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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/26/16.

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Ranking all 32 NFL rushing attacks, from best to worst - FOX Sports
A year ago, it looked as though the Eagles would have the best rushing offense in the league, having added Murray and Ryan Mathews. They're now left with just Mathews, who's dealt with injury problems throughout his career. He did, however, play well in minimal time last season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. There is reason to believe he can actually put up better numbers than Murray did in 2015, and the Eagles' offensive line is decent when it wasn't running exclusively out of the shotgun under Chip Kelly. Still, talent is certainly lacking at running back, particularly in short-yardage situations.

Where does Donnie Jones rank among the NFL's punters? - PhillyVoice
Hang time is a major strength of Jones', as opposing punt returners averaged just 5.2 yards per return against him last season, which was third in the NFL. All 10 of the punters finishing ahead of Jones in PurplePTSD.com's ratings finished behind Jones in yards per return, and seven of the 10 gave up at least 10 yards per return, versus Jones' 5.2. Their rankings essentially reward the punters who are willing to trade distance for net average. In other words, Jones' game is trying to produce hang time, and he still fared well in a metric that doesn't factor that aspect in at all, proving once again that Donnie J'owns.

Connor Barwin the DE - Iggles Blitz
Some people continue to question why Connor Barwin is playing DE in the new scheme. He is a talented, versatile athlete who would make a lot of sense at SAM. And that’s just where the Eagles might have used him 15 years ago. Football has changed and the SAM position is the defensive equivalent of Fullback. With all the 3-WR sets, something has to give. FB is the spot on offense and SAM on defense. Barwin is a good player. You want him on the field. Putting him at SAM would be a waste in this defense. You could play him there in some downs and then at DE in others, but that’s not ideal. You have him reporting to a pair of position coaches at that point and trying to do a lot of different things on gameday. The beauty of what Jim Schwartz does is that he tries to keep things simple. He wants LBs to be LBs and DL to be DL.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Most Indispensable Players - Birds 24/7
1. Sam Bradford — As much as Eagles fans probably don’t want to hear it, Bradford is the most important player on the team this season. Between the disproportionate value of the quarterback position and the drop-off after him (at least for this year), the Eagles’ already slim playoff hopes would diminish even further without Bradford.

Agent's Take: When one of the NFL's shrewdest teams starts breaking the bank - CBS Sports
The Eagles have nearly doubled the next-highest spending team this year, but whether the restructured roster succeeds or fails could rest at the feet of the No. 2 overall pick

How Does This Safety Duo Stack Up? - PE.com
Fran Duffy and Tommy Lawlor discuss how the duo of Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod could stack up against some of the top safety tandems in franchise history ...

Deal and No Deal - The MMQB
Cox had one year left on his first-round rookie contract, although it never appeared he would play out that deal. The Eagles engaged Cox toward an extension early, but Cox’s camp was offering up contract numbers at aggressive free-agent prices rather than the discount expected a year away from free agency. Eventually, Cox’s bullish stance paid off. Soon after showing up for mandatory minicamp, the Eagles rewarded him by offering a contract with a total value north of $100 million (although as readers of this space know, that number is meaningless); the guarantees (eventually) surpass $60 million.

Vinny Curry could be the key to Eagles' defense - NJ.com
Although he has been playing in a 3-4 defense, and at times at linebacker, Curry has just 16.5 sacks in four seasons, and only 3.5 last season. He has never hit double-digit sacks. Despite the lack of production, only six defensive ends in the NFL have more guaranteed money in their deals. By comparison, 114 players had more sacks than Curry last season. Based off of how he has looked this offseason, however, that number could soon be shrinking -- and Curry's sack total could be going up.

Ex-Eagle Fryar released from jail - Philly.com
NFL star Irving Fryar was released from a New Jersey state prison this month after serving eight months of a five-year sentence he received last year for his role in a $1.2 million mortgage scheme. The former Eagle, who was a pastor at a Mount Holly church when a jury convicted him of conspiracy and theft by deception charges last August, was freed on June 6 and enrolled in the state's Intensive Supervision Program. The program is offered to eligible nonviolent offenders who are amenable to rehabilitation and have no criminal record.

Gronk and friends threw footballs at James Corden - SB Nation
Rob Gronkowski, Liev Schreiber and Luke Wilson played a game on The Late Late Show, in which the three celebrities threw footballs at holes on a spinning target, while James Corden was strapped in the middle. Seems like a fun game, right? Sure, if you're not James Corden. Let's try to imagine how this segment came about.

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