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Eagles players talk about the best players they've ever faced - Philly.com
Trent Cole: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, just the sheer way they control the offense at the line scrimmage. (On the offensive line), Chris Samuels and what’cha’call’it from the Seattle Seahawks, Walter Jones. They were just calm. They played like pros. They were smart. A guy like Walter Jones, he stayed quiet, didn’t say nothing, and you think you’re gonna beat him up, and you think you get past him and that right arm is on your hip where you think you got past him, but he’s like "BAM!" and he’s on you. Chris Samuels was just an athlete. We always battled but he was a good guy. He gave me one of his signed helmets at the Pro Bowl.

So Much For Stability - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles suffered some injuries in the season opener. RT Allen Barbre is out for the year with an ankle injury. ILB Najee Goode is out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle. LG Evan Mathis is on short term IR with his MCL injury. That meant the team needed to make some roster changes. Let’s meet the new guys. Wade Smith was signed to help the OL. He has started 98 games in his career, most of that coming as the LG of the Houston Texans. Smith is the kind of versatile, veteran player the team wanted to add. It should be easier to get him coached up on the scheme and playbook than if they added a young guy. Smith knows LG inside and out. He now has to learn the Eagles version of LG.

All-22: What We Saw From Foles In Week 1 - Birds 24/7
As I wrote earlier this week, an average Foles probably breaks Donovan McNabb's franchise record for yards in a game (464). Maclin could have had a monster game. Zach Ertz and Brent Celek had missed opportunities. And we already talked about Matthews. But it wasn't Foles' finest outing by any stretch.

The Kelly Influence - ChipWagon
One of the bigger storylines from week 1 was the Miami Dolphins upset of the Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Most notable for Eagles fans is that ex-Eagle QB coach Bill Lazor won his debut game as offensive coordinator for the Dolphins and he did so by re-visiting many of the concepts that made Kelly's offensive so successful in year 1 with the Eagles. This should come as no surprise since I do not think Lazor's resume includes significant experience at calling plays at the pro level.

AP Newsbreak: Source says Rice video sent to NFL - Philly.com
A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while league executives have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible."

Marcus Smith's a 1st-round pick? Doesn't matter to Eagles - CSN Philly
Marcus Smith's draft position won't affect his chances of getting on the field. Smith's performance in practice and the production of those ahead of him will. In fact, to the Eagles, he's no longer the 26th player taken in this year's draft; he's just an outside linebacker who wears No. 90.

Foles Calm In The QB Cauldron - PE.com
Eighteen starts and 22 games into his NFL career, Nick Foles stepped up to meet the media on Wednesday to answer the questions, several of them, about his performance in Sunday's season-opening win against Jacksonville ...

The highlights from Week 1's passing game. | SportsonEarth.com
Are passing numbers going to drop this year in the NFL, even amid a cornucopia of new rules for defensive backs? It's far too early to tell that for sure, though for now the records are safe. Here are some of the most eye-opening stats and plays from Week 1.

Roger Goodell will 'never' resign, per report - SB Nation
The NFL commissioner has no intentions to resign amid criticism, according to source.