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Philadelphia Eagles LeSean McCoy Talks DeSean Jackson Departure, Chip Kelly and Darren Sproles

April 13th, 2014 at 12:18 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles made one of the more surprising moves of the offseason when they released Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Since then a CBS-3 report surfaced saying Jackson was a problem for head coach Chip Kelly and not well liked by his teammates. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy addressed some of those issues Saturday at his Citi Thank You football camp.

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“I've never seen the two get into it,” McCoy said. “Coach Kelly is understanding. If there is ever an issue or problem, he seems to work it out.”

McCoy was also very surprised by the decision to release Jackson. After all Jackson was coming off his best NFL season. The Pro Bowl wide receiver caught 82 balls for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.

“Not playing with him is definitely going to be different,” McCoy said. “Playing against him is really going to be different. It is big shoes to fill. DeSean was by far one of the best playmakers in the game and the best deep threat in the game. Then again, I think the front office, obviously, knows what they are doing. If you make a move like that, you have something up your sleeve to get some thing that's similar or even better.”

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Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy and Citi Thank You Program Host Football Clinic

April 12th, 2014 at 6:59 PM
By Nick Gill

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Citi Thank You Program put on a great football clinic at Camden Catholic High School Saturday. The event, presented by Pro Camps, allowed more than 70 children the opportunity to meet and participate in various drills with McCoy and certified high school and college coaches.

“I hope everyone bonds with each other,” McCoy said of the camp. “I think in these types of camps, you want to learn, but you want to have fun. Just having fun communicating with the coaches and learning.”

In honor of McCoy, the kids were divided into two age groups; the Panthers and the Eagles, McCoy's college and professional teams. They went through a plethora of drills designed to improve offensive skills. There were quarterback, running back, and wide receiver groups for the children to focus on the fundamentals.

The children learned the proper footwork to drop back and the proper hand postilion to take the snap. They ran routes like the hitch and go, which was popular among the youth. The children showed off their best moves on McCoy as he played the defender. They caught passes from the two-time All-Pro.

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Philadelphia Eagles’ 2014 NFL Draft Prospect – WR Mike Evans

April 8th, 2014 at 4:49 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The 2014 NFL Draft is another day closer and that means it's another day to take a look at potential draft prospects for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have some holes they need to fill on both sides of the ball. However, the biggest hole was recently created with the release of DeSean Jackson. The first wide receiver we looked at was Penn State's Allen Robinson. The second wide receiver we will be looking at is Mike Evans from Texas A&M.

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Mike Evans is a six-foot-five 231 pound receiver who was quarterback Johnny Manziel's favorite target. Both Evans and Manziel were redshirted as freshman in 2011 and became starters in 2012. Evans played in every game during the 2012 season and set new records for a freshman receiver with 1,105 yards on 82 receptions. He had five touchdowns as well. Evans saw less receptions in 2013, but more receiving yards as he had 69 receptions for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 20.2 yards per catch during the 2013 season which is up from his average of 13.5 in 2012. 

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Philadelphia Eagles LB Jake Knott Suspended for First Four Games of 2014 Season

April 4th, 2014 at 11:23 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

For the first four games of the 2014 season, the Philadelphia Eagles will be without linebacker Jake Knott. The linebacker was handed a four game suspension by the NFL for violation of the performance-enhancing substances policy that the league has in place.

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With all of these policies in place, players need to be extremely aware of what is in the products they use. A simple tablet of an over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol could set off a positive test for a substance banned by the league. 

Knott was made aware of the positive test and owned up to his mistake, admitting in a statement that he has been taking a nutritional supplement.

"Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL. I have never knowingly ingested a banned substance, but like most players, I take nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, I now know that supplements are not regulated and thus may contain things that are not listed on the label."

While most players may take nutritional supplements, the easiest way to make sure you are not taking anything that has a banned substance in it is to talk with the team physicians. They will usually have a list of what is allowed by the league.

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Philadelphia Eagles’ 2014 NFL Draft Prospect – WR Allen Robinson

April 1st, 2014 at 9:37 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

It's that time of the offseason again. Every team is looking at their roster and figuring out which holes need to be filled in the draft or are building for the future. For the Philadelphia Eagles, its a little bit of both. With the outright release of wide receiver DeSean Jackson last week, it only makes sense that the Philadelphia Eagles need to address the void that was created. With that in mind, let's take a look at 2014 NFL Draft prospect, wide receiver Allen Robinson.

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Robinson declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season at Penn State. After only having three receptions in his freshman year for only 29 yards, Robinson moved up to become the starter for his sophomore and junior seasons, becoming the leading wide receiver in the Big Ten Conference those years. In 2012, he came away with 77 receptions for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. With 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and six touchdowns, it was evident that Robinson was the go-to guy for the Penn State offense.

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