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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/8/16.

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Pennsylvania AG closes LeSean McCoy investigation -
The Pennsylvania Attorney General has dismissed its investigation of Bills running back LeSean McCoy stemming from an alleged fight at a Philadelphia nightclub on Feb. 7, McCoy's lawyer, Dennis Cogan, told NFL Media's Mike Garafolo on Thursday. The attorney general confirmed to Cogan, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office in letters that its investigation of the alleged brawl is closed. "LeSean did nothing wrong," Cogan told Garafolo. "He merely tried to break up a fight and he went through (expletive) over nothing."

Pederson Mystery - Iggles Blitz
We don’t know how good of a coach Pederson will be this year. He could turn out to be the next Don Shula. Or he could be the next David Shula. For those newer to the game, we want Pederson to be more like Don. Chances are, Pederson will be somewhere in the middle. Don is one of the greatest coaches ever. David was his son. And a bad coach (who almost got the Eagles job back in the 90’s). Pederson was not a sexy hire. The Eagles didn’t have to outbid anyone for his services. That may not mean anything, though. Chip Kelly was a slam dunk, can’t miss hire…that missed. I absolutely wanted him over Bruce Arians. Oops. Older fans will remember wanting Jim Haslett instead of the chubby no-name assistant from Green Bay. How’d that turn out for the Eagles? Pretty darn good.

Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz remain three best friends - PhillyVoice
Remember when the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the No. 2 overall pick, and Sam Bradford responded by going on strike for a couple weeks? Ah, memories. The quarterback position was looking like a potential season-long distraction, with an unusual mix of three highly paid players. It turns out they all seem to genuinely like each other. Back in May during OTAs, each of the three quarterbacks painted a picture of love and harmony between each other. Credit Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman for handling that situation with the calm resolve that they did.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: DL Depth Chart Analysis - Birds 24/7
Cox has emerged as one of the best defensive players in football. He posted 9.5 sacks, 32 hurries and 16.5 tackles for a loss last season in a two-gap 3-4 system(!). Scary to think what he might be able to do with the restrictor plate removed under Jim Schwartz. He’ll be paired with Bennie Logan, who was a force in his own right last season before being slowed down by injury. Interestingly, Howie Roseman‘s spending spree this offseason did not include Logan, a free-agent to be at the end of the year. Maybe the Eagles are leery about committing too much money to the DT position considering the mega-deal they gave Cox; maybe they have concerns about how Logan will transition to the 4-3; maybe it’s simply a matter of, well, you can’t pay everybody in a calendar year. Either way, they’ll have a motivated player on their hands.

Eagles mailbag: Zach Ertz's ceiling, running backs, Chris Givens - CSN Philly
No, maybe Ertz hasn't had the major breakout season many expected from him by this point in his career, but he's improved every year so far, and that should continue under Pederson in 2016. Perhaps one of the biggest things he has going for him is the return of Sam Bradford. We've heard so much about Bradford's last seven games of 2015, and he was really good in them, but so was Ertz. In Bradford's last seven games, Ertz had 54 catches for 571 yards and two touchdowns. Even if Ertz only played those seven games, he would have still been the Eagles' second-leading receiver by a wide margin. If Ertz kept up that pace for a full season, he'd have 123 catches for 1,305 yards and four touchdowns.

Jon Dorenbos: Nation Sees His Special Side -
Now the nation knows what we've known since Jon Dorenbos started with the Eagles in the 2006 season: He isn't going to be fazed by being in the spotlight and he sure is going to make it fun to watch what he does ...

Drafting WR Heavy Isn't a Fad - Rotoworld
The landscape of fantasy football has shifted. Wide receivers have supplanted running backs as the position of choice when investing high draft capital. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, just five running backs are in the top 12 in ADP for standard leagues while just 11 of the top-24 players being selected are running backs. Just back in 2013, those numbers were at 11 top-12 and 17 top-24 running backs, respectively. When looking at PPR scoring, the current numbers fall to just four backs in the top 12 and nine in the top 24. Drafting wide receivers early has become the way, and it’s here to stay until/unless the NFL and fantasy football structures alter course. As a disclaimer, there’s no way around the fact that this is going to read as a Pro-WR Heavy column. But it’s intended to provide backbone to how and why that approach came to the forefront, and why it’s not going to fade under the current umbrella of the NFL and basic fantasy formats.

Calvin Johnson joins chorus of ex-players with accusations of painkiller misuse in NFL - SB Nation
The former Lions wide receiver says painkillers were readily available to players with addictions.

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