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Eagles News: Brian Dawkins inducted into Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/24/16.

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Philly Sports Hall of Fame announces new members -
The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame announced its new members Thursday, and former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and retired Eagles safety Brian Dawkins highlight the list of 15 individuals and one team. Nine sports were represented on the list that included the 1966-67 76ers, and bowling made the cut for the first time.

Projecting Rookie Roles: Who Will Play the Most? - Birds 24/7
RB Wendell Smallwood, Round 5 — I’m putting Smallwood at the top mostly because he’ll likely have the best opportunity to get on the field. Ryan Mathews acknowledged during OTAs that his running style “has a lot to do with” his injury prone history, while Doug Pederson said during minicamp he could envision using a running back by committee approach. If Mathews gets hurt at some point, it seems highly unlikely another running back — whether that’s Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner or anyone else — would operate as the featured guy, opening up a window for Smallwood to contribute. Even if Mathews doesn’t battle a serious injury this season, Smallwood could see some playing time because of his pass-catching ability, which Pederson repeatedly says has impressed him.

Malcolm Jenkins talks to Quick Slants about Eagles' core, Pederson vs. Kelly - CSN Philly
Though the Eagles have worked this offseason to undo the damage Chip Kelly's deals inflicted — trading DeMarco Murray, Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell — they've also focused on re-signing their own players, of varying experience. That effort was capped last week when the long-awaited deal was finished with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Before that, the Eagles signed Sam Bradford, Malcolm Jenkins, Brent Celek, Lane Johnson, Vinny Curry and Zach Ertz with extensions. Kelly was all about developing the right culture, and that hasn't changed now that he's been replaced by Doug Pederson.

Offense Focus: Security, Red Zone TDs -
This isn't about huddles, which the Eagles will now have on a regular basis. It isn't about tempo, the hallmark of the team's offense the previous three seasons. What the Doug Pederson offense is about is ball control, minimal giveaways and touchdowns in the red zone ...

Doug Pederson's first season could see Eagles in contention for division title - ESPN
When he was hired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Doug Pederson said right away that he believed the team could contend in 2016. This team, Pederson said, has more talent than the 1999 team that Andy Reid inherited (and Pederson played on). Last week, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said the Eagles’ offseason might result in a little belt-tightening over the next year or two. The Eagles’ spending in 2016 was about building a core group that could develop into winners over the next few years. It was not about quick fixes that would benefit the team this season. So which is it? What are the Eagles’ intentions and what are their chances to contend in the NFC East?

NBA draft picks in the NFL? It's pretty rare, exclusive company - Yahoo
The first — and only — known man to play in a regular-season game in both leagues is believed to be Bud Grant, the former Minnesota Vikings coach. Last we saw Grant, he was strutting around shirtless before the Vikings' playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. But back in the day, before his great coaching career, Grant was a former fourth-round pick of the Minneapolis Lakers who played two seasons (averaging 2.6 points per game) and winning a championship on their 1950 team. He also was a first-round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles who played two NFL seasons before going on to stand out in the CFL before coaching.

Ben Roethlisberger wants the Steelers to go for 2 more, and every other team should too - SB Nation
NFL offenses are too efficient to ignore than two-point conversions are the obvious way to go.

NBA Draft 2016: Ben Simmons Could Be A Generational Star - Liberty Ballers
With the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, the 76ers have given themselves a real shot at a superstar, taking a transcendent passing player and a physical freak with an outstanding understanding of the game.

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