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Donnie Jones and Brandon Boykin affected the outcome of games on special teams last year - JimmyK,
The Eagles' special teams units last season, on the whole, were a below average group. However, they did have a few standout contributors, most notably punter Donnie Jones and gunner Brandon Boykin. When asked if Jones and Boykin were among the best in the NFL at pinning opponents deep in their own territory, special teams coordinator Dave Fipp shifted praise to the punt team as a group.

One Player - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
LeBron James opted out of his deal so now every NBA team will be coming up with a sales pitch to go after him. This got me to thinking…if I could add any player from another NFL team, who would it be? My choice is JJ Watt, the LDE from Houston. He can play the run and rush the passer from his LDE spot. In the Nickel, he slides to DT and is a very disruptive interior rusher.

#10- The Packaged Triple Read Option - ChipWagon
One of the major things to watch in 2014 in the continuing evolution of the Chip Kelly offense is the evolution of the packaged plays. We've discussed them extensively on the blog and they have been a regular feature on other sites when talking about Chip Kelly's offense. To open the Top 10 we are going to focus on a series of packaged plays which feature a minimum of 3 reads in the same play. As you will see, in these plays there is both a run and "pass" option built-in. The offensive line will block as though it is always an inside zone running play, but there are built in "pass" options. Let's start with this goalline touchdown against the Redskins:

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Herremans With ‘Something To Prove’ - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
And then there's Todd Herremans. The nine-year veteran turns 32 in October and is coming off an up-and-down campaign in 2013. "I have something to prove every year," Herremans said last week. "I just want to go out and play as good as I know that I can. If I do that and other people see it differently, then I guess that’s their opinion." Herremans was one of the veterans who said he benefited from the sports science program. He started all 16 games, as did the rest of the Eagles' starting offensive linemen.

The Huff-Kelly Reunion - Fishduck
It’s only year two of the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia, and the Eagles have already overhauled their receiver group. They released three-time Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson and veteran slot receiver Jason Avant. They re-signed Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. Then, they traded up in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft to select Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, but the front office wasn’t out of the receiver market yet. In the third round, the Eagles reunited Kelly with former Oregon receiver Josh Huff. This final move is evidence that Kelly has a consistent vision for the role of receivers in his offense.

Fitting New Pieces Into Puzzle - Dave Spadaro,
We see the method to the moves now, how the Eagles' strategy prior to free agency and the draft manifested into some key additions for the current roster puzzle ...

Thornton flirts with boxing to improve pass rush - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
Thornton spent much of his offseason fighting the perception that he’s a one-trick pony in the most literal sense. In an effort to refine the coordination between his hands and feet, he took up boxing at a South Jersey gym. With its requisite ducking and dodging, boxing offers many of the same maneuvers and techniques used by defensive linemen to fend off guard and tackles.

Why I should be RG3's music producer - PFTCommenter, SB Nation
The embattled Redskins QB is looking to hire a team of professionals to help with his friends' record.