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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/7/2014.

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Anonymous Eagles offensive lineman discusses LeBron James' cramps - JimmyK, Philly.com
LeBron wasn't ready for the AC to not work. If he was, he may have been able to take some steps to avoid cramping. People can knock LeBron all they want, but cramping can easily get severe enough to sideline the greatest of athletes. If it happened earlier in the game, he would have gotten an IV and returned with no problem.

A Matter of Perspective - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
If the Eagles brass thought the defense had no talent and no hope, they would have been more aggressive with their offseason moves. Instead, they are showing patience with the current players.

Williams, ‘D’ Eager To Wash Out Bad Taste - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
Cary Williams still thinks about the horse collar tackle. He replays it in his mind and believes he could have taken down Darren Sproles without drawing that costly penalty. He  thinks about instances where he allowed a running back to drag him for extra yards rather than just taking out his legs. He thinks about the loss to the Saints, and other missteps along the way, and it bothers him.

State of the Eagles: Inside linebackers - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
For all the discussion about limiting DeMeco Ryans’ snaps I’ve gotten the feeling, after watching a few practices this spring that only we in the media think Ryans will come off the field on passing downs this season. Chip Kelly said something about limiting Ryans’ playing time (he played more snaps than any defensive player in the NFL last season) during the owners meetings in March, but when the Eagles were running through looks in their nickel defense both Ryans and Kendricks remained on the field.

Zach Ertz set for bigger role in Eagles' offense - Kevin Rossi, CSN Philly
If the Eagles are going to make up for the loss of DeSean Jackson, they need Zach Ertz to live up to expectations.  Drafted higher (35th overall) than any Eagles tight end since Keith Jackson in 1988, Ertz -- as a rookie -- caught 36 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns last season. In the first half of the season, Ertz had 14 receptions for 201 yards. Second half: 22 for 268. The one glaring difference? Touchdowns. All four of his scores came after Week 8.

Video: Eagles Insider Podcast – Evan Mathis - PE.com
In this week’s Eagles Insider Podcast, guard Evan Mathis joined Chris McPherson and Fran Duffy and talked about his journey in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl, his love for his two dogs, social media and his crazy collection of stuff...

The Seahawks have the best secondary, and everyone wants to copy it - SB Nation NFL
The copycat league was in full effect this spring as NFL teams loaded up on defensive backs in free agency and the draft in an effort to approximate the Seattle secondary. Now the question is whether or not it'll pay off. Danny Kelly has a look at the NFL's best defensive back groups.