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Mark Sanchez made some big boy throws Friday night in Chicago - Philly.com
If there ever was a battle for the backup quarterback job between Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley, it's probably over by now. In the first preseason game against the Chicago Bears, Sanchez was very impressive, as he's been through most of training camp. In his pre-practice press conference at Franklin Field on Sunday, Chip Kelly spoke about what he sees in Sanchez.

Curry still unlikely to start despite pass-rush skills - Inquirer
Typically, that kind of production would warrant more playing time, and Curry's playing time did increase as last season progressed. But he still was coming off the bench, and he likely will have the same role in 2014, mostly as a situational pass rusher. The Eagles' 3-4 base defense utilizes two-gap technique, and Curry is simply not the ideal fit for the scheme. He was drafted in 2012 as a 4-3 end, an edge rusher who can shoot gaps to the quarterback.

Game Review: Eagles Defense Vs. Bears - Birds 24/7
I tried to keep a close eye on Marcus Smith II. What I saw was he's capable of doing a lot of things well, but he looks like he has a ways to go as a pass-rusher. Smith set the edge and helped stop the run after a 2-yard pickup. He tipped a pass and nearly had an interception in the second. Smith set the edge on another play, made the tackle and tried to strip the ball. In coverage, he showed good athleticism, dropping the wide receiver for a 1-yard loss and showing the ability to tackle in space. On another play, Smith got around the edge against the right tackle and forced Jimmy Clausen to step up and scramble. But otherwise, Smith's pass-rush looked like a work in progress. The Bears had an RB pick him on a blitz once and were able to block him one-on-one with a tight end on other occasions.

Jordan Matthews Has Grasp On Big Picture - PE.com
Jordan Matthews went out on Sunday for Training Camp practice at Franklin Field and does what he's done all summer: Finished his assignments and paid attention to the details. Routine stuff ...

After return, Maclin ready for trip to Revis Island - CSN Philly
The last time Jeremy Maclin played football, his coach was Andy Reid, his offensive coordinator was Marty Mornhinweg and his teammates included Nnamdi Asomugha, Clay Harbor and Cullen Jenkins. It’s been a while.

Chip Kelly And The Timeless Art Of Seduction - Deadspin
Anyone else catch Chip Kelly licking his headset?

Jets reach out to Asante Samuel - PFT
Asante Samuel, whose dropped interception set the stage for David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII, was contacted by the Jets, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Per Mehta, it’s unlikely that Samuel will be signed, since the Jets plan to go younger.

The 10 best fantasy defenses for the 2014 season - SB Nation
"Keepers" continues its preseason positional rankings with the best defense/special teams units for your upcoming draft.