, wrote on his Twitter account. "I'll be back to full speed in two weeks. Better to get it taken care of now. " A four-year veteran, Casey signed a three-year, $14.6 million contract in March.
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May 24, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
TED WILLIAMS is the calm hand in the middle of the revolution. The longest-tenured assistant coach in the history of the Eagles franchise, Williams arrived here as the tight ends coach in 1995 and 1996 under Ray Rhodes. Now, a lifetime later - and after 16 years coaching running backs named Ricky Watters, Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy - Williams is coaching tight ends again in 2013 under Chip Kelly. To say that a few things are different would be an embarrassing understatement.
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May 22, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR EAGLES tight end Clay Harbor, all this part-time linebacker stuff harkens to an uncharted and uneasy future. For Jason Avant, playing a little nickel corner takes him back to his past. "I got recruited out of high school by most of the big schools to play defense," he was saying after yesterday's OTA concluded at the NovaCare Complex. "I was a two-way player. And I was All-American as a receiver and really close to making it as a safety. And most of the big schools saw me playing there.
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May 18, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Part Three of a Series The Eagles are amid their first organized team activities this week, and they will practice throughout the next four weeks. After those practices, coach Chip Kelly will have a better idea of the Eagles roster. But there's a lot that will happen between now and then. Here is a look at the tight ends: Projected current first team TE1: Brent Celek (6-foot-4, 255 pounds), age 28, 7th season TE2: James Casey (6-3, 240), 28, 5th Of all the positions on the Eagles offense, the one that has seen the most change this offseason is tight end. Kelly brought in three new quarterbacks, but the current top two remain the same.
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May 18, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Of all the starters left over from the Andy Reid regime, Brent Celek might have reason to fret the most in Chip Kelly's first offseason of player acquisition. The Eagles tight end saw his new coach add two competitors at a position where teams sometimes carry only two players on the 53-man roster. Although Celek did not have the best of his six seasons in 2012, tight end was hardly the No. 1 priority for the Eagles. And yet Kelly signed James Casey on the first day of free agency and selected Zach Ertz out of Stanford in the second round of the draft.
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April 28, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Lane Johnson told a big, ol' Texas tale when he came to town on Friday to meet and greet in his first official day as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. "Just trying to add some flavor to the supper," Johnson would say later, after admitting that his history as a wrestler of black bears in East Texas was a yarn he spun for the telling. He insisted that he has indeed chased down and tackled wild pigs - heck, even Kevin Kolb could do that - but the stuff about tangling with bears, mindful of the claws at all times, well, that didn't really happen.
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April 28, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first three picks the Eagles made in the NFL draft, including their second- and third-round selections, have Chip Kelly's imprints all over them. The two players the Eagles took on Friday night - Stanford tight end Zach Ertz and LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan - played on two of the three teams that beat Oregon in Kelly's last two years there. And while Kelly never faced Oklahoma during his four seasons as Ducks head coach, tackle Lane Johnson, the Birds' top pick, played in an up-tempo offense that ran almost as many plays last season as Oregon's.
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April 27, 2013
Day 1 LANE JOHNSON First round, fourth overall Position: Tackle College: Oklahoma Size: 6-foot-6, 303 pounds Hometown: Groveton, Texas Skinny: A former high school and junior college quarterback, Johnson moved to tackle only two years ago. He played both left and right tackle for the Sooners and said he is comfortable on either side. But he is likely to be the starter at right tackle. He started at tackle his final two college games then rose up the draft chart after the Senior Bowl and the combine.
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