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Eagles News: Sam Bradford is willing to mentor Carson Wentz

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Sam Bradford feels it's his duty to help rookie Carson Wentz - CSN Philly
But if there’s anything else the young rookie wants to know, Bradford said he’s willing to help. "I’m not going to try to hide anything," Bradford said. "I’m going to try to help Carson. If he asks questions, I’m going to try to give him the best answers that I can. I love seeing quarterbacks succeed in this league. If I can do something to help him become the better player, I’m going to do it."

Eagles' OTA practice notes: Wendell Smallwood shines - PhillyVoice
Wentz looked OK in his first day at OTAs. I've seen better from him in person at the Senior Bowl. One small thing that did stand out to me was he ripped a pump fake in the rain with full velocity on his throwing motion, pulled it back, and then made the throw, Roethlisberger style. That may sound like no big deal, but not every quarterback can do that. Wentz has 10" hands that allow him to grip the football tightly like that. To be clear, I don't want to make too much of a pump fake -- it's just a nice added weapon in his arsenal.

A Different View From the Inside On Bradford - Birds 24/7
"Once the pads go on, Sam is not going to be sitting back thinking, ‘Aw man, what if?’ No, he’s going to be ready to go win a freaking football game. Let’s be completely honest. He’s not the only person in the NFL that’s looked for situations where they can probably make more money or better their situation. Everybody pretty much does it; he’s just a quarterback so I know it’s looked at a little bit differently. But if he’s in here, I know Sam, Sam’s going to want to go out there and win. He doesn’t have social media but he knows what people say. He wants to prove people wrong. He wants to go compete."

Practice Talk - Iggles Blitz
I went back and re-watched Smallwood from earlier in his WVa career, when he would line up in the slot and play some receiver. You could see Smallwood was comfortable running routes and catching the ball away from the LOS. Swings and screens are generally soft passes. Catching the ball in the slot 10 yards up the field is very different. Smallwood can handle all those throws.

Eagles teammates not worried about Bradford - Inquirer
"Whoever our first-string quarterback against Cleveland is, is who we will put all our chips on the table for," Ertz said. "I'm not going to go run routes any less for Sam or Carson because I'm worried about the future of this team. I'm worried about winning games. You look at it from an organization standpoint. We don't even have a first-round pick next year. So we're not focused on the future."

Do Eagles Need A Workhorse At RB? -
This goes back to, whoa, forever, in football terms. Herschel Walker ran for 1,070 yards to start what has been a fairly continuous streak of success for Eagles running backs. From Walker it was Ricky Watters and then Duce Staley and then Brian Westbrook and then LeSean McCoy ...

Separating reality from myth about the Eagles -
Myth: It was all Bradford's agent Tom Condon's idea to ask for the trade. Reality: That's what Bradford tried to sell Tuesday in what was a well-rehearsed spin on the topic. It was probably even orchestrated by Condon, who told his client to blame it all on him. There's one simple fact that so often gets overlooked. An agent works for his client. The client doe not work for the agent.

6 NFL sophomores trying to avoid the bust label - SB Nation
Hopes were high for Agholor, having landed in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense and without a lot of competition for targets behind Jordan Matthews. However, the Eagles completely unraveled and the offense never found an identity, leaving Agholor twisting in the wind. A midseason ankle injury didn't help matters, but Agholor's rookie year was utterly forgettable, with just 23 catches, 283 yards and a touchdown on 44 targets.

Three competition hot spots for the Philadelphia Eagles - Morning Call
Yes, Allen Barbre is the man now. But will he still be the man in September? Malcolm Bunche, a mammoth of a man who is an ascending player in this system, might have something to say about that before the summer is out. So too may Stefen Wisniewski, the former Penn State star who has already started 77 games.

Brandon Boykin to visit Falcons on Monday - AJC
Former Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin, who’s a free agent, is set to visit the Falcons on Monday. Boykin was released by the Panthers on Monday. He had some interest from the Falcons before signing with Carolina in March.

Former NFL player Tim Tebow writing book on 'life's storms' - Yahoo
A new book by former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will be a guide on how to handle success and disappointment. WaterBrook, a Christian imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it will publish Tebow's ''Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms'' in October. Tebow will write about maintaining perspective ''when your dreams do not go as planned.'' WaterBrook also plans a companion Bible study.

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