The Linc - Bill Davis says Eagles have defensive depth

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/17/2014.

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Look around the NFC: The Niners' offseason timeline of awfulness - JimmyK, Philly.com
No matter what your outlook is for the 2014 Eagles, there's no question they have to leapfrog the Seahawks and 49ers to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl. No reasonable fan can confidently say that the Eagles are better than either of those two teams at the present time. However, the Eagles are a talented enough team to occasionally look beyond the NFC East at what the rest of the conference is up to, and one of the elite teams is facing a lot of adversity. The 49ers have had an absolute mess of distractions this offseason, which we'll detail here.

How Good Can the Eagles Be? - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The Eagles went 10-6 in 2013. They won the NFC East and hosted a playoff game. It was a good initial season for Chip Kelly, but there is a lot of room for improvement. As we talk about expectations for 2014, most of the discussion centers on whether the team will take a step back or maintain the status quo. Is it possible for the Eagles to take a big step forward and challenge Seattle for NFC supremacy? Let’s talk about what would need to happen for the Eagles to make that kind of a leap.

Bill Davis Optimistic About 2014 Defense - Danta Klaus, PE.com
The Eagles defense enters Year 2 under coordinator Bill Davis looking to improve upon a 2013 season in which the unit limited the number of big plays against and was among the league leaders in turnovers forced. The team went 10-6, won the NFC East and the defense’s performance over the final three months of the season was a big factor in that outcome. However, that improvement means nothing if it is not taken to another level in 2014. Part of reaching that next level is becoming even more familiar with the scheme and buying into its multiplicity, which includes each player learning a variety of positions in order to help disguise alignments.

Bicknell On DeSean, State Of Receivers - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
Many of the offseason questions for the Eagles surround the wide receiver position, so we spent a good portion of Monday’s session with the assistant coaches at Bob Bicknell‘s table for his read on the state of the receivers. Here’s what we came away with: Bicknell might be best known in Philadelphia for his flap with DeSean Jackson on the sidelines in Minnesota back in December. This led to speculation that the coach and player had a strained relationship — a theory that gained steam when Jackson was shown the door back in March. Not so, according to the receivers coach.

Burton embodies versatility - Jake Kaplan, Daily News
But of the 15 undrafted rookies the Eagles signed after last month's draft, there is perhaps none a more intriguing prospect in Chip Kelly's system than Trey Burton, the multifaceted tight end from the University of Florida. Burton will enter camp likely on the outside looking in regarding a 53-man roster spot, but there is no question he embodies a characteristic his head coach loves - versatility.

Davis intent on decreasing DeMeco Ryans' snaps - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
No defensive player in the NFL played more snaps last year than DeMeco Ryans. No lineman, no D-back, no other linebacker. His 1,156 plays represented 96 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps and was four more than Chad Greenway of the Vikings played. That number is very high. And it has to come down, Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis said Monday.

Chip Kelly headlines intriguing group of coaches entering Year 2 - Albert Breer, NFL.com
"The whole DeSean Jackson thing, that helped out, to be honest, in making all the other guys aware," star running back LeSean McCoy said last Monday in a private, post-practice moment. "It's all possible. They'll cut one of your best guys if (he's) not buying in. On any team -- any team -- you look at that, and as a player, you can look at it from so many different sides, but no matter how good you are, you gotta follow these guidelines. And if you don't, you could be gone. ... You gotta buy in."

USA vs. Ghana: Winning ugly is the American way - Kevin McCauley, SB Nation
Did the United States play poorly against Ghana? No, not really. The United States played like the United States against Ghana.

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