Eagles News: DeMarco Murray is itching to debut for Birds


There’s no better way to start off your day than with the latest news regarding your Philadelphia Eagles. Now that you’ve had your good night of sleep, it’s time to heat up that morning pot of coffee, splash some water on your face to wake yourself up and of course, don’t forget your morning serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!

Eagles Notes: DeMarco Murray itching to play Saturday – Zach Berman of Philly.com

"DeMarco Murray was active in practice Wednesday. The Eagles running back said afterward that he felt great, would like to play in the preseason game Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens, and could play if the season began Thursday.Of course, the season does not begin until Sept. 14, which is the key date for Murray. But if coach Chip Kelly wants to play him Saturday after holding him out of the preseason opener, Murray won’t object.“It’s obviously Chip’s decision what he wants to do,” Murray said. “But I feel good and definitely open to playing.”Murray said he’s comfortable in the offense, and he’s confident that he knows how to prepare for the season regardless of how much work he gets in the preseason. But he does think a few carries could be beneficial."

Eagles defense passes first test vs. Flacco – Zach Berman of Philly.com

"Some of the toughest tests for the Eagles defense during the last two summers came when they trained with the New England Patriots.There are no joint practices with the Patriots this summer, so there is no opportunity for Tom Brady to pick on Curtis Marsh. But the Baltimore Ravens are in Philadelphia this week, and Audubon native Joe Flacco provides a good measuring stick for the Eagles’ new-look secondary.The results were promising Wednesday – at least on the first of three days of work.“We had no deep balls caught on us,” said cornerback Byron Maxwell, the biggest addition to the defensive backfield. “That’s the main focus this year. . . . So we did pretty good.”"

John Harbaugh pays tribute to Jim Johnson – Bob Brookover of Philly.com

"Steve Bisciotti and Ozzie Newsome made a bold and fortunate move in January 2008. Jason Garrett had just rejected their offer to replace Brian Billick as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, so the team’s owner and general manager turned their attention to John Harbaugh, the longtime Eagles special-teams coach.Harbaugh, 45 at the time, had spent the previous season as a secondary coach with the Eagles in an effort to enhance his resumé for a head coaching job, but no NFL team other than the Ravens considered him a serious candidate to run its football team.History, of course, has shown that Harbaugh was exactly the right man to run the Ravens. He has a Super Bowl ring and six playoff appearances in seven seasons to prove it. It’s fair and fun to wonder whether the Eagles would have ended their 54-year championship drought if they had been willing to make the same bold move the Ravens made after the 2007 season."

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