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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/23/15.

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Eagles-Ravens Final Score: 10 things we learned in Philadelphia's preseason win - BGN
Here's what we learned from the Philadelphia Eagles' 40-17 preseason win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Kelly, Bradford Happy With QB’s Debut - Birds 24/7
Sam Bradford’s Eagle career has spanned just one preseason drive that ended in a Ryan Mathews touchdown run. The former number one pick threw just five passes, completing three for 35 yards, but according to Chip Kelly, so far so good. "I thought he looked good for [it] being his first time back out there," Kelly said. "So I think we’ll get back in the film room and find out what his thought process was and where he was, but I think he’s happy just to get a chance to get back on the field and play football.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Ravens preseason game - PhillyVoice
Sanchez's numbers (14-20-118-0-0-85.0) don't look bad, but his actual play did. Sanchez consistently had receivers running wide open, and he was either missing them completely or not putting the ball in a place where they could maximize their yards after the catch. Sanchez also didn't see several wide open receivers, such as Nelson Agholor and Kenjon Barner, who both got behind the defense down the sideline on consecutive plays.

Eagles could be monstrous at running back - Inquirer
There's a reason it's called a "monster." When you have three running backs of near-equal skill but with varying skill-sets rotating in and out of an offense, the net effect can be a frightening one for a defense. On Saturday night the Eagles gave a glimpse of what their three-headed monster might look like with DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles sharing the load. And it was an effective beast - if not yet scary - in the 40-17 preseason win over the Ravens.

10 observations from Eagles-Ravens - CSN Philly
Things could not have gone any better for Bradford. He wanted to get hit? He got hit. Got cheap-shotted by Terrell Suggs. He wanted to get into a rhythm? He got into a rhythm on his first drive in a year, his only drive of the game. He wanted to jog off the field when he was done? He did that too. Bradford’s first real test in his comeback from a second ACL tear in 10 months was awfully encouraging. Bradford played only one series, and he missed a couple open guys, but the longer he was in there, the more comfortable he looked. His 15-yarder through traffic to Jordan Matthews on a 3rd-and-5 couldn’t have been placed better. Bradford was 3 for 5 for 35 yards on his one drive, which culminated in a Ryan Mathews TD run, but the stats aren’t important. He looked comfortable, he looked healthy, he looked nothing like a guy who hasn’t taken a meaningful snap in nearly two years. And he did it against a very stout and physical defense. It seemed like the whole stadium was holding its breath when Bradford was in the game. Especially when Suggs twisted his left leg, drawing a personal foul. But so far, so good. Opening day is three weeks away, and it’s hard to imagine a better start for Bradford.

Red Zone Running Fuels Eagles' Win - PE.com
Last season, the Eagles scored touchdowns on just 49.15 percent of their red zone opportunities, which ranked 23rd in the league. For having such a high-powered and high-scoring offense, the Eagles’ ability to convert red zone trips to touchdowns needed to improve. Fans got a taste of just how improved the Eagles could be in those situations on Saturday night, as the Eagles used the power run game to cap off red zone trips on each of their first two possessions, leading the way to a 40-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Eli Manning doesn't want the NFL's biggest contract, except he kind of does - SB Nation
Eli Manning may have never said he wants to be the NFL's highest-paid player, but the numbers he needs to ask for happen to be more than any NFL player is making.

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