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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/2/16.

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Advanced stats suggest Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews can be strong No. 1 option - PennLive
Mathews spent most of last season as the Eagles' primary backup ball-carrier, playing behind the struggling DeMarco Murray. But when Mathews did get his chances in 2015, he often shined. Football Outsiders uses a fancy stat — defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) — to rate running back performances. The number takes into account the opposing defenses and game situation of each carry. Last season, Mathews' 20.4 percent DVOA was the third-best mark among all NFL running backs with more than 100 carries. Plus, Mathew's success rate — a stat which takes down and distance into account — ranked No. 5 among all running backs with more than 100 carries. Again, the numbers are per Football Outsiders.

Answering your Eagles questions - BGN
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Some early thoughts on the skill sets Doug Pederson prioritizes at various positions - PhillyVoice
Wide receiver - Speed. While the Eagles didn't draft a wide receiver this year, they signed a pair of wide receivers known for having jets, like Chris Givens and T.J. Graham. While Givens and Graham certainly haven't been world beaters as overall players, their best attribute is speed. The Eagles also took a hard look at speed receivers during the pre-draft process, when they brought in a number of burners among their 30 allotted pre-draft visits.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: 53-Man Roster Projection - Birds 24/7
Curious to see how Beau Allen shows this preseason. He appears best suited for a 3-4 but I’m not ruling him out. The Eagles will also have a decision to make with Alex McCalister. He’s a bit of a project, but can they put him on the practice squad without him getting plucked? Worth keeping an eye on UDFAs like Destiny Vaeao who may have otherwise been drafted if not for the depth of the DT draft class.

Buddy's Celebration Of A Football Life - PE.com
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. -- It is a beautiful part of the world here where the celebration of the life of James David "Buddy" Ryan played out with laughter and stories and love on Friday. The caravan of cars from the airport to this rural town carried a generation of football legends who paid tribute to a man who meant so much to them ...

Former players pay respects to defensive whiz Buddy Ryan - Philly.com
Ryan raised horses on a farm here and Singletary suggested that he might train some up in heaven. On the other hand, McMichael speculated that his former coach wouldn't be far from his first love. "I don't know who the defensive coordinator is on God's football team up there," McMichael said, "but he just lost his job."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's salary deflated in 2015 - NJ.com
While Roger Goodell waits for the courts to decide on the Tom Brady Deflategate flap, the NFL commissioner is watching salary deflate just a bit. He earned just over $31 million for 2015, the league said on Thursday. The amount represented a 7 percent decrease from his 2014 salary of approximately $34 million. The 2015 figure is based on the last tax return filed by the NFL, which will no longer need to be made public since the league changed its status from exempt to taxable.

FakeWIPCaller Remembers Buddy Ryan - CSN Philly
Like everyone else I was shocked to wake up Tuesday morning to the news of the passing of the legendary Buddy Ryan at age 85. Sure, I knew Buddy had been ailing. But I had just assumed he was immortal. Buddy was a lot like Philadelphia itself: Tough. Gritty. Blue-collar. Belligerent. Occasionally violent. In possession of fewer championships than deserved. He got us, and we got him. Sure, despite some of the best rosters in team history, Buddy never won a playoff game with the Eagles. But you know who did? Rich Kotite, Ray Rhodes and Andy Reid. I would take Buddy over those guys any day -- even today.

Donald Trump used money donated for charity to buy himself a Tim Tebow-signed football helmet - Washington Post
Did Donald Trump violate IRS rules, by using a charity's money to buy himself a signed football helmet? Four years ago, at a charity fundraiser in Palm Beach, Donald Trump got into a bidding war at the evening's live auction. The items up for sale: A Denver Broncos helmet, autographed by then-star quarterback Tim Tebow, and a Tebow jersey. Trump won, eventually, with a bid of $12,000. Afterward, he posed with the helmet. His purchase made gossip-column news: a flourish of generosity, by a mogul with money to burn. "The Donald giveth, and The Donald payeth," wrote the Palm Beach Daily News. "Blessed be the name of The Donald."

CFL player Duron Carter knocks over opposing coach, nearly starts brawl with TD celebration - SB Nation
There is a lot going in that sequence, and it is all the result of Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Duron Carter acting like a fool. Carter made a nice catch and scored a touchdown. That was the good part! From there, it turned into complete shenanigans. Carter celebrated by immediately running toward the Ottawa bench. That was never going to end well. He then delivered this bump to Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell.

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