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Eagles News: JaCorey Shepherd is ahead of schedule to return from injury

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/10/16.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: JaCorey Shepherd On the Mend - Birds 24/7
As a Texas boy,  Shepherd noted that football started early for him and never relented. Between that and the other sports he played, the 23-year-old never got any time off — until he suffered this injury. With the benefit of rest, he says this is the best he’s felt overall since he started playing ball. As for the knee, Shepherd told Birds 24/7 that he is ahead of schedule. He plans on doing some individual work during the upcoming OTAs. The goal is to ditch the knee brace and be full-go by training camp. "I have no doubt. As of right now the way everything’s going, I’ll be ready for sure," said Shepherd, "and maybe I’ll be able to do something in the mandatory minicamp."

It will be difficult for Bradford to navigate mess he's created - Daily News
Is Bradford really going to lead the team, with a talented, charismatic rookie standing behind him, and everyone in town eager to see what the kid can do? That will take a stronger, smoother, more confident, vocal Bradford than we've seen. The Eagles would have been very glad to hold a Bradford press conference Monday, have Bradford face all the questions, get it over with. Instead, his agent released a statement to a guy at ESPN. Apparently, Bradford won't answer questions until May 17, the next media availability for Eagles veterans. Not promising.

All About the Passing Game - Iggles Blitz
Think about Seumalo. The Eagles took him over Le’Raven Clark, a player some thought might be a 1st round pick. Clark is an outstanding athlete and good run blocker, but he is highly erratic as a pass blocker. Instead, the Eagles took a G/C who is a good pass blocker. The Eagles also passed on C/G Graham Glasgow. He is a better run blocker than Seumalo, but isn’t as good a pass protector. The Eagles took RB Wendell Smallwood in the 5th round. They passed on bigger or more physical RBs like Jonathan Williams, Alex Collins, Kelvin Taylor and Darius Jackson. Smallwood caught 68 passes at WVa. He lined up in the slot or as an outside receiver at times. He also showed the ability to be a solid pass blocker. The other backs were good runners, but less proven in the passing game.

Purple Reign 2 excerpt here: How to find a franchise quarterback - WNST
By the time Baltimore Ravens area scouts Andy Weidl and Joe Douglas got in their cars and made the one hour drive north up Interstate 95 from Owings Mills to Newark, Delaware on November 10, 2007, Joe Flacco wasn’t a secret to the college scouting world. And he certainly was no stranger to Douglas, who joined the team in 2000 and is known to all in the Ravens organization as "Big Joe D," whose job it was to scout the Northeast for the team from 2003 through 2008. Douglas was made famous during the Ravens’ summer of 2001 filming of "Hard Knocks" on HBO as "The Turk," the lowly scout who has the duty of summoning players from the locker room to the office of the head coach where "Coach wants to see you, bring your playbook" means you’ll be leaving the campus and chasing your NFL dream elsewhere.

Can Joe Douglas do what other Eagles execs could not? -
From all accounts the Eagles made a good hire in Joe Douglas, a long-time scout for the Baltimore Ravens and the one-year director of college scouting for the Chicago Bears. Now comes the hard part, for both Douglas and the Eagles. Douglas has to work with and get along with Howie Roseman, who he will answer to on all personnel decisions. And the Eagles, namely owner Jeffrey Lurie, has to give Douglas some power and not just make him Roseman's yes man.

Sam Bradford about to discover how Philadelphia treats a coward - PhillyVoice
There are many reasons for this emotion, of course. First of all, he will earn $18 million this year but, until today, he refused to join his teammates in off-season workouts. A blue-collar city doesn’t appreciate an able-bodied person shirking work. Second, he still hasn’t offered a logical justification for his pouting. And third, the biggest reason, is that our city loathes cowardice. Bradford’s whining – through his agent, Tom Condon – that he doesn’t want to compete for the starting job against top draft pick Carson Wentz is infuriating. A sense of entitlement in this demanding city is as welcome as a Cowboys jersey. What has made Bradford’s idiotic strategy to force a trade even more damaging is the way he has acted in his one year as an Eagle. This is not exactly a fan-friendly player, even under the best of circumstances.

5 questions Eagles offseason didn't answer: O-line - CSN Philly
The Eagles made a big splash in free agency by signing 27-year-old Brandon Brooks from the Houston Texans, instantly solidifying the apparent hole at right guard in the process. Who will get the call at left guard, on the other hand, remains very much in the air, although there does not appear to be any shortage of competition. The incumbent, journeyman Allen Barbre, has a fight on his hands after an underwhelming year. The Eagles were sure to add talent, first signing veteran interior lineman Stefan Wisniewski to a one-year deal, then spending a third-round pick on Isaac Seumalo out of Oregon State. Also returning from injury is Andrew Gardner, who folks tend to forget was a not-ineffective right guard for parts of the previous two seasons. Actually, there's a whole host of nondescript guard prospects holding down roster sports at the moment.

Battles To Watch With OTAs In Sight -
At this point it would be a good guess to say that second-year man Eric Rowe and free-agent signee Leodis McKelvin (two-year contract) are the safest bets to get the first-team reps in practice. But the Eagles are going to challenge there, too, with Ron Brooks and Nolan Carroll and JaCorey Shepherd and Denzel Rice and anybody else the team can use out there. Schwartz isn’t one of those guys who hands jobs to players. May the best performers win playing time.

The story of why Penn State's James Franklin called Eagles OC Frank Reich to discuss a typo - PennLive
It's a long story, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich explained with a soft smile, but a funny one. The tale involved a 1950s Penn State star, recently drafted quarterback Christian Hackenberg and a nagging typo. Then it ended with Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin giving Reich a call at the Eagles' facility last month.

3 different reasons NFL coaches could be on the hot seat in 2016 - SB Nation
Chip Kelly is walking into a similar situation with the San Francisco 49ers after the Philadelphia Eagles collapsed under his leadership in 2015. His 26-21 record with the Eagles isn't one that would typically warrant less patience at his next stop, but the team took significant steps backward after two straight 10-win seasons, and Kelly has shouldered most of the blame for that.

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