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August 1, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR THE longest time, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie would meet with the media during training camp to deliver his annual state of the franchise address. They were informative, but they never seemed to play out that well. Who can forget his "gold-standard" remark that always would come back to haunt Lurie each time the Birds failed to deliver a Vince Lombardi Trophy? Lurie's last formal state-of-the-team address occurred 2 years ago during the Eagles' final training camp at Lehigh.
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August 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Wolff played safety on the top defensive unit on Wednesday, adding a new wrinkle to the fiercest competition for a starting spot on the Eagles roster. Wolff had been behind veteran Nate Allen as the second safety next to Malcolm Jenkins at the start of training camp. "I'm not going to look at it as I'm running with the ones," Wolff said. "I'm looking at it as I'm taking advantage of every opportunity I have with the ones, and I feel like I did a pretty good job today. " The depth chart is not firm in late July, and there will be much time for the coaches to choose a starter.
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August 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles did not add a single inside linebacker this offseason, a curious decision for a position in which the starters were already overworked and the quality of the reserves remained an unknown. DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks are entrenched as the two starters. Najee Goode was the only other inside linebacker who took significant snaps last season. The next month will be important for the coaching staff and front office to learn what they have at the only nonspecialist spot without a new face.
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July 31, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WHEN HE would drop back and survey the field, thoughts of his surgically repaired shoulder occasionally lingered in the back of his mind. This was during the Eagles' organized team activities in May and June, and although Mark Sanchez felt good, it took physical reps on the fields at the NovaCare Complex before he felt all the way back. With the Eagles through 3 days of training camp, the front-runner to become Nick Foles' primary backup said he feels no apprehension or hesitation on the field regarding his 2013 injury.
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July 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PUTTING THE pads on for the first time this year didn't really lead to a whole lot of contact, overall, but there was enough for Jeremy Maclin to take umbrage at something Bradley Fletcher did. The Eagles' top wideout flung haymakers at the starting corner, as teammates rushed to the fray. At one point Fletcher, his shoulders in the grasp of someone, started trying to work Maclin's body with uppercuts. Order was finally restored after team security chief Dom DiSandro hustled onto the field.
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July 30, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly values the NFL draft. He just doesn't understand the hype surrounding it. Expounding on an interview with the MMQB website, the Eagles coach identified the draft hype as the one thing in the NFL that has surprised him. "Literally from the day the Super Bowl ends until the draft . . . that's all everybody talks about," Kelly said before Monday's practice. He also said the signing-day hype in college was misguided, pointing out that few of those players immediately contribute.
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July 30, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
ON THOSE RARE dark days when he would drop his guard and the self-pity would come rushing at him, Arrelious Benn would ask, "Why me, God? Why me?" Many athletes are fortunate enough to play their entire careers without a major injury. Benn isn't one of them. There have been not one, but two, torn ACLs. To the same knee. There has been a torn medial collateral ligament. There have been neck and shoulder injuries. There has been a concussion. In four NFL seasons, the 25-year-old Eagles wide receiver has missed 27 of 64 regular-season games due to injury.
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July 29, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Countdown to training camp was more hyped and anticipated than ever this year. The reasons were obvious: The Phillies stink and the Eagles are coming off a surprising NFC East title in Chip Kelly's fast-moving rookie season as the team's head coach. It's finally here now. The Eagles reported for work Friday, went through their first practice Saturday and another Sunday. The venue moves across the street Monday for an open-to-the-public workout at Lincoln Financial Field, which should provide a little more sizzle than the opening two sessions at the sterile NovaCare Complex.
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July 28, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year ago, the Eagles had one of the NFL's most intriguing training camp competitions at football's most important position. This year, they have kickers and backup quarterbacks in faux battles and only one legitimate competition for a starting spot. Alex Henery is destined to beat out rookie Carey Spear as the kicker. Mark Sanchez is the clear favorite to back up quarterback Nick Foles ahead of Matt Barkley. And while cornerback Nolan Carroll could push to start or some other under-the-radar player could supplant an incumbent at training camp, the contest between Nate Allen and Earl Wolff at safety could stretch up to and past the start of the season.
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July 28, 2014 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
LATE LAST MONTH, with his attempts to get the Eagles to restructure his contract going nowhere, Evan Mathis had pretty much decided he was going to hold out of training camp. "Probably won't see you on the 25th," he said. Even as recently as Wednesday, Drew Rosenhaus, the agent who represents the 32-year-old All-Pro left guard, indicated that Mathis still was considering being a NovaCare no-show yesterday. But there he was, reporting for the start of two-a-days with the rest of the team.
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