The Linc - Expect Some Spice Against New England

August 9, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Marquis Maze (3) runs with the ball past Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (46) during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Steelers 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Eagles say they will 'spice up' vanilla defense
It was clear during practice the last two days that there were two specific areas Castillo wanted to work on. Third-down defense was emphasized in Saturday's practice, red-zone defense in Sunday's practice. And Castillo also harped on the importance of tackling, which he said is the byproduct of muscle memory. The more it's drilled, the better the player will be. When a player hasn't tackled in eight months, it comes more slowly than it does after he spends a few months doing it.

Young returners a bright spot for Eagles
While the Eagles first- and second-teams for the most part struggled on Thursday night, the return game, led by Brandon Boykin and Damaris Johnson, looked impressive.

Cox, Vallos highlight the Eagles' 'Big-Guy Drill'
Earlier in camp, we detailed one entertaining portion of practice: the blitz pickup drill. Here's another: the big-guy drill.

Iggles Blitz " Blog Archive " Demetress Bell Demoted
Let’s not go overboard with this news. Bell was on the field for 7 snaps I think. Very limited sample size. Next week the starting offense will go for close to a half, maybe the whole half. We’ll get a much better feel for Bell at that point. As for Dunlap, I do trust King. I’d rather not have him start, but he knows the offense, Mudd’s scheme, and has played well for us when called upon.

After bad game, Jarrett vows to fix mistakes
Jaiquawn Jarrett struggled in the Eagles' first preseason game on Thursday and, on Saturday, vowed to continue to get better.

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