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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/12/15.

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Eagles practice notes, August 11, 2015: A Marcus Smith sighting! - PhillyVoice
One offensive lineman I thought looked pretty good in those one-on-one sessions was UDFA Brett Boyko. He went up against Brandon Graham a few times, and held his own. Boyko has one of the worst spider charts I've ever seen.

Sanchez far behind Bradford in QB competition - Inquirer
At this point in his career, Mark Sanchez has nearly seen it all. What he hasn't seen enough of this summer - although he won't say it, but you can bet he wants it - is time with the first-team offense. Sam Bradford has taken the majority of first-team repetitions - approximately 90 percent to Sanchez's 10 percent - since the first day of Eagles training camp eight practices ago. At this point, he has seemingly earned it. Bradford has been increasingly accurate.

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations - Birds 24/7
Bradford finishes strong. He finds Sproles in the flat, then connects with Jeff Maehl down the left side for a big gain. That's followed by the play of the day. Bradford lofts a perfect ball to Matthews in the right corner of the end zone about 30 yards downfield. Watkins is on him and again has tight coverage but Matthews rises up and wrestles the ball in for the score. A fired-up Matthews celebrates with an angry flex and a series of chest bumps as he makes his way up the sideline.

Game-day action a priority for Eagles' Taylor Hart - Daily News
Despite his late-round status, Hart was hopeful that he would get a chance to play as a rookie. He was drafted by Chip Kelly, who coached him at Oregon. The Eagles' defensive-line coach was Jerry Azzinaro, his position coach for four years in Eugene, where he was a second-team All-PAC 12 selection as a senior and was named the Ducks' top defensive lineman as both a junior and senior. But as Hart quickly discovered, the NFL isn't the PAC-12. He made the Eagles as the team's seventh and final defensive lineman. That's the good news. The bad news is they dressed only six on game days, and those six were iron men.

Tebow making progress with Eagles, but still has a ways to go - The 700 Level
While it’s probably early to go plunking down your hard-earned money on Tebow merchandise, there’s no denying he’s making tremendous strides as a passer at training camp. There are still moments when vintage Tebow appears, holding on to the ball forever or missing his target by a mile. By and large, however, he looks far more accurate, consistent and polished than at any of his three previous stops in the NFL.

Exploring Options For Eagles CBs - PE.com
Injuries happen in the NFL. The good teams anticipate them and prepare for them and have the resources to compensate when a player goes down. The Eagles lost a promising rookie when cornerback JaCorey Shepherd was injured in Sunday's Training Camp session.

Chip Kelly & the year of fear - About
People fear the unknown. There is something about not knowing what to expect or when something will happen that really causes a rush of fear to overcome a person. The Philadelphia Eagles and their prospectus for the upcoming season are completely unknown. There are more variables on this roster than most teams go through in a span of multiple seasons. The team could rise faster than expected or collapse quicker than anyone imagined. That’s why 2015 will be a year of fear for Philadelphia fans.

Ranking NFL's top 10 running backs heading into 2015 season - SI.com
Murray led the league with 1,845 rushing yards in 2014, but according to some, he left a lot of big plays on the field and almost entirely benefited from Dallas's outstanding offensive line. In truth, Murray did a lot to make his line look good, as well—he finished second behind Marshawn Lynch with 77 missed tackles caused in 2014, and he's always been a more powerful runner than his 6'0", 214-pound frame might indicate. Murray is more of a straight-line runner than one who will juke you out of your shoes, but he shows good vision and gap awareness on a consistent basis. Will he ever put up another season like he did in 2014? The test comes this year, as Murray left for Philadelphia in free agency. He'll be a big part of Chip Kelly's running back rotation there, and Kelly does have a way of making things work very well for his backs. However, Philadelphia's offensive line isn't quite at Dallas's level when it comes to run-blocking.

Geno Smith sucker punch is first test for Jets head coach Todd Bowles - SB Nation
Things were supposed to be different for the Jets this year. Now, their rookie head coach is facing questions about whether he can maintain control of the team in the wake of his starting quarterback getting punched over a $600 plane ticket.

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