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Practice Notes: Eagles defense looks awesome - BGN
Here's what we learned from practice.

Let's get physical: Why tackling in practice is worth the risk for Eagles - PhillyVoice
They aren't just hitting for the sake of hitting. There's a secondary factor here, one that's only been alluded to at this point but is at the crux of this to-hit-or-not-to-hit argument: how should we define practice? Is it merely conditioning and a way for the players to prove they know the playbook? Or is it about improving the team, on both a micro and a macro level, by identifying the weaknesses and fixing them? For all the praise Kelly received early in his coaching career, this is one the areas in which he struggled the most. The smartest people don't always make the best teachers, and in the case of Kelly, it seemed as though he was more interested in how efficiently his practices were run, rather than how well his players executed throughout.

Hope Isn’t a Very Good Strategy - Iggles Blitz
Schwartz wants to praise his guys, but at the same time doesn’t want them to hear that and start patting themselves on the back. He wants to keep them hungry so they’ll have a chip on their shoulder. The best defenses play with emotion and attitude. Some of that comes naturally, but some of it is created and fueled by the coaching staff. Schwartz is going to push his guys relentlessly. He has an idea of how good they can be, but he can also look at recent history and know how bad they were. He’s not interested in making friends or keeping his players happy. Schwartz wants them to play with an edge and he’s going to do everything he can to make that happen.

Domo: Eagles' Celek takes tough to another level - Daily News
I've been covering pro football for 33 years, and Celek is the closest thing to indestructible I've seen. The guy once played almost an entire season with a sports hernia and a torn hip labrum and never missed a single damn practice and never appeared on the team's injury report. Caught 62 passes and averaged 13.1 yards per catch that season. He's entering his 10th NFL season and has missed just one game, which is unfathomable when you consider the no-holds-barred way he plays the game, Think of a '57 Buick in a demolition derby and you've got a pretty good picture.

Defense Taking Shape Under Jim Schwartz -
In the mind of Jim Schwartz, there are still miles to go until he is satisfied with the Eagles' defense. He wants more consistency. He wants more dominance. There are still wrinkles to be ironed out. So excuse Schwartz if he isn’t tossing bouquets when he discusses the State of the Eagles' Defense in the days leading into the preseason opener

Undrafted free agent Dillon Gordon hopes versatility leads to spot with Eagles - CSN Philly
Gordon came to Philadelphia as an under-the-radar signing – a "who’s that?" pickup – but since the start of training camp, he’s made a good impression, especially in 1-on-1 drills. The athleticism and violent blocking style he showed at LSU have been on display at the NovaCare Complex in recent weeks. Same with the versatility, as he has been lining up as a fullback in the team’s goal-line package. Gordon has turned some heads, and has the size at 6-foot-4 and 322 pounds, but is still a ways away from being able to compete as a lineman at the NFL level.

Jim Schwartz on Eagles DE Steven Means: Pun intended, he means business - EaglesWire
"Pun intended, he means business," Schwartz said with a scowl on his face. "He comes to work, he’s physical. He fits the scheme. He’s tall, he has long arms and he can build some power with speeds. You might want to ask the TEs about him. He’s been giving those guys some tough situations to handle."

Can Rutgers' Quentin Gause make Eagles' final roster? -
Quentin Gause, the Rutgers product, knows it would have been a lot easier to make the Eagles' 53-man roster if he had been drafted out of the Scarlet Knights' program. "From a security standpoint, the draft pick is always going to get the nod,'' Gause, trying to make the Eagles as an undrafted rookie, said after Saturday's practice. "But that's OK. This is just going to make my story better when it's time to write the book.''

NFC East Roundup: Dallas Patient With QB Situation - Birds 24/7
As the rest of the NFC East prepares for their preseason openers, let’s take a spin around the division to see what’s going on with the other three teams.

Chiefs' Andy Reid is the guy Nick Foles wanted to play for - ESPN
"After we got the release done with the Rams ... we had some time to think about everything," said Foles, who practiced with the Chiefs for the first time at training camp on Friday. "It was always going to be an opportunity to be around someone I just respect and love. Coach Reid was the guy who drafted me as a rookie. He was a guy I always stayed in touch with, always thought the world of. As I sort of stepped away from the game for those few days, I was able to talk to him about how I felt, and we just went through it.

Brett Favre Hall of Fame speech: 'I would not be here before you today without my father' - SB Nation
Favre talked about the importance of his family, and particularly his father, when he was inducted Saturday.

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