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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/29/15.

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What prompted Chip Kelly's manic offseason with Eagles? In part, Nick Saban - FOX Sports
Kelly strongly believes Bradford can enjoy similar success to Brees by rebounding from the knee injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of the last two seasons in St. Louis. "The impact Drew had on the Saints was really what we studied," said Kelly, who traded 2014 starting quarterback Nick Foles to the Rams last March as part of a package for Bradford. "What would this league be like if Nick Saban had Drew Brees? Would Nick have ever gone back to Alabama?"

10 over/unders for the Eagles' third preseason game vs. Packers - PhillyVoice
Bradford played just one drive in his first preseason action against the Ravens and was able to bounce back from a Terrell Suggs hit -- have you heard about that one yet? -- to lead the Eagles to a touchdown. On Thursday, Chip Kelly wasn't willing to divulge how much his new quarterback will play, if at all, but reports suggest that he'll play the first half. The Eagles are averaging 79.5 offensive plays per game so far this preseason, so that number may seem a little low. But if the Packers offense -- which is already down a Jordy Nelson and will reportedly be without quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- can manage to stay on the field, unlike the Colts and Ravens, the pace may slow slightly, bringing the Eagles snap count down with it. Still, I think Kelly wants to see as much of Bradford as possible so that he can sit him in the preseason finale against the Jets and still rest easy.

How Eagles guard John Moffitt gave himself a second chance - Inquirer
On the morning of Sunday, March 16, 2014, John Moffitt woke on the floor of a Chicago holding cell, his mouth bloody, his memory blank. The catalysts for his reckless night had still been swimming through his bloodstream when police had locked him in the cell with 40 other men, having arrested him on charges of battery and drug possession after Moffitt, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing more than 300 pounds, had tussled with a bouncer at a nightclub called Underground. The police report had catalogued the scope of Moffitt's thrill-seeking: He had on his person 10 grams of marijuana, four ecstasy pills, and a gram of cocaine, all stored in a sunglasses case.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Three Keys For Carroll - Birds 24/7
So what’s happened? How did Carroll go from a guy who couldn’t unseat Bradley Fletcher to the talk of the Eagles’ locker room? There are a few different factors at play here. The first is health. Carroll sustained what he described as a "lower leg injury" last summer and was sidelined for part of the preseason. Turns out, he didn't fully recover until Week 4 or 5. "That's kind of what set me back going into the year. I guess I was playing catch-up most of the year, so this year I made a concerted effort to stay as healthy as possible."

Tim Tebow, Marcus Smith among 10 players on Eagles' roster bubble - NJ.com
The cuts are coming.  With training camp now more than halfway over, the Eagles are soon going to have to begin making cuts, a realization that head coach Chip Kelly said Thursday was unfortunate.  "It is going to be difficult," Kelly said. "It's difficult to get to 75, I think from a coaching standpoint that's a good thing, but there is still a human factor that gets involved with cutting somebody, and that part is not a lot of fun." The Eagles have plenty of hard decisions to make, as the depth on this team is much better than it has been in year's past.

Who Is The Fastest Philadelphia Eagle? - PE.com
What is something that running back Raheem Mostert, cornerback Nolan Carroll and running back Darren Sproles have in common? They’re fast, super fast. Which Philadelphia Eagles player would win a 40-yard dash? The answer to that question was debated in the Eagles' locker room. When the players were surveyed, the top three vote-getters were Mostert, Carroll and Sproles.

Never satisfied, Connor Barwin always working to improve - CSN Philly
If Connor Barwin never improved a bit the rest of his career, he’d still be one of the best in the NFL. If he rested on his laurels, there’d no doubt be many more productive seasons, many more Pro Bowls, many more big plays. He also would be unable to live with himself. Because the notion of merely staying the same is offensive to Barwin. No matter what he accomplishes, no matter how much he’s praised, no matter how many honors he piles up, Barwin retains the mentality of an undrafted rookie just trying to make the team. And he vows that will never change.

Explaining all of the NFL's many new rules | Sports on Earth
A useful and entertaining primer on the NFL's new rules for the upcoming season complete with some satire Eagles fans will enjoy at the end... "Teams running the read-option must recognize that Terrell Suggs will dive at their quarterback's legs regardless of where the ball goes"

Michael Vick will be a bad influence on Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson - SB Nation
People forget that Michael Vick went to jail for dogfighting. And now he's on the Pittsburgh Steelers? The most respected team in NFL history? I mean this is a guy whose more used to wearing a black a white uniform than a black and yellow, folks.

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