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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/24/16.

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Teddy Bridgewater, Le'Veon Bell head All-Under-25 Team - NFL.com
Inside linebacker: Jordan Hicks, Philadelphia Eagles - We're accounting for both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses here -- thus, there is room for Hicks, who was in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year until getting hurt midseason. Despite playing only half the season, Hicks produced two interceptions and three fumble recoveries, and he even managed to score a touchdown.

The Eagles' 2014 draft class needs to finally produce - PhillyVoice
There's an NFL philosophy that says that players will make a big jump in their third year in the league. Whether or not you buy that, in the Eagles' case, the 2014 draft class better start producing, and soon. Oddly enough, for as unproductive as the 2014 draft class was, they're all still on the team (although Jaylen Watkins and Ed Reynolds have both been released in the past before re-joining the team).

Eagles Mailbag: Who Will Play A Lot More In 2016? - Birds 24/7
With all of that being said, I’ll take Jordan Hicks. Barring an injury, he’s going to make a huge jump up from 37 percent. The Eagles have very little depth at linebacker, and while Najee Goode could be Hicks’ backup, I doubt Schwartz will want to take Hicks off of the field much.

New Eagles safety McLeod comfortable in Wide 9 - Daily News
"I'm used to it," McLeod said Monday. "I don't think it's tough; that's why you have presnap keys that you have to lock in on. Obviously, different stances tell you certain things. The higher the (offensive) linemen are (in their stances), you might back up a bit. The lower they are, you might cheat up. You just have to have the ability to recognize certain things. Obviously, that comes with film study . . . You just have to lock in and be focused . . . If the rush isn't getting there, then you can be holding up (in coverage) for a long time. I don't think we're going to have a problem with that."

Right Side Of O-Line A Strength - PE.com
It is a ballroom dance of sorts as offensive linemen match footwork and the placement of their hands and coordinate their timing and precision of movement. Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks are working on their synchronization on the right side of the Eagles' offensive line ...

How Good? - Iggles Blitz
If you want to feel good about the team, think of it this way. Last year the Eagles went 7-9. Off that team, you lost DeMarco Murray, Mark Sanchez, Riley Cooper, Byron Maxwell, Miles Austin, Kiko Alonso. Heck, those almost feel like addition by subtraction moves. Walter Thurmond is probably retiring. He had a solid year, but wasn’t as good as the early hype made him out to be. DeMeco Ryans is also gone, maybe into retirement himself. His leadership will be missed and he did have a couple of good games, but it was time to let him go. The Eagles upgraded the QB position. They improved the O-line. You can argue they upgraded the WR position, depending on what you think of Rueben Randle and Chris Givens. The defense should be much better, for a variety of reasons. First, the no-huddle offense is gone. That means no more leading the league in defensive snaps. The Eagles essentially played 2 extra games the past few years.

When will Carson Wentz start? - NJ.com
Since 2008, or the last time the Eagles won a playoff game, 10 quarterbacks have been selected in the top five picks in the draft. The 10 quarterbacks averaged 13.6 games started their rookie years. And nine of the 10 were opening-day starters. Here's a look back.

Questions for Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz - CSN Philly
It's been a while since we've heard from Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. He hasn't spoken publicly to a crowd of reporters in Philadelphia since January, when he stood to the side of the stage while owner Jeffrey Lurie introduced Doug Pederson as the team's new head coach. Schwartz then talked to a semi-circle of reporters just after Pederson's presser was finished. Well, Schwartz's silence ends Tuesday, as the Eagles kick off another round of voluntary OTAs. The defensive coordinator — who walked with a swagger out to the practice fields as OTAs began last week — is set to speak to reporters at a 12:45 p.m. press conference.

The top 9 NFL free agents still available to sign - FOX Sports
With the way the NFL chews up and spits out running backs at such an alarming rate, veteran backs aren't as sought after as they once were. Arian Foster is 29 years old and has a long history of injuries, most recently a torn Achilles in October 2015. A combination of the two is leading to a quiet market for Foster, but he was once arguably the best running back in the NFL, and it wasn't long ago that he was considered that. Just two years ago, he rushed for 1,246 yards in 13 games with 13 total touchdowns.

Social media is a powerful tool for NFL rookies - SB Nation
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