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Eagles News: Jason Peters says he's always going to have Sam Bradford's back

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/27/15.

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Which current NFC East roster would make the best 'NFL Blitz' team? - PhillyVoice
With "Madden 16" hitting shelves on Tuesday, it seemed like an appropriate time to look around the NFC East and see which team would make the best "Blitz" squad. Doing this exercise for "Madden" would be fruitless, since the rosters would be exactly the same, but the game's release allows us to use its player grades to determine whether, for example, Calvin Johnson is better than Antonio Brown.

Peters: I'm going to have Bradford's back, regardless - Daily News
Regardless, Peters and the Eagles aren't going to tolerate blatant attempts to injure their QB, and they don't seem to think they'll encounter a lot of them. "I told him I got his back, no matter what, whether it's wrong or right," Peters said.

The Vision Becomes Clearer - Iggles Blitz
I’ve mentioned this before, but in some ways Chip Kelly is the offensive version of Buddy Ryan. Ryan’s number one goal on defense? It wasn’t to stop the offense from scoring. It wasn’t to stop the offense from moving the ball. It wasn’t to hit the QB. It wasn’t to get the ball. Buddy’s number one goal for his defense…score. Think about that. Kelly coaches offense so of course he wants to score points. But Kelly has the same mentality as Ryan. Kelly wants the defense to score. He wants STs to score. Any time the ball is snapped on the field, there is a chance to score points.

Fantasy Focus: Draft Day Decisions - Birds 24/7
People who are concerned about Murray's production this year are correct to worry, but are wrong in their reasoning. Murray's workload last year doesn't bother me, but the Eagles' depth at running back does. Mathews will steal plenty of red zone carries (read: touchdowns) from Murray, and the Eagles plan to use Darren Sproles more as a receiver than they did last year. Murray is a great back, but Chip Kelly won't hesitate to substitute Mathews in to keep Murray fresh.

Nickel Competition Brings Out Best -
As the Eagles head into the all-important third preseason game, the one game on the preseason schedule that most resembles a regular season matchup, many of the position battles seem to be coming rounding into form. Walter Thurmond has seemingly settled into the starting safety role, and the same can be said for Andrew Gardner at right guard. When it comes to the nickel, however, the position remains unfilled.

DeMarco Murray doesn't think Eagles' RBs will alternate series - CSN Philly
"I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it." Murray explained that against the Ravens, the Eagles were just trying to get all three top running backs time with the first-team offense.

Diaheem Watkins making up for lost time with Eagles - Morning Call
In a summer when many undrafted rookies are flashing brightly for the Philadelphia Eagles, outside linebacker Diaheem Watkins has forced himself onto the list. Against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, two of his three tackles were for losses, including a sack. That came after a three-tackle game in the preseason opener six days earlier against Indianapolis. That came just 11 days after the Eagles brought him in only because they had an unexpected roster spot open up when Travis Long tore an ACL.

Packers offensive line hobbled in training camp - Yahoo!
For now, Don Barclay has been getting first team reps with Bakhtiari out. But Barclay, who might be more suited for right tackle or a guard position, struggled against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. The starting offensive line on Saturday will likely also be without right guard T.J. Lang, who was going through a concussion protocol; and left guard Josh Sitton (ankle). That leaves center Corey Linsley and right tackle Bryan Bulaga as the only starters who will likely play on a unit that was among the best in the league last season.

A shorter NFL preseason isn't the cure for ACL injuries - SB Nation
The number of players out for the year due to ACL tears continues to climb, but it's not an unprecedented level nor is it an easy problem to solve.

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