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August 4, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly insisted the Riley Cooper situation is a "life deal," not a "football deal. " But the Eagles head coach still runs a football team. So Cooper's indefinite absence from the team while receiving counseling for shouting a racial slur at a June concert leaves an undermanned wide receiver corps missing another important piece. The group that practiced Friday featured veterans DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant and a cast of seven players with few achievements and even fewer expectations for major contributions.
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April 20, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, barkowe@phillynews.com
THE SOUL has taken another hit to the wide-receiving corps after veteran Larry Brackins was placed on injured reserve with a strained left hamstring. Brackins, the last remaining player from the 2008 championship team, was injured in last Saturday's win over San Jose and will miss a minimum of three games. Star wide receiver Donovan Morgan already is out until at least May with a fractured left wrist. Given the vertical nature of arena football, having problems at wide receiver is like driving a car on the expressway with three doughnut tires.
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May 15, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
IT ISN'T EVERY day a writer gets to talk about Ahmad Rashad as a segue into a relevant topic, so forgive me if I ask that we all don our favorite hoop earring, cue up a classic edition of "Jam Session," and try to guess the last University of Oregon wide receiver selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Hint: It's Ahmad Rashad. This was 1972, before Rashad married Claire Huxtable, before he hosted "NBA Inside Stuff," heck, before his name was Ahmad Rashad (it was Bobby Moore)
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May 9, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WE KNOW THE Eagles are going to take at least one wide receiver in the NFL draft, which begins with the first round tonight and continues through Saturday. We know this because 2014 might represent the deepest draft ever for wideouts, and Chip Kelly is in the midst of reconfiguring the way the Eagles look at the position, team chairman Jeffrey Lurie said last week. Oh, and then there's the fact that they released their 27-year-old, three-time Pro Bowl wideout, DeSean Jackson, back in March, as part of that reconfiguring.
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May 5, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles are on the clock near 11 p.m. Thursday during the first round of the NFL draft, the team's brain trust will look at a board that categorizes prospects by position and how they are projected to develop. Under wide receiver , they'll likely see an abundance of talent available for the No. 22 overall pick. And when the Eagles are on the clock for the No. 54 overall pick, on Friday, they will experience a case of deja vu. At No. 86 a few hours later, the Eagles could be in the same situation.
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December 11, 2012 | BY MARCUS HAYES, Daily News Staff Writer hayesm@phillynews.com
TAMPA - First, there was the one-handed, backward, sideline snatch for 20 yards that set up the the Eagles' field goal midway through the second quarter. Second, there was the 39-yard balletic expression that set up the Eagles' first touchdown later in the same quarter. Finally, there was the 22-yarder down the middle on fourth-and-5. That will be the one of the seven catches Jason Avant is remembered for in Sunday's 23-21 win. The play began at the Bucs' 23, the Eagles trailing by five.
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August 14, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
IF CLAY HARBOR weren't such a positive, upbeat guy, he might think the Eagles were trying to tell him something. Something not very good. The fourth-year tight end caught a career-high 25 passes last season, then watched as the team added not one, but two highly touted tight ends in the offseason - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz. Then, during OTAs in May, the coaches asked Harbor to take some reps at outside linebacker. The experiment lasted only a day, and coach Chip Kelly said it was nothing more than food for thought in the event of an emergency, but still.
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December 31, 2012 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles have lost 12 games for only the third time in franchise history, and Andy Reid is expected to pay the price for that failure Monday by being fired. But after Sunday's ugly, 42-7, season-ending loss to the Giants, veteran wide receiver Jason Avant said the problem with the Eagles is not the head coach. It's the players. "It's not a coach Reid thing," Avant said. "It's a player-personality and character problem. I'm talking about guys [not]
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August 1, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Wide receiver Ron Johnson suffered a gruesome ankle dislocation during Monday afternoon's practice at Eagles training camp. As Johnson lay on the ground with his leg in the air, he tried to put his foot back into place. "He tried to reduce it himself, and it wouldn't stay in," Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said. "Dr. Peter DeLuca was with us on the field. He tried to reduce it on the field, and it wouldn't stay in, and the reason it wouldn't stay in, we think, was there was a fracture on the outside.
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December 16, 1998 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Six South Jersey players, three on offense and three on defense, were named yesterday to the Associated Press first-team all-state football squad. The offensive selections were running back Doug Easlick of Cherokee, wide receiver Isaac Irby of Holy Cross, and offensive lineman Ed Tyler of Delsea. The defensive first-teamers included linebacker Jamison Young of South Jersey Group 4 champion Overbrook, lineman Jason Jamison of Millville, and defensive back Cory Collins of Egg Harbor Township.
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June 26, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robby Anderson could fill a void in Temple's offense if he has a big summer. Anderson, who caught 44 passes for 791 yards and nine touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore in 2013, has reenrolled in school this summer. He missed the 2014 season after being dismissed for academic reasons. Wednesday was the first day that Temple coach Matt Rhule commented on Anderson's situation during a meeting with reporters. "He is in class and we're hopeful he can do all the things that he needs to do to play this fall," Rhule said.
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June 19, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News NFL Columnist
G.J. KINNE wants to play in the NFL. He's not concerned about the job description. He doesn't care if he's a quarterback, wide receiver, running back or nose tackle. He just wants to play. Kinne has spent the better part of the last two seasons as a quarterback on the Eagles' practice squad. But even with an impressive 138.2 preseason passer rating the last two summers, he realized it would be next to impossible for him to make the Eagles' 53-man roster this summer strictly as a quarterback.
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June 10, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
JOSH HUFF had one of those telling pauses while answering a question about his strength as a wide receiver. "I feel like once I have the ball in my hands, I'm one of the best receivers in the game," the Eagles' second-year receiver said yesterday, "but . . . , I mean, I've got to get it in my hands first. " I'm not sure what the high side of expectations was for Huff's rookie year. After all, even though the 2014 draft was considered deep in talent at wideout, Huff was still on the board when the Eagles drafted him in the third round, 86th overall, out of the University of Oregon.
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May 15, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
IT ISN'T EVERY day a writer gets to talk about Ahmad Rashad as a segue into a relevant topic, so forgive me if I ask that we all don our favorite hoop earring, cue up a classic edition of "Jam Session," and try to guess the last University of Oregon wide receiver selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Hint: It's Ahmad Rashad. This was 1972, before Rashad married Claire Huxtable, before he hosted "NBA Inside Stuff," heck, before his name was Ahmad Rashad (it was Bobby Moore)
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May 11, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Rasheed Bailey knows the odds. He knows the NFL deck is not necessarily stacked to deal him a winning hand. That's fine. He's dealt with long odds before, and look where he is now. "I have that drive, that passion, everything that Philly is," said Bailey, a wide receiver from Delaware Valley University signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent. "I wear a chip on my shoulder coming from a small school, and having been a fan to now being a player, I wear it every day. " Bailey might be a long shot to make the team - one of nine receivers vying for perhaps six spots on the 53-man roster - but this isn't his first challenge.
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May 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin in March, leaving a major hole at wide receiver. On Thursday night, they tried filling it in the draft with Southern California's Nelson Agholor - a player who is compared to Maclin. He becomes the first wide receiver the Eagles selected in the first round since Maclin in 2009. The Eagles tabbed Agholor with the No. 20 overall pick after they could not move up to acquire Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. "Real versatile guy, real smart guy, really understands the game," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said.
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May 1, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After four months of speculation filling airwaves and dominating page views, the first round of the NFL draft has finally arrived. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers go on the clock Thursday at 8 p.m. They will have 10 minutes to make the top selection, which is expected to be Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Then the fun begins. The Tennessee Titans have the No. 2 pick, which is attractive to teams that want Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. If you haven't heard, the Eagles are one of them.
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April 30, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
What they have: There are eight wideouts on the roster. The four most relevant names are Miles Austin, Riley Cooper, Josh Huff and Jordan Matthews. Good size and hands, mostly. Unless Matthews or Huff takes a major leap forward, there isn't a real No. 1 in that group. (Huff would have to take a Bob Beamon-sized leap forward to get into that realm.) There also isn't any game-breaking speed there. What they need: See above. We know the Eagles value size and blocking ability in their wideouts, but in another really strong draft for the position, they ought to be able to secure some missing dynamism as well.
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April 30, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
IF YOU look around the league, you'll notice that Chip Kelly isn't the only guy who worships at The Church of Big People Beat Up Little People. He just happened to be clever enough to come up with a nifty catchphrase for it. This is getting to be particularly true at the wide-receiver position in the league where, to borrow a line from the famous 1977 Randy Newman song, short people got no reason to live. Consider: * Of the 30 wide receivers who had the most receptions in the league last season, 23 were 6-foot or taller.
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