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Former Eagles in the news: Could Dion Lewis be the next Darren Sproles?

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The Eagles are just one day away from their preseason opener, which will allow the team to get a better view of their players. While the team focuses on its current players, former Eagles are scattered across the league. From a disgraced quarterback to an offensive lineman that you probably didn't know existed, the former Philadelphia players are making news.

  • Former Eagles' running back Dion Lewis continues to get love from his new coaches. Former Chargers' head coach Norv Turner has been comparing Lewis to the Saints' Darren Sproles. While the comparison makes sense from a size and speed perspective, that's pretty high praise for a guy who has had only 36 career-rushing attempts for 171 yards. Still, few know Sproles better than Turner, who coached him prior to his arrival in New Orleans. Lewis was traded to Cleveland in April. The Eagles received backup inside linebacker Emmanuel Acho in the deal.
  • Offensive lineman Paul Fanaika barely makes the cut as a former Eagle, but the one-time Phildelphia 7th-round pick is competing for a starting spot in Arizona. According to head coach Bruce Arians, Fanaika could be poised to steal Daryn Colledge's job at right guard. Colledge has been out of the lineup for a week with an injury, but he was a high price signing by the former regime. Fanaika is a big dude at 6-foot-5 and 327 pounds. He was let go by the Eagles during the final cuts of 2009 and has bounced around the league like a pong ball ever since.
  • Former Eagles' late-blooming defensive end Chris Clemons may make the Seahawks' season opener. Clemons tore his ACL and his meniscus during the NFC Wild Card game against the Redskins last year. He has averaged double-digit sacks for Seattle since being traded their for under-achiever Daryl Tapp in 2010.
  • Everyone's favorite wide receiver Terrell Owens has told ESPN that he has spoken to several teams about returning to the NFL. While you shouldn't hold your breath on a TO return, his agent has said that the likely future Hall of Famer is in great shape. Teams have not been mentioned and TO's agent says the wide receiver will wait on teams to have injuries or depth issues.
  • In case you weren't already aware, Kevin Kolb has the worst luck ever. The former Eagles' quarterback "tweaked" his knee after slipping on a wet mat the Bills' facility. He currently competing with E.J. Manuel in one of the more depressing quarterback competitions in the league.
  • Vince Young joined the Packers this week. The backup job in Green Bay has long been considered one of the easiest jobs in sports. Young will have to make the team against a pair of forgettable options in order to hold Aaron Rodgers' clipboard.
  • 49ers' defensive coordinator Vic Fangio says Nnamdi Asomugha has been mixed in his play during training camp. While Asomugha has talent and intelligence, after his stint in Philadelphia, he has a ton to prove. He's likely to come off the bench in San Francisco.

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