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Ranking all 32 NFL offensive lines this season - PFF
10) It’s not the line it once was, and they’ve struggled with injuries and replacing people who have moved on. But this unit is getting better and starting to find a rhythm now.

Eagles strategically place tackling dummies around NovaCare Complex to promote takeaways - PhillyVoice
Being in and around the NovaCare Complex as a reporter since OTAs began back in May, I've walked by tackling dummies that are holding footballs quite a bit. Oftentimes I'll swat at the ball as if to force a fumble. I never questioned why there were random tackling dummies strewn about, which is really a terrible non-observation on my part, seeing as the Philadelphia Eagles' facilities are generally spotless and organized. It turns out they are strategically placed all around the complex so that forced fumbles are on the minds of the Eagles' defensive players.

Right There - Iggles Blitz
The 2015 season has been disappointing. Depressing. Frustrating. Maddening. You can use all kinds of unpleasant words to describe the last couple of months. But think how fun Sunday night could be. A win puts the Eagles right back to .500 and all but buries the Cowboys for the season. It doesn’t get much better than that. The opportunity is right there for the Eagles. All they have to do is take it.

Was DeMarco Murray injured to start Eagles' season? -
During training camp, the Eagles handling of running back DeMarco Murray was, to say the least, odd. Some days he would practice, other days he wouldn't. Some days he would do all the drills, other days he would work with a trainer off to the side.  Through the whole camp, Murray and the Eagles insisted the running back was not dealing with any health issues. Speaking Wednesday as the team prepared for their game this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, however, Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur might have dropped a hint maybe that wasn't the case.

All-22: What To Expect From Kiko Alonso - Birds 24/7
The last time the Eagles played the Cowboys, Alonso left the game with his left knee injury near the end of the second quarter. Up to that point, Alonso played slightly more snaps on defense than Ryans, even though the veteran started. Despite their playing time being almost identical, when they were on the field was very different. Alonso played all five of Dallas' third down attempts before he was hurt, and Ryans played just one. They also rarely shared the field, as Kendricks missed just three snaps.

Sam Bradford: I'm Taking Right Steps -
This is the second season for Sam Bradford and for an offense that has had its share of warts and inconsistencies and traumas in Season No. 1. A deep breath. A new focus. A sense of purpose, understanding that the wrongs must be righted starting on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas against the Dallas Cowboys ...

Hicks creates a good problem to have at linebacker - Inquirer
There's nothing fortunate about an NFL starter being lost to injury for part of the season. Not for the player, and usually not for the team. When inside linebacker Kiko Alonso was injured in the second game of the year against Dallas, an injury that would require arthroscopic surgery on his previously repaired left knee, the Eagles were forced to stick rookie Jordan Hicks into the fray and hope for the best. And that's exactly what they got. Hicks stepped in, played extremely well, and has turned what was a three-man rotation at inside linebacker into what will be a four-man rotation when everyone is healthy, which could be as soon as this Sunday.

Bill Davis admits OLB transition 'weakened' Vinny Curry - CSN Philly
Back on Aug. 21, when the Eagles decided to "accelerate" Vinny Curry's reps at outside linebacker after backups Marcus Smith and Travis Long had gotten hurt, defensive coordinator Bill Davis was asked how it might affect Curry as a defensive end. "It won't affect that role," Davis said then. "He'll still hold onto that role because he's so effective in it. That's just a case of can we expand his role? We can expand his role a little bit or a lot depending on how fast he can pick it up." Ten weeks later, Davis admitted the expansion of Curry's role made him less effective as a defensive end.

Muhammad Wilkerson's advice for big guy touchdowns - SB Nation
The New York Jets defensive lineman talked to SB Nation about being a big man who scored touchdown, fatherhood and listening to Coldplay.

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