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Eagles News: Sam Bradford says he really enjoys Philadelphia

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Sam Bradford non-committal about wanting to return to Philly - PhillyVoice
When asked if he was looking forward to testing the free agent market, Bradford again was non-committal. "That's a couple months away," he said. "I'm really just worried about these next three weeks, obviously this week against Arizona." But do you like it in Philly, Sam? "I do like it here. Obviously it's a lot different than anywhere I've ever been before. But you know what? I really do enjoy it here."

Eagle Eye: Beating The Blitz -
After taking a closer look at defensive end Fletcher Cox and the Eagles' defense in Monday’s piece, I wanted to look at the performance of the offense in the win over Buffalo. While this Bills defense was banged up, they presented a lot of different challenges at all three levels of the field. The Eagles' struggled to sustain a running game throughout the afternoon, but the passing game showed a lot of promise. Let’s start with the opening drive of the game that got the Eagles on the board with a 1-yard touchdown from running back Darren Sproles. One of the big plays on that drive came courtesy of quarterback Sam Bradford hooking up with tight end Zach Ertz for a 21-yard reception.

Eagles All-22 Wake-Up Call: Bradford’s Growth - Birds 24/7
Whether you look at the film, stats or another barometer of Bradford's play, it's clear he's trending upward. The Eagles are 5-1 in the last six games Bradford has started and finished and 6-2 in the last eight. Over his last four starts, Bradford has completed 80 of 123 passes (65.0%) for 898 yards, five touchdowns, one interception and a 96.9 rating. However, Bradford's entire body of work remains unimpressive as he ranks 28th in passer rating and 29th in yards per attempt this season. Still, his recent growth has been enough to reignite the discussion of whether the Eagles should, and will, extend his contract.

Arians has had most success of 2013 coaching class - Inquirer
Bruce Arians went to Chicago to interview with the Bears for their head coaching vacancy in 2013 thinking that he had the job. The Eagles apparently thought so, too. The Eagles, Browns, and Chargers canceled interviews with the then-Colts offensive coordinator when he visited Chicago first, Arians said Wednesday. The Bears filed the necessary paperwork first and therefore had dibs. Asked why those three teams canceled - all on the same day - Arians said, "I never got an answer other than, 'Thanks but no thanks.'"

LeSean McCoy shoots down report that he got phone call from Chip Kelly - Syracuse
LeSean McCoy didn't get a phone call from Eagles coach Chip Kelly before his return to Philadelphia, and if he did, he wouldn't have hung up. After a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer stated McCoy answered a call from an unknown number and hung up after realizing it was Kelly, McCoy denied the report Wednesday. Kelly also denied the report Sunday after the Eagles beat the Buffalo Bills 23-20.

Bill Davis: Fletcher Cox 'a no-brainer' for Pro Bowl - CSN Philly
“Hopefully, he'll get the Pro Bowl recognition he deserves,” defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. “He's not overlooked by his peers. The players will vote him in and the coaches will vote him in. Anybody that puts a tape on or has gone against him, that's a no-brainer. They will vote him in. “The problem lies in the fan vote and that's what we have to help Fletch with — getting that fan vote up. People look at stats and say, ‘Hey, let me vote on a guy with stats.’ If you played against [Cox], you're going to vote for him. If you coached against him, you're going to vote for him. Now we’ve just got to get the fans out there to vote for him.”
 The last Eagle defensive lineman to make a Pro Bowl was Jason Babin in 2011.

How did Eagles defense bounce back after 2 bad losses? -
"We really do stay in a one-game season,'' defensive coordinator Billy Davis said. "But we have to stay there and say, 'Okay, even though we had a bad day, it doesn't mean we're bad.' We've had some growth there. We've had better games. We've got to work our tail off and do what we believe in. Dive more into the preparation and be prepared to really stop what the offensive attack is giving us, and each week that changes.

10 of NFL's toughest salary decisions for 2016 - Yahoo Sports
Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles ($5.3 million) - An afterthought in the offense who may not finish with 400 yards receiving this year. But he's making No. 2 wideout money. If that doesn't change, it's all Chip Kelly.

The NFL's secret disaster scenario is an injured long snapper - SB Nation
We don't think about long snappers a lot, because their job seems easy and they rarely get hurt. But if they're unable to play, we realize how tough their job actually is.

Eagles and NRG are working together to give away tickets, prize packs, and more
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