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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/24/2015.

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Friends, family: Bradford has always been 'a fierce competitor' - PhillyVoice
"I’ll be one hundred percent honest with you," Bench said. "Sam could have played college basketball, without a doubt. And he probably could have played a couple of other sports if he cared about them. It’s always incredible to me how athletic he is."

Three Eagles Numbers That Matter - Birds 24/7
36.5 – DeMarco Murray’s TD rate on carries inside the opponents’ 10 the last two years, according to writer Graham Barfield. Murray scored 19 times on 52 attempts. That’s the fifth-best mark among running backs since 2013. LeSean McCoy, meanwhile, ranked 35th in this category, converting just eight of 46 attempts (17.4 percent) into touchdowns. While there are plenty of factors that go into this - play-calling, the offensive line, etc. - it seems reasonable to expect that the Eagles could get more from Murray than McCoy when they get into scoring range.

Eagles' Jenkins becoming a leader on and off the field - Inquirer
"I remember last year, I wanted to set a good impression in everything," Jenkins said Friday on the first day of a two-day free camp for nearly 400 children. "I was a new father, I was on a new team, in a new city, doing stuff in business that was new, and I wanted to put my best foot forward. I felt like I did that. Going into this year, it's really about establishing myself."

Sam Bradford? Tim Tebow? And other Eagles' questions that haven't been answered - NJ.com
Is Marcus Smith in the team's plans? The 2014 first-round pick better be happy that rosters aren't due today, because there's a good chance he wouldn't be on it. This wasn't a good spring for the linebacker. Kelly had no sympathy for his "minor'' injury; talked up Travis Long; and said Vinny Curry was taking snaps at outside linebacker.

Sam Bradford has to win Eagles' QB competition - ESPN
But if Sanchez, who went 4-4 in eight starts for the Eagles last year, wins the competition? And that is possible. Bradford hasn’t even taken part in full-squad practices during the offseason. Sanchez has a one-year head start in Kelly’s offense. The coach raved about Sanchez’s performance in offseason workouts, citing his progress in his second season running Kelly’s offense.

Roob's 25 Random Points: Evan Mathis, Wawa and more - CSN Philly
In DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, the Eagles have three Pro Bowl running backs on the roster at the same time. Has anybody ever had that before? This team is going to run the ball a ton. My over-under on rushing attempts is 34 per game. That would be the Eagles’ most since 1990, when they averaged 34.4 per game with this group: Heath Sherman, Anthony Toney, Randall Cunningham and Thomas Sanders. Seriously. The best way to keep Bradford ambulatory is by keeping him out of harm’s way. And 34 running plays per game will certainly go a long way toward doing that.

Maxwell: Total Package For Eagles - PE.com
It took some time, Byron Maxwell admits, before it all settled in. His career change came suddenly, as expected, on the first day of the NFL free agency period, when the Eagles reached out and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse and all of the sudden Maxwell was on a new team, in a new city and with a new professional responsibility.

Will stardom spoil Odell Beckham Jr.? - SB Nation
The reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year's meteoric rise hasn't been without its bumps, and the Giants are helping their top receiver learn to navigate the pitfalls of fame and keep his focus on the field.

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