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August 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles started the summer with what was supposed to be a kicking competition after Alex Henery's inconsistent 2013 season, but it quickly became apparent that he was the best kicker in Eagles camp. Even with undrafted free agent Carey Spear ostensibly a threat to win the job, the Eagles used Henery exclusively during the first two preseason games. Unless the Eagles find a better option after the preseason, Henery will be their kicker in 2014. Coach Chip Kelly came to Henery's defense Sunday, two days after Henery missed a 47-yard field-goal on his first attempt of the preseason.
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August 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Despite the improvements that Alex Henery displayed during training camp, the Eagles kicker hooked a 47-yard field goal wide in the 42-35 preseason loss to the Patriots on Friday night. It was his first field goal attempt of the preseason, and the kick was not even close off his foot. "You've got to make 47-yarders in this league," coach Chip Kelly said. Kelly said Henery was "really good" in training camp, and he is 9 for 9 on extended extra points that are similar to 33-yard field goals.
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August 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Backup center Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery last week, the Eagles said Sunday. Vandervelde had been sidelined for most of training camp, which he entered in a competition with David Molk for the backup spot. There is no timetable for Vandervelde's return. Guard Dennis Kelly had back surgery last August and missed the first month of the season. There are indications that Vandervelde underwent a similar procedure to repair a damaged disk. Vandervelde suffered a back injury late last season.
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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 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 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 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 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 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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