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Eagles News: Philadelphia will likely face Robert Griffin in Week 1

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/1/16.

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Browns reporter: Robert Griffin III highly likely to start against Eagles Week 1 - PhillyVoice
A number of football sites believe that McCown is atop the Browns' depth chart. Appearing on CSN Mid-Atlantic, Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot said that the Browns are "all in" on Griffin. "I think the odds are very, very high," said Cabot. "They want him to be the starting quarterback on day one. They’re not going to have a short leash on him at all.

The story of how Buddy Ryan changed the NFL - BGN
This post from Dave was really good, in case you missed it.

Eagles And the RFID Movement - Birds 24/7
"We were among the first NFL teams to sign up for this technology from Zebra," Shaun Huls told Birds 24/7 in his first public comments (as far as we know) since joining the Eagles to head the sports science department in 2013, "but we have worked with performance science data from other providers for some time. We think it is important to be able to capture data from the field that can be used not only to help players with their performance and aid in their recovery, but also provide unique content for our fans in the future." While most of Kelly’s fingerprints have been wiped off the NovaCare walls, the Eagles clearly found value in the "performance science data" initiatives that Kelly helped bring to the league. Not surprisingly, San Francisco is another organization that is ahead of the curve in embracing this new technology.

Bad Boys - Iggles Blitz
Talent vs character. You don’t want a team full of choirboys, but you also don’t want players you can’t trust. Finding the right balance is incredibly challenging. When you get it right, you often have a championship team. Get it wrong, and success will come and go because high talent/low character players can’t be trusted from week to week, let alone year to year. The Eagles have made character a key in player acquisition for years. Howie Roseman took that up a notch in 2010 and then Chip Kelly made it The Point of Emphasis. You can argue the merits of just how important character is. I think it is important that a team not draw any lines in the sand. There are exceptions to every rule. If you can find the right exception, you might have one heck of a player.

Ranking the top 10 tight ends in the NFL - FOX Sports
10. Zach Ertz - The Eagles made it clear that they wanted to lock up their young players before hitting free agency. Fletcher Cox headlined that group, but Ertz was another big name who received an extension. He signed a five-year, $42.5 million deal in January, making him one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL. Some would argue that it wasn't warranted, but when you play 47 of 48 games in three seasons and average nearly 700 receiving yards per year as a tight end, you're valuable. His touchdown numbers remained low in 2015 (just two in 15 games), but he has big-play potential alongside Brent Celek. Ertz improved each season under Chip Kelly, but he'll have to prove he can thrive in new coach Doug Pederson's offense, too. Fortunately, that shouldn't be an issue.

Howie Roseman: A lot of Eagles mistakes were on guys that aren't our own - Eagles Wire
Howie Roseman has been the architect of these deals. Roseman was on 94 WIP on Monday and highlighted where the bulk of the bad deals over the last few seasons have been. "When you look at it, some of the mistakes we’ve made have been going out and spending a lot of money," Roseman said. "A lot of those mistakes were on guys that aren’t our own. They were guys that we’ve brought from another organization, and we thought we knew." The failed contracts that were extended to DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell instantly come to mind when considering recent free agent activity. Rather than continue to go down the same path, the Eagles have focused on keeping a core group of players in the fold and complementing them with additional players.

Eagles mailbag: Biggest concern, roster battles, kicker fight! - CSN Philly
There are plenty of roster questions about this Eagles football team. To put it bluntly, they're just not very talented at some positions and they lack playmakers. But really, the biggest question is about the head coach. Doug Pederson might end up being a great coach. He might end up being Andy Reid 2.0 and take the team to multiple championships and a Super Bowl. Heck, maybe he'll even win the big game. But for now, it's fair to wonder if Pederson will even be a decent coach. It's not that he can't be, it's that we don't have a ton of evidence to support the idea that he will be. The Eagles scoffed at the question during his introductory press conference, but it sure seemed like Pederson wasn't their first choice and there weren't exactly many teams lining up to interview him. He's an offensive coach who has been in the shadow of another offensive coach during all of his years coaching in the NFL -- that's another worry.

The Vault: Unforgettable Moments In History -
This week we go back into the vault to the 2007 season, when legendary Eagles came together to remember some of the top moments in franchise history ...

Ex-Eagle, Jet Tim Tebow came to aid during medical emergency on plane flight -
It turns out that winning isn't all Tim Tebow does. The former NFL quarterback for the Broncos, Jets, Patriots and Eagles does something much, much better than play the position at the highest level: Tebow helps to uplift people. The latest example? An in-flight emergency in which Tebow came to the aid of a fellow passenger that was experiencing heart issues on a plane trip from Atlanta, Georgia to Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday. Fellow passenger Richard Dotti snapped a photo of Tebow consoling the family as help was being administered.

‘He Was A Tough Sonofagun’ - The MMQB
Bills coach Rex Ryan remembers his father Buddy, who passed away this week at age 85, by telling stories about cheeseburgers and blitzes, war and leadership, and trying like hell to finish the job started by his dad

The NFL and NFLPA appear ready to battle over the Al Jazeera PED report - SB Nation
The players' association says the league must have "credible evidence" before it interviews any players who were accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in Al Jazeera's documentary.

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