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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/23/16.

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Reggie - Iggles Blitz
Reggie was special because he combined speed, quickness, strength, power and agility. He could beat blockers in a variety of ways. The most amazing stat for me is that Reggie piled up 124 sacks in 121 games as an Eagle. For 8 years, he averaged just over a sack a game. That kind of production and consistency is crazy. As good as J.J. Watt is, he has 74.5 sacks in 80 career games.

A few free agents who might still make sense for the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Butler was becoming a really good player in the NFL when he received a seven-year contract extension worth $51.8 million after the 2013 season. Two years later, the Chargers cut him. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote a scathing piece about Butler, saying that he essentially quit on the team after he got paid. Still, the Eagles have nothing in the way of depth at linebacker, and it might not cost a lot to get Butler into camp to see if he has interest in being a football player again.

Doug Pederson Passed First Critical Test -
No one expects the current team to go win the Super Bowl, but there is enough talent and experience to win games and compete every week. One of the problems last year is that there seemed to be unending drama with the team. That doesn't always affect players, but it did in 2015. The constant drama off the field brought out the worst in the team, especially in critical moments. Instead of being a gritty team that found ways to win, the Eagles were talented underachievers that found ways to lose. It is up to Pederson to change that by eliminating the drama and getting the Eagles to play more like a team.

Birds heavily invested in offensive line - Daily News
A much more uncertain value question at the moment is the salary-cap dollars the Eagles have committed to their offensive line in 2016. Currently, the Eagles have $32.55 million, or 21.3 percent of their total cap space, committed to their offensive line this season. That's the third-highest cap total in the league, behind only Minnesota ($39.6M) and Oakland ($37.5M), according to salary bookkeeper Their five projected season-opening starters - tackles Jason Peters ($9.73M) and Lane Johnson ($8.13M), center Jason Kelce ($5.2M) and guards Brandon Brooks ($3.2M) and Allen Barbre ($1.95M) - have a cumulative cap cost of $28.21 million. The closest to that in the NFC East is Washington at $21 million. Dallas is third at $17.5 million and the Giants fourth at a puny $11.2 million.

Draft Class Injury Analysis - Rotoworld
Wentz missed most of 2015 with a broken wrist bone in his throwing hand that required surgery during the season. On a common sense level, it is fair to assume that QBs have their throwing wrist injured frequently due to the nature of their occupation and the 300 pound defensive linemen whose job it is to bat down those passes. Oddly enough this is a very rare injury for an NFL QB to suffer. So rare in fact that in our database of thousands of injuries we have no incidences of this injury occurring to a QB. Without the data it’s impossible to say why but perhaps it’s survivor bias: quarterbacks who injure their throwing hands/wrists in college are not drafted. Or perhaps QBs in the NFL don’t injure their throwing wrists due to Wolff’s Law (the idea that bones get stronger when exposed to stress as found here).

QBs with the most to prove: Sam Bradford -
He made himself few friends with the way he handled the Eagles’ quarterback transactions this off-season, but as the season gets closer it should become clearer that Sam Bradford’s hold on the starting job in 2016 was never in doubt. To win some supporters back this fall, he needs to raise his game against the top competition: He did just enough in that out-of-nowhere win over the Patriots to give Philadelphia its only win over a playoff team in five tries last year, but overall there was hardly any difference between his numbers in wins and losses. That’s not the admirable type of consistency.

Kenjon Barner could play a major role in Doug Pederson’s offense - Philly Sports Network
Barner has already been taking reps with the first team during OTA’s and if he is as bulked up as Dave Spadaro regards him to be, there is absolutely no reason why Barner’s only weakness could turn into a strength. Whilst he may be some way off of becoming a dominant downhill runner, assuming that Wendell Smallwood or even Byron Marshall will be ahead of him on the depth chart come September is a huge statement to make.

Eagles' Nolan Carroll thinks he played as well as any free agent cornerback -
At first I had to sit down and really think about (the one-year deal) for a few days,'' Carroll said. "Did I want to do that; take that route? But ultimately, it was the best thing for me. "(Before the injury) I thought I was playing well,'' Carroll said. "If you just look at some of the free agents that were coming out I thought I ranked right there with any of them.''

NFC East Roundup: The Rise And Fall Of RGIII - Birds 24/7
Let’s take a spin around the NFC East to see what’s going on with the rest of the division.

Richard Sherman is holding out hope Marshawn Lynch comes back from retirement - SB Nation
Marshawn Lynch is "as predictable as a pair of dice," according to Richard Sherman.

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