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Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles media kicker competition - Philly.com
The Martin Gramatica best post-kick celebration award: Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation. After making his PAT attempt, he took off his shirt to reveal a Superman shirt.

Eagles Trade for a RB - Iggles Blitz
Barner is a RB and RS. Kelly coached him for 4 years at Oregon. Barner lacks ideal size at 5-9, 196, but is a good fit for this running attack. He is a North-South runner. He isn’t explosive, but has deceptive speed. Barner has a smooth running style that makes it look like he’s not going all that hard. Barner has excellent balance and okay strength for his size. He doesn’t go down on first contact. He has good vision and moves his feet pretty well, but lacks the ability to make dynamic cuts.

Celek is one tough tight end - Inquirer
Celek's toughness is a valuable component to the Eagles' offense for a host of reasons - some of which have to do with a few short-term issues that have to sort themselves out, some of which are intrinsic to Kelly's system and strategy.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What Life’s Like For Marcus Smith II - Birds 24/7
Tra Thomas wasn’t wearing pads or a uniform. Instead, he was dressed in a black Eagles t-shirt and black shorts. With his hat cocked to the side and dark sunglasses covering his eyes, Thomas settled into his stance at left tackle just as he’d done thousands of times throughout the course of his 12-year career. Lined up across from him, angled to the left, was rookie Marcus Smith II. Thomas, now an assistant on Chip Kelly's staff, started 174 games in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl three times. He's seen 4-3 fronts, 3-4 fronts and everything in between. On some weeks, he faced the game's best pass-rushers. On other occasions, guys that had no chance of getting past him.

Six Takeaways From The Assistant Coaches - PE.com
"He’s growing," said Bill McGovern. "It’s just like all the other rookies. There are times when he’s getting it and you get fired up and there are times when he misses one or two things. It’s the saturation point right now where it’s kind of coming out of his ears, so we’re just going to keep trying to feed him, keep trying to go forward. It’s just about when it soaks in and all of a sudden the light goes on for him and all of a sudden the game slows down."

Don’t read too much into Eagles’ trade for RB Kenjon Barner… yet - T7L
Is it a coincidence the Philadelphia Eagles traded for a running back on the heels of the recent news All-Pro LeSean McCoy is battling a toe injury? After head coach Chip Kelly critiqued his superstar’s practice habits? Yes, it is totally, 100 percent a coincidence. The Eagles sent a conditional seventh-round pick to the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday night to acquire running back Kenjon Barner, but the key word here is "conditional." The Panthers presumably only get that pick if Barner makes the team, which is far from assured. In fact, it seems unlikely.

Davis: Eagles' D 'structurally unsound as hell' in NE - CSN Philly
This is the evaluation phase. That’s what Bill Davis called it. Sometimes, he said, the evaluation phase "looks painful, and sometimes it looks promising." So let’s evaluate. The Eagles gave up 42 points and an eye-popping 476 yards of total offense in a preseason loss to the Patriots last Friday. What did the defensive coordinator make of it?

How to Stop Training Camp Fights for the Rest of the Year | The Tailgater
Football players fight because they spend 90 degree afternoons slamming into each other with their professional futures at stake. You stick six sportswriters on a field in the August sun, tell us to shove each other around until the three weakest individuals lose their jobs, and someone will eventually throw a punch. One or two others would also die of heatstroke almost instantaneously, but that’s another matter.

NFL asking Super Bowl halftime act to pay to play - SB Nation
One report suggests the NFL has narrowed down the Super Bowl halftime show candidates to Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay, but that the decision could be made based on which one of the three agrees to pay the league for the opportunity.