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Eagles Practice Observations: Polk at fullback?

Philadelphia Eagles running back Chris Polk.It’s rare that a running back does something without the football in his hands that makes the crowd go crazy.

But let me introduce you to Chris Polk.

During this afternoon’s session, the undrafted free agent out of Washington sent cornerback Brandon Hughes flying on a blitz pickup that drew perhaps the loudest ovation of the day.

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Eagles Release Depth Chart

Philadelphia Eagles running back Dion Lewis.The Eagles have released their depth chart for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Steelers.

Not a lot of surprises, but here are some notes.

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Mornhinweg: Players Rallying For Andy

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.Marty Mornhinweg never has a reason to walk over to the field where the defense practices.

As the Eagles assistant head coach/offensive coordinator, his job is to work with Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and the rest of the team’s talented playmakers.

But for obvious reasons, this morning was different.

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Statements From Roseman, Police Chief, Coroner

Here are the statements, in full, from Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, Lehigh University chief of police Edward Shupp and Northampton County coroner Zachary Lysek.

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From The Archives: ‘A Family’s Struggle’

Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, spoke about their sons and their family in an exclusive Philadelphia Magazine interview published in January of 2008.

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Eagles Players React To Garrett Reid’s Death

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidMichael Vick and others took to Twitter to react to the death of Garrett Reid, son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid. Here’s a roundup.

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Andy Reid’s Son, Garrett, Found Dead

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidAndy Reid’s son, Garrett, was found dead at training camp, Howie Roseman announced Sunday morning.

He was 29-years-old.

Lehigh University chief of police Edward Shupp said a 9-1-1 call was placed at 7:20 Sunday morning from Sayre Park dormitories. Garrett Reid was deceased upon the officer’s arrival.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Cox a ‘dominant force’

Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher CoxEach morning during training camp, we’ll be bringing you the Eagles Wake-up Call with links and notes from Lehigh. Today, a former scout with high praise for first-round pick Fletcher Cox. Plus, where DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin rank on the list of the NFL’s top receiving duos.

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Castillo: CB Cliff Harris Still Learning

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan CastilloOne of the Eagles’ undrafted free agents who has a chance to make the team is cornerback Cliff Harris.

But since an NCAA rule prohibited Harris (Oregon) from participating in spring practices, he’s still playing catch-up.

“Cliff is a competitor,” defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said today. “He is still learning our system. The hard thing is that when you miss those OTAs, it’s hard, so he is just trying to get a complete understanding [of the defense]. In the classroom, he understands the scheme, but when it is going fast, I think that is the part in time he will get better and better at.”

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Eagles Sign DE Xavier Brown

In need of a camp body, the Eagles signed defensive end Xavier Brown today.

Brown (6-4, 265) played in the Arena League for the New Orleans Voodoo. He played his college ball at C.W. Post (Long Island).

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One NFL Coach Thinks Eagles Have Best Team

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael VickAs the national media continue to check in and out of Lehigh on their training camp tours, the consensus seems to be that the Eagles are a strong contender in the NFC.

The betting public clearly believes that, as the over/under for Eagles wins is at 10.5. Only the Patriots and Packers have higher totals.

But it looks like others in the league, specifically one coach, are buying into the Birds too this season.

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Injury Updates On Celek, Mathis

Philadelphia Eagles left guard Evan Mathis.The Eagles got good news on the injury front today, as tight end Brent Celek said he expects to participate in the afternoon practice. Left guard Evan Mathis, meanwhile, missed practice yesterday but said he’s almost over the viral infection that’s sidelined him.

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Eagles Practice Observations: Ryans Makes His Mark

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans.The drill matched up a seventh-year veteran with 86 career starts against a rookie seventh-round pick searching for a roster spot.

DeMeco Ryans vs. Bryce Brown. A one-on-one coverage drill pitting linebackers and defensive backs against running backs and wide receivers. The offensive players generally have the advantage with this setup, and there are many more completed passes than passes broken up.

On this particular play, however, there was neither.

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Asante: Things Went Downhill After I Left

From an entertainment standpoint, Asante Samuel’s presence at Lehigh is sorely missed.

Many of us had gotten used to his constant back-and-forth with wide receivers coach David Culley during one-on-one wide receiver/cornerback drills. And the way he led the defensive backs in a “Get money!” chant at the end of practice, while other positional groups went with more conventional phrases like “Hard work!”

And even though Samuel is now down in Atlanta with the Falcons, he’s going to get plenty of questions about his time here with the Birds.

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Reid Delivers Long Injury Report

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidAs always, Andy Reid began his media session with the injuries.

About 1 minute and 28 seconds after he started, he had mentioned 14 different players, including nine potential starters. Here’s the full rundown.