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Observations from Eagles OTAs: Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz, and more - BGN
Talking about Eagles OTAs, Darren Sproles, the Sixers, and more.

Rams knew Nick Foles wasn't the answer during Sam Bradford Eagles trade - NJ.com
"We also knew grabbing that extra second round pick, whoever our quarterback was going to be last year might not work out, so it would be time to start looking again," Snead explained. "We knew by getting that extra second round pick it would give us the ability to maneuver more in the next draft." That second-rounder was used in the deal to move up for No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. The Rams were planning for Foles to fail before he even took the field in St. Louis.

How the Defensive End Rotation Could Work - Birds 24/7
The Bills had a healthy defensive-end rotation under Schwartz in 2014 as well. The starters — Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes — each played about 72 percent of the snaps, and both finished with double-digit sacks (Williams had 14.5 and Hughes 10). Manny Lawson and Jarius Wynn were on the field roughly 30 percent of the time, combining for 3.5 sacks. That 2014 Bills squad racked up 54 sacks in all — most in the NFL — with three players finishing in double-digits (Marcel Dareus was the third). Starter or no, there is plenty of opportunity to get after the QB in this type of system. Graham helped prove that once already when he posted 5.5 sacks, seven QB hits, 31 hurries and led the NFL in snaps/pressure (according PFF) while in a rotational role in 2012.

Sielski: Pederson must prove he can develop Eagles quarterbacks - Inquirer
It all sounds wonderful, and it may very well turn out to be, for Wentz and the Eagles. Maybe Pederson will come to be known as a quarterback guru, the perfect coach both to extract excellence from Sam Bradford and, over a longer period of time, to coax greatness from Wentz. But just because the Eagles insist Pederson will be that coach, and just because Pederson believes he is that coach, doesn't mean he is. If he were, it might be apparent from his experience. It's not. When the Eagles made Pederson their quarterbacks coach, it was his first significant job as an NFL assistant. Those were tumultuous seasons for the franchise: the Eagles' 12-20 record; the buildup, the crashing, and the burning of the "Dream Team;" the end of Reid's 14-year tenure as head coach.

Eagles' Sam Bradford, Allen Barbre are Doug Pederson's 'guys' -- for now - ESPN
But there is a common element in the way Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson talks about Barbre and Bradford. Last week, when asked what the plan was at left guard, Pederson was clear in his reply. "Allen Barbre is my guy and he’s our starter," Pederson said. That sounded an awful lot like Pederson’s comments about the quarterback position. "He’s my guy," Pederson said. "He’s the No. 1 guy." These quotes say a lot more about Pederson than they do about Barbre and Bradford. The coach is establishing his approach to these situations. Clearly, a starter is "my guy" right up until the moment he isn’t.

Inside The Studio: Jalen Mills - PE.com
Safety Jalen Mills joins Chris McPherson in the studio and talks about how the veterans on the team have helped him, and how former LSU members have taken him under their wings...

4 Questions Eagles offseason didn't answer: QB and RB - CSN Philly
There's little doubt the Eagles would like to trade Bradford and recoup some of the picks they've given up to acquire quarterbacks the last two years, only on their terms. The hope is the seventh-year veteran continues to build on his late-2015 success and make himself valuable to another team, while helping this one compete in the short term. Given Bradford's reaction to all of this, it's hard to believe the marriage can last more than one year. That means we could see Wentz in 2017, although even that is no guarantee. Head coach Doug Pederson likes Daniel, and the Eagles are in seemingly no rush to get their franchise quarterback on the field. At the very least, it looks likely there would be some kind of competition for the job at that point.

Smallwood gets his chance with Eagles right away - Delaware Online
As a junior, Smallwood ran for 722 yards and had 31 receptions for 326 yards. As a senior, he led the Big 12 in rushing with 1,519 yards. He also caught 26 passes for 160 yards. "I love catching the ball," Smallwood said. "I take pride in doing that. They ask me how good my hands are all the time and I say, ‘Great.’ I don’t back down from it. It’s a challenge that a lot of running backs can’t do, or are not willing to do. But I’m willing to do anything to make the team better. So I definitely think me running routes and lining up at receiver or in the slot definitely helps my game and my value."

5 NFL players who have 1 year to prove they're worth big money - SB Nation
"Prove-it" deals aren't necessarily smart for players, but maybe things will be different for these guys ... maybe!

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