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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/28/15.

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A recap of the opposing players the Eagles won't have to face so far in 2015, updated - PhillyVoice
Junior Galette, OLB, Redskins, Week 4 and Week 16: Galette was a controversial signing by the Redskins, but there's little question about how good of a player he is. Galatte ruptured his Achilles and is done for the season. Galette was reportedly having a very good camp, and ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim classified the injury as "devastating."

Eagles former president Joe Banner joins ESPN as analyst - CSN Philly
Former Eagles team president Joe Banner will join ESPN as a front office analyst.   Banner will appear mostly on the show NFL Insiders beginning Sept. 3 and will also contribute to SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and other platforms. He joins other former league executives Louis Riddick, who used to work for the Eagles, Hall of Famer Bill Polian, Phil Savage and Mark Dominik.

Feeling Good About the D - Iggles Blitz
We’ll see how good the defense is this year. We do know that they have more homegrown talent than in recent years. And there is reason for optimism. The great thing about all of this is how much young talent there is. This core could play together for a few years.

Chip Kelly Update: Playing Through Injuries - Fishduck
It’s very early to evaluate this gamble, but so far the results are impressive. ESPN Stats & Info posted an interesting statistic Wednesday. Its tweet was talking about the Cowboys, who just lost their best CB Orlando Scandrick to an ACL tear, but the graphic tells the deeper story. Since Chip Kelly took over in Philadelphia, three of the five teams with the most players on injured reserve are in the hard-hitting NFC East. The only team in the division that isn’t is the sports science-y Eagles.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Inside Linebacking - Birds 24/7
Before the play even starts, DeMeco Ryans processes a lot of information. The ball—and even his opponents—don’t have to move for Ryans’ mind to be in motion. That’s why Eagles Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis calls the inside linebacker "the quarterback" of the defense. Like a quarterback, he diagnoses the opposition and reacts before the snap. "If the team is huddling up, I look to see what personnel is in," Ryans said. "Once they come out, I assess the formation and where tight ends, backs and receivers are. I check the personnel and then make my calls. I diagnose and eliminate plays of what they can't run. If we're deep in the game, I probably picked up tendencies on what they are doing."

The Eagles' also-rans at right guard - Daily News
Andrew Gardner has beaten out runners-up Matt Tobin and John Moffitt; Julian Vandervelde was kind of the Lindsey Graham of this race and never really was a serious candidate. And unless he gets pancaked by that Legionnaire's disease outbreak that Chip Kelly keeps referencing or steps in a rut at Lambeau Field tomorrow night and turns an ankle, he will take his place between center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson in 17 days when the Eagles open the season against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

Will The Eagles Debut The ILB Rotation? -
As the Eagles prepare to travel to Green Bay this weekend, they do so with their trio of inside linebackers healthy and prepared to play. DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso all plan to put on the pads for their first, and most likely last, game action until the start of the regular season. What remains to be determined is the rotation head coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Bill Davis will use to ensure all three players see enough time on the field. Will snaps be distributed equally? Will Kelly plan certain packages depending on the opposition’s offense? It remains a mystery to not only Eagles fans, but also the three linebackers themselves.

Picking one breakout candidate from each NFL team - Sports On Earth
Philadelphia: Jordan Matthews, WR. Chip Kelly's madness in letting DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin leave without a fight makes more sense when you watch Matthews. In a normal year, he'd be better known after a rookie season in which he produced a stat line like 67-872-8, but due to the inordinate number of stud wideout frosh in 2014, Matthews was lost in the shuffle. He struggled some against press man coverage and required the scheme to free him up last year, but he's been the best player on the field in Eagles camp and is ready to dominate this year.

Who Are the Most Interesting Quarterbacks in the NFL? - Grantland
Whatever you think about Chip Kelly the GM, it says a lot about Chip Kelly the coach that we are even thinking about the sixth time being the charm for the Sam Bradford Revolution. And hey, it might be! Take any frustrating, could-be star quarterback in the league, add "in Chip Kelly’s offense," and the player instantly becomes twice as attractive. RG3? Probably hopeless in D.C., but RG3 in Chip Kelly’s offense could be fun. Johnny Manziel in Chip Kelly’s offense? Watch out. Colin Kaepernick? Teddy Bridgewater? Marcus Mariota? Put him with Chip Kelly, and … Everyone looks better in the shadow of Chip’s visor, following those play-cards. For Bradford’s part, if he can stay healthy, he’s accurate enough to be dangerous in this offense. I’m not saying that because it’s true, but because it’s a thing that all smart football fans are required to say before this season. Nobody has any idea, really. Why did the Eagles bet their immediate future on Sam Bradford? Let’s all find out together!

The NFL's historically dominant 2014 receiver class should be even better this season - SB Nation
Last year's rookie receiver class was historically dominant, but trends show they'll be even better this season.

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