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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/1/16.

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Leodis McKelvin 'definitely not scared' to be on an island vs. Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. - NJ.com
For McKelvin, that means going up against guys like Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and more times than not, being on an island covering him. Something that might worry other cornerbacks -- just not McKelvin.  "Most definitely." McKelvin said when asked if he was ready to cover Beckham one-on-one. "I'm not scared. I'm definitely not scared. I'm going to go out there and compete." In fact, McKelvin said he has been waiting for a chance to cover receivers not only like Beckham, but Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and Washington Redskin receiver DeSean Jackson.  "S**t, it's like everything I've dreamed up," McKelvin said. "Going up against these talented guys, being able to play ball. Being able to compete against guys who say they are the best."

Practice Notes: Another rough day for Sam Bradford - BGN
Here's we we learned.

Brian Dawkins on Doug Pederson: 'He can handle some of the bumps he's probably going to face' - CSN Philly
Dawkins has always been honest, and his assessment of Pederson as a head coach was very honest. "I think the decision making on game day, those are the things that are going to be a challenge for him," Dawkins said. "But at the same time, I think because he’s been through it a little bit in Kansas City, given the reins to call some plays, I think that he’ll be successful. "I think the one thing that you also see is the quality of coaches that he’s brought in. Guys who have been in the league, who have done it before. So he’s not doing everything by himself the first time."

Eagles training camp notes, Day 7: Jalen Mills has his first bad day - PhillyVoice
One player of interest this offseason has been CB Jalen Mills, who had a really good spring, and started off his summer well. Today he had a bad day. On two different occasions he was beaten deep down the sideline for long gains. At the Combine, Mills ran a 4.61 in the 40 yard dash. When you're in the 15th percentile for 40 time at the corner spot, that's a concern. 40 times are somewhat irrelevant at times in the NFL, but not when measuring long speed, when corners have to be able to keep up with faster wideouts running go routes.

Former Eagles d-coordinator Billy Davis wishes he was a happy camper - Daily News
TO BORROW Charles Dickens' famous line - or was it Melania Trump's - it's the best of times, it's the worst of times for Billy Davis. The former Eagles defensive coordinator is down in Naples, Fla., living a life of leisure on Jeff Lurie's dime, spending quality time with his wife, Sherry, and their five children, and waking up every morning to a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico. Sounds like the perfect life, and for the better part of the last six months, it was. But Davis is a football coach. And as training camps opened around the NFL last week, Davis couldn't help but wish he was working at one of them.

A Special Eagle Scout - Iggles Blitz
I’m curious to see how Dawk does in his new role. I’m also curious to see how he likes it. Making first round picks and signing free agents is glamorous. Right now Dawk needs to be getting ready to watch potential roster cuts on other teams. The Eagles don’t need his thoughts on Dez Bryant or Odell Beckham. They need to know what Dawk thinks of WRs like Jarvis Turner or Tavarres King. If he can embrace that role and offer some good thoughts on fringe players around the league, Dawk will show he’s got the right mentality for this. I’m sure the Eagles will use him to scout some college prospects as well, but I’m guessing his best insight will come when watching pro players.

As Week 2 Begins, Some Things I See - PE.com
From the "It’s-too-early-to-judge-but-what-the-heck department," here are some observations from the first week of Eagles Training Camp 2016, fresh off a really lively and crisp practice in front of nearly 20,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Don’t look now, but the final full week without an Eagles game is upon us …

Isaac Seumalo eases through rookie learning curve - PennLive
The NFL is hard," Seumalo said Sunday after an open practice at Lincoln Financial Field. He chuckled before continuing. "Guys most people might not know of are still great. The best football players in the whole world play in this one 32-team league. There's nothing such as plays off. Everybody's really good."

ASU's 50 Best Professional Athletes: No. 23 Football's Eric Allen - House of Sparky
The first of a handful of Pro Football Hall of Fame caliber cornerbacks to appear on our list is 14-year pro Eric Allen. Allen started his professional career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was chosen by the franchise with the second pick in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He would spend the first seven seasons of his career in Philadelphia. During his time as an Eagle, he recorded 34 interceptions, returning five of them for touchdowns. Allen was named First Team All-Pro in 1989, Second Team All-Pro in 1991 and 1993, and logged Pro Bowl appearances in five of his seven years as a member of the "Gang Green" defense (1989, 1991-1994).

NFC East Roundup: Manning Hungry For Third Title - Birds 24/7
With training camps across the NFC East underway, let’s take a spin around the division to see what’s going on with the other three teams.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett prods NFL stars to speak out for social change - SB Nation
Bennett says black NFL players need to stop "sitting back and just taking the dollars."

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