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Let’s Talk About RBs - Iggles Blitz
We also have to talk about the other players. You don’t move your backup RB (and not replace him) unless you are comfortable with some players already on the roster. Maybe this move was as much about Chris Polk as it was Brown. Polk only ran 11 times in 2013, but did show good potential. Kelly played him more and more as the season went along. Polk is a N-S runner with good strength and is an excellent fit for Kelly’s system.

The Case for Jeremy Maclin: A Response to Bleeding Green Nation - Inside the Eagles
Before I get started with where I disagree with some of Rodriguez’s points, I’ll begin with what I agree with him on. I agree with his point regarding misleading statistics, such as the "stat" that some people have been pointing to, showing that Maclin is one of five receivers to register 250 catches, 3500 yards, and 25 touchdowns before their 25th birthday. The other 4 receivers? Larry Fitzgerald, Hakeem Nicks, Randy Moss, and Isaac Bruce. When an accomplishment or "record" has so many qualifications, usually it’s stretching to make a point. For instance, if a receiver had registered 248 catches, 4000 yards, and 40 touchdowns on their 26th birthday, they wouldn’t make it onto this "exclusive" list, but does that really mean anything? I also agree that to date, Maclin hasn’t fully lived up to the expectations of a first round pick. He hasn’t had a breakout year yet, but make no bones about it– he has been a solid receiver.

Kempski's Corner: Eagles training camp position battles - Philly.com
On today's Kempski's Corner, Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski and Pat Gallen break down the competition at wide receiver, quarterback and the secondary on the eve of Philadelphia Eagles training camp.

Eagles Roster Breakdown: The 90-Man Rating System - Birds 24/7
Brad Smith, WR - You could argue that he's more of a fringe guy, but I think Smith has a leg up on Maehl and Benn, so I put him here. Smith checks off Kelly's "can do a lot of things" box. He's a likely bet to land one of the final WR spots.

2014 Eagles training camp storylines - CSN Philly
One of the strongest units of last year’s team is, suddenly, a source of concern headed into camp with right tackle Lane Johnson suspended for the first four games of the season because of PEDs. Allen Barbre will likely fill the void, ensuring that the Birds won’t have all five linemen start every game. With Barbre in the starting lineup, the next guy off the bench at guard is Matt Tobin, an undrafted rookie from last season who didn’t play a single game. That’s a scary thought given that three stalwarts -- Jason Peters, Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans -- are each over 30. The Eagles are one injury away from an offensive line featuring Barbre and Tobin.

How 'Nostradomo' envisions the upcoming NFL season - Daily News
Will Chip Kelly end up regretting his decision to release DeSean Jackson? I don't think so. Every chance he got during the offseason, Kelly made sure to mention all of the man coverage the Eagles saw last season. He was concerned with the way bigger corners like the Saints' Keenan Lewis were able to manhandle Jackson at the line of scrimmage and delay his entry into routes. Kelly, like many of the league's other offensive coaches, feels you need bigger wideouts to do battle with the league's big, physical corners. Hence, the drafting of Jordan Matthews. Hence, the departure of Jackson, even after an 82-catch, 1,332-yard, nine-touchdown season.

Fair To Be Fired Up About 2014 - PE.com
Life goes from zero to 200 mph right now. It's here. It's on us. The 2014 season has started and the gates to Training Camp open and, well, are you ready for some Eagles football? ...

Ray Rice and the real problem with the NFL's personal conduct policy - SB Nation
The league is convinced it gave Ray Rice a suitable and tough punishment, but the public thinks otherwise. So where does the problem lie?