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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Marcus Smith #91 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates sacking Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators in the second quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Eagles Take A Surprise In Louisville LB Marcus Smith

The Eagles made a somewhat shocking move and selected Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith with the 26th overall pick, which the Eagles obtained from the Cleveland Browns, along with the 83 rd overall pick in the third round.

05/08/2014

:BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 26: Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the LSU Tigers scores a touchdown against the Furman Paladins during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU won the game 48-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Eagles Would Be Landing A Gem In Odell Beckham

Amid the eye of the NFL Draft glitz machine sits Odell Beckham Jr. in a busy airport getting ready to leave for New York. As his new world swirls around him, the klieg lights being arranged and limo reservations made for Radio City Music Hall, Beckham Jr. seems unfazed by it all.

05/08/2014

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Fletcher Cox Feels Good Steps Are Ahead

A momentary smile flashed across the face of Fletcher Cox at the thought: Being in the same defense for another year.

01/08/2014

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass in the first quarter against Bennie Logan #96 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Bennie Logan Looks To Improve On Strong Rookie Season

He made an impact. There was no doubt about that. Once the Eagles inserted Bennie Logan in at nose guard, the team’s overall defense improved, sured up by the quick, explosive third-round draft pick out of LSU.

01/06/2014

Evan Mathis #69 and Todd Herremans #79 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions on December 8, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Evan Mathis Concludes Best Season

Evan Mathis thinks in absolutes. He doesn’t do conjecture and he rarely looks at the past. Mathis feels that attitude has kept him grounded, kept him always looking to do more. The Eagles left guard has been one of the best at his position for the last three years now.

01/06/2014

Towson State running back Terrance West. (Photo by Andrew Grant/Sports Network)

The Annual FCS Awards Bring In The Legends

If there wasn’t a Division I-AA level, or what today is called the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), who knows where Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Buck Buchanan would have wound up.

12/16/2013

Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles jogs off the field following the Eagles 24-16 win over the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Credit:  Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Why The Eagles Will Make The Playoffs

Who knew this was going to happen? Not many. Back in July, there were some that had suspicions the Eagles could be a 7- or 8-win team, but no one was predicting playoffs for a team that needed time to coalesce and heal in recovering from a feckless 4-12 season last year.

11/27/2013

St. Joseph’s Prep senior quarterback Chris Martin (credit: Joseph Santoliquito)

St. Joe’s Prep Makes History With First Title Since 2005

They know all of the steps. They’re deeply ingrained, beginning way back what seems like light years ago in August, before anyone puts their shoulder pads and helmets on.

11/08/2013

Michael Vick and Chip Kelly (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

A Bold Game-By-Game Look At The Eagles’ 2013 Season

The following is a bold, somewhat irreverent dissection of Chip Kelly’s first season.

08/29/2013

Kyle Shurmur, son of Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur (credit: Joseph Santoliquito/CBS Philly)

Kyle Shurmur Takes Over At La Salle

For the first time this season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior will be a starting high school varsity quarterback.

08/26/2013

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NFL Refs Assure Kelly’s Offense Won’t Be Slowed

It looks as if Chip Kelly’s offense will be able to perform at the light-speed pace the first-year Eagles’ coach expects, according to NFL referee Scott Green, who spoke to the media Friday at the NovaCare Complex about ball placement and game speed.

08/02/2013

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Brandon Boykin Is Looking Impressive

Boykin, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound fourth-round pick in 2012, has a chance to be an impact player for the Eagles in his second season.

08/02/2013

Training camp on July 29th. (credit: Ed Benkin/KYW)

Rookie Earl Wolff Ready To Be Eagles’ Secondary Enforcer

Eagles’ training camp is a week old under Chip Kelly and there’s been one constant every day after the final whistle blows ending practice: That’s rookie fifth-round draft pick Earl Wolff taking extra reps, catching passes, honing footwork, sharpening technique.

07/29/2013

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Chip Kelly Likes What He Sees From His Quarterbacks

Chip Kelly completed his first full day of training camp with a full Eagles squad, and as predicted going in, all eyes were on quarterbacks Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley.

07/26/2013

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