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Eagles News: Rasheed Bailey is already proving people wrong

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/21/2015.

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The 'Jason Babin Award' watch list: Which Eagles will likely come back to Earth in 2015? - PhillyVoice
Barwin was an absolute beast in 2014, racking up career highs in tackles (64), sacks (14.5), and forced fumbles (2). He also batted down five passes, which was among the NFL's league leaders. More impressively, he did it from his 'Jack' position, which did not allow him to consistently pin his ears back and attack the quarterback. It is unlikely Barwin will get to the QB 15 times again in 2015.

Rasheed Bailey Making Most Of Opportunity - Birds 24/7
Since arriving at the NovaCare Complex, Bailey has made an impression on teammates. When Mark Sanchez was asked which young receiver stood out to him during practice, he named Bailey without hesitation. When Tim Tebow was scrambling on the last play of minicamp, he lofted a ball to the back corner of the end zone, and Bailey came down with it. "In the beginning, it felt like a dream," Bailey said. "It felt like this was all so unreal, and so every day I came in here, put my hard hat on, worked every day, and it was just like, ‘Wow, I’m doing it. I’m proving a lot of people wrong.' And being an undrafted guy, being a D-3 guy, I’m going to hold my own here. And I’ve been doing that. It's all about being consistent, and as Chip Kelly says, doing your job."

Bradford Update - Iggles Blitz
Bradford is smart to play out his deal. He made plenty of money on his rookie contract so he’s not in the same situation as someone like Russell Wilson, a player who is dying to get paid big bucks. Bradford could sign a safe deal now, but he’s smart to let this season play out. If he believes in himself, the Eagles and Chip Kelly’s offense, this is a no-brainer. QBs fill the stat sheet in this offense. Obviously Bradford’s health is the X-factor, but he’s never played behind such a good O-line and that should help him. "Should" being the key word. The line will have a pair of new starters and all it takes is one missed block for a QB to take a big hit.

Here is why Mark Sanchez is the best option for Eagles as starting quarterback -
Sanchez enters training camp, unlike last year, feeling 100% recovered from the shoulder surgery that cost him the entire 2013 season. Speaking at OTAs earlier this summer, Sanchez said he can feel a difference in his arm strength, and it shows up on the film.  Sanchez's shoulder feeling better could have an impact on his ability to beat teams down the field, which he wasn't able to do last season. In his eight games as a starter in 2014, Sanchez completed 13 of his 37 attempts beyond 20 yards, with twice as many interceptions (four) as touchdowns (two).  Plus, unlike Bradford, Sanchez isn't recovering from back-to-back torn ACLs.

The Big Question: Don't Forget About ... -
I like this question because finding these under-the-radar contributors is always one of the fun exercises of Training Camp. If we’re excluding rookies and second-year players, I’ll start with spot where we know a starter will emerge – right guard. To my eyes, it looks like this is a four-way race between a few veterans – Matt Tobin, Andrew Gardner, Dennis Kelly and the newcomer John Moffitt. All four players have started between seven and 15 games in their NFL career, with Tobin and Gardner getting their first starting experience last season and Moffitt last starting in 2012. It should be a fascinating battle to follow and I’m sure Chip Kelly would like one player to grab the reins and allow five offensive linemen to work and play together throughout much of the season, health permitting. If I had to guess right now, I think I’d make Tobin a slight favorite, though Moffitt is the great unknown.

With Byron Maxwell, did Chip Kelly fix secondary? - ESPN
So the Eagles will have three new starters in their secondary. One, Maxwell, is getting paid elite money based on the projection that his physical size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and his style will allow him to raise his game in the Eagles' defense. That is a risk. The other two positions are bigger risks. The Eagles are counting on Thurmond to play a position he has never played before. And they are hoping that Carroll can be a better player than he was last year, or that Rowe can take the job away from him during the preseason. That is certainly possible, but it would leave the Eagles with a rookie starting at one of the tougher positions in the NFL for a rookie to play.

Roob's 25 random points: Staley, Favre, Tiger & The Kinks - CSN Philly
I know it’s going to be tough to find him a roster spot, but I want G.J. Kinne on my team. Can he really play wideout in the NFL? I don’t know. But I like him better than Matt Barkley or Tim Tebow as a No. 3 quarterback, and I’ll bet he can play some special teams, too. Chip Kelly likes guys who are versatile, and who’s more versatile than a guy who’s taken reps at receiver, running back, quarterback and on special teams? When I do my mock 53-man roster, I’m keeping Kinne. I'll find a way.

Emmitt Smith: Murray doesn't make Eagles division favorites | FOX Sports
Former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin said earlier this offseason that the Eagles are favorites in the NFC East after stealing running back DeMarco Murray from Dallas. But another franchise legend doesn't agree.

Michael Irvin: Eagles are favorite in NFC East because of DeMarco Murray | FOX Sports
Even with arguably the best offensive line in the league, Michael Irvin isn't buying the idea that any of Dallas' running backs can do what DeMarco Murray did.

What happens if Tom Brady doesn't win his DeflateGate appeal? - SB Nation
A ruling on Tom Brady is expected from Roger Goodell soon, but there's a good chance that the conclusion of the DeflateGate saga isn't coming soon.

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