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Eagles notes: Top 5 camp battles, Eagles fantasy football rankings, and draft grade GPAs - JimmyK,
Matt Barkley vs Mark Sanchez - There will be no QB controversy for the starting QB job in training camp this year like there was in 2013, but the battle for the Eagles' backup QB job should be a very interesting one to keep an eye on. Nick Foles is a tough QB, but he missed a game in 2012 as well as another game and a half due to injury in 2013. There are pretty good odds that we'll see either Barkley and Sanchez at some point this season, which makes the competition for the backup job a very important one.

Talkin’ Bout Practice - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
All football coaches love practice. There are no distractions, such as fans or TV. It is just players and coaches. There is time to teach and time to learn. That is football at its purest. Chip Kelly takes his love of practice to a whole new level. Even going back to his days as an assistant, Kelly became famous for his unique practices. The music. The speed. The style of practice. Players get a ton of reps, but overall practices are shorter. There is literally no wasted time or motion. Everything is thought out and done for a specific reason.

Eagles workhorse Ryans is back for more - Zach Berman, Inquirer
DeMeco Ryans will turn 30 in July, and he is coming off a season in which he played more regular-season snaps than any defensive player in the NFL. After enduring questions last spring about whether he could be a three-down linebacker in the Eagles' 3-4 defense, Ryans now entertains questions about whether he's on the field too much.

Wake-Up Call: As the Secrets Get Out - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
It is yet to be determined how much success Kelly will have in his NFL coaching career, but there is no denying that his approach to running a football program caught the attention of the league at large, and really opened the eyes of those who got a look at the machine up close. Whether we're talking about offensive concepts, sports science or organizational structure, there will be parts of Kelly's design that will be adopted and implemented by other teams around the league. The more he wins, the more this will be true. There is no getting around it.

Curry Pushing For Role In Year 3 - Dave Spadaro,
Vinny Curry made the decision once the 2013 season ended. He would attack the offseason like never before, changing his diet and working harder than ever to find his place in the Eagles defense ...

2015 NFL Draft first 64 watch list: Say hello to the next crop of prospects - Dan Kadar, SB Nation NFL
College football loves watch lists. Every award has a preseason watch list, some of which are just ridiculous. There are 64 players on the Rimington Award watch list this year. If 64 centers can be on a watch list, surely we can quickly look ahead at 64 players eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft. In a preliminary glance, the next crop of NFL prospects looks like a good one.

The Hope Index: Which NFL teams have the most hope for the future? |
11) Philadelphia Eagles: 13.5 - The Eagles tap various elements of the Hope Index: three winning records in five years to represent the past, coach-quarterback-regime points for the future, and five 2013 Pro Bowlers for the present. These ratings would look very different if a "wide receiver anxiety" variable were added -- the Texans, Browns and Eagles would all drop -- but does anyone want to give wide receivers that much power?

Equal and Unfair: Should NFL owners be subjected to drug testing like the players? | The Rotation
Drug-testing policies may be universal -- but does that mean they're fair? Shouldn't recreational use (like Josh Gordon's) be punished differently from PEDs? And -- in the wake of Jim Irsay's transgressions -- shouldn't owners be held to the same standards as their players?

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