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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/4/2015.

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20 Eagles over-unders - PhillyVoice
1) Sam Bradford: 11.5 games played. Bradford doesn't just have a pair of ACL tears on his resume. He has suffered a myriad of other injuries as well. Bradford has played more than 10 games in two of his five years in the NFL. Will Chip Kelly's #SportsScience make a difference?

MythBusters: Can any running back excel behind Cowboys' offensive line? - SI.com
Yes, Murray benefited from stellar line play more than most backs in the league. And yes, there were times when Murray could have been more decisive to the hole, or used more of his power and speed to make things happen. But the best running backs are creators—that is to say, they make things happen in adverse situations based on their physical abilities and understanding of the system they're in—and Murray is a creator. Randle, at his best to date, does not show that attribute. And McFadden hasn't been able to average 3.5 yards per carry in any of his last three seasons. Both backs are better straight-line runners than anything else, which limits what Dallas can do.

Johnston and Ertz share dedication to their crafts - Inquirer
Ertz and Johnston began dating several years ago when he was at Stanford and she was attending Santa Clara. In their time together, Ertz has learned a lot about soccer and Johnston has learned a lot about football. What they didn't have to learn from each other were the demands necessary to play at the elite level of a sport.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Opening For Barner? - Birds 24/7
"I've been in a loaded backfield since college," said Barner. "If you go back to my college days, I was there with Jeremiah Johnson, LaMichael James, LeGarrette Blount, Remene Alston. So it's always been a loaded backfield that I've been in but that doesn't stop you from doing what you have to do. You have to go out there and work and get the job done." Barner had a starring role for Kelly during their last year at Oregon, racking up over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns in 2012. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Panthers the following season but saw limited action his rookie year. Kelly acquired him the following summer. It didn't work out as planned for Barner the first time around, but he'll have a good opportunity in front of him when the team reconvenes next month.

Ertz To Cheer On Girlfriend At World Cup Final - PE.com
Tight end Zach Ertz is used to having over 69,000 fans cheer him on at Lincoln Financial Field on Sundays in the fall. This Sunday, he'll be one of thousands in attendance in Vancouver (and millions watching around the world) supporting the U.S. women's soccer team in the World Cup Final against Japan. Ertz's girlfriend, defender Julie Johnston, has been one of the stars of the tournament for an American team that has not allowed a goal in the last 513 minutes. Johnston is one of eight players on a short list for the Golden Ball, which is awarded to the World Cup's best player.

Jahlil Okafor briefly attempts to mask his Dallas Cowboy fandom - CSN Philly
Hopefully you're chilling on a beach or a back porch somewhere enjoying a cold beverage and not sitting in an office or stuck in traffic on the Schuylkill at the moment. Speaking of I-76... this week on The700LevelShow, host John Gonzalez caught up with the 76ers rookies to test their knowledge of Philadelphia. They do okay. J.P. Tokoto talking trash on Duke right behind Jahlil Okafor's back was a nice moment. His immediate switch to Eagles' fandom was also a smart move.

4 reflections on Independence Day from Gen. Andrew Luck - SB Nation
With the battle far over the horizon, Gen. Andrew Luck paused to share his feelings on Independence Day.

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