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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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July 30, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeremy Maclin stepped off the line of scrimmage on Saturday, tried to move to his left, and felt his right leg stick in the ground. The leg hyperextended and popped. Maclin sprawled devastated on the turf. He didn't need a diagnosis. He knew that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and would be out for the season. "It wasn't the fact that it hurt," Maclin said. "It was the fact that I knew what happened. I was emotional, just knowing everything that was at stake. This is something I love to do. I love to play football.
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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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