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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/29/2015.

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Chip Kelly's overhaul of the secondary 'on and off the field' - PhillyVoice
Byron Maxwell was the Eagles' highest-rated defensive back in free agency this offseason, and it showed when they made him the fifth highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. However, the Eagles didn't just pay Maxwell a lot of money. According to Chip Kelly, part of the reason they traded LeSean McCoy and got rid of other expensive players was to free up money to go after Maxwell in free agency.

Why Josh Huff is set for a breakout year with Eagles -
Huff might not be the fastest receiver on the team, as he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash coming out of college, behind the 4.42 that Agholor ran and the 4.46 that Matthews turned in. He is, however, the quickest receiver on the team, and that much is clear by watching the team practice. During OTAs over the summer, Huff was clearly the quickest receiver on the team during both team and individual drills. It could be the way the team used Huff, allowing him to display his speed after the catch. Regardless, Huff will bring plenty of speed to whatever role the team decides to use him in during the regular season.

New Eagle Alonso embraces his Hispanic heritage - Inquirer
Alonso travels regularly to the Caribbean and spends every Christmas, if possible, in Puerto Rico. He lists chicken, rice, black beans and fried plantains as his favorite meal. Many of his Twitter posts are in Spanish. Ricardo said he has already done several interviews about Alonso with Colombian radio. The Eagles' reach has expanded throughout Latin and South America. But Alonso doesn't have to go far to find an expanding number of fans looking to adopt him.

On Murray, Mathews And the Stretch - Birds 24/7
In terms of fit, Murray ran behind a largely zone blocking scheme in Dallas. The Eagles' most common play is the inside zone, one that Murray is used to. But the Birds haven't had a ton of success with the outside zone (stretch) under Kelly. It's in their playbook, and they use it, but many of the successful perimeter runs have come via the sweep.

On The Road To Training Camp ... -
The roster officially stands at 89 players after the team released running back Matthew Tucker on Monday because of a non-football injury. What that means is that Tucker was injured in a non-football event. The injury has not been disclosed, and it's a shame Tucker was hurt to such an extent because he had a chance to make this roster. Now, the Eagles will look at other options, including Kenjon Barner, who was acquired in a trade during last summer's preseason and then did not make the team's 53-man roster. He was signed to the practice squad in November and now is fully healthy and integrated into the scheme. At 5 feet 9 and 185 pounds, Barner has a different body dimension than the big backs on the roster -- DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews -- and the fire hydrant that is Darren Sproles possess. Barner doesn't have that bulk or that mass. But he's quick and he knows the scheme and he has a chance to make the 53-man roster. Will the Eagles keep four running backs? Hey, a lot happens during the course of a preseason. Barner, at his best, has a shot.

Are the New York Giants better or worse in 2015? - The 700 Level
Since winning Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants haven’t made the playoffs the past three years, going from a 9-7 record in 2012 to 6-10 last season. That was the franchise’s worst finish since ’04, when Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning were in their inaugural campaign together, prompting many observers to speculate over some big changes in the Big Apple. But Coughlin and Manning are back—and the Giants aren’t going away just yet.

RB Update - Iggles Blitz
With Chris Polk out of the picture, this was supposed to be the year that Matthew Tucker made a roster push. If Chip Kelly really wants this team to focus on the run game, he just might be willing to keep a 4th RB. Unfortunately Tucker won’t be an Eagle this year.

Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone, told NFL he destroys cell phones all the time - SB Nation
While destroying evidence isn't an admission of a guilt, it was probably a big red flag to Goodell. After all, the initial punishment handed out to Brady and the Patriots seemed to stem more from their failure to cooperate with the investigation than their actual breaking of the NFL's rules. However, Brady argued that he wasn't intentionally avoiding the league's investigation when he destroyed his phone: He just destroys his phone a lot:

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