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Three Eagles breakout candidates: Defense edition - JimmyK,
Fletcher Cox may be in a similar situation as Boykin. Last season, if you only look at his stats, you'll come away unimpressed. Cox had just three sacks, four tackles for loss, no forced fumbles and one batted pass. However, he was a lot more disruptive than the numbers would indicate. For example, give an assist to Cox for two of Boykin's interceptions.

Fan-Demonium: Beware What You Read - Tommy Lawlor,
Football fans are fanatical, and none more so than Eagles fans. That can be both a good and bad thing. The passion for football is a good thing during the season. Games are electric and there is a buzz in the air during the whole week. The offseason is where things get trickier. Fans want something to get excited about. Think about the impact that practice reports have. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews has received a lot of praise from the press for his performance during the recent Organized Team Activities. Matthews impressed everyone who watched him. He caught the ball well. He looked athletic. He ran good routes. Matthews showed the traits of being a good receiver. Most writers do take the time to point out that the OTAs are made for offensive players to shine. There is no contact. The players aren't in full pads.

Smith II, Carroll II Honor Their Fathers - Bo Wulf,
When the Eagles' first-round pick arrived at the NovaCare Complex for the first time as an Eagle, he had plenty to be excited about: starting his NFL career, playing for an exciting, young Eagles team that coveted him, the opportunity to make an immediate impact on a playoff team, even the lucrative nature of being a first-round pick. And yet, one of the first questions Marcus Smith II asked to the Eagles staff upon his arrival was about a subtle gesture of thanks to his father. So now, when Smith roams the practice field and when he hits Lincoln Financial Field this season, his jersey will read "Smith II" for the first time in his playing career.

Rookie Huff showing maturity at Eagles OTAs - Kevin Rossi, CSN Philly
Despite a past with its share of rough patches, rookie Josh Huff’s maturity has shown through so far at Eagles OTAs. Monday’s practice had ended, and while most players quickly filed toward the locker room, Huff caught balls off of the JUGS machine along with a few other wide receivers and defensive backs. Huff was one of the last players off of the practice field.

Former NFL player Marvin Harrison and another man shot at by assailants - David Gambacorta, Daily News
Former NFL star Marvin Harrison spent part of this morning dodging bullets. The retired Indianapolis Colts wide receiver was steering his Ford F-350 pickup truck through Wynnefield Heights at about 3:20 a.m. when he was flagged down by a 38-year-old man who had just bolted out of an apartment on Ford Road near Monument Road, police sources told the Daily News.

Eye On the Enemy: NFC East Roundup - Josh Paunil, Birds 24/7
Eli Manning is rejuvenated by the Giants' new offense, Kieran Darcy of says.

One for Tim's thumb: Spurs are champs again - SB Nation
After going down by 16 points early, the Spurs came roaring back and ran away with Game 5 to win the franchise's fifth NBA championship.