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Eagles News: Vinny Curry will play some 3-4 outside linebacker in 2015

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/16/15.

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An Oral History of the Frank Gore Era in Philadelphia - BGN
In honor of Gore's return to Philly today.

Vinny Curry will play some 3-4 OLB for the Eagles this season - PhillyVoice
Three Eagles assistant coaches -- defensive coordinator Bill Davis, outside linebacker coach Bill McGovern, and defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro -- verified today that Eagles DE Vinny Curry is getting looks as a 3-4 OLB this preseason. "He has the ability to rush the quarterback on pass downs and we're just trying to get him opportunities at different spots to rush the quarterback so you don't know where he is," said Azzinaro.

Updating the RG Battle - Iggles Blitz
We don’t know for sure, but it sure seems like Andrew Gardner will be the starting RG in the preseason opener. He has been working with the starters more than anyone else in Training Camp, especially in recent days. I think he has a good chance to win the job for the season. Has Gardner stood out or is he simply the lesser of four evils, so to speak? We don’t know what the answer is, but there is a case to be made for him. He started at RG six times last year so he knows the position and he knows the Eagles scheme. Gardner has the size the Eagles like at 6-6, 308. He is a good athlete, which helps with the outside running the team likes to do.

Tebow, Barkley To Square Off For Third QB Spot - Birds 24/7
If you ask Tim Tebow about Sunday’s preseason opener against the Colts, his eyes light up. He flashes that million-dollar smile and talks about how excited he is to play the game he’s loved since he was a child. Mention the same game to Matt Barkley, and you’ll get a more business-like, measured reaction. Their personalities (and mindsets heading in) aren’t exactly identical, and their playing styles couldn’t be more different. That contrast will be on display Sunday as the competition for the third quarterback spot ramps up.

In the end, Eagles' Graham measures up at outside linebacker - Inquirer
Brandon Graham can bench-press 225 pounds in 28 repetitions faster than any other outside linebacker on the Eagles. He can push a 20-pound medicine ball in an allotted amount of time farther than anyone else at his position. Connor Barwin called Graham "probably the strongest guy on our team." Asked to name an intangible the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Graham has that offsets what he lacks in length, coach Chip Kelly said: "His power."

Byron Maxwell embracing opportunity to cover top WRs - CSN Philly
The Eagles haven’t matched their best cornerback against the other team’s best wide receiver in a while now.  Mainly since they haven’t really had a "best cornerback" in a while now. Now they do, and Byron Maxwell, who spent his years in Seattle manning the right cornerback spot, is now practicing at both right and left cornerback with the Eagles.  The idea is to get him comfortable on both sides so he can match up with Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr., DeSean Jackson and all the other elite receivers the Eagles face this year.

Fan-Demonium: Ready For Some Football -
Let’s go back to the Bradford decision. If he played, Bradford would be on the field for anywhere between five and 15 plays. That is nothing substantial. The reason you would like him out there is to see him shake off the rust and move around a little against live competition. One of the things that influenced Kelly's decision is that the Eagles will hold joint practices with the Ravens this upcoming week. Bradford will get a chance to go up against their defense in a controlled setting during mid-week practices. That is basically the same thing as the preseason opener. Kelly said that Bradford would play next week. He will get extra practice reps before going onto a field against live tacklers. This won't hurt him at all and could actually help him. When you think in terms of risk versus reward, sitting him this week makes a lot of sense. That still doesn't make it any less frustrating for those of us who wanted to see Bradford in action.

Geno Smith doesn’t deserve a free pass just because of his broken jaw - SB Nation
Geno already cost the Jets a game by not toughing out a nagging jaw injury in last night's game against the Lions.

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