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Eagles News: Eli Manning could be in his last year with the New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/2/2015.

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Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles' offseason, in stick figure form - PhillyVoice
Chip Kelly has tried to convince anyone who will listen that there is an open competition for the starting QB job. OK. To get Sam Bradford, the Eagles traded Nick Foles, a second round pick, draft position in the 2015 draft, and they're paying Bradford $13 million this season to sit behind Mark Sanchez? Something tells me this "QB competition" is going to be slightly biased toward Mr. Bradford. Better take matters into your own hands, Mark.

This could be Eli Manning's last season with the Giants - SB Nation
The New York Giants are in a predicament with Eli Manning. The quarterback who helped the team win a pair of Super Bowls is entering the last year of his contract. Before they can agree to a new contract, the Giants need to answer some questions about the future of the organization. The longer they wait, the more expensive a deal gets.

Wake-Up Call: Eagles 15th In Future Rankings - Birds 24/7
Defensively, the line is young and talented. Age isn't a huge concern at outside linebacker with Connor Barwin (28) and Brandon Graham (27). And they're deeper than they've been in awhile at inside linebacker. Malcolm Jenkins and Byron Maxwell should be solid for the next three years in the secondary, but there are question marks at the other safety spot and CB2.

Can Jaylen Watkins Make The Jump? -
No position group for the Eagles has seen as much offseason turnover as the secondary. Safety Malcolm Jenkins will be the only holdover among four starters in the back of the Eagles' defense, with newcomers like Byron Maxwell, Eric Rowe and Walter Thurmond set to make an early impact. Returners like Brandon Boykin and Nolan Carroll are also expected to be counted on in a big way. But for a defense that purports to value versatility, there’s another returning Eagle who may have been overlooked by some. A fourth-round pick last May, Jaylen Watkins played only four games during his rookie season as a special teams contributor. But with experience at cornerback, safety and nickel, Watkins could be a moveable chess piece for defensive coordinator Bill Davis – if Watkins makes the necessary sophomore jump.

Interesting Argument - Iggles Blitz
If Bill Davis and the players can eliminate some of the big plays they gave up last year, the unit could take a big step forward this season. With a new DB coach and lots of new DBs, it is possible for the defense to right the ship and play better football. We’re not hoping the same guys magically improve. There were changes.

Hank Baskett sure picked the wrong transgender weed dealer - The 700 Level
Here's a fun one just for the pure absurdity of it all. In an attempt to "set the record straight" about the time he allegedly, maybe did some sexy things with a transgender woman, former Eagles wide receiver and sometimes husband to Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, Hank Baskett opened up to People Magazine about what really happened.

Defending Malcolm Butler an easy decision for NFLPA - Sports on Earth
Sorry, Malcolm, but this is bigger than you. That's the message the NFLPA sent Patriots' Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler when it recently filed a grievance against New England on his behalf after the team punished him for missing a voluntary offseason workout.

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