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How the Eagle Was Landed - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
We all love Nick Foles now. He’s the greatest QB ever. He’s Nickfoleon Dynamite. But where did he come from? My guess was that a secret government lab combined the DNA of Ben Franklin, Brian Dawkins and Dr. J and created Nick from that. Jeff McLane seems to think he simply was drafted from the University of Arizona. That just sounds way too simple to land the greatest player in NFL history. But we’ll go with his version for now.

It's the Little Things Make Me Want to Say FRANCHISE - ChipWagon
For all the QB ratings, 7 TD game, 0 INTs, only 1 loss, etc. perhaps the thing that makes me want to say Nick Foles is the next franchise QB more than anything is some of the little things he does on a week-to-week basis. From looking off safeties, to pump fakes, to TD runs. Last week, we saw a few more of these "plays they don't have stats for".

McCoy sparking comparisons to Detroit great Sanders - John Murrow, Daily News
GROWING UP in Harrisburg, LeSean McCoy enjoyed watching Lions running back Barry Sanders run over opposing defenses on Sundays. With Sanders' unique style and raw talent, McCoy never imagined he would someday be compared to the Hall of Famer. Known primarily for his ability to make something out of nothing, McCoy has remained humble throughout his short career whenever he is asked of the comparison to Sanders.

Punter, punt coverage key to Eagles' surge - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
The Eagles' success in punt coverage could be summed up with two words: Donnie Jones. But crediting the punter for all of the unit's accomplishments would be slighting how much of a role players like Brandon Boykin, Colt Anderson, Kurt Coleman and James Casey have contributed on special teams this season. As the Eagles prepare for a huge game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field, the punt-cover team is third in the NFL in return average allowed (a lowly 5.5 yards). Jones has dropped a second-best 29 punts inside the 20. And his net average (41.3 yards) is seventh in the league.

Prospect Watch: Top 21 NFL mock draft - Jared Sherman, CSN Philly
21. Philadelphia Eagles -- Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford, No. 93
I'm sticking to my Trent Murphy selection despite the uptick in Trent Cole and Brandon Graham's production. Cole might be a salary cap victim after the season, and Graham will have to continue to produce to stay in Billy Davis' plans. Murphy isn't quite the pass rusher Clemson's Vic Beasley is, but he's a much better all-around player. He's terrific against the run and can hold his own against RBs and TEs in coverage. He has the ideal size (6-6/260) for the position and is absolutely tough as nails. One of my favorite players in the draft.

Henery And Suh: An Unlikely Friendship - Danta Klaus,
Alex Henery and Ndamukong Suh were college teammates at the University of Nebraska for three seasons from 2007-09 and, unlikely as it might seem given their respective positions, struck up a friendship that endures to this day. "I was texting him right now, actually," Henery said as a reporter approached his locker on Thursday. Suh, for all his tremendous ability, has earned himself a negative reputation in the NFL for dirty play. He has drawn the ire of Commissioner Roger Goodell and been the target of a number of hefty fines for on-field transgressions. Henery knows a different Suh, however.

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