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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/5/2015.

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DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews are big and fast - PhillyVoice
The NFL will forever be a quarterback's league. That will never change for as long as it exists. It's arguably the most important position in team sports, and if you don't have a good one, you don't have much of a chance to succeed. However, there's a new trend developing in the NFL -- successful playoff teams are employing bigger running backs. If the Eagles' pair of big, bruising backs with speed can stay healthy, the Eagles can hammer the run and potentially mask potential deficiencies at quarterback.

Bill Davis: Brandon Boykin's size not holding him back - CSN Philly
If you’re buying what defensive coordinator Bill Davis sold Wednesday, the reason Boykin hasn’t earned a starting job on the outside has nothing to do with the fourth-year corner’s size. “None whatsoever,” Davis said. “None whatsoever. If you’re good enough, you're big enough. If you're good enough, you're fast enough. Do we look for and bring in taller corners? Yeah. But it doesn't mean Boykin is at a disadvantage. It really doesn't. “He's outstanding. I love Boykin, he's one of my favorite guys. He does a great job in the nickel, he's competing out there at corner. He's had a great offseason. And the best man will win out there and if Boyk's the best man, he's got it.”

OTAs Talk - Iggles Blitz
Interesting move with the backups. Dennis Kelly goes from LG to RT, with Kevin Graf moving from RT to RG. I think Graf is better suited to play OG. I just don’t think he has the footwork to play outside. Kelly has the build of an OT. He is huge and long. He has okay footwork. The potential is there for him to at least be an effective backup, if not more. Something just hasn’t clicked with him to the point where he’s a guy you want on the field. I am curious if the move was made because the team wanted Kelly outside or Graf inside.

DeSean Jaccson Is Holding Another Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser That Probably Won’t Raise Any Funds for Cancer Research - Crossing Broad
Well, as we’ve detailed before, there’s no record that DeSean’s charity, whose stated mission is "support in research of pancreatic cancer," has ever donated money to pancreatic cancer research. Based on four publicly available 990 fillings (links at end of post), from 2009-2012 (their 2014 filing for 2013 isn’t available yet), D-Jac’s foundation had donated exactly… carry the 2… zero to cancer research, and yet spent tens of thousands on fundraising events, like this one, which make for great PR but do little actual good.

Reconditioning: The Eagles’ Latest Sports Science Focus - Birds 24/7
By focusing on preparing the athletes for competition and not just rehabbing the injuries, advocates of reconditioning believe athletes should be able to perform at a higher level when they return and should also be less susceptible to re-injury. Because of those goals, reconditioning may end up resulting in a longer process before the athlete returns from injury.

Duce was in Shady's shoes, but he wore them better - Inquirer
The primary reason Staley was so quick to distinguish between his exit and McCoy's, of course, is that Staley never stooped to slandering Reid as a racist, as McCoy has done to Kelly since the Eagles traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in March. As Staley met with the media Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex, McCoy was in western New York, declining to elaborate on his comments to ESPN The Magazine about Kelly, all but rubbing his hands together like a punk kid who had just set off a bottle bomb and was reveling in the damage he'd caused. And even after coaching McCoy for two years and forming a friendship with him, Staley wasn't about to defend the insidious nature of McCoy's accusations.

Eight Revelations From The Coaches - PE.com
Sam Bradford enjoyed a brilliant rookie season under the guidance of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur in 2010. The No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft threw for over 3,500 yards and 18 touchdowns while earning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. When the Eagles were presented with the opportunity to acquire Bradford in a trade this offseason, head coach Chip Kelly sought Shurmur's insight. "He can function very well. He gets the ball out quickly. He's very smart. He prepares and trains like all the great ones do. He's an outstanding thrower to boot. Not to mention he's a terrific athlete," Shurmur said of Bradford.

Steelers, Packers, Seahawks possess top triplets for 2015 season - NFL.com
14) Philadelphia Eagles: Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray & Jordan Matthews When we did this five months ago, the Eagles' trio consisted of Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy & Jeremy Maclin. Chip Kelly is definitely not sentimental. The next six or so months will go a long way toward determining if he's a genius. For the record, I'm on Team Chip ... but I don't blame any Eagles fan for being nervous about this dicey trio.

The Most Cursed Sports Cities in America - NYTimes.com
#7 - Philadelphia - If making a sport's final four were all that mattered, Philadelphia would be a beacon of success. Its teams have reached that stage in an impressive 22 percent of their seasons over the last half-century, a better rate than Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and every other city with at least two teams other than Boston. But Philadelphia's teams almost always come up just short. Since 1984, only the 2008 Phillies have won a title. A remarkable 19 percent of the city's seasons since 1965 have ended with what we're calling a close call — a final-four appearance without a championship.

The Denver Broncos have a fart tax - SB Nation
His team smelt it. Now Miller is dealing it out.

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