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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/12/2014.

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Searching for a Pass Rush - ChipWagon
So my lesson for today, is while we are busy obsessing over edge pass rushers in the 2014 collegiate season, if the Eagles are to improve their pass rush dramatically in 2014, it's going to come from the defensive line. Most notably, the hope is it comes from 3rd year man who has shown the most potential, Fletcher Cox. But as I will show, we have other candidates who can make key contributions who also flashed in preseason game #1 against the Bears.

[BLG Note: Definitely a must-read post. For those complaining about the Eagles OLBs.. check this out.]

Kempski's Corner: Eagles, Patriots prepare for joint practices - Philly.com
On today's Kempski's Corner, Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski and Pat Gallen preview the Eagles joint practices with the Patriots before their preseason game this week in Foxborough.

Bill Davis on Preseason Football - Iggles Blitz
Davis talked about preseason football and what goes on. He explained that coaches keep things pretty simple (or vanilla) for a specific reason. They want to evaluate players. If the Eagles call a brilliant blitz, the coaches will know their play design worked and that the players can execute it, but what they won’t know is if the players on the field can pressure the QB on skill alone. This is the time to find out as much as you can about who can play and who can’t. That means a lot of base defense and simple calls.

Dissecting the Eagles’ offensive line struggles in Chicago - The 700 Level
While the bulk of the negative attention fell on Nick Foles for heaving a pair of interceptions in the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason opener, much of the problem can be traced back to the play of the offensive line. Whether it was pressure or penalties, time and time again, the work up front put the offense in difficult situations.

Vinny Curry’s Reality - Birds 24/7
"A lot of patience. A lot of patience," said Curry, when asked about what goes into learning to become a two-gap player. "But I'm getting better and better at it as it was displayed this weekend. I'm still trying to better myself technique-wise, hand placement and everything. But you know, the realistic thing is those guys are 800 pounds, 600 pounds (combined). There's only so much you can do."

Football is in good hands with Sproles - Inquirer
All you needed to know about the care with which Darren Sproles catches and carries the football was right there Monday, in the way he served himself lunch.

Eagles vow not to lose intimidation battle vs. Pats - CSN Philly
For whatever reason, the Eagles were a little too gracious when they welcomed the Patriots to the NovaCare last August for a couple of practices leading up to their preseason game. Pats quarterback Tom Brady, in particular, seemed right at home finding his new receivers against an Eagles defense that offered very little resistance -- except, of course, Cary Williams, who was tossed out of one practice for tussling. That’s another issue, some Eagles acknowledged.

One Year Later, D Much Improved - PE.com
The last time the Eagles defense saw quarterback Tom Brady across the line of scrimmage, the results were scary bad for Philadelphia. A year later, so much has changed ...

SB Nation's 2014Fantasy Football Draft Guide
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