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Eagles News: Lane Johnson thinks Greg Hardy is lucky to be playing in the NFL

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/4/15.

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Eagles' Lane Johnson says Dallas Cowboys' Greg Hardy is talented, but 'lucky to be playing again' -
"He served his time," Johnson said, according to, "he is lucky to be playing again." "It's unfortunate the things that went on with him. I don't agree with hitting women or any domestic violence. As far as the talent level, he has all the ability to be in the NFL. Greg Hardy is one of the best defensive ends in the league. Talent saved him."

Sam Bradford supporters (including Chip Kelly) can't name anything he does well - PhillyVoice
The most common answer among the Bradford supporters was that his receivers haven't helped him much because of drops, which is true, but still doesn't answer the question that was posed. The most valid answers otherwise were that he hasn't gotten hurt (Woohoo!) and that he has gotten better as the season progressed (although again, that doesn't actually name something he has done well). In his first press conference after the bye, Chip Kelly was asked a number of times what he thought of Bradford's play, with specifics, and Kelly, much like the people who answered the question above, had nothing.

Chip Kelly’s Non-Update - Iggles Blitz
Chip Kelly had his first press conference in about a week and he was about as informative as I would be if asked to speak about great Bulgarians not named Nina Dobrev. Coaches can’t spill the beans at a PC. They’d be giving other teams all kinds of info and losing a competitive advantage. But Chip seemed hesitant to say anything today. He didn’t seem like a happy guy. Maybe he was sad because the Eagles failed to pull off a deal for Aaron Rodgers or J.J. Watt. Or maybe Chip was sad because he knew a PC meant he would have to see Jimmy Bama, something that can get the best of just about anyone.

Matthews, Eagles receivers work to fix their drop problem - Inquirer
Matthews has six drops this season, according to Pro Football Focus. That number could be higher based on any other set of eyes. But using PFF's numbers as a basis, only two other NFL receivers have more drops. Of receivers who have been targeted 30 or more times, Matthews' 10.2 drop rate is seventh-worst in the league. But among his teammates, Matthews is fourth behind all three of the Eagles' running backs - Ryan Mathews (20 percent), Darren Sproles (13.3) and DeMarco Murray (11.1). They're running backs and not receivers for a reason. But the Eagles don't lead the league in drops just because of Matthews.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Fletcher Cox’s Versatility - Birds 24/7
Before the season even started, Chip Kelly made a bold statement about Fletcher Cox. "Fletch can play any position on the defensive line in any system in the National Football League," he said. Playing as a 4-3 defensive end is very different than life as a 3-4 nose tackle, but on the surface, the statement makes sense. It's just a head coach going a bit overboard in praising his second-team All-Pro defensive end. However, as Cox has dominated through seven games this season, he continues to prove Kelly's words aren't actually far-fetched.

Offense Wants Turnaround Vs. Dallas -
Tight end Zach Ertz didn't mince words as he described the Eagles' offensive performance in a Week 2 loss at Lincoln Financial Field: "It was a very rough game. We sucked that game. That's the bottom line" ...

Focus still on 2015 for Eagles, not the future - The 700 Level
No matter how disappointed fans are in Bradford, no matter how weary people are if Kelly jumping ship for an easier situation, there is only one goal inside the Eagles locker room right now, and that is winning in 2015. The trade deadline came and went without so much as a peep from the organization, the head coach showed up for work on Tuesday following the bye and this team is ready to get back to work, possibly even make a run at the postseason. Rightfully, there's not much confidence in the 3-4 Eagles these days. Even if they manage to climb to the top of the trash heap that is their weak division and sneak into the playoffs, the notion this team is a Super Bowl contender has long since faded in the minds of all but the most optimistic observers -- that is if any remain.

The Skins' Latest Court Filing Is Comically Vulgar - Deadspin
The Skins are desperately trying to preserve their trademark, which was canceled by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year and upheld by a federal judge this summer. It’s before a court of appeals now, and on Friday the team filed its opening brief. It appears it was written by Andrew Dice Clay.

Colts fire offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton - SB Nation
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday evening that they have terminated the contract of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. The team is off to a 3-5 start this season, good enough to lead the AFC South but well short of preseason Super Bowl expectations. Associate head coach Rob Chudzinski will take over as offensive coordinator under head coach Chuck Pagano. The Colts released a statement through the team website.

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