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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/13/15.

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Jason Peters: Twilight Before the Hall - Birds 24/7
"He's a jack of all trades, whether it’s making beats, playing an instrument, singing, rapping to horse-back riding. It will blow your mind all the things he can do. You see him up here and you forget that he’s a country boy that actually likes to fish and do all the back-trail dirt stuff. ‘Bro, my man. You’re about to do what?’ I ain’t doing that.'" An amateur DJ, Peters will throw parties at the local club back home and spins for the guests. And he's an automobile fanatic. Inspired by his grandfather, Dallas, who used to drive him around all the time when he was a kid, Peters collects and restores cars.

5 over/unders for Eagles vs. Bills - PhillyVoice
Against his former team, McCoy should find similar success. The Eagles have allowed their opponents to rush for at least 100 yards in five of their last six games. The only exception? The Miami Dolphins in Week 10 ... and Miami only came up a yard short.  Those six games include two of 200 yards or more -- like when Doug Martin ran for 236 of the Bucs' 283 yards on the ground -- and average out to 155 yards per game. It seems like so long ago that the Eagles run defense was one of the best in the NFL, but through the first six weeks of the season, they were allowing 94 yards per game. I don't expect a dramatic turnaround from the defense this week.

Scouting the Buffalo Bills - EaglesRewind
Eagles rank 29th in DVOA against opposing #1 WRs, by far the weakest link.  Facing Sammy Watkins, that might be a big deal.  I’m not sure how often they move Watkins around, but the coverage plan for him is going to be really important.  Clay, the TE, is a good receiver as well, but he’s questionable heading into the game, and beyond that there aren’t any other real threats in the passing game.

The fallout of Kelly and the Eagles trading McCoy - Inquirer
When asked on Wednesday, McCoy was surprised that salary was the reason for the decision. "We never had a money issue," McCoy said. "That was never brought up. Ever. Restructure, nothing. That never was brought up." McCoy has said he would have restructured his contract, but Kelly said that was not what the Eagles were told. Left in the dark about the trade, McCoy directed his anger at Kelly. "I don't think he likes or respects the stars. I'm being honest," McCoy told The Inquirer in April. "I think he likes the fact that it's 'Chip Kelly and the Eagles.' "

Offensive Issues - Iggles Blitz
Strong OL play is critical in Kelly’s offense. He likes to spread the field to stretch out the defense. That means fewer people in the box. If you want to do that, you need blockers who can win one-on-one battles. Kelly’s passing game is largely built on play-action passes. That means a successful running game is a must. In order to run the ball, you need OL who can block well. Kelly isn’t interested in putting together a "good enough" offense. He is looking for explosive plays and points. He wants a dynamic offense. A good OL is imperative for him. The other huge reason for the standout offensive play in 2013 was lack of turnovers. Nick Foles did a great job of protecting the ball. He took sacks rather than taking chances. We also have to be honest and admit there was just some pure old fashioned luck. There were quite a few drops by defensive players.

Why Eagles' Chip Kelly won't get rid of DeMarco Murray after 1 season -
As reported here earlier in the week, releasing Murray would cause a $13 million hit to the Eagles' cap. That's $13 million for a player who wouldn't even be on the team. Can't see Kelly doing that. Keep in mind a $13 million hit could also prevent the team from adding other necessary pieces to the roster as well. With that said it will be fascinating to see how Murray is used Sunday and the rest of the season for that matter.

Silva's Week 14 Matchups - Yahoo!
The Bills' normally stout pass defense has sprung leaks lately, giving up 45-of-73 passing for 548 yards (7.51 YPA) and a combined 5:1 TD-to-INT ratio to Alex Smith and Brian Hoyer in Weeks 12-13. Whereas Rex Ryan's defense has struggled with quarterbacks who release the ball quickly like Smith and Hoyer, Bradford ranks 21st among 31 qualified passers in PFF's Time To Throw metric and 23rd in Time To Attempt. Buffalo has still not allowed a top-ten quarterback performance since Week 4 (Eli Manning, QB6), while Bradford has finished as a top-15 fantasy passer in just 2-of-10 games.

Eric Rowe, Ed Reynolds providing Eagles hope for future - CSN Philly
Rowe, a second-round pick this year, and Reynolds, a fifth-round pick last year, have both worked their way into the Eagles’ secondary rotation, and both played key roles in the upset win over the Patriots last Sunday in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Rowe inherited a starting cornerback spot opposite Byron Maxwell when Nolan Carroll suffered a season-ending broken ankle against the Lions. And Reynolds, who spent a year and a half on the practice squad, was promoted ahead of Chris Maragos at nickel safety and wound up playing 79 of 89 snaps against Tom Brady and the Patriots. He had only played 13 NFL snaps before Sunday. Obviously, both have a long way to go to prove they can be productive full-time NFL starters. But both are off to auspicious starts.

Decision time approaching for Eagles on Sam Bradford - Morning Call
Bradford hasn't played poorly enough to justify letting him go at the end of this season, nor has he played well enough to justify potentially throwing more money at him than the $13 million he's making this year, the last of his rookie contract. Compelling arguments still can be made both ways, and it's possible that will not change over these last four games, which will leave the Eagles right back where they started.

News, Notes And D Has Hands Full -
How will Duce Staley and Chip Kelly play it in the offensive backfield? Good question. It's hard to dress four running backs, and with Ryan Mathews on track to play, it's possible that Kenjon Barner is moved to the inactive list on game day. We'll see. DeMarco Murray needs a good start to gain some confidence and get this running game dictating to the Buffalo defense. I still say he gets 18-20 rushing attempts if the offense is functioning as Kelly wants. If the Eagles aren't sustaining drives, there is going to be trouble. Buffalo can score points in bunches.

Looking at the potential coaching vacancies for 2016 - PFT
It appears that owner Jeffrey Lurie won’t be firing Chip Kelly and that Kelly won’t be bolting for a college job. The one lingering unknown arises from what could happen if the Titans call the Eagles and inquire about the compensation necessary to get Kelly and quarterback Marcus Mariota together again.

The NFL's catch rule is better than you think - SB Nation
The NFL has done a good job this season of consistently applying its well-found 'catch rule,' even if many fans don't like it.

Eagles and NRG are working together to give away tickets, prize packs, and more
Check this out, Eagles fans! And stay tuned to BGN for more info on contests involving free tickets.

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