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Eagles News: John Harris could challenge for a roster spot

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The 10 players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury - PhillyVoice
If the Eagles lost Johnson, they would be in trouble in the short term for similar reasons as the ones noted above with Peters. However, the difference here is that the Eagles will eventually need Johnson to kick over to left tackle whenever Peters' inevitable decline occurs. I do not believe the Eagles are serious Super Bowl contenders in 2015. Therefore, I think the short term loss of Peters wouldn't be as meaningful as the long-term effects of Johnson's stunted growth.

Undrafted But Very Talented - Iggles Blitz
Harris is a good fit for the Eagles. He can play in the slot or on the outside. He will need to work on his route-running and making better cuts, but that is true for most college receivers. I love the fact he catches the ball so naturally and is such a physical player. He’s not afraid of contact and can take some good shots. He will catch short passes and work the middle of the field. He has good RAC ability due to a combination of some elusiveness and the ability to break arm tackles.

No-22: What the Eagles Have In Shepherd - Birds 24/7
Shepherd (5-11, 199) has the requisite size the Eagles want out of their cornerbacks, and he played plenty of press while in college. Watching Shepherd, one skill stands out above all others: his ability to make plays on the ball. Here's an example against Iowa State where Shepherd plays the fade, gets his head around, finds the ball and breaks up the pass.

The Big Question: The Must-Watch Storyline -
It's fair to say that the quarterback position is the biggest question, and if you want to talk about offensive line and secondary, you will get no argument here. I'm going with something more broad picture: The defensive scheme. And the question is this: How much will the scheme advance with the changes in personnel and on the coaching staff on defense? Coordinator Bill Davis wants to be a pressure-oriented defense. Now that he's got big cornerbacks who are going to press under the direction of secondary coach Cory Undlin, Davis might be able to tweak his scheme more. Does he bring more blitz? Are there coverage combinations that can be implemented? Last year's pass defense -- 72 plays of 20-plus yards allowed, was just not acceptable. The Eagles have made wholesale changes on the coaching staff and personnel. They want to be more physical at the line of scrimmage. How will that change the scheme?

Eagles' Mike Coccia has one tough sister - Daily News
EAGLES CENTER Mike Coccia is the biggest person in his family, but he's not the toughest, or the most determined, or even the best athlete. "That's my sister, Kristina," he said. Mike Coccia, a Bethlehem kid whose family has had season tickets for 15 years, realized a dream when he signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Eagles. He's got a good shot. The team needs depth on the offensive line. Coccia (pronounced KO-sha) played at New Hampshire, where they still run a version of Chip Kelly's offense. At 6-3, 302 pounds, he dwarfs the other centers in camp, and has the size and athleticism to play guard.

Roob's 25 Random Points: Rowe, Shady, and of course, SEPTA - CSN Philly
I’m not sure what any of this means, but it’s fascinating to me: This will be the first time since 1997 that the Eagles’ leading rusher won’t be a player the Eagles drafted. The last 17 years, the Eagles’ leading rusher was Donovan McNabb once, Duce Staley four times and Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy six times each. The last player the Eagles didn’t draft to lead the team in rushing was Ricky Watters in 1997. Even crazier, there’s a chance no player the Eagles drafted will even get a carry this year. None of the Eagles' running backs was drafted by the Eagles, and of the quarterbacks, only Matt Barkley was. Unless Barkley makes the team and gets in a game and gets a carry ... or unless Riley Cooper, Nelson Agholor or Josh Huff has an end around ... or unless the Eagles re-sign Anthony Toney ... this will be the first time since 1943 no player drafted by the Eagles has a carry for the Eagles.

MMBM: What's really on Tom Brady's cell phone? - SB Nation
There have been alot of takes when it comes to DeflateGate- they genraly fall in one of three categories- theres the Peter King "I dont know really what the punishment should be because the general rule of thumb is to not actively insult either person whose currently running a Eiffel Tower on you." Then theres the "supsend everybody" camp which I kind of agree with just for the chaos aspect. I want to see if the Patriots "Next Man Up" philosophy extends to there owner and fairweather fans. And then theres this take from the Daily Caller.

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