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Eagles News: Two Philadelphia players among most hated in NFL history

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/22/16.

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40 most hated NFL players of all time: loudmouths, cheaters and criminals - Sporting News
Owens was a supremely-talented receiver, but he also was a supremely-selfish player who submarined multiple franchises during his playing career. Owens forced his way out of San Francisco only to have a two-year career in Philadelphia that ended with him doing sit-ups in a driveway before being suspended by the team. Owens resurfaced in Dallas, and that ended badly, too. After stints in Buffalo and Cincinnati, Owens’ 15-year career ended with Hall of Fame numbers. But he might have to wait longer because of all that damage.

What are the most embarrassing Eagles jerseys to own? - PhillyVoice
Sam Bradford (7): Bradford may not even belong on the list, as I'm not sure if anyone actually owns these. For those who do, hard to rep a guy who just up and left the team because the Eagles drafted a quarterback, especially when he already cashed a $5.5 million signing bonus.

Lowered Expectations - Iggles Blitz
Pederson is a huge X-factor for this team. I don’t know what to make of him. I hope he’s going to be good, but you really don’t know with a first time coach like him. There’s just not enough of a track record to make a strong prediction. I do think he’s done a good job to this point so that’s encouraging. The first test for any coach is how you handle your own business. The Eagles have a couple of contract issues right now, but Pederson has handled them the right way. Chip Kelly seemed to take things personally. For some reason, he just couldn’t resist saying something inflammatory.

Carson Wentz already impressing Eagles' teammates -
"He is aggressive," receiver Reuben Randle said of Wentz. "I heard about it from the rookie camp, that he was taking his shots. He took a shot (during practice) that we weren't expecting. He gives us a shot to make a play. You have to love that from a quarterback. He trusts his playmakers outside to make a play for him, and I like that about him." Taking shots down the field was something Bradford didn't do much of last season, and he completed even less. Only 60 of his 346 completions went for 10 yards or more, one of the worst rates in the NFL among starting quarterbacks.

2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Impact of new playcallers - CBS Sports
Pederson has never been a full-time playcaller in the pros. He shared back in January that he took over the Chiefs playcalling in the second-halves of their last 12 games, but it might not be fair to judge him based on that data alone. What's more reliable is to base Pederson on the type of offense he's grounded in, which is Andy Reid's version of the West Coast system. It's a conservative doctrine with a lean toward the run game -- last season the Chiefs were 51 pass/49 run. It seems to be a formula perfect for the Eagles considering their quarterbacks -- an injury prone veteran and a rookie who played his collegiate ball at a FCS school. The running backs, led by Ryan Mathews, should benefit as might the sure-handed catch-and-go guys like Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Corner Question - Birds 24/7
As you look around the Eagles’ defense, there’s clarity at most positions. We know the two starting tackles and three rotating ends; we know the pair of starting safeties; and we have a pretty good idea of who the starting linebackers will be. But what’s unknown, and likely won’t be settled any time soon, is who will have what roles at cornerback. "It’s not clear at all, and I think a lot of guys are jockeying for position," Malcolm Jenkins said. "There’s a lot of depth and a lot of competition, and we’re just waiting to see who emerges from the pack."

Eagles could have room for rookie running backs - Inquirer
The common refrain heard every year by the time the NFL draft reaches the seventh round is that sometimes it's better not to be selected at all than among the final picks. If you're a prospect that's good enough to be chosen at that stage, you'll likely be one of the more sought-after rookies once the free-agency spree for undrafted players begins at the conclusion of the draft. So rather than be earmarked to one team - that may not be of your preference - you now have multiple teams from which to chose. Byron Marshall was one such player. The former Oregon running back received about a dozen offers, but he chose the Eagles. There wasn't much science to it. He signed here because he thought the Eagles gave him the best opportunity to make the team and, possibly, play as a rookie.

Eagles mailbag: Running backs, defense, Chase Daniel, rookies - CSN Philly
If Chase Daniel enters the season as the backup quarterback, history tells us he will start a game at some point in the 2016 season. Since entering the league in 2010, Sam Bradford has played just two 16-game seasons. There's a good shot he won't play all 16 in 2015, which means Daniel would be up, despite the likely clamoring for Carson Wentz from fans. Now, if Bradford is out for more than a game, I think it will be harder to start Daniel over Wentz and, really, it would make more sense to get the rookie into some action, especially if the Eagles aren't very good.

Podcast Recap: The Perfect Mix On Defense -
Caplan gave rave reviews for what Doug Pederson was able to accomplish in his first few days on the job, compiling a veteran coaching staff that bodes very well for the players on the current roster. "When you look at the coaching staff that Doug Pederson has put together, I think the thought around the league was that it was a little surprising to be able to put this kind of staff together as a first-time head coach," Caplan said. "I don’t know that Doug knew a lot of these guys. What I think happened is that he did his research, he got some suggestions, but he made the final decisions.

The Steelers are using 'robots' to hunt players for sport and probably for football - SB Nation
Football is scary. Huge, athletic men run around with the sole purpose of tackling you to the ground. There's a lot of head injuries. Somehow, the Steelers made it scarier. They added FOOTBALL ROBOTS. (Robot probably isn't the best word, but I don't have a better one, and they are clearly robotized.)

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