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Eagles training camp practice notes, July 26: Mark Sanchez wins the day - Philly.com
Mark Sanchez was very good on the Eagles' first day of practices at training camp. Early on during team drills, he threw a pair of accurate bombs, and then later he hit Darren Sproles in stride on a wheel route about 30 yards down the field. The overwhelming feeling among the media was that Mark Sanchez looked bad in OTAs and minicamp, and I don't disagree. However, he also occasionally looked pretty good. He showed he could fit passes into tight windows, and make tough sideline throws with zip and accuracy.

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations - Birds 24/7
Nolan Carroll II, practicing with the second team, picks up where he left off in the spring and breaks up a Sanchez pass intended for Ifeanyi Momah. For Momah to have a chance, he's got to find ways to use his size better. It looked like he had a chance to make the catch, but Carroll knocked it away.

Barbre It Is - Iggles Blitz
We don’t know what happened with Johnson. Was this an accident or did he get caught cheating? Everyone can have an opinion, but we don’t know for a fact. The key to the situation is that Johnson learns from it and moves on. He’s got to work his butt off this summer and then be ready for October. If he handles this situation the right way, all is forgiven. If Johnson doesn’t handle it well, this could snowball into something bigger. Johnson has the right kind of people around him. Let’s hope they help him get through this with minimal problems.

Safeties Allen, Wolff in Eagles' only battle for starting spot - Inquirer
A year ago, the Eagles had one of the NFL's most intriguing training camp competitions at football's most important position. This year, they have kickers and backup quarterbacks in faux battles and only one legitimate competition for a starting spot. Alex Henery is destined to beat out rookie Carey Spear as the kicker. Mark Sanchez is the clear favorite to back up quarterback Nick Foles ahead of Matt Barkley.

Jordan Matthews reflects on time with Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green after Eagles' first practice - NJ.com
"People put a lot of stock into the first day of training camp, but (succeeding in the NFL) is about who can sustain and who can make it through the season," Matthews said. "That is what I went to train with A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson for. To learn about longevity, learn about being a professional over a long period of time."

Chip Kelly on Lane Johnson: It's on him - CSN Philly
The Eagles’ offensive tackle was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for using a banned substance. Johnson said it was prescription medication that he "mistakenly and foolishly" took to help with a "medical issue." You aren't alone if you rolled your eyes at the excuse or laughed it off as just another player who shrugged and employed the well-worn and hollow "oops, I didn’t know" defense.

Day 1: Tempo Sets The Tone - PE.com
The fans arrived at the NovaCare Complex nearly an hour before the gates opened. Hadn't it seemed like forever since we could watch some Eagles football? ...

Patriots sing happy birthday for kid with cancer - SB Nation
The Patriots and first responders came together to make a very special birthday surprise for Danny Nickerson, a six-year old with an inoperable brain tumor.