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The Linc - One More Day Until Eagles vs Redskins!

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Eagles Scouts Speak: Howie Roseman, Anthony Patch, and more - Brandon Lee Gowton, BGN
Lots of good nuggets in this post from the Eagles scouting department. Definitely check it out.

Chip Kelly Update: Boots on the Ground - Mark Saltveit, Fishduck.com
"How will Chip Kelly’s offense adapt to the NFL’s blah, blah, blah . . . " STOP! The time for talk is over. In a few dozen hours we’ll know if Mike Vick can really get the ball out quickly enough and learn to slide, or whether a rusty and presumably slow RG3 gets reinjured by the Eagles’ pass rush, which is by far the strongest part of this very shaky defense.

Eagles Notebook - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Nate Allen earned the right to start. He had a solid summer. Nate wasn’t perfect, but played better than his critics would lead you to believe. That said, he’s on a short leash. Nate didn’t make plays this summer. He didn’t stand out as a tackler. The coaches like his cover skills, but that’s not enough for him to keep the job unchallenged. The coaches want production from that position. They don’t care whether it comes from Nate or Wolff. They’ll play both players and see what they think. Nate needs to make things happen. Wolff needs to limit mistakes.

Lurie: Kelly won't be judged on wins and losses - Zach Berman, Inquirer
"I just think it's not in wins and losses," Lurie said in an interview with The Inquirer. "It's absolutely instilling a culture in the program that he brings to it, a sense of preparedness, a pride in being the best you can be for the fans and the team, and winning every day - winning the day, each day. And whatever happens, happens."

Cheat Sheet: Eagles Defense Vs. Redskins Offense - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
Griffin didn’t chuck it downfield a lot as a rookie. Only 9.2 percent of his attempts traveled 20 yards or more downfield. That ranked 32nd in the NFL, per PFF. However, when he did go deep, he was successful, on-target 50 percent of the time, fifth-best… Teams only sent extra pressure at Griffin 20 percent of the time, a league-low, per FO. …The Redskins used max protection 17 percent of the time, tops in the league. …The Eagles are thin at cornerback. The fourth option would be either newcomer Shaun Prater or rookie Jordan Poyer. …The Redskins scored touchdowns on 81.2 percent of their red-zone chances last year, fourth-best in 2012.

Can Eagles' D stop Morris, Redskins' run game? - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
Although the focus this past week has been on how the Eagles will deal with Robert Griffin III on Monday night, the matchup between the Redskins’ power running game and the Eagles’ rebuilt front seven might be a more important one. The Redskins led the NFL with 169 rushing yards per game last year, a franchise record and the most by an NFC team in six years. More than 800 of those yards came courtesy of Griffin, but Alfred Morris ran for more than 1,600 yards, third-most ever by a rookie

Eagles anted up to land Trenton Robinson, Greg Salas on practice squad - Jordan Ranaan, NJ.com
Robinson is one of just six players on an NFL practice squad to receive more than the minimum salary this season, according to the NFL Players Association website. Eagles wide receiver Greg Salas also negotiated extra money to remain with the team. He is set to make $7,000/week, $119,000 if he is there for the entire season. The bigger salaries show that the Eagles' strong desire to have Robinson and Salas on their roster, partly because of their skill sets and the team's lack of stability at their respective positions. The Eagles are thin at wide receiver and have what some have called the weakest group of safeties in the NFL.

Redskins vs. Eagles - Keys to the Game - Hogs Haven
Shut down McCoy: LeSean McCoy is the one player who really scares me on this Eagles team. Either on the read option, out of the pro set, or as a receiver out of the backfield, McCoy has the ability to generate big plays anytime he touches the football. The Redskins would be smart to have a linebacker or safety spy the dangerous running back whenever he is in the football game.

Rookies Primed For NFL Debut - Alex Smith, PhiladelphiaEagles.com
They've played for big-time college football programs. They've participated in Bowl games on national television. They've even taken the field in NFL preseason games. But none of that compares to running out onto the field in their first NFL regular season game under the lights on Monday Night Football. For the Eagles' top three draft picks, the moment they have been waiting for their entire lives is about to happen.

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