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August 31, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Reporters talking to Kiko Alonso this week about his Eagles debut, set for tonight's preseason game at Lambeau Field, wanted to get a sense of how Alonso felt about having been away from live action so long; he tore his left ACL getting ready for training camp in 2014, and hasn't played since the final game of the Buffalo Bills' 2013 season. "Long time," Alonso agreed, nodding. "Long time. " Alonso lapsed into silence. The reporters awaited further illumination.
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August 27, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE JOURNEY that Evan Mathis didn't really envision taking this season ended yesterday in Denver, where the guard who made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons for the Eagles signed a one-year contract that can pay him up to $4 million, with $2.5 million guaranteed. The news had barely hit Twitter when astute observers began noting that Mathis had been scheduled to make $5.5 million this season from the Eagles, not guaranteed, and $6 million in 2016. He was released in June because his unhappiness over his contract had spread across two offseasons, and kept him out of OTAs this spring.
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August 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the most experienced of Penn State's offensive linemen, Angelo Mangiro took it upon himself in the offseason to lead his group through meetings and workouts and make sure last year's dismal performance by the unit does not happen again. "I know last year we had our ups and downs during the season, and we took it personal," Mangiro, a fifth-year senior center, said before the start of training camp. "We know we're forty-some percent of the offense, and that offense only goes as far as we go. So we put the onus on ourselves to really push ourselves over the summer, and we did. " Since there are no exhibition games in college football, the offensive line's level of improvement won't be evident until the Nittany Lions' Sept.
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August 26, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
APPARENTLY, not only can we write Mychal Kendricks' name in ink, we won't have to cross it out any time soon. "Mychal Kendricks is not going anywhere. You can write that down in ink, not pencil. He's not going anywhere," Chip Kelly told us as training camp opened, three weeks or so back. There'd been speculation, with Kiko Alonso coming from Buffalo in the LeSean McCoy trade, and DeMeco Ryans getting a new deal this spring, that Kendricks might be traded. His rookie contract would be up at the end of this season.
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August 26, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a four-year contract extension Monday. Coach Chip Kelly insisted at the beginning of training camp that Kendricks would not be traded, and this represents a major commitment to him. Kendricks' deal is worth $29 million with $16.4 million guaranteed, according to a league source. Kendricks, 24, joined the team as a second-round draft pick out of California in 2012 and started each of the last three seasons. His future with the Eagles appeared uncertain after the team acquired Kiko Alonso and re-signed DeMeco Ryans, creating a logjam at inside linebacker.
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August 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kiko Alonso returned to practice Tuesday, two weeks after the Eagles linebacker suffered a concussion that kept him inside the team facility during most of training camp. Alonso, the promising linebacker acquired in the LeSean McCoy trade with Buffalo, was only a limited participant, but he stayed after practice to run sprints. Coach Chip Kelly said the Eagles plan to "ease him back in" because Alonso "missed a few things" since he was hurt Aug. 4. Alonso does not believe he's far behind.
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August 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Wolff continues to miss practice because of knee soreness, and the third-year safety has had trouble getting healthy from an injury that first occurred in 2013. He ended last season on injured reserve and missed much of the spring while recovering. The right knee injury still plagues him during training camp. "He says he can't run with his knee," coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday. A fifth-round draft pick in 2013, Wolff showed promise as a rookie but has not done enough to secure a roster spot.
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August 20, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Josh Huff wrote down his individual goals for the season on a piece of paper. The Eagles wide receiver rattled them off: He wants to have no more than 10 drops in 16 games. He wants to catch every catchable pass. And he wants to finish the season with at least 50 catches for 800 yards and six touchdowns. Those aren't modest goals considering Huff's output in his rookie season. He caught eight passes for 98 yards and no touchdowns and dropped four of 17 targeted throws in 2014.
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August 19, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
DARREN SPROLES was everything the Eagles hoped he'd be when they picked up the then-30-year-old running back at a garage sale in New Orleans last year for a fifth-round pick. He led the league in punt returns with a 13.0-yard average. He had a career-high six rushing touchdowns and registered the second-highest rushing average of his career (5.8 yards per carry). Went to his very first Pro Bowl. Interestingly, the one thing he didn't really do was have much of an effect on the Eagles' passing game.
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August 17, 2015
Right guard competition The Eagles have four of their five offensive line starters settled. Right guard remains an open competition. Andrew Gardner, Matthew Tobin, John Moffitt, and Julian Vandervelde are all in the running for the spot. Gardner took the first-team snaps during practice on Saturday and has taken the most of any player this summer. He started eight games for the Eagles last season, including six at right guard. The 29-year-old is a steady veteran who knows the offense.
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