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Panthers tight end Ed Dickson: Eagles’ Chip Kelly isn’t a racist

Carolina Panthers' Ed Dickson (84) makes a reception past Thomas Davis (58) and Kurt Coleman (20) during morning practice at Carolina Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.
Carolina Panthers' Ed Dickson (84) makes a reception past Thomas Davis (58) and Kurt Coleman (20) during morning practice at Carolina Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers tight end Ed Dickson says Chip Kelly, his former coach at Oregon, might not care for players with inflated egos, but he’s not a racist.

Kelly, the Philadelphia Eagles’ third-year coach, has come under attack by a couple of ex-players who were traded away. Bills running back LeSean McCoy said Kelly got rid of “all the good black players,” while Steelers cornerback Brandon Boykin recently claimed Kelly is “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.”

Dickson, who played at Oregon from 2005-2009, didn’t see any signs of racism.

“I know the guy and personally I don’t think he’s racist and everything like that,” said Dickson, who is black. “I think he’s very powerful and he knows his stuff. And he doesn’t like egos. I think that’s getting him in trouble a little bit. I think he’ll work it out within the team and I think the Eagles will be a very good team if they can all buy into the system.”

Kelly was the Ducks’ offensive coordinator for two years when Dickson was at Oregon before becoming head coach before Dickson’s final season.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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