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Eagles News: Jim Schwartz says Philadelphia has two of the best safeties in the NFL

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Jim Schwartz already gushing about Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod - CSN Philly
"That was money well spent," Schwartz said Tuesday. "I'm sort of violating my rule of judging too much into this time of year — saying linemen need the pads on before we can judge, rookies let's not judge yet — but both [Jenkins and McLeod] are veteran players. And you can see that right away that both are multi-dimensional. They communicate very well, cover a lot of ground. They can blitz, they can play man (coverage), they can play zone. I'd be very surprised as the year went along if they're not one of the better safety tandems in the NFL. They've been very impressive so far."

22 observations from Eagles OTA practice - BGN
Carson Wentz doesn't always throw the tightest spiral. He struggled with some accuracy issues on Tuesday in the form of overthrows on deep passes and throwing just slightly behind his receivers at time. BUST! Kidding. He had some good plays, too. His best throw of the day came when he hit Chris Givens on a go route deep along the sideline. The ball was right on the receiver's hands. Perfect. Another Wentz highlight came when he got an accurate pass off despite being tripped up and falling to the ground. It reminded me of a pass Brett Favre once threw during a game against the Eagles where it looked like he was sacked but he somehow got rid of it in time. It's easy to see the potential with Wentz. It's also easy to see why the Eagles aren't rushing him into starting Week 1.

Eagles player says the offense wore down late in 2015 - PhillyVoice
The Eagles were statistically proven to have been a far worse defense during the last four games of the season as opposed to the first 12 the last two seasons. In the past, it was only defenders who noted that the Eagles' style of play caused them to wear down late in the season. Now there's an offensive player who has noted the same. Eagles practices are notably slower than the frenetic pace that Kelly incorporated from 2013 to 2015. Johnson, who has only played under Kelly as a pro until this season, noted that a slower pace helps with the mental side of the game.

Barner gets chance to impress Eagles coaches - Inquirer
Kenjon Barner topped the Eagles' running back depth chart on Tuesday, and Chip Kelly was nowhere in sight. With Ryan Mathews ill and Darren Sproles training in California, Barner became the Eagles' top running back at the beginning of the second week of organized team activities. The 27-year-old has impressed in an Eagles uniform before - he returned two punts for touchdowns last preseason, and he averaged 4.4 yards per carry during the second half of the season. But his next act could be shedding any suggestion that his spot on the roster was solely the creation of the coach he starred for in college. "That's what people outside of here say," Barner said. "I'm a football player. I wouldn't be here if I wasn't a football player. I wouldn't have been drafted if I wasn't a football player. Anybody who says that's 'Chip Kelly's guy' - no, I'm a football player."

Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘Players Just Want Transparency’ - Birds 24/7
"No conversations [with the NFLPA] yet. I think everyone is waiting to get a little more information," said Eagles player rep Malcolm Jenkins. "But I also don’t  feel like anyone is caught by surprise. I feel like we’ve felt like that was the case the entire time anyway." That what was the case? "That the NFL wasn’t being 100 percent [in respect to] their findings of the investigations on concussions… I’m going to speak for myself, but I don’t think players really have the confidence in the league to do the right thing — or completely the right thing — when it comes to player safety."

Practice Talk - Iggles Blitz
Mills is interesting. The Eagles list him at S, but they are moving him around. After practice, Schwartz talked about Mills having good corner skills. It sounds like he is playing well there right now. The Eagles don’t have any stud CBs right now, but they could have a good competition this summer as these young, talented guys fight for roster spots and playing time.

What We Know About These Eagles -
Jim Schwartz, the longtime defensive genius, said it best on Tuesday when he resisted invitations, many of them, to leap to conclusions about some of his young players. The pads aren't on, he explained. Once that happens, we'll talk...

Catching Up with the NFL's Biggest Indie Rock Fan, the Eagles’ Connor Barwin - Pitchfork
The Philadelphia Eagles underwent their most chaotic off-season in team history, so it’s understandable if most people overlooked the effect new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s Wide-9 alignment potentially could have on the city’s live music scene. There was talk that outside linebacker Connor Barwin would be traded to a team that runs a more traditional 3-4, but he appears set as a hybrid edge rusher. This is important because Philadelphia indie rock was at risk of losing its biggest supporter—literally speaking, of course.

5 NFL teams open up OTAs searching for a starting quarterback - SB Nation
Early in free agency the Eagles seemed content to roll with Bradford for another year, re-signing him to a lucrative short-term contract. However, their quarterback situation -- and Bradford's morale -- got blown up when the Eagles traded a boatload of assets to move up in the NFL Draft, selecting Wentz with the No. 2 pick. Philadelphia doesn't exactly plan to start Wentz in 2016, but Bradford took the move hard, having a weak holdout before reporting for OTAs. The starting job is still Bradford's for now, though.

Sixers Tinder: Joel Embiid matters more than anything - Liberty Ballers
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