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August 29, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LONG PAUSE said enough, but then Matt Barkley confirmed what everyone was thinking. "I can't think of a time," Barkley responded, when asked about the last time he went into a football season and was not a starting quarterback. It certainly was not in four recordsetting seasons at the University of Southern California - and not before that, during his 4 years at California high school powerhouse Mater Dei. Maybe it was at some point during Pop Warner football. But Barkley has come to terms with the knowledge that he won't strike like a bolt of lightning with the Eagles.
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August 28, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles will start at quarterback in Thursday's preseason finale against the New York Jets, and most of the starters will sit. Coach Chip Kelly said some regulars in the secondary would need to play because of injuries to reserves, but the others will rest until the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Washington Redskins. "We have big decisions to make on Friday and Saturday," Kelly said. The team's roster is at 76 players and must be trimmed to 75 on Tuesday. It will be reduced to 53 on Saturday.
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August 28, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 2012 season proved to be a mix of the good and the bad for running back Bill Belton, who took the field as the starting running back with the first team in the opener against Ohio, and barely left the bench while seeming to be healthy over the final month. In between, there was a nagging ankle injury that cost him three early-season games and a career-high 103-yard, three-touchdown performance at Iowa. The bad moments eventually outnumbered the good, and Belton feels he knows what it takes to have that result reversed in the new season starting Saturday.
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August 20, 2013 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH & ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writers pdomo@aol.com and alberta@phillynews.com
THE NEWS just keeps getting better and better for the Eagles' offensive line. Their All-Pro left tackle, Jason Peters, finally is back on the field after missing much of training camp and both of the first two preseason games with a hamstring strain. And the Eagles appear to have stumbled upon a versatile veteran backup they can plug in either inside or outside in the event of injury to one of the starters. Allen Barbre, who the Eagles signed as a street free agent in January, has impressed the coaching staff with his play in the first two preseason games, grading out as one of their top offensive linemen in both of those contests.
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August 16, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN
PHILLIP HUNT underwent surgery for a partial left ACL tear yesterday, the Eagles said, making Hunt the fourth member of the team to tear an ACL in 3 weeks of training camp. The first three - wideout Jeremy Maclin, linebacker Jason Phillips and wideout Arrelious Benn - all suffered their injuries on one particular reconfigured field at the NovaCare Complex, something Eagles coach Chip Kelly said the team would have to investigate. Hunt was injured during last Friday's preseason-opening loss to the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field, a game in which he made some good plays.
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August 15, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
LANE JOHNSON had a very memorable weekend. The Eagles' rookie right tackle kicked it off Friday night by acing his first preseason start against the Patriots. Twelve hours later, he was at his wife Chelsea's bedside in an Oklahoma City hospital as she gave birth to their first child, 7-pound, 13-ounce Dave Jace Johnson. That's about par for the course for birth weight. But if you happened to see the picture of the kid Lane tweeted, well, he has big mitts. Might be able to palm a basketball already.
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August 10, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Vick will start at quarterback Friday night when the Eagles open the preseason against the New England Patriots, although it is not an indication that Vick is ahead in his competition with Nick Foles. Both Vick and Foles will take snaps with the first-team offense, alternating series throughout the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Foles will start the second preseason game next week against the Carolina Panthers. Rookie Matt Barkley is expected to play the second and third quarters on Friday, with Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne splitting the fourth quarter.
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August 10, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Vick took the snap on the Eagles' fifth play on offense and gave a weak play-action fake. He immediately looked right, down the sideline. There, DeSean Jackson was speeding down the numbers, gaining inside leverage on Aqib Talib. Vick stared him down, then let the ball go. By the time Vick released the ball, Jackson had gained a step on Talib, and the throw was true. Jackson leaped past Talib and rolled into the end zone. His first target of the preseason resulted in a 47-yard touchdown.
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August 9, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TWO YEARS AGO, the Houston Texans proved that the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense doesn't always have to be accompanied by significant growing pains. After his defense finished 29th in points allowed and 30th in total defense in 2010, Texans coach Gary Kubiak fired his defensive coordinator, Frank Bush, and replaced him with one of the league's top 3-4 maestros, Wade Phillips. Keep in mind, the Texans made this significant scheme switch during the 2011 lockout, which meant Phillips wasn't even able to start putting in his new scheme until the start of training camp.
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August 9, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IF DICK VERMEIL were coaching the Eagles, he'd go with Michael Vick. Of course, Vermeil is 76 now and he isn't coaching the Eagles, hasn't in 3 decades. But Vermeil was watching Chip Kelly's training-camp practice with the Patriots yesterday, and it was an obvious question to ask him. "It doesn't make any difference what I think. I don't see 'em every day," Vermeil said by way of disclaimer. "I've seen Michael Vick play a lot over the years, and I just kind of believe when it all boils down . . . if I were going to bet on it, I would bet on him. " Vermeil was not dismissive of Nick Foles, who started six games as a third-round rookie in 2012.
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