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Eagles News: Byron Maxwell is showing improvement

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Byron Maxwell playing better with a reduced role - PhillyVoice
If you didn't notice, and in this case that was a step forward for Maxwell after Week 1, Maxwell has been much better as the season has progressed. "Every week he's gotten better," said Davis. "The first week, I think the expectations are so high when you sign a contract like that. I think right now, he's feeling comfortable in our system. I'm learning him, we are learning him, and we are using him in the best way, and I think every week, you'll see him climb and climb and be better and better."

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Fourth-down Attempts - Birds 24/7
In the second quarter, the Eagles faced a 4th-and-9 on the Saints' 35-yard line and again went for the first down. On this play, Bradford also targeted Cooper but the pass was deflected by the Saints. According to the Bot, Kelly made the wrong decision for the second time and should've instead attempted a field goal.

All-22: DeMarco Murray continues to leave meat on the bone - CSN Philly
Back in May, Joseph Randle claimed DeMarco Murray "left a lot of meat on the bone" for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. Murray ran for an NFL-best 1,845 yards. Randle carried 51 times as the backup running back. Everybody had a good laugh over the comment at the time. Still laughing now? Since signing a free-agent contract with the Eagles worth $21 million guaranteed, Murray has rushed for just 130 yards. His 2.7 average is a full two-yard drop from last season. Meanwhile, teammate Ryan Mathews has 205 yards on the ground and a 5.0 average — nearly double Murray’s.

Meet The Under-The-Radar Offseason Pickup -
"Playing in this type of defense back in college, knowing what was going to be asked of me in this defense and just knowing my ability as a football player and being able to make plays, I was really expecting to have a high interception rate," Thurmond said. "I’ve left a couple out there on the field, but I just want to do whatever I can to get the ball back to our offense, or if not try and score on defense. I’m just trying to contribute as much as possible to win games."

OL Shuffle - Iggles Blitz
He reminds me of Andrew Gardner. Hawkinson can fire off the ball. Blocks well on the second level. Awkward in pass pro. While athletic, not the most fluid guy. Only a so-so drive blocker. Tends to rely on his hands more than using whole body to generate power. I think Hawkinson would mostly be an OG for the Eagles. Chip Kelly will refer to him as a G/T, but I would need to see more NFL tape before trusting him at OT. I have not finished re-watching the Saints game, but Matt Tobin got off to a slow start. I’m not sure this move correlates to that, but the point is that you need backups pushing Tobin to play better. You want marginal startes to feel threatened by the players behind them. Vandy wasn’t doing that. A new guy like Hawkinson might.

Jordan Hicks earns bigger role with Eagles - Inquirer
Jordan Hicks isn't exactly Lou Gehrig to Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso's Wally Pipp, but when the latter two linebackers return from injuries they may not necessarily have their jobs as they once knew them. The Eagles haven't lost a step on defense since Hicks was thrust into the lineup after injuries to Kendricks in Alonso in Week 2. He has had a few rookie moments - as would be expected - but defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Hicks has done enough to remain in the inside linebacker rotation.

Byron Maxwell won't shy away from covering Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. 1-on-1 -
When the Eagles signed cornerback Byron Maxwell to a six-year, $63 million deal this past offseason, it was with these kind of games in mind.  Now, in the Eagles' must-win game this Monday night against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, it is time for Maxwell to earn his paycheck by covering Pro-Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr.  A challenge he said Wednesday he is not intimidated by.  "We don't shy away from nobody," Maxwell said. "I'll play him one-on-one."

NFL fines Cameron Heyward for honoring his father Ironhead, who died from cancer - SB Nation
October is the month where the NFL shows how much it cares by having players wear pink to show their support for breast cancer. But the NFL won't allow Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward to honor his father, who lost a battle with cancer in 2006. Heyward tweeted Wednesday that he had been fined by the NFL. Not for causing an injury with a helmet-to-helmet blow, and not for criticizing the officials. He was fined for putting the message "Iron Head" on his eye black.

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