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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/18/16.

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Will Eagles' Doug Pederson use Chip Kelly's sports science? -
"A lot of that stuff has been cut way back," Pederson said during the Eagles' mandatory minicamp. "I think it was introduced, and now, great, it was introduced. Now let's pull back on it. If guys want it it's there available to them, but at the same time we're not going to force it down anybody's throat, so to speak. "The availability is there. But it's been introduced to the team and they've been exposed to it for the last couple of years. At the end of the day, they're football players. And, again, it's that one-on-one communication. 'How are you feeling? Are you getting enough sleep? I can tell if you haven't slept last night.' It shows up. Out here it's going to show up."

Eagles have almost a century's worth of NFL playing experience on their coaching staff - PhillyVoice
The 2015 Philadelphia Eagles had just two members of its coaching staff under Chip Kelly who were former players. They were running backs coach Duce Staley and tight ends coach Justin Peelle. This offseason the Eagles retained Staley and Peelle, and then added six more coaches with playing experience, starting with new head coach Doug Pederson. The Eagles' eight former players on their coaching staff accrued 88 combined seasons in the NFL as players.

Eagles Fantasy Preview - Rotoworld
The Eagles' Win Total opened at 7.5 but has been bet down to 7.0. Not helping matters is a schedule Warren Sharp evaluated as the NFL's fifth toughest. Add in a probable quarterback controversy and you have the recipe for a team the public will pound on the under. This is a situation where I'm going to hedge a bit, taking the under on 7.0 but with a willingness to move onto the over if Philly's Win Total drops again to 6.5. The passing game is a major concern, but the Eagles could quietly have one of the better running games in the league and their defensive front seven and safety play should be ferocious under Schwartz. I think this is a 6-8 win team.

Will Pederson fare better as coach than he did as player with Eagles? - Daily News
DOUG PEDERSON'S one and only year as a player with the Eagles was, for lack of a better word, interesting. Andy Reid didn't want to throw his first-round rookie quarterback, Donovan McNabb, into the deep end of the NFL pool until he felt he was ready. So, in 1999, he signed Pederson, a career backup, to hold the fort until then. Pederson ended up starting nine games that year and the fort was constantly under attack, both from opposing defenses and from Eagles fans.

Ray Didinger remembers Marion Campbell's time with Eagles - CSN Philly
Ray Didinger reflects on Marion Campbell's tenure as the Eagles' head coach. Campbell passed away at age 87.

The NFL’s best tight ends -
10) Ertz is one of the most potential-laden tight ends in the league, not that his first three years have been shabby. His yardage totals have risen each year, topping out at 853 yards in 2015. These numbers could have been even loftier had Ertz not lost out on a lot of snaps to Brent Celek, who is a much better blocker. Still, Ertz is clearly the star of this passing game, and the Eagles invested in his future with a lucrative six-year contract extension in January. Look for new tight end-friendly head coach Doug Pederson to place even more emphasis on Ertz moving forward.

Eagles Live: Mayock Talks Rookies -
NFL Network's Mike Mayock joins Dave Spadaro on this week's Eagles Live Podcast and tells us about his excitement to see the Eagles rookies in Philadelphia ...

NFC East Roundup: The Hogs Are Back - Birds 24/7
Let’s take a spin around the NFC East to see what’s going on with the rest of the division.

Chiefs failed to reach a deal with Eric Berry after asking him to pay for his own disability policy - SB Nation
It sounds like negotiations between the Chiefs and the 2015 Comeback Player of the Year got a little ugly.

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