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

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VIDEO: Eagles-Bears preseason primer - Philly.com
Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski and Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer report from Eagles training camp on what they want to see in the team's preseason opener against Chicago on Friday.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Rookie Progress Report - Birds 24/7
Marcus Smith, OLB – He’s been running with the second team at the Jack spot behind Connor Barwin. And in all likelihood, that’s where Smith is going to see most of his action this season. He has looked the part from the first day of camp – long, athletic and can move in space. A couple days ago, he showed some feistiness, mixing it up with James Casey after the whistle. Smith, who has never before been to an NFL game, will likely make some normal rookie mental mistakes tomorrow night, but overall, he appears to be on schedule to contribute.

Huge Opportunity - Iggles Blitz
There are 2 groups that will have a big chance to help themselves on Friday night. First is the backup O-line. Those guys are fighting for roster spots and to try and establish some pecking order. But even if Matt Tobin or Andrew Gardner is lights out, they still aren’t guaranteed to see the field in 2014. They’ll only play on STs, due to injuries or in extreme blowouts. The other group with a lot on the line is the WR corps. Jeremy Maclin will play 10 to 15 snaps, if that many. Riley Cooper is out. That means that Jordan Matthews, Brad Smith, Arrelious Benn, BJ Cunningham, Ifeanyi Momah and rookie Josh Huff will get a lot of playing time. I don’t know where Quron Pratt and Kadron Boone fall on the depth chart, but they could also get more reps.

Barkley Ready For The Preseason Spotlight - PE.com
Matt Barkley discusses what he learned as a rookie and more on Inside Training Camp.

Michael Vick on a football high - Daily News
Watching Michael Vick throw a football never gets old. That oh-so-effortless arm motion followed by a dart-thrower's flick of the wrist followed by the piece de resistance: a perfect spiral that comes out of his hand like a bullet exiting the chamber of a gun. As evidenced by his .562 career completion percentage, the ball may not always go where Vick intends it to go, but it's still fun watching him throw it. And in case you were wondering, it's still fun for him as well.

Don't put too much stock in the NFL's preseason depth charts. | SportsonEarth.com
We claim to be too NFL savvy to place too much stock in camp depth charts and preseason results. Yet we cannot help ourselves. Depth charts are tangible, practice reps visible. They are concrete things to talk and write about, even if they're mostly meaningless.

Petition | Have Weird Al Yankovic headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. | Change.org
For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event.

The Patriots’ Opponents Won’t Let Spygate Die, But Did It Really Matter? | FiveThirtyEight
Such sentiment bubbled to the surface again this week, when Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams ripped the Patriots as "cheaters" ahead of the two teams’ mid-August joint practice.

How to ruin a fantasy mock draft - SB Nation
Mock draft ruining is not for the faint of heart or the weak-willed. You need to be willing to waste the time of complete strangers. You have to be okay with taking abuse from guys named "Derek74," or "RedskinPride19." You must be fearless and have an indomitable spirit. In short, you have to be a stone cold killer. It’s not something that comes naturally to everyone, but that’s where this guide comes in. Here are some tips that will hopefully set you on the path towards ruining your very own mock draft.