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October 10, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
INSIDE Episcopal Academy's Dixon Athletic Center, which sits on the school's sprawling Newtown Square campus, a shrewd Evan Butts sat in head football coach Todd Fairlie's office trying to skillfully answer a simple question. Last week, Butts caught a 19-yard touchdown pass with just 31 seconds left that pulled Episcopal within 48-47 of Lawrenceville. The 6-4, 225-pound tight end was asked whether the play was drawn up specifically for him. "No, it wasn't really designed . . . " he started to say. "Yes, it was," interrupted Episcopal offensive coordinator David Gueriera, who looked up from his laptop and added emphatically, "if there was single coverage on him we were going to him. " A sly smile slithered across Butts' face.
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September 27, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
YOU NO DOUBT have been wondering why there have been so few sightings of tight ends James Casey and Zach Ertz so far this season. Casey, who signed a 3-year, $12 million deal with the Eagles in March that included nearly $3 million in guaranteed money, and Ertz, who the Eagles gobbled up with the 35th overall pick in the April draft, have played a combined total of 62 snaps in the first three games. Ertz has played 54 of those 62 snaps and has four catches for 74 yards. Casey has played just eight snaps and has been targeted only once by quarterback Michael Vick.
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September 1, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CLAY HARBOR will have no regrets if he is told he didn't make the Eagles. The 26-year-old tight end/wide receiver thinks he's done everything humanly possible to prove he belongs on the team. He's built a solid resumé, playing 34 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps the last two seasons and catching a career-high 25 passes in 2012. He's trained hard and has studied harder. He's put in hours upon hours of extra time on the JUGS machine after practice, has watched God knows how many hours of extra video, and didn't hesitate for a second 2 weeks ago when Chip Kelly asked him to move outside and learn the wide receiver position.
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September 1, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Penn State quarterback sweepstakes entered its final week with no apparent resolution. Coach Bill O'Brien decided that he wouldn't tell anyone who would start before the kickoff of Saturday's season opener against Syracuse. But after refusing to say earlier in the week whether he had reached a decision, he admitted Thursday night on his radio show that he had made one, and that he had told the principals and the team. Late Friday, word hit the street, in the form of an ESPN.com report, that true freshman Christian Hackenberg would take the first snap on offense for the Nittany Lions at what should be a steamy MetLife Stadium.
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August 31, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eagles tight end James Casey left Thursday's 27-20 loss to the New York Jets in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. It concluded a disappointing preseason the free-agent acquisition from the Houston Texans. Casey finished the preseason with two catches for 10 yards, and was not used as the versatile threat envisioned when he signed a three-year, $12 million contract. Casey said this week that he can play better, and it's likely coach Chip Kelly has plans for him that go beyond what he revealed this month.
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August 30, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
Dwayne Allen, Colts: Both Allen (foot) and teammate Coby Fleener (knee) missed valuable time in camp as new coordinator Pep Hamilton was installing his offense. Fleener played at Stanford when Hamilton was the OC, but this situation is a little too murky. Jordan Cameron, Browns: He's a hot sleeper, because Cleveland coach (and former tight end) Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner are calling the shots. Cameron, who worked with Tony Gonzalez in the offseason, has 26 catches in 22 career games.
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August 21, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Considering the test that life hurled at Romond Deloatch earlier this year, this was nothing. A week ago Sunday, Deloatch, one of 14 true freshmen to play for Temple last season, found out that his late arrival to a team meeting would be punished by being moved from tight end to defensive end. "At first I was mad about it," said the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder. "[Coach Matt Rhule] just handed me the defensive playbook and didn't say anything else. But I knew why he was doing it. I understand.
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August 16, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ROMOND DELOATCH had a good season to build on as a true freshman for Temple last year. At wide receiver, he was one of the most productive rookies for the Owls, playing in eight games and starting two. Things are a bit different for Deloatch this season. The number on his jersey has changed from 26 to 84, but that is not the only thing that has changed. The Hampton, Va., native was asked to make a switch in positions when he came back for the 2013 season. Actually, a couple of switches.
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August 14, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
IF CLAY HARBOR weren't such a positive, upbeat guy, he might think the Eagles were trying to tell him something. Something not very good. The fourth-year tight end caught a career-high 25 passes last season, then watched as the team added not one, but two highly touted tight ends in the offseason - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz. Then, during OTAs in May, the coaches asked Harbor to take some reps at outside linebacker. The experiment lasted only a day, and coach Chip Kelly said it was nothing more than food for thought in the event of an emergency, but still.
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August 9, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TWO WEEKS into Eagles training camp, there still is a lot we don't know about Chip Kelly's offense. But one thing we do know is that the tight end position will have a starring role in the production. The Eagles have seven tight ends on their preseason roster. Only one NFC team is carrying more (Rams, with eight). During the team's 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work, Kelly regularly has used two-tight-end sets, and sometimes has put three on the field together, particularly in the red zone.
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