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Eagles News: Josh Huff throws some shade at Giants players

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Eagles' Josh Huff has praise for Giants' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but 'he takes some plays off' - NJ.com
Although he had some praise for Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Huff also pointed out a flaw he sees in the cornerback's game. "If he is locked in once he gets going, once the game starts, he is pretty much one of the better corners in the league," Huff said. "But he takes some plays off, and when he takes some of those plays off, I'm going to try to bring it to him and let him know it's going to be a long day for him." Huff also had a brutally honest assessment of rookie Landon Collins, the Giants' first-round pick who has started five games for the Giants.

Grading the Eagles after five games: Secondary edition - PhillyVoice
That is seven new defensive backs on the team who were added in one offseason. They also made a major addition off the field, hiring secondary coach Cory Undlin, who was formerly with the Broncos. During OTAs and minicamp, a number of Eagles players were singing Undlin's praises, which was a sentiment Kelly echoed when he spoke of their findings while vetting him.

Execution and the 3-Headed Monster - ChipWagon
However, as good as the execution was, Chip did a great job helping out the offense by making the pre-snap looks less predictable and throwing in a variety of wrinkles to keep defenses on their toes. A few weeks back I argued that Chip needed to get more creative in the ground game. For this, I was not clamoring for something dramatic such as signing a fullback and running out of the I, I just wanted to see him mix up his formations and his run plays more like he has in the past. For the first couple of weeks the Eagles almost exclusively ran inside zone and sweep. After that, they went to inside zone and outside zone for a few weeks. It appeared Chip was keeping things overly simply by primarily running 2 different run concepts in those early games. I am sure he has a reason for this. Chip likes to keep things simple on offense with the tempo he runs. Therefore he focuses all week on practicing a few key plays and expects flawless execution on gameday. He hasn't been getting that because teams were keying in on his run plays with slants, A gap blitzes and the like.  Chip made that much harder to do on Sunday with a good variety of run plays, formations and wrinkles.

Eagles' Sam Bradford a leading force - Daily News
Maybe he will leave after the season and maybe he won't. That's a discussion for another day. What became obvious last Sunday at the Linc was that while the people in the stands still may not have totally bought in to Bradford, the people in the locker room definitely have. It started before the game when he gathered the offense around him in the shower area of the locker room and gave them a just-do-your-job pep talk.

Breakout Players - Iggles Blitz
Every offseason we hear about the players who are headed for a breakout season. It could be a former high pick. "Watch out for Jerome McDougle. This is finally his year." Or maybe this is a UDFA the coaches love. Some Eagles fans will remember how much Jim Johnson loved Greg Richmond and thought he could be a good SAM linebacker. Or maybe the player is a minicamp sensation like Lorenzo Booker. Remember when he was going to be a key player for the Eagles? Some guys actually do pan out. Many don’t. This year we heard about several players who were going to have big years. Let’s take a quick look at some of them and how things have gone.

Eagle Eye: Giant Concerns For Defense - PE.com
The New York Giants' offense is operating at a high level right now. Quarterback Eli Manning is running the offense like a well-oiled machine, and he has them ranked in the Top 10 in the entire NFL in points (26.4 per game), yards (373.6), passing yards (282.4) and third-down percentage (44.4) through the first five games. This is an offense that can attack you vertically down the field with speed. Odell Beckham Jr. is an explosive playmaker at the receiver position, and Rueben Randle has really come into his own now in his fourth year in the league. Dwayne Harris, who the team signed early in free agency away from Dallas, is a versatile piece for them as well, and tight end Larry Donnell can still beat you down the seam. This is very much a downfield passing attack.

All-22: Improvements In the Run Game - Birds 24/7
DeMarco Murray hasn't been shy about sharing his opinion on running the ball out of under-center formations versus the shotgun. When asked after Sunday's game if he thought running from under-center played a part in the win, he was succinct. "Yeah," Murray said. "Whenever you can get under-center and run the ball I think is great and it helps out the offensive line to hide some of our runs." The Eagles ran the ball from under-center formations against New Orleans more than they previously did this season. Half of their 34 runs came from such alignments, as they averaged 3.2 yards per carry. When the Eagles ran the ball out of the shotgun, they averaged 7.7 yards per carry.

DeMarco Murray vs. Ryan Mathews — who's the better fit? - CSN Philly
It was only one play, but the symbolism was pretty powerful. At the least it signified what we’ve known for a while — the guy they hired to be the main man hasn’t been. Or hasn’t been allowed to be in important situations. Or both. As lingering questions go, the biggest might be in the backfield. DeMarco Murray or Ryan Mathews? Who’s the Eagles’ best back? Right now. For this system. For this team. For what the Eagles hope to achieve.

Philadelphia Eagles' line is the engine that drives the offense - Morning Call
The offensive line had its best game in what was the Philadelphia Eagles' most important game so far this season. Now the challenge is to do it again on Monday night, when they play the New York Giants in an NFC East showdown. The Eagles' offensive line dominated the New Orleans Saints' front seven on Sunday and that allowed their offense to get on track and stay on track for the first time this season. The Eagles (2-3) came up with a had-to-have-it, 39-17 victory that kept them in the NFC East race, one game behind the Giants (3-2), and the much-maligned offensive line was given much of the credit for it.

Ravens place Lorenzo Taliaferro on injured reserve with foot injury, claim Raheem Mostert - Baltimore Sun
The Ravens placed running back Lorenzo Taliaferro on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday with a foot injury, then used his vacant roster spot to claim running back Raheem Mostert from the Miami Dolphins.

PFT Commenter literally interviews presidential candidate Martin O'Malley - SB Nation
Martin O'Malley was smart enough to sit down with PFT Commenter to discuss Joe Flacco.

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