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Eagles News: Sam Bradford's reincarnation is one of NFL's best training camp storylines

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/20/2015.

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What they're saying: To pay or not pay Fletcher Cox - PhillyVoice
However, for the sake of playing devil's advocate, I do wonder if the Eagles would rather hold off paying Cox until next offseason partly because he's an intriguing trade chip. During the 2015 NFL Draft, the Eagles tried to trade up both with the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select Marcus Mariota. Cox was reportedly part of the package the Eagles presented to the Titans, depending on which trade offer you believe. In other words, there's precedent that the Eagles have been willing to deal Cox. And Cox aside, as Chip Kelly has shown, he'll pretty much deal anyone.

Let’s Go Camping - The MMQB
2. The reincarnation of Sam Bradford. Chip Kelly better know what he’s doing. (Somehow, I don’t think that’s the first time that’s been said this off-season.) In the 31 months since New Year’s Day 2013, Bradford, the first pick in the 2010 draft, has played seven football games. He’s lost four. His 2013 and 2014 seasons were both ended by a torn ACL. Kelly acquired Bradford from the Rams in March, then tried like crazy to trade for Marcus Mariota six weeks later. And so this is a mildly important training camp for Bradford. And for Kelly.

Eagles Fantasy Preview - Rotoworld
The Eagles have won ten games in each of Chip Kelly's two seasons on the job. As Kelly commandeered personnel control this offseason, Philadelphia took an aggressive approach to roster modification and enters camp with a ton of moving parts. Their Vegas Win Total is 9.5, tied with Baltimore and Dallas for sixth highest in the league. I'm going to take the under on Philly's Win Total, not because I think they'll suddenly become a bad team, but because I don't feel confident enough in their outlook either way to bet on the Eagles reaching double-digit wins. While I fully expect the offense to continue racking up fantasy numbers and the Eagles to contend for the NFC East title, I have enough concerns with the quarterback situation, offensive line, and back seven on defense to guess Philly finishes at 8-8 or 9-7.

Fan-Demonium: A Tradition Of Excellence -
The Eagles have the best trio of running backs in the league. DeMarco Murray is here to be the workhorse. Ryan Mathews will back him up and get regular carries. Sproles returns for his second season. Chip Kelly can use Sproles as a third-down back, mix him into the regular rotation and also use him as a slot receiver. Eagles fans have seen a lot of good running backs over the years. Let's look at some of the best backs in franchise history. LeSean McCoy did some great things for the Eagles in his career. He averaged more than 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns a season as an Eagle. Remember that he missed four games due to injury in 2012 and was a backup in 2009 or those numbers would be even better.

Sam Bradford's resume leaves Eagles fans with nothing to do but hope -
Bradford's career quarterback rating of 79.3 is in the same category as his completion percentage, leaving him 25th among active QBs. To use another metric, Pro Football Focus, which takes just about everything into account, has never rated Bradford higher than the 20th best quarterback in any of his four active seasons.

Eagles Better or Worse 2015: Special Teams - The 700 Level
Can Philadelphia’s special teams possibly get better? There’s another option in the return game, but it will be hard to increase production there. Parkey might improve, although aside from increasing leg strength, how much do kickers really develop their talents, especially one who’s already very accurate? And while it’s not a given the coverage units experience a drop-off, it seems somewhat likely considering the amount of turnover. The Eagles should still have excellent special teams, but compared to last year, we couldn’t possibly make the call it will be better.

Classic Big Red - Iggles Blitz
The guy’s point is that Kelly made some risky moves and what happens if they don’t pan out. He is right that Kelly did make some risky moves, but I don’t think Jeff Lurie just gave Chip all that power and would immediately fire him the minute something didn’t work. Lurie sees Chip as a special coach. You give that guy extra time to fix the franchise. If Kelly has 2 years worth of bad moves…then we have a different discussion. But for now…Kelly isn’t getting fired unless something insanely bizzarre goes down.

Team USA demolishes Japan 59-12 for American football gold medal - SB Nation
The United States didn't need to prove it was the best country at playing football, but it did anyway, demolishing Japan 59-12 in the gold medal game of the IFAF World Championship.

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