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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/14/16.

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Carson Wentz: In Pursuit Of Perfection - Birds 24/7
Even North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple couldn’t help himself. Dressed in a green zip-up jacket while his wife wore a yellow coat to honor North Dakota State University’s school colors, he showed up early to the Carson Wentz draft party in Bismarck last month and had to snag a picture. Not with the man the Eagles traded up for in hopes of landing a franchise quarterback, who was more than 800 miles away in Chicago, but with a cardboard cutout of him. "He’s our hero," Dalrymple says. "We feel like he’s our family." Dalrymple and his wife ascended two sets of stairs to join dozens of people in their suite at the MDU Resources Community Bowl, where they overlooked a few thousand people in the football stadium. While kids competed in NFL Combine-like drills to try to beat Wentz’s times, adults bid thousands of dollars for memorabilia the Bismarck native signed.

5 Things To Be Excited About This Eagles Season - BGN
What five things are YOU most excited about this year?

Eagles notes: A second look at the absolute steal the Eagles got by moving from 13 to 8 - PhillyVoice
To move from 13 to 8, the Eagles gave up next to nothing. They traded disappointing cornerback Byron Maxwell, while also shaving nearly $5 million off their salary cap in the process, as well as an ineffective Kiko Alonso. Honestly, would anyone really care all that much if either of those players just gone with no compensation in return? That trade was absolute robbery, especially when you compare it to a similar trade involving the No. 8 overall pick that happened during the draft itself. With the Cleveland Browns on the clock at the aforementioned pick No. 8, the Tennessee Titans traded up from pick No. 15, just two spots back from where the Eagles originally were at pick No. 13.

Locker Room Of Hopefuls At Rookie Camp - PE.com
Amid the hoopla of Carson Wentz and his first snaps in an Eagles camp that ESPN felt so strongly about that the network broadcast the warmup period of Friday's practice live, there is a locker room full of stories -- draft picks and hopefuls -- trying to make it big in Philadelphia ...

Sam Bradford was flaw in Philadephia Eagles' 2016 plan - ESPN
The Eagles got the coach they wanted, re-signed players, made bold moves in the draft -- and then QB Sam Bradford got rankled by the plan.

Jalen Mills addresses battery allegations, says 'I was never charged' - NJ.com
Eagles rookie defensive back Jalen Mills addressed charges that were ultimately dropped for battering a woman stemming from a 2014 incident in Louisiana prior to his first practice during rookie minicamp Friday, re-affirming his innocence and claiming that charges were never filed. "It wasn't actually a charge," Mills said Friday at the NovaCare Complex of the incident, in which the LSU product was accused of punching a woman in the mouth. "It was pending. But it was just a warrant for my arrest. I wasn't charged with anything."

Donnellon: In other news, what about Chase Daniel? - Daily News
So how do you think I feel now? Everyone’s talking about Sam’s hurt feelings, Sam’s compete level, whether Howie Roseman and Pederson pulled the wool over his eyes when they gave him all that money and then traded up to draft Carson Wentz, whether old Sam should have tried to force a trade. What about my compete level? My feelings? Coach Pederson was my position coach, had gone through in his career what I’m going through now, once had his own dreams about someday being a starter. He might have been angry at Coach Reid for replacing him as starter with a rookie halfway through the 1999 season, but at least he got his chance. What chance do I have now?

Finding the Fits: Eagles strike gold in the seventh round with Jalen Mills - CBS Sports
Mills excelled in Mobile, showing terrific quickness, balance and awareness in coverage at cornerback. Mills essentially ran the routes for receivers there, showing the anticipation of routes one would expect given his experience at LSU. A poor showing in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine (electronically timed at 4.61 seconds), however, raised concerns for some as to whether Mills possesses the straight-line speed to handle NFL receivers. Mills appeared to answer those questions by being clocked at 4.47 seconds (handheld) at LSU's pro day. This time more closely resembles the speed and fluidity with which Mills played throughout his career with the Tigers. Some players run fast on the track. Others play fast. Mills is among the latter.

5 questions Eagles offseason didn't answer: Secondary - CSN Philly
Rowe started the final five games in 2015. According to Pro Football Focus, the 23-year-old was targeted 35 times in coverage, allowing 16 completions (45.7%) for 196 yards and no touchdowns — a 63.5 opponents' passer rating. This wasn't against garbage competition, either. The Eagles faced some of the most potent offenses in the NFL down the stretch, including New England, Arizona, Washington and New York. Last year's second-round draft pick may never be more ready. No doubt, there will be more bumps along the way, but Rowe showed enough at the end of last season for the Eagles to feel comfortable rolling with him as one of their starters. In fact, you could go so far as to say the future looks bright.

Top 30 undrafted free agents to watch - ESPN In$ider
Aziz Shittu, DE, Philadelphia Eagles - At his best, you see flashes of a disruptive player but the production wasn't there consistently. Needs to be coached up.

New features, gameplay changes for upcoming 'Madden NFL 17' revealed - SB Nation
It's getting to be that time for a new game in the "Madden" franchise, so here's a quick look at early feature and gameplay announcements.

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