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Eagles News: Jason Kelce thinks he can beat Ronda Rousey

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/14/15.

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Eagles practice notes, August 13, 2015: Eric Rowe flashes - PhillyVoice
Darren Sproles absolutely juked Marcus Smith out of his jock on a kick return. That's not to criticize Smith. Anyone would have looked foolish on Sproles' move. We've noted at length in these notes posts that Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff have all been very active catching passes. However, I don't think anyone has caught more balls this camp than Sproles.

Lane Johnson: Kelce Wants Fight Vs. Rousey - CBS Philly
We already know Jason Kelce can sing, but now he wants to take on the world’s most feared woman—UFC Women’s champion Ronda Rousey. "I mean, I actually wanna see it go down," Kelce’s teammate Lane Johnson told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday. "Kelc has been talking about it everyday. We actually watched a clip on [Rousey] yesterday. Kelc was saying, just because of the size advantage that he has over her, that he could just dominate her. So that’s his mindset and I’m sure Ronda—you know she said she can take on anyone in the world."

Chip Kelly Update: Injuries Start to Pile Up - Fishduck
Two weeks of training camp are done, and Chip Kelly‘s Eagles play their first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Meanwhile, injuries are starting to accumulate. Kelly plays it safe, with no tackling to the ground at all in the preseason outside of actual games, and the team is making great efforts to handle inevitable injuries with its "reconditioning" program, which I describe in detail in my book Controlled Chaos.

Peter King Q&A: "Chip Kelly Will Admit That Is An Issue" - Birds 24/7
"Chip Kelly will admit that is an issue. He reads the history. He understands that the year after a guy runs the ball as much as Murray did that you've got a chance to burn out a little bit. That's why they got Ryan Mathews. It's a calculated risk. It's probably riskier, to me, than Sam Bradford, but with Mathews being insurance, he's not going to run DeMarco Murray 350 times."

Gardner in the Lead? - Iggles Blitz
Andrew Gardner worked with the first team at RG on Thursday. That’s the fourth time he’s done that in
Training Camp, making him the leader in that category. Does that mean he is now the leader in the competition to be the starting RG? That could very well be the case. Gardner started eight games in 2014. Two of them came at RT, the rest were at RG. He was the Eagles starting RG for the final six games of the season. My guess is that the Eagles would have loved for Matt Tobin to win the job because of his age (just turned 25 in June). Gardner is 29. But Gardner is the better player right now. He has more experience and is more athletic. Gardner can be a good run blocker. He is strong enough to move his man off the ball. He also has the movement skills Chip Kelly likes in his OL.

Josh Huff enjoying quietly strong camp for Eagles in Year 2 - CSN Philly
Jordan Matthews has proven he can get the job done on Sundays. Nelson Agholor shoulders the lofty expectations of a first-round pick. Compared to his fellow young Eagles wide receivers, Josh Huff is something of a curiosity. The 2014 third-round pick arrived to far less fanfare than either Matthews or Agholor. He managed to produce just eight receptions during his rookie season, and was responsible for almost as many miscues. Yet as far as the depth chart stands today, Huff is a starter for the Eagles. At least, he’s been running with the first-team offense alongside Matthews and Riley Cooper for the majority of the summer, and from the looks of things, Huff is earning his spot.

Eagles have to hope secondary isn't a negative again - Daily News
That's a precarious position for one of the few people the Eagles haven't replaced in their quest to fix the NFL's worst secondary. Granted, the expectations for the group are well south of championship-level. But they are well north of where they were in Davis' first two years as defensive coordinator. Back then, it was difficult to blame Davis as you watched Bradley Fletcher struggle to stay in the same frame as opposing wide receivers. Is there a better position to put a cornerback than directly in front of the man he is supposed to cover? Is there a way to prevent Cary Williams from biting on a double move? Does Nate Allen come with a joystick? Did somebody spill coffee in the joystick?

WR Agholor Prepares For Game Debut -
It's the typical post-practice scene: wide receiver Nelson Agholor is off to the side, a ball boy face-guarding him, and the rookie is catching passes, making adjustments. Repetition leads to improvement and then to the continued quest for perfection.

The NFL may be asking Tom Brady to commit perjury as part of a DeflateGate settlement - SB Nation
The NFL is reportedly insisting Tom Brady admit guilt as part of any settlement agreement. From a legal and PR perspective, that is a non-starter.

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