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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/13/2015.

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Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Jordan Hicks edition - PhillyVoice
During OTAs and minicamp, a number of you asked what players the Eagles' rookies remind me of so far. The Eagles didn't really run enough team drills to really get a great in-person sense of what they'll be as pros. However, I do have some initial thoughts on players comps. Today, we'll look at third-round pick Jordan Hicks. This may seem a little lazy, but the best player I came up with was current Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans. I promise I tried to come up with a less familiar name, but Ryans was my favorite comparison of the players I considered. Ryans has since slowed down because of injury issues, but coming out of college at Alabama, Ryans measurables that were very close to Hicks'.

Joel Embiid's surgery a harsh reminder for Eagles, Sam Bradford - NJ.com
The biggest gamble Kelly made comes at the most important position. Quarterback Sam Bradford, once a high draft pick with potential through the roof just like Embiid, was acquired for just a future second-round pick and a player in Nick Foles who was on his way out regardless. Getting a franchise quarterback can sometimes feel close to impossible in the NFL, and Bradford was once viewed as that kind of player. So far, five years into his NFL career, he has been anything but a franchise player. The fact that he has twice torn his ACL, and is still recovering from the last one, hasn't helped.

Joel Embiid Was Still The Right Pick For The 76ers - About.com
Of course, some will argue Embiid carries way more injury risk than those prospects. That much is probably true. The 76ers could have gone a safer route by drafting one of those players. They could have gotten a good player. It's not like Embiid was the only potentially productive player still on the board at No. 3. But the 76ers didn't need just any productive player. That's not the goal of their rebuild. The organization is not trying to do whatever they can to win in the short-term so that they can top out as a mediocre team. Instead, they are shooting for the stars. They are willing to take big risks in order to become a championship contender. Risks like the ones they took aren't always going to work out. That doesn't mean those risks shouldn't be taken, however.

On Top Of Game, Sanchez Ready At QB - PE.com
Measured purely in football terms, Mark Sanchez says, the comparison from last season to now doesn’t even calculate. Two thousand and fourteen was a chance to get back into the game and on the field after some rough times in New York. Two thousand and fifteen could be the platform for the best football of his career.

Jaguars Insider: Eagles' Chip Kelly had talks with Chris Polian - Jacksonville.com
"I was really curious going into Oregon the first time," Polian said. "The thing that struck me watching practice and being in their building — it wasn’t just an idea here and an idea there. Chip saw the whole puzzle and how everything fit together. He knows what he wants that puzzle to look like in the end and he’s very clear on what his ideas are and he presented them in a way where you can clearly picture what he wants the end product to be."

Quick Slants: What do Sanchez's passing camps mean for QB job? - CSN Philly
Whether he ends up as the starter or the backup, Mark Sanchez is training like he's going to be the man calling the plays for the Eagles in the upcoming season. Sanchez has been spending time in the offseason training with Eagles' receivers in San Diego. Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz were present at a workout with Sanchez, who is still hoping to earn the starting job at quarterback over Sam Bradford when the season begins in September.

NFC East Roundup: What’s Next For Pierre-Paul? - Birds 24/7
Here’s our weekly look at what’s going on around the rest of the NFC East.

Bills OL coach Aaron Kromer arrested for allegedly punching a minor - SB Nation
Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with battery with intent to cause bodily harm, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Rapoport tweeted out Kromer's arrest sheet from the Walton County Jail in Florida, where Kromer was booked, and later released on bond, after allegedly punching his neighbor's juvenile son.

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