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Eagles News: Sam Bradford not signing an extension could be a good thing

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/23/2015.

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A recap of the opposing players the Eagles won't have to face so far in 2015 - PhillyVoice
Dion Jordan, OLB, Dolphins, Week 10: Jordan was suspended by the league for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substance Abuse. As a repeat offender, Jordan's 2015 season is over. Jordan has a world of talent, but has been an enormous disappointment to the Dolphins as the #3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Sam Bradford reportedly playing out season without new contract is good news for Eagles -
Maybe the Eagles didn't offer Sam Bradford what he was looking for.  Maybe Bradford turned down a big offer from the team. Either way, the result is the same -- good news for the Eagles.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Step Up For Huff? - Birds 24/7
As we wrote back in April, Josh Huff has been working with Rischad Whitfield — known by his clients as "The Footwork King" — this offseason to try and improve his get-off from the line of scrimmage. "Last year, Josh had a problem getting off press coverage at the line," explained Whitfield. "When he was lining up out wide, defensive backs were jamming him and it was taking him forever to get off the line…I’ve been working on a lot of press releases. I’ve been working on a lot of different footwork moves for Josh that can help him get open because once he gets open and gets that separation from the DB, everything else is history because he is so explosive and fast."

Huff on the Rise - Iggles Blitz
The biggest jump for most players is from Year 1 to Year 2. Rookies have to adjust to a whole new life, on and off the field. In the second year, the player has some security off the field, knows the playbook and has a feel for pro football. He can then concentrate on honing his craft. Jordan Matthews exploded onto the scene as a rookie. Josh Huff had much more of a typical rookie season. He flashed ability, but also made mistakes and looked…like a rookie. Matthews might be the key to the Eagles passing game heading into 2015. Huff is hoping to earn a starting role or at least become a productive part of the offense.

Eagles Better or Worse 2015: Tight End - The 700 Level
At 6’5", 250 pounds with deceptive 4.7 speed, Ertz is already a far superior receiving threat to Celek. Depending how far the 2013 second-round pick has come as a blocker, he could finally push the nine-year veteran for a starting role in Philadelphia’s offense this season. And if Ertz is on the field more, naturally that means his production should increase. Head coach Chip Kelly has taken notice of the work Ertz is putting in, telling reporters at the owners meetings back in March that he believes there can be a big jump from Year 2 to Year 3. As long as he’s stuck in a timeshare with Celek, trips to the Pro Bowl might be a stretch, but there’s no reason Ertz shouldn’t be one of the Eagles’ leading receivers again tin 2015.

Waiting To See QB Bradford's Next Steps -
When we last saw and heard from Sam Bradford, way back on June 17 as the Eagles wrapped up the spring mini-camp, he expressed confidence in his health and outlook for the immediate future.

Word on the Birds: NFC East Preview -
On today's Word on the Birds,'s Pat Gallen and's Dave Spadaro take a look at the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins heading into the 2015 NFL season.

LaDainian Tomlinson: Emmitt Smith was right about DeMarco Murray - PFT
"As a guy that watches a lot of film, Emmitt is correct," Tomlinson said, via "There was a lot of times, and DeMarco is a very physical runner and instead of making that last guy miss and taking it for 50 or 60, he would try and run him over. That’s just his style and he would end up getting tackled for 20 instead of 50. So Emmitt is right in that sense, but at the same time, one thing that I do respect about DeMarco is he knows his strengths. He is not a juke guy, he’s a downhill, physical runner."

Pass Rushing Over Pass Catching: Assessing the Value of the Wide Receiver in 2015 and Beyond - Grantland
The ability to get after the quarterback is king. This offseason all but confirmed that, as Justin Houston and Ndamukong Suh got more than $112 million guaranteed combined. The size of the number becomes even starker when you consider that the pass-rushing pair received about $25 million more than the sum of the deals Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant signed last week.

2015 NFL training camp preview: Cowboys hunting for back-to-back division titles - SB Nation
Player you'll be buzzing about: WR Josh Huff -- The Eagles really like second-year receiver Huff, who likely has a higher ceiling than Jordan Matthews and who has more to offer than Riley Cooper. He needs a big showing in training camp to earn his playing time, though.

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