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Eagles training camp practice notes, July 31: Cary Williams wins the day -
On one play early in practice, undrafted rookie free agent Kadron Boone caught a pass near the sideline, when he casually tried to step out of bounds. Williams came barreling in and de-cleated him. "I just wanted to send a message early," said Williams, "so that people know we're going to be out here and stay physical, be aggressive, and just play football. It's part of the game. We have pads on. I didn't hurt him. You have to expect that if a guy has a great angle on you in a game, that's what's going to happen."

Practice Roundup – D Shows Up - Iggles Blitz
Training Camp is always good news/bad news. The dynamic goes something like this…for the first few days, the QBs were looking really good. No INTs. But the defense was struggling. Now the defense looks good as they come up with INTs, but the QBs are struggling. Obviously that’s an oversimplification of things, but you get the general idea. On any given play, something good and bad is happening to the team. The key here is that you don’t want one side winning all the time. That’s when you’ve got a problem. When things go back and forth, you’re good to go. Brandon is kind of a fan of what he’s seen from Jordan Matthews. See if you agree with my assessment.

Camp Notes: Irvin Talks Jordan Matthews - Birds 24/7
"He can be a combination of a few guys. You watch a big guy play the slot like a Marques Colston, he has that ability but he's faster than Marques Colston. So now he gets outside he can probably do more things than a Colston can do. I look at him as a combination of a lot of good receivers in this league with an ability to be great."

Jordan Matthews WILL produce for Eagles in 2014 - The700Level
If you ask me, you should totally buy into the hype on Jordan Mattews. There is nothing to dislike about the kid. Size, strength, speed, intelligence, work ethic, production—Matthews has it all. He even makes Mark Sanchez look good. That’s not to say Matthews is going to waltz right into a conversation as one of the NFL’s leading receivers, either. Could he become a focal point of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense as a rookie, though? Absolutely.

Ertz's improvement bolsters solid tight-end corps - Inquirer
A betting man may be inclined to wager on the tight ends, specifically Zach Ertz, when trying to decipher who will benefit from the departures of wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Avant, who played 89 percent and 71 percent of the offense's plays, respectively, in 2013. "I'm so confident this year in my abilities," Ertz said this week. "Last year, I was a wide-eyed rookie. I wasn't even here for OTAs. It's a completely different situation. I have confidence in myself and I think the coaches do, as well."

So just how many touches will LeSean McCoy get? - CBS
When Darren Sproles was acquired by the Eagles, the immediate thought was that he'd supplant LeSean McCoy in many passing situations and be used for what he's done best over his career: catch passes and make plays. That would put a damper on McCoy's reception total, which was at 52 grabs last year (not a career-high). Sproles has averaged 77.3 catches per year over the last three seasons. But Eagles coach Chip Kelly told SiriusXM NFL Radio that there isn't a set number on McCoy for touches this season, suggesting that so long as McCoy can handle the workload, he'll use him.

Patriots, Cowboys, Lions lead the list of best offensive lines -
10. Philadelphia Eagles -- Second-year right tackle Lane Johnson will miss the first four games of the 2014 season after violating the league's policies on performance-enhancing substances, and Johnson really could have used the work. He appeared overmatched for the most part in pass protection, though he improved as the season progressed. He'll most likely be replace by Allen Barbre in the short term. Left tackle Jason Peters didn't have his best season, but held up well in a scheme that tests linemen to their limits with zone concepts and wide splits. The superstar here is left guard Evan Mathis, who adapted perfectly to the complications inherent in Chip Kelly's offensive structures. Center Jason Kelce and right guard Todd Herremans filled out a line that stayed on the field all the way through the regular season and into the playoffs. If they can do that again, and can further integrate their talents into what Kelly does, this entire offense could be ridiculously good.​

Undervalued fantasy WRs - ESPN In$ider
Before the 2013 season, DeSean Jackson had never posted more than 62 receptions, 1,156 receiving yards or nine touchdowns in a season. Chip Kelly's offense changed that, as Jackson posted new highs in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,332) and tied for his single-season high in touchdowns (9) last year. That bodes well for Maclin to post career highs now that he is taking Jackson's place as the top vertical threat in the Philadelphia offense. Particularly telling for Maclin is that in the 2012 season he outpaced Jackson in nearly every vertical pass category. Maclin had a higher VYPA (14.8 for Maclin, 11.4 for Jackson) and SVYPA (17.8 for Maclin, 10.0 for Jackson) and did so on similar or higher target volumes (45 vertical/22 stretch-vertical targets for Maclin, 38 vertical/23 stretch-vertical targets for Jackson).

Celebrity Wife Swap: Just let Plaxico Burress watch TV in peace - SB Nation
Look at him. He's a man at peace. Why can't you leave him alone, TV producers?

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