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November 6, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since he joined the Eagles as an unheralded fifth-round draft choice in 2005, defensive end Trent Cole has made his reputation by sacking quarterbacks. He had five his first year - while making just seven starts - but recorded eight or more in each of the next six seasons, two of which ended with Pro Bowl honors. So for Cole, this season has been baffling, because he has recorded just 11/2 sacks for the 3-4 Eagles. And the struggles aren't limited to Cole. The Eagles have recorded just nine sacks overall.
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September 7, 2009 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hugh Douglas, the Eagles' most proficient pass-rusher during coach Andy Reid's first four seasons as head coach, had signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2003 free-agent period, and now the search was on for the team's next disruptive defensive end. The draft seemed like a logical place to start, so the Eagles maneuvered from the 30th overall pick to the 15th selection and grabbed Jerome McDougle from the University of Miami. Oops, that didn't work. They also took McDougle's Miami teammate Jamaal Green in the fourth round of that same draft.
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August 29, 2010
A magnetic resonance imaging on Trent Cole's right ankle Saturday revealed no structural damage, the Eagles said. The defensive end is listed as day to day with a mild ankle sprain. Cole injured the ankle in the second quarter of the Eagles' 20-17 preseason win Friday night at Kansas City. He had to be carted off the field. "Well I'm good nothing serious," Cole tweeted. "Time to recover and get after Green Bay. " The Eagles will play their final preseason game Thursday against the New York Jets.
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January 22, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Staff
Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, a major hunting enthusiast, is snubbing a Pennsylvania sports expo because it has banned sales of certain rifles variously described as "modern sporting rifles," "tactical rifles" or "assault weapons. " Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, scheduled for Feb. 2 to 10 in Harrisburg, bills itself as "THE Sportsman Show," and was expected to draw about 200,000 visitors and feature 1,200 exhibitors. Many sportsmen, however, seem to be upset that the show's organizers have failed to fully support the constitutional right to bear arms.
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December 5, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Playing on the defensive line for Jim Washburn required an understanding of the controversial coach who was loyal to his players and often effective in developing their pass-rushing skills. Washburn could be abrasive, and his style has come under criticism since the Eagles fired him on Monday, but respect remains. "If you're one of the guys on the D-line, we know how he is," defensive end Trent Cole said Tuesday. "So we're used to that. We're used to . . . I don't know what you call it. But we had that [close]
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November 27, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One of the bright spots of an otherwise gloomy Eagles season has been the rapid development of rookie defensive end Trent Cole. A fifth-round draft choice from the University of Cincinnati, Cole made his first NFL start last week against the New York Giants a memorable one, with two sacks and six tackles in the Eagles' 27-17 loss. Cole is second on the team with five sacks, all in the last three games, with two against Dallas and one against the Washington Redskins. His emergence has coincided with improved play of fellow defensive end Jevon Kearse.
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May 29, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Trent Cole arrived in Philadelphia, he was a fifth-round pick recovering from two bouts of pneumonia and felt decidedly out of place in a big city hundreds of miles removed from the rural stretches of Ohio where he spent his childhood hunting. "When I first got here, I was like, 'Man, I don't know about this,' " Cole said. "I'm serious, I told 'em, 'Direct me to the woods.' " Eight years later, Cole is one of the three longest-tenured Eagles and has established himself as one of the most prolific pass rushers in the NFL. He still has a noticeable drawl - when he says "woods" it sounds as if he's using four O's, not two - but South Jersey and Philadelphia have become home.
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July 28, 2013
The way Chip Kelly and Billy Davis have put it, the Eagles are going from one end of the spectrum to the other as they transition from the wide-nine, 4-3 defensive front to a two-gap 3-4. Where they stop along the scale will depend on several factors, but above all it will hinge on ex-4-3 defensive ends such as Trent Cole and Brandon Graham and their ability to adapt to becoming stand-up outside linebackers that can both pass-rush and drop into...
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May 22, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
After closing time at Club Chipper, the hot new dance spot in South Philadelphia, the patrons clear out pretty fast. They have to exit via a hallway lined with blowups of newspaper pages celebrating great moments in Eagles history - if you define Eagles history as things that happened since the NovaCare Complex opened in 2001. What is striking is how ancient that history is beginning to feel. To many of the players leaving Chip Kelly's aerobics/football class Monday, the names and faces on the walls are those of strangers.
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September 8, 2005 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Trent Cole is just a country boy in the big city. Right now the rookie defensive end from rural southern Ohio is looking for two things: an opportunity on the field and a new hunting partner. Cole, a fifth-round draft pick out of Cincinnati, has survived the first test by making the Eagles' roster. He sees a chance to make an impact. The Eagles released veteran defensive end Hugh Douglas, and Jerome McDougle is not expected to return from a gunshot wound until five or six weeks into the season.
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August 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It was another placid day at Camp Chip on Wednesday. No fights, no controversy. Very little that resembled news. Just another day of work for a team that has settled into a nice routine under a coach who is anything but routine. "We're back at it today, and that's great," Chip Kelly said. "That's why we're here. " Unlike a year ago, when everything was new on both sides of the ball and a number of jobs were up for grabs, you probably could write out the starting lineups for the Sept.
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July 29, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy emerged from the scuffle still enraged, needing to be restrained from going after Trent Cole again. The Eagles' star running back was upset when Cole, a veteran linebacker, pushed him off the line during a seven-on-seven drill Sunday. The first fight of training camp ensued. "The whole camp so far, it's been touching a little too much," McCoy said. "And I'm trying to let them know, 'It's OK if you can't cover me.' " McCoy flashed a smile and emphasized his friendship with Cole.
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July 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SOMETIMES WHEN we touch, the honesty's too much . . . LeSean McCoy has probably never heard that 1977 Dan Hill song, and he is much better for it, since it regularly earns a high spot in polls ranking the worst-ever lyrics. But McCoy had an issue with being touched yesterday by his Eagles teammate and buddy, Trent Cole, after McCoy became the 879th running back, by unofficial Daily News count, to elude the second-day training-camp pass coverage of a pursuing linebacker. Some Eagles described the touch as more of a hard bump, in what was supposed to be a noncontact session.
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June 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 165 hours each week last season, the life of Eagles linebacker Travis Long was not much different from that of the players on the active roster. He participated in every practice. He attended every meeting. He traveled on every road trip. The only difference was those three hours during the game, when his teammates wore uniforms and Long wore a warm-up suit with the other practice-squad players. "In every meeting, traveling, doing everything the same, it did make me feel a part of the team," Long said.
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June 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are a few gray hairs on Trent Cole's face, another reminder that one of the two longest-tenured Eagles is on the other side of 30. Cole, 31, came to Philadelphia as a fifth-round pick in 2005 at age 22. Todd Herremans is the only player who has been on the Eagles as long as Cole. Only 13 players have played more games in an Eagles uniform than Cole. He has more sacks than any player in franchise history other than Reggie White. "Everybody says, 'He's getting old because he's on this side of 30,' " Cole said.
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June 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE WAY reporters watch Eagles organized team activities - only occasionally and even then from a distance - it's hard to reach conclusions about where Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley stand in the battle to become quarterback Nick Foles' primary backup. Sanchez has the stronger, but seemingly more erratic arm. Barkley is throwing better than he threw a year ago, when he was fresh from shoulder surgery. Sanchez is still not quite fully recovered from shoulder surgery last year, and is learning a new offense.
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June 3, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles did not draft Marcus Smith with the expectation that he would be a Day 1 starter, so it was no surprise that Smith did not line up with the first-team defense during organized team activities last week. Smith took most of his snaps with the third-team defense Thursday. But Smith, who is expected to improve the Eagles' pass rush, does not appear to be behind Trent Cole on the depth chart. He's behind Connor Barwin on the weak side. Cole's spot is called the "Predator" in defensive coordinator Bill Davis' system.
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May 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ALL OFFSEASON, Brandon Graham turned down interview requests made through the Eagles. Face-to-face with reporters after yesterday's organized team activity session, Graham's first impulse was to walk away, saying something over his shoulder about not wanting to get himself into trouble. But Graham, 26, the 2010 first-round pick fans will forever blame for not being Earl Thomas, has never been an angry or difficult player. As a rookie - which seems a long time ago now - he routinely shook reporters' hands, even if they were the same hands he'd shaken the day before and the day before that.
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May 30, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
UNTIL YESTERDAY, reporters hadn't seen the 2014 Eagles on the practice field, though we'd been able to talk to players here and there. Watching them actually line up in formation, it turns out, has its advantages. First-round linebacker Marcus Smith was taking third-team reps, not unexpected for a rookie who is considered a bit of a project. But Smith was taking those reps on the left side, where Connor Barwin plays, not on the right side, where Smith was widely projected to add pass-rush depth behind Trent Cole, after notching 14 1/2 sacks last season at Louisville.
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May 21, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE IS little less predictable in professional sports than NFL draft dividends. There is little more enjoyable to predict. The season lasts just 16 games; careers, seldom more than 4 years. Often, one misstep dooms a player of whom little is expected. Often, a player of whom much is expected gets more chances than he's worth. The perception, somehow, is that this was the first Chip Kelly draft. That is a misperception; Kelly was the head coach last year, too. As such, what happened from the 2013 draft to the 2014 draft should serve to predict what will happen in the next year, too. The most substantial thing that happened: The Eagles traded veteran nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga in the middle of a promising season, just as the defense was rounding into shape, and handed his starting job to third-round rookie Bennie Logan.
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