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Eagles News: Brandon Boykin is barely playing for the Steelers

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/18/15.

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Steelers spent fifth-round pick on a cornerback they refuse to play - ESPN
The Brandon Boykin mystery continues. When the Steelers traded a conditional fifth-round pick to the Eagles for the rights to Boykin, the move presumably solved a need at cornerback. But Boykin has played one defensive snap -- one! -- in the last three weeks. He's logged less than 20 snaps the entire year.

Eagles vs. Giants: Predictions - PhillyVoice
Is the Eagles' offense back, or was their stomping of a terrible Saints defense just a one-week aberration? Last season the Giants gave up 4.9 yards per carry, which was worst in the NFL. This year, they have a new defensive coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo, who is committed to stopping the run. Through five games, the Giants are allowing 3.5 yards per carry, which is tied for best in the NFL. However, because they're dedicating more players to the box, they've been exposed on the back end, as they have the worst pass defense in the league, allowing 304.2 passing yards per game.

Feeling Good About Safety - Iggles Blitz
Brian Dawkins was a great player for the Eagles and should be in the Hall of Fame in the near future. He left the Eagles after the 2008 season and the Safety position hasn’t been good since then. Until now. Malcolm Jenkins and Walter Thurmond are playing at a high level, making it easy to forget Macho Harris, Kurt Coleman, Nate Allen, Jarrad Page, Quintin Demps, Patrick Chung, Kenny Phillips, Marlin Jackson, Jaiquawn Jarrett, OJ Atogwe, David Sims and Sean Jones. How is that for a trip down memory lane? The funny thing about Jenkins and Thurmond is that they didn’t come here with much fanfare. Jenkins was signed in March 2014. Most people wanted the Eagles to go for ballhawk Jairus Byrd or hard hitting T.J. Ward. Neither guy fit what the Eagles wanted. Jenkins did, so the Eagles went after him aggressively.

Jordan Hicks Getting A Taste Of Being In Charge - Birds 24/7
"When DeMeco is out, really he's the guy making the calls when we are in a lot of our packages, and he's done a great job with that," said Chip Kelly. "He's really in-tune to the game plan every week. I've said it, and I say it as a compliment, since he got here, he's never acted like a rookie; he's just been really mature in his approach and his understanding of what we are trying to do. I know Billy [outside linebackers coach Bill McGovern] and Rick [inside linebackers coach Rick Miller] have extreme confidence in him, so if he's in charge calling everything and making every call, he can certainly do that and has done that."

Breaking Down the Kickoff Return - ChipWagon
Special teams remain a mystery to many fans and, sadly, to almost all broadcasters. Nonetheless, special teams plays are plays and they have design and execution. They have personnel. And they have coaches. The Eagles have been fortunate to have had two of the best ST coaches in the league, first in John Harbaugh and now in Dave Fipp and they are fortunate to have a Head Coach and General Manager who values special teams and commits assets to them. Judging purely by results, the Eagles have great special teams. Last year was sensational, I believe the best season any special teams unit has ever had, combining returns and blocked kicks and coverage. This year, hmm. Issues have arisen, mostly injury related, but still a net positive.

Bill Davis: Eagles' third-down defense 'has been terrible' - CSN Philly
The Eagles allowed both the Redskins and Saints to convert at least 50 percent or more of their third downs, dropping from ninth to 22nd in the NFL in third-down conversion. That is so bad it convinced defensive coordinator Bill Davis to change the practice routine this week to include more of a focus on defending third down. "Yeah, the last two weeks our third down has been terrible," Davis said. "It is a combination of things. If it was one thing, you could change it. But, we've looked at it hard. It's individual. Sometimes it's technique. Sometimes, we could have been in a different coverage. Sometimes it's the pass rush wasn't there.

Eagles' Fletcher Cox will draw plenty of attention from Eli Manning and Giants - Inquirer
There are times during Eagles practice, often quite a few times, when the whistle blows to end a play and third-string quarterback Thad Lewis, who leads the scout team against the starting defense, will find Fletcher Cox standing next to him. "I would have hit you on that play," Cox says, before returning to his side of the line of scrimmage. "I tell him, 'That's good. I look forward to seeing it on Sunday,' " Lewis said.

Eagles ' Sam Bradford faces the coach who drafted him -
Steve Spagnuolo's first year as head coach of the St. Louis Rams back in 2009 ended 1-15, which gave the Rams the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. They used the pick to select quarterback Sam Bradford out of Oklahoma. Six years later, Bradford, after two torn ACLs, is now the quarterback of the Eagles; and Spagnuolo, after a 2-14 season in 2011, has returned to the place that earned him the head coaching position, as the Giants' defensive coordinator.

Game Preview: Giants Vs. Eagles -
The Hit, The Miracles, Black Sunday – how many memorable moments have come from the Eagles-Giants rivalry? Or perhaps the better question – what will happen next? The Eagles swept the Giants in 2014 behind a pair of impressive victories. Up first was Black Sunday, as the Eagles debuted their all-black uniforms for the first time in team history. Behind the new threads and a raucous crowd, the Eagles dominated the Giants, pitching the team’s first shutout since 1996. The 27-0 drubbing featured a relentless pass rush on Eli Manning and a balanced offensive attack. This time around, the Eagles will once again look for that balance and that full-throttle defensive effort to send the Giants back up the New Jersey Turnpike unhappy.

Your NFL All-Surprise Team - Grantland
S: Walter Thurmond, Eagles - Chip Kelly’s offseason moves haven’t exactly impressed. The one move that’s been an unqualified success, though, has been signing Thurmond and moving him from cornerback to safety. The former Seahawks starter has taken comfortably to his positional switch, with him and Malcolm Jenkins giving the Eagles an above-average pair of starters at a position that’s been their bugaboo since Brian Dawkins left after 2008. Thurmond already has three picks and has been comfortable with the physical aspects of the position; if he can stay healthy, the Eagles will need to start thinking about locking up the impending free agent with an extension. And then trading him a year later, because, you know, Chip.

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