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Kelce explains why he pees a lot - JimmyK,
During the last minicamp, we observed initially that Eagles center Jason Kelce had used the port-a-potty on consecutive days during practice. On the third day of minicamp, Kelce achieved the trifecta.

Let ‘em Coach - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Assistant coaches love freedom and responsibility. They hate to be micro-managed. Kelly did a terrific job of putting together his staff. If the Eagles continue to win as I expect them to do, the challenge could be to replace the coaches well. That’s where Andy Reid struggled. Reid hired a great initial staff. Unfortunately they were young coaches who moved on to better roles (some as head coach, others as coordinator). Reid tried to hire a variety of replacements, but never came close to the original staff he had.

Which Passers Were Most Effective on Third Down in in 2013? - Football Perspective
Nick Foles was consistently throwing in unfavorable third down situations (on average, with 8.7 yards to do). Presumably this is because the Eagles were much more likely than other teams to run on third and short, but based on the average distance, Foles was expected to convert just 32.7% of his first downs. In reality, he had a 40.4% rate, which vaults him into the top five.

#12 - Why Execution Matters - ChipWagon
It's the old sprint-out, throwback screen. Interesting play design on this one. The play starts with sprint-action right. You'll note the movement of the OL to the top of the screen and Nick Foles will also roll right off the snap. Also note Jason Avant's pre-snap motion and #36 following him indicating man coverage. All action is right.

Wake-Up Call: Decisions Coming At OLB - TMac, Birds 24/7
It will be interesting to see how the outside linebacker position shakes out this summer, particularly when it comes to Brandon Graham. Last year, as the Eagles whittled their roster from 90 down to 53, four outside linebackers ultimately made the squad –Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, Graham and Casey Matthews – and four spots were given to inside ‘backers. There’s some wiggle room in how you configure the corps, but not much. With several spots already accounted for at outside linebacker, Chip Kelly will have some pretty significant decisions to make as he rounds out the position. Barwin and Cole return as the projected  starters this season. The Eagles selected Marcus Smith in the first round this past May. Those three are the locks. From there things get a little less certain.

Catching Up With Eagles Cheerleaders -
There's no offseason for the Eagles Cheerleaders. Here's a look at some of the things that they've been up to during the busy offseason ...

2014 NBA Draft: Sixers Select Joel Embiid - Liberty Ballers
The Sixers drafted a bunch of players on Thursday night. Read all about that at LB.

See the NBA's emotional tribute to Isaiah Austin during 2014 draft - Tom Ziller, SB Nation
In a touching moment, the NBA "selected" Austin, whose career was ended by discovery of a genetic disorder.

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