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Eagles training camp practice notes, August 1: Nolan Carroll wins the day -
Still, what Carroll has shown so far has been very impressive. In OTAs and minicamp, when defensive backs are not allowed to jam receivers, the advantage is blatantly slanted toward the offense. Even then, Carroll did a great job breaking up passes. Now that the pads are on and the DBs are allowed to get their hands on receivers, the secondary has looked better to an obvious degree. The defense as a group has in turn also gotten their hands on a lot of footballs, but none more than Carroll. He has been a pass breakup machine.

Loving the Chippah - Iggles Blitz
Last year Chip Kelly was a mystery. No one knew for sure how the genius from Oregon would translate to the NFL. His supporters thought he could be an updated version of Jimmy Johnson. His detractors thought he would be Steve Spurrier 2.0. Was there anything sillier than Dan Graziano thinking that Kelly would be the first of the NFC East coaches to go? Shanny already got dumped. Garrett and Coughlin both are a losing record away from getting a pink slip. What a difference a year makes.

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations - Birds 24/7
The Eagles' offense starts off backed up at its own 2 during the team period. Cedric Thornton makes a nice play against the run on first down. "Nice job!" yells defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro. But even when he's complimenting guys, he sounds angry. ... Nick Foles gets Trent Cole to jump offsides. And when I say jump, I mean jump - as in leaping over the offensive line. Chip Kelly gets a laugh out of that one.

Jeffrey Lurie sees Chip Kelly with Philadelphia Eagles long term -
In May, legendary New Zealand All Blacks coach Graham Henry visited Eagles headquarters. Lurie read his book. Kelly wanted to bring him in. So football innovator and rugby icon (Henry has been knighted in his home country) spent a day talking shop. And Kelly, Lurie and everyone else finished that day better for the experience, even without much time spent on zone blocking or two-gapping or play clock management.

Reminder: Jeremy Maclin is really good - The 700 Level
Aside from the injury, though, there are still lingering doubts as to whether Maclin can fill the role of the Philadelphia Eagles’ feature receiver. That’s somewhat surprising given there were actual debates over who was truly the No. 1 between him and DeSean Jackson prior to last season. And if I recall correctly, there was a lot of excitement heading into last summer about how much of a fit Maclin might be in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense. Quite a bit of that negativitiy seems to be rooted in misconceptions, too.

Eagles receiver Momah turning heads at camp - Inquirer
Nick Foles scanned the field during Friday's training camp practice and saw Ifeanyi Momah running along the left side with the first-team offense. There are few wide receivers in the NFL with whom the 6-foot-6 Foles can look eye-to-eye, but Momah is one of them. Momah's 6-7, 239-pound frame created a buzz among Eagles fans when the team signed him in March 2013. But Momah, who had not played football in nearly two years upon signing because of a knee injury, proved to be a project.

Foles, Eagles WRs mastering back-shoulder throw - CSN Philly
The back-shoulder throw has become the vogue safety valve for quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson have perfected the connection against ultra-tight coverage. Jay Cutler does it with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Peyton Manning does it with, well, pretty much all of his receivers. Drew Brees and the Saints' receivers have turned the back-shoulder toss into an art form.

Eagles Fantasy Team Name Suggestions -
Recording artist Kenny Rogers famously sang those words (or something close to them) in his 1978 hit "The Gambler," but the Eagles' quarterback won big in 2013, finishing with one of the most prolific passing seasons the NFL has ever seen. He now enters this year's Training Camp as the team's starter, so it could all be in the cards for Foles that another great season awaits in 2014.

Rules to follow in your upcoming fantasy football league - SB Nation
Don't be a jerk, follow these rules. And pay your dues. Seriously, pay your dues.

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