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August 8, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have not made a transaction throughout training camp. The last time they added or cut a player was May 19, which is the longest stretch in the NFL. Since Howie Roseman became general manager in 2010, the Eagles had not gone more than three days into training camp without making a move until this preseason. One major reason is the relative health of the Eagles. Some moves in camp are made because of necessity, with depth thin at positions because of injuries. The Eagles have not lost a player for an extended period.
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August 8, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IN HIS 4 YEARS at the University of Wisconsin, Eagles rookie nose tackle Beau Allen set a school record by playing in 54 games, including three Rose Bowls. Rookie free-agent wide receiver Kadron Boone was a member of a Louisiana State University team that won an SEC championship and played in a BCS championship game. Linebacker Marcus Smith II was the Eagles' first-round pick in 2014, selected 26th overall out of the University of Louisville. Considering that they are in an NFL training camp, it is fair to say that Allen, Boone, Smith and the other rookies with the Eagles have already played in the neighborhood of 200 or more football games.
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August 4, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first interception of Eagles training camp came on Wednesday, when safety Malcolm Jenkins swiped a Mark Sanchez pass. Later in practice, Jenkins cut in front of a Nick Foles pass on a third and 2 for an interception that would have been returned for a touchdown had it been a Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. As the Eagles' top free-agent target and the team's biggest investment at safety since Brian Dawkins departed, Jenkins arrived in Philadelphia with much expected of him. The first week of training camp revealed what the Eagles hoped he would be: an in-his-prime, former first-round pick with the versatility, intelligence, and leadership to upgrade the NFL's worst pass defense.
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August 4, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
LITO SHEPPARD entered that nether region that all aging athletes reach after the 2011 season, during which he played nine games for the Oakland Raiders. Just 30 years old at the time, the 2002 first-round draft pick of the Eagles still believed he had the physical skills, athleticism and game experience to remain a productive cornerback. But as all athletes eventually learn, Sheppard realized it was not going to be he who ultimately would make that determination. None of the 32 teams gave Sheppard - who had played 126 games and had 19 interceptions - a chance in 2012.
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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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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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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 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 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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