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More on Matthews - Iggles Blitz
Jordan Matthews is the rookie getting the most attention this summer. The WR from Vanderbilt isn’t doing anything groundbreaking, but I think he caught people off guard with just how good he is. That’s funny when you think about it. He was the best WR at the Senior Bowl. He is the all-time leading receiver in SEC history. Matthews has great credentials. But he’s from Vandy. You just can’t help but have a bit of doubt when a WR comes from Vandy. That doubt is gone. The question now is how good Matthews is. Are we looking at a solid starter or does he have star potential?

Foles, Eagles Add Back Shoulder Fade To Arsenal - Birds 24/7
During a team period earlier this week, Jeremy Maclin found himself lined up one-on-one against cornerback Bradley Fletcher. Maclin got an outside release and headed straight up the sideline, but at about 15 yards downfield, he slammed on the brakes, turned around, flashed his hands late and caught a Nick Foles pass that was already there waiting for him. It's the back shoulder fade - a weapon Foles, Chip Kelly and the Eagles are looking to add to their arsenal as they prepare for 2014.

Expect Kelly's Eagles to have new wrinkles in their offense - Inquirer
That's right. The NFL's second-best offense in yards and fourth-best in points (establishing franchise records in both categories) will not look the same in Kelly's second season.

Eagles test-drive the league's rules emphasis - Daily News
NFL OFFICIALS worked the part of yesterday's training-camp session where receivers went one-on-one with defensive backs. Snap after snap after snap, yellow flags flew. Sometimes the offender was the receiver, sometimes the defender, but it seemed to happen on just about every play, for more than a dozen plays.

Uncertain about role, Marcus Smith being noticed - CSN Philly
"He’s going to get on the field, he’s going to play," Connor Barwin said. "It’s exciting to think what he’s going to be able to do, out there with Trent [Cole] or out there with me. The one area I’ve been impressed with him is his natural ability to cover. I think he’s very patient. He doesn’t know exactly where he needs to be yet — he knows a little bit but not exactly where receivers and backs might go. But you can see his athleticism in coverage."

Didinger: Humphrey Takes His Rightful Place -
The head slap was a devastating weapon for a defensive lineman, the football equivalent of a Joe Frazier left hook. At the snap of the ball the lineman would come out of his stance and club the blocker upside the head with his forearm. Done with sufficient force, it could knock an opponent off-balance or even off his feet. The NFL eventually outlawed the head slap because it was deemed too dangerous, but in the 1960s and ‘70s it was the go-to move for pass rushers and none used it better than Claude Humphrey.

Claude Humphrey revealed a secret about his youngest daughter - SB Nation
Claude Humphrey won the evening with his speech. He thanked his family, and embarrassed his daughters as part of the process. But it was this little secret about his youngest daughter that took the cake.

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