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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/13/16.

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The Best NFL Fans 2016: The Dynamic Fan Equity Methodology - Emory University
We have a new number one on the list – the New England Patriots. Followed by the Cowboys, Broncos, 49ers and Eagles [...] The Eagles are the big surprise on the list.  The Eagles are also a good example of how the analysis works.  Most fan rankings are based on subjective judgments and lack controls for short-term winning rates.  This latter point is a critical shortcoming.  It’s easy to be supportive of a winning team. While Eagles fans might not be happy they are supportive in the face of mediocrity.  Last year the Eagles struggled on the field but fans still paid premium prices and filled the stadium.  We’ll come back to the Eagles in more detail in a moment.

VIDEO: Eagles' Jon Dorenbos blows away 'America's Got Talent' with another amazing magic track - BGN
If you missed this video from last night, go watch it right now.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Blake Countess - PhillyVoice
While Countess is a hair under 5'10, he is more than willing to stick his nose in, fight through blocks, and make tough tackles. For that reason, the Eagles have been lining Countess up at safety through OTAs and minicamp. Countess reminds me of another Eagles veteran, acquired this offseason in free agency, Rodney McLeod, another small player who plays bigger than his size.

Some Love for the LBs - Iggles Blitz
The Andy Reid era was mostly fun. Lots of winning. Some great players and great moments. One problem throughout those years was linebacker play. The Eagles struggled to get consistently good LB play. Carlos Emmons was a steady presence at SAM. Jeremiah Trotter was outstanding for a few years. Shawn Barber had one great season. Stewart Bradley had one outstanding season. Chris Gocong flashed here and there, but could never break through and become a flat out good LB. The last time the Eagles had a great set of 4-3 LBs was 1995. William Thomas was a stud at WLB. Kurt Gouviea was a good MLB. And people forget about Bill Romanowski at SAM. That group was good against the run and pass. They picked off 10 passes. The defense was 4th in the league in yards allowed.

Eagles' running backs aren't going to 'scare' defenses -
Ricky Watters overlapped with Duce Staley, who overlapped with Brian Westbrook, who overlapped with LeSean McCoy. The torch was passed to DeMarco Murray in 2015 and even though the flame went out, there was still a spark. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Eagles go into a season without a true featured running back and as one pro scout said, "they don't have a back who scares the defense.''

Eagles 2016 training camp battle: Cornerback - CSN Philly
So, go ahead and pencil in McKelvin at one of the starting cornerback spots. That leaves one starting job and the slot corner spot up for grabs and a few guys who could take them. We'll start with Ron Brooks, whose familiarity with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's system had him lining up as a starter throughout OTAs. During his four years in Buffalo, though, Brooks was primarily a special teams player, with just three starts to his name. When he signed as a free agent, he said he wanted to push for a starting gig. Brooks also has the ability to play in the slot. During the spring, he was a starter outside and when the team moved into nickel, he moved into the slot.

Rookie Journey: Jalen Mills -
In the latest edition of the Rookie Journey presented by AAA, we meet seventh-round pick Jalen Mills, who was a four-year starter at LSU and is in position to make an instant impact for the Eagles ...

Eagles Talk: Getting ready for training camp - The Intelligencer
It won't be long until the Eagles report to training camp. This is the first in a series of videos to get you primed for their return.

Analyzing No. 50-41 in NFL Fantasy LIVE's top 50 -
Ryan Mathews finished as the RB33 in 2015 on just 23 percent of the total backfield touches, so even a modest workload increase should push him firmly into the RB2 tier. Mathews' 5.1 yards per carry behind the Philadelphia offensinve line in 2015 were the second most in the NFL among backs with 100-plus carries (Thomas Rawls, 5.6). Doug Pederson is the new head coach in Philly, and as the offensive coordinator in Kansas City he funneled nearly 65 of the backfield touches through Jamaal Charles. While Mathews isn't that caliber of player, if he receives close to that market share of the backfield he could be one of the steals of fantasy drafts, especially in the fifth-round range.

Dominant Red Zone Receivers - Rotoworld
Touchdowns are fickle beasts, and projecting them for fantasy football is something of a fool’s errand. Unfortunately, they are also the difference between good and great fantasy assets. In 2015, eight of the top-12 receivers and both of the highest-scoring tight ends recorded double-digit touchdowns. Elite production almost requires elite touchdown numbers, and that is why both red-zone opportunities and efficiency are so important.

‘All or Nothing’ pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of an NFL team - SB Nation
The Cardinals opened their doors to cameras and it revealed some riveting moments.

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