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Eagles News: Sam Bradford emerging as a leader in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/16/15.

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This Is Now Sam Bradford's Football Team - PE.com
Off the field, in the locker room and in the halls of the NovaCare Complex, Bradford is much more at ease. Philadelphia was a smack-in-the-face culture shock for him coming from laid-back St. Louis. He's much more comfortable talking to every corner of the locker room. He's won his teammates' respect with the toughness and the resilience he's shown on the field. Bradford, a quiet guy by nature, is letting his personality show and he's been more vocal and emotional on gamedays.

Bill Davis: Fletcher Cox better than Ndamukong Suh - PhillyVoice
"Right now, we compare our guys by trying to say, ‘Who has the most contacts to the ball?’ So for defensive linemen, how many snaps did you have and what percentage of snaps did you have contact, meaning did you have an assist or a tackle," Davis explained. "And I think Fletch is way up there. He’s way above Suh in those areas. So I think Fletch is — they’re different players, they’re different sizes. But I’m sure glad we have Fletch. I wouldn’t want anyone else."

Pat Shurmur spins DeMarco Murray's shrinking workload - Daily News
As for why Murray only had 11 carries this week, Shurmur said, "We have what we believe to be four really good running backs. So we want to use them all. "If you put a really good player in the game and he's fresher as you go, then you get a little bit more out of him." That's a nice explanation, but not necessarily an accurate one. The main reason Murray isn't playing more is because he hasn't been very effective when he's been in the game. He's averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and only 2.9 on first down. Ryan Mathews is averaging 5.3 yards per carry, Sproles 4.0 and Barner 4.6. Murray had 34 yards on his 11 carries against the Bills, none longer than seven years.

Chip Kelly is showing why Eagles would be foolish to fire him - NJ.com
Following the team's loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, their third in a row, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly gave the players in the locker room a simple message. He believed in them. And now, after two straight wins, it's hard to believe anyone at any point didn't believe in Kelly.  If there is one thing these past two weeks have shown, especially this past week and his win over LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills, it is that the idea that the Eagles should fire Kelly is a foolish one, and really should have never even been discussed. Just look at how Kelly has rebounded the team and handled himself while doing so.

All-22: Inside Agholor’s First-Career Touchdown - Birds 24/7
Bradford's footwork and pocket movement has clearly progressed throughout the season. The numbers also support that, as Bradford's passer rating under pressure in his last four games (108) is twice as good as it was his first seven (54), according to Pro Football Focus. Against Buffalo, he completed eight of his 13 pass attempts for 78 yards and one touchdown when under pressure. He also threw an interception, but the pick was ripped out of Brent Celek’s hands.

Back at nickel, Malcolm Jenkins to face Larry Fitzgerald - CSN Philly
For two games, the Eagles moved Malcolm Jenkins out of his role as the team’s nickel cornerback.
In those two games, the Eagles’ defense gave up 83 points in a five-day span.  Oops.  "It didn’t work out so well," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Tuesday, "so we put him back down in the nickel." This week, against the 11-2 Arizona Cardinals, Jenkins will have a huge test as the nickel corner.  He’ll have to try to stop Larry Fitzgerald. "Yeah, he’s the most decorated slot receiver I’ll probably see this whole season, so I’m looking forward to it," Jenkins said. "I’ve faced Larry in the past on multiple occasions. And like I said, I know him personally, so it’ll be a fun matchup."

NFC fans share stories of their team's worst loss | The MMQB with Peter King
Missed gimmes, blown coverages and bad calls—some of these NFL nightmares are so well-known they have their own nicknames and Wikipedia pages. While there’s no defined criteria to judge the worst loss ever, here are your most heartbreaking stories.

Jerry Jones says Cowboys will go 'balls out' with Dez Bryant - SB Nation
Despite Dez Bryant's struggles since returning from injury, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has no intention of shutting down his star wide receiver for the rest of the season. On Tuesday he told Dallas' 105.3 "The Fan" that he expects a big game out of Bryant Saturday against the Jets. "Shut him down? No," Jones said, via the Dallas News. "He'll be a very important part of what we initiate and what we hope we're still doing in the second half and hopefully through the end of the ball game. We'll go balls out with Dez."

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