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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/6/16.

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Yes, the Eagles easily have the most-talented defense in the NFC East - PhillyVoice
That aside, Fletcher Cox is being comically undersold here. Cox is, in my view, the clear-cut best defensive player in the division. Getting 9.5 sacks from an interior defensive lineman spot is very good as it is, but to do it in a two-gapping 3-4 scheme is incredibly impressive. Cox is a dominant beast, who took over games at times last season, most notably against the Saints, Patriots and Bills. As for Logan, the Eagles drafted him to be a two-gapping defensive lineman. However, despite low sack totals, Logan has shown the ability to penetrate through the line of scrimmage, although his success in a penetrating scheme is something of an unknown. I personally think he'll thrive, but again, that's pure projection.

Tulloch is Finally Free - Iggles Blitz
The recent suspension of Rolando McClain makes Dallas a distinct possibility. There are a few other teams who don’t have a settled situation at MLB. Tulloch might want to go to a contender. Or he might focus on a sure-thing opening in the lineup. The Eagles aren’t a great fit in either category. Still, you never know. He might want to come here to play for an old coach and for a defense that has the potential to be outstanding. Dallas certainly doesn’t appear to be a dominant D. On the flip side, Tulloch might get to make a bunch of tackles for them. I would love to have Tulloch, but don’t hold your breath.

Wake-Up Call: Eagles By the Numbers - Birds 24/7
McKelvin stood out this spring, establishing himself as the No. 1 corner heading into training camp. The 30-year-old has 64 career passes defensed to his name but hasn’t come away with a ton of picks in his career, totaling 13 over eight seasons. It’s a similar story for his fellow defensive backs. Nolan Carroll has seven interceptions over six years (1.17 avg); Rodney McLeod has five interceptions over four seasons (1.25 avg.); Malcolm Jenkins has 11 in 7 (1.57); and Ron Brooks has zero career picks over his four-year career to date. Among what you might consider the main players vying for starting spots in the defensive backfield — Jenkins, McLeod, McKelvin,  Carroll, Brooks and Eric Rowe — zero registered more than two interceptions last season. (For reference, 47 players across the league had three-plus in 2015). Not the most prolific group when it comes to turnovers, in other words.

Eagle Eye: The Art Of The Game Plan -
Fran Duffy explores the art of the game plan with quarterback coach Travis Manger from Morgan State. How will Doug Pederson, Frank Reich, Jim Schwartz and the rest of the Eagles coaches prepare this fall?...

N.J. native Ra'Zahn Howard highlights NFL Supplemental Draft -
Ra'Zahn Howard, who helped Asbury Park High School to a state title his senior year, is one of six players eligible for the NFL's Supplemental Draft to be held July 14. Howard, a 6-3, 325-pound defensive tackle from Purdue, left school because of academic reasons and entered the supplemental draft. Last year for the Boilermakers he recorded 23 tackles and had one sack. Teams will get a chance to see Howard up close at his personal workout near his home in Asbury Park on Friday.

'Dream teams' don't always win. Ask Vince Young and the Eagles - Yahoo
Of course it’s ridiculous to compare that Eagles team to the Warriors, a great 73-win NBA team that just added an MVP. But the Eagles had good reason to be excited. In 2010 Philadelphia stumbled upon a resurgent Michael Vick, who made a run at an MVP award after he replaced Kevin Kolb, and had a good season before the Green Bay Packers upset them in the playoffs. Then the Eagles signed free agents like cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (if you have a short memory, Asomugha was an All-Pro and considered a grand slam addition), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, defensive end Jason Babin and guard Evan Mathis. They were set. Even won their opener. And that was pretty much the peak of their season.

Fantasy Football Beneficiaries From Departures - FOX Sports
Ryan Mathews, RB, PHI - DeMarco Murray was supposed to be the star, but Mathews stole some attention in Philly. In his final five games with the Eagles, Murray averaged 31 rushing yards on 7.6 attempts per game. With Murray completely out of the picture (now with the Titans), Mathews' role can grow. I projected new career highs for Mathews on both yardage (1,255 in 2013) and touchdowns (seven in 2010) this season.

Painkiller lawsuit is the latest damning player health accusation against the NFL - SB Nation
More than 1,500 ex-players say NFL coaches and employees recklessly pushed painkillers on them.

Legendary sportswriter documents life battling ‘Al’ -
In the world of sports journalism, Bill Lyon is a legend. In more than 40 years in the Philadelphia region, working for The Philadelphia Inquirer, he has covered the biggest moments in sports: the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Olympics. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize six times. Yet through decades of watching elite athletes square off, Lyon has never covered a battle quite like his own. In 2013, "the man in the white coat" at the Penn Memory Center told Lyon he had Alzheimer’s disease. And Al — that’s what Lyon has taken to calling the disease — is an undefeated opponent. In this battle, Lyon’s greatest weapon is one he has spent a lifetime sharpening. The "sportswriter emeritus" wrote a series of weekly columns that ended today.

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