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July 24, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Eagles coach Doug Pederson has said there will be competition at every position as the Eagles start training camp this week. But not many spots are really up for grabs. Here is a look at one of the four positions that is legitimately open: The field: Nelson Agholor, Chris Givens, Josh Huff, Marcus Johnson, Cayleb Jones, Jordan Matthews, Rueben Randle, Xavier Rush and Paul Turner. The favorites: Pederson experimented with Matthews on the outside in the spring, but it was evident that he is best suited to the slot.
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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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June 10, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles conclude the spring portion of their offseason practices and workouts Thursday when the mandatory minicamp ends, and everyone departs having agreed it went great. That is the recurring theme around the NovaCare Complex since Doug Pederson replaced Chip Kelly. Things are great and, with the regular season still three months away, there's no sense in dwelling on the fact that greatness is a relative term, particularly in the NFL. It is a time of quiet optimism instead, even if it would also be optimistic to predict the team will win more than half its games this season.
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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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September 22, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, STAFF WRITER
While the literary world anticipates the publication of Jon Gruden's debut novel, Love in the Time of Carson, let us contemplate a deep and meaningful question about the Eagles: Just how good would Carson Wentz be if his wide receivers had opposable thumbs? In a broader sense - beyond, for instance, the Eagles' place in the NFC East standings this season - the Eagles' 29-14 victory Monday night over the Bears and Wentz's performance in it were beneficial to anyone who follows the NFL. They showed the limitations of judging a professional athlete (in football, anyway)
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September 2, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
THERE ARE a lot of productive wide receivers, a direct result of all the rules changes protecting both receivers and their quarterbacks. Now if the Eagles could just get on board the WR bus, maybe Sam Bradford could become more fantasy relevant. Keenan Allen, Chargers: Fully recovered from the lacerated kidney that ended his season in Week 8 - and what a season it was shaping up to be. Allen was on a pace for 134 catches and had double-digit targets in five of the seven full games he played.
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August 21, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Dorial Green-Beckham woke up Tuesday morning believing he was a big part of the Tennessee Titans' future. He went to sleep Tuesday night in Philadelphia a member of the Eagles, exiled by the team that invested a second-round pick in him. Green-Beckham must now learn a new offense, new city, and new teammates in his second summer in the NFL. "Me not knowing, just waking up and finding it out, it's tough on anyone's part," the 23-year-old Green-Beckham said....
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August 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
While Temple football coach Matt Rhule usually doesn't single out freshmen, his admiration for wide receiver Isaiah Wright has been a recurring theme since training camp began on Aug. 6. Reporters don't get to view much of practice, but Rhule singles out Wright almost every time he speaks to the press. Now it appears that Wright can do more than just catch passes. Rhule said after Friday's workout that the 6-foot-2, 207-pound product of Connecticut's Kingswood-Oxford High is also working as a running back.
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July 31, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Cameron Sullivan-Brown, a wide receiver from Laurel, Md., announced Friday on Twitter that he has committed to Penn State for the freshman class of 2017. The 6-foot-1, 176-pound Sullivan-Brown, who plays for St. Vincent Pallotti High School, said he was "beyond blessed for this gift. . . . With the help and guidance of my loved ones, I have decided to fully commit to Penn State. " Sullivan-Brown, rated as a three-star player by most recruiting web sites, chose Penn State over Maryland, Duke, Syracuse, Northwestern, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
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July 24, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Eagles coach Doug Pederson has said there will be competition at every position as the Eagles start training camp this week. But not many spots are really up for grabs. Here is a look at one of the four positions that is legitimately open: The field: Nelson Agholor, Chris Givens, Josh Huff, Marcus Johnson, Cayleb Jones, Jordan Matthews, Rueben Randle, Xavier Rush and Paul Turner. The favorites: Pederson experimented with Matthews on the outside in the spring, but it was evident that he is best suited to the slot.
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June 10, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles conclude the spring portion of their offseason practices and workouts Thursday when the mandatory minicamp ends, and everyone departs having agreed it went great. That is the recurring theme around the NovaCare Complex since Doug Pederson replaced Chip Kelly. Things are great and, with the regular season still three months away, there's no sense in dwelling on the fact that greatness is a relative term, particularly in the NFL. It is a time of quiet optimism instead, even if it would also be optimistic to predict the team will win more than half its games this season.
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June 3, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY'S fast-paced practices - er, I mean training sessions - always reminded me of one of those old TV game shows where the contestants were thrown into a toy store or supermarket with a shopping cart and given a fixed period of time to fill up the cart with as much merchandise as it could hold. Chippah was all about speed and cramming as many repetitions as possible into a two-hour practice - er, training session - window. There was no stopping for corrections or instruction, except for those very brief "teaching" periods.
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February 12, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
HE RAN a post pattern, Greg Lewis recalls, faking a safety to the outside, digging hard inside, coming free down the middle in the end zone for the 30-yard Donovan McNabb touchdown pass. For Eagles fans, the narrative about the last touchdown drive of Super Bowl XXXIX will always be about how long the sequence took (three minutes, 52 seconds to cover 79 yards in 13 plays, or, in talk-radio lore, forever and a day) and what McNabb was doing, as the minutes dwindled (trying to recover from a hit to the ribs, or, in talk-radio lore, puking, pouting over draft-day booing, pondering what would happen in the event of a tie)
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February 5, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Corey Brown returned to being "Philly" Brown during a rough preseason stretch. The Panthers wide receiver, known to many over the last seven years as "Philly" - as if it were his given name - decided this past offseason that he wanted to be called by, well, his actual given name. His teammates and coaches tried, but habits are hard to break. And then the Germantown native dropped several passes during the preseason, and Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl decided that this Corey thing wasn't working out. "He had a tough little time for about two-three weeks in the preseason where he had several drops," Proehl said.
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