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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/8/2015.

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Eagles age inventory, Part IV: Defensive front seven - PhillyVoice
The Eagles are one of just three teams who will not have a projected front seven starter over the age of 30 when the season begins. As the above chart shows, Connor Barwin is the oldest Eagles defender, at 28 years old, and he is the 72nd oldest projected front seven starter. He is also the 112th oldest projected starting defender (including defensive backs). That means that there are 111 projected starting defenders who are older than the oldest Eagles starter on defense, or an average of 3.58 players per team.

Eagles' No. 1 pick Nelson Agholor is a No. 1 receiver, says NFL executive - NJ.com
"I look at Matthews as a good receiver, very solid in every aspect, but not a No. 1 guy," the executive said. "Agholor is a No. 1. So now Matthews won't have that pressure on him. They'll be good together." ... "He'll come in and produce right away,'' the executive said. "He has the right mentality and just a great approach to the game. He's going to help them. And in that offense, he'll put up numbers.''

Peeking Ahead - Iggles Blitz
I know we have yet to see the 2015 Eagles in action, but it is never too early to start some good draft talk. Right? The one player that intrigues the heck out of me is DB Jalen Ramsey from Florida State. He will be a Junior in 2015, but has already established himself as quite a player. He actually started some games for the dominant defense on the 2013 National Championship team.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On the 2014 Draft Class - Birds 24/7
I have joked all offseason that I’m the only person on his bandwagon if anybody wants to give me company. The truth is there are not a lot of positives to point to so far. Only one first-round pick played fewer snaps than Smith last season. He jumped around from outside linebacker to inside linebacker. And this spring he’s battled a groin injury. Best-case scenario for 2015 is that Smith improves and gets on the field as the third outside linebacker behind Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham. Maybe he flashes pass-rushing potential, displays his versatility and competes for a starting spot in 2016.

Making the Leap, No. 9: Eagles QB Sam Bradford - NFL.com
Sam Bradford landed in quarterback heaven when he was sent from the Rams to the Eagles in March. Will 2015 be a career year for the enigmatic passer? Chris Wesseling explores.

How Eagles Addressed "Achilles Heels" - PE.com
Jeffrey Lurie stood before the cameras and microphones and reporters following the Eagles' 2014 season-ending win over the New York Giants and talked about the "Achilles heels" that doomed a team that once stood atop the NFC East at 9-3.

Eagles under the radar: WR Miles Austin - CSN Philly
I have a hunch Austin is going to have a productive season. I know the numbers have him trending downward, but he was actually on pace last year for those numbers Mosh mentioned — with lousy quarterbacks. In this offense? With presumably better QB play? There’s no reason Ausin can’t put up those kinds of numbers. I love the Eagles’ young receivers, but there’s definitely a place for a grizzled veteran who’s been been a Pro Bowler, who’s played in a bunch of playoff games, who’s been in the league a long time and has seen it all. The big question with Austin is his chronically sore hamstrings, but they haven’t been a problem in a couple years, and he swears by his new stretching regimen. It’s been a while since Austin has made it through a season healthy, but I think this will turn out to be a clever signing.

MMBM: Did JPP blow up his hand on purpose? - SB Nation
The week's most important NFL column has some thoughts on JPP's mysterious fireworks injury.

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