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Five things to like/dislike in the Eagles-Steelers preseason game -
Graham reminded everyone that he's a quality pass rusher. If the Eagles keep him, they can use Graham as a situational pass rusher in nickel sets. If some 4-3 team out there thinks they need help at DE, Graham put some quality work on film, and should be all the more appealing. Graham playing well and increasing his value in the preseason is a great thing for the Eagles in that regard.

More Postgame Thoughts - Iggles Blitz
The pass rush was better. The Eagles only got 2 sacks, but they affected Big Ben. Sometimes that meant moving him off his spot. There was a play when Mychal Kendricks pressured Ben and he lobbed a pass downfield that Nolan Carroll picked off. Sacks are fun because you see the QB go down, but pressure has a value as well. That INT is worth a handful of sacks. The Eagles still need to get better, but at least this was a step in the right direction.

Insider Podcast: Matthew Berry, Brandon Bair -
In a loaded gameday edition, we preview the Steelers game and chat with ESPN senior fantasy analyst Matthew Berry and we learn about Brandon Bair’s amazing journey to the Eagles …

Graham, Curry State Their Case - Birds 24/7
Graham and Curry can rush the passer. They might be limited in other areas, but that skill set alone should be enough to keep them on the team and in the rotation.

Chip Kelly Update: Oregon Bias, More Kenjon & Less Huff - Fishduck
I also don’t think Barner is going to be Huff’s replacement as a returner. Sure, Chip would love to see that, but he knows full well that Barner hasn’t returned much at all since the devastating hit he took against Washington State in 2010. Barner is a very tough player, but many of you may recall him leaving the field via ambulance that day. A year later, he told an Oregonian reporter that his dad didn’t even want him to watch the video.

Eagles still are not sold on kicker Alex Henery - Inquirer
It's also possible this season's kicker is not on the roster. There are 14 teams that still have two kickers. The Eagles could choose one who is cut in the next week, although there's often a reason those kickers don't make a roster. Three situations that could be intriguing are with the Giants, Bills, and Saints.

As life without Braxton Miller starts, Ohio State cranks up the tempo -
Miller’s absence thrusts redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett into the spotlight and highlights head coach Urban Meyer’s fascination with Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offense. Suddenly Ohio State’s identity shifts from Miller's celebrity to the program's ability to compensate for his absence. The answer to replacing Miller’s production -- 24 touchdowns passing and 12 touchdowns rushing -- could lie in a phrase heard often around Buckeye camp this summer: "We want to be the Philadelphia Eagles of college football." That’s meant everything from music blaring in practice, just like Kelly did in Eugene when he coached at Oregon, to players getting their urine tested every day to see if hydration levels are high enough. A brave Ohio State assistant strength coach, Anthony Schlegel, dressed up in a faux "nuclear suit" to collect urine Wednesday morning.

The Franchise Backup -
I had some great years and played in some great games and went through a lot," says Vick, the Jets’ backup QB. "Now it’s an opportunity for me to refresh myself and take a step back away from the game.

Washington Post editorials will no longer use ‘Redskins’ for the local NFL team - The Washington Post
THIS PAGE has for many years urged the local football team to change its name. The term "Redskins," we wrote in 1992, "is really pretty offensive." The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too. But the matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves.

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