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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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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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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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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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February 2, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Doug Pederson had just started as head coach at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La., in 2005 when he received an offer to help the San Francisco 49ers' coaching staff. He turned it down only months after retiring from a 12-year playing career and settling in his offseason home in northwest Louisiana. Johnny Booty, Calvary's athletic director at the time, was concerned. He was convinced that Pederson was a promising coach poised for a bright future. But he didn't want a revolving door for a program in only its second year of existence.
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December 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
After catching a touchdown in last week's win over Buffalo, Nelson Agholor flipped the football to the referee. It was his first NFL score. The Eagles rookie wide receiver could have had the ball stashed in his locker by an equipment manager. Perhaps, Agholor would then display it on his mantle. Instead, he said he had no interest in doing that. He has never been one to save footballs. After the game, when the ball happened to be returned to him, Agholor gave it to a young fan. "It's just how it is," Agholor said.
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December 9, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles released wide receiver Miles Austin a day after he was inactive for the first time this season. The team announced the move Monday, but didn't yet make a corresponding move to replace Austin's spot on the 53-man roster. Rookie Jonathan Krause, who was signed off the practice squad before the Lions game, got the nod ahead of Austin on Sunday against the Patriots. He had one catch for four yards. The Eagles had seven receivers - a large number - on the roster before Austin's release.
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November 18, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you want to know what Chip Kelly really thinks of his wide receivers, particularly the collection of players who line up primarily on the outside, look at how the Eagles' passes have been distributed this season compared with the previous two. In 2013, outside receivers were targeted 45.4 percent of the time, while inside "receivers" - the slot, tight ends and running backs - saw 54.6 percent. In 2014, outside receivers were targeted 43.6 percent of the time, while inside receivers were targeted 56.4 percent.
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October 17, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Penn State has seen Braxton Miller only twice, both times as Ohio State's quarterback. For its coaches, its players and Nittany Nation, that was two times too many. Miller's mind-boggling combination of speed, quickness, elusiveness and decision-making was a factor in a pair of wins for the Buckeyes - 35-23 at Beaver Stadium in 2012, and, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium in 2013. In those two contests, Miller rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns, and passed for 395 yards and four TDs. After a one-year absence when he sat out with a shoulder injury, Miller returns Saturday night for the top-ranked Buckeyes' game against Penn State as an H-back – a dual-threat runner and pass-catcher.
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October 16, 2015 | Rich Hofmann and David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writers
(What once was a nine-alarm fire is now a manageable little blaze. That's what happens in the NFL when a team wins a single game and has a record of 2-3 instead of 1-4, as the Eagles did Sunday against the Saints. There is still plenty to fix, still plenty to talk about as they confront their biggest rivals, the New York Giants. Yes, the Giants - not the Cowboys. But that is an argument for another time. This week, David Murphy and Rich Hofmann began the afternoon in agreement - the beer of choice for both was Sierra Nevada in a can.)
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