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ESPN lists three predictions that will frame the Philadelphia Eagles' 2016 season

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A collection of football writers at ESPN put together a list of "100 NFL predictions that will frame 2016 season" that features all 32 teams. The Philadelphia Eagles appear in the list three times. Here's what ESPN Eagles writer Phil Sheridan wrote about the Birds.

19) Sam Bradford will remain the Eagles' No. 1 quarterback through the preseason. First-year head coach Doug Pederson will not want to flip-flop on his first major (and very public) decision.

I agree with this. The Eagles have been very vocal about wanting Bradford to be their starter. He's running exclusively with the first team in practice so far. The Eagles are splitting reps equally in practice for now but Pederson said that's going to change in training camp. He said they'll look to get Bradford more reps at that time.

At the same time, I do think there's a chance Bradford loses his starting job. Frank Reich's comment about how Bradford isn't necessarily the No. 1 quarterback is certainly interesting. But the only way I see Bradford not being the starter is if Chase Daniel and/or Carson Wentz clearly outplay him this summer. I don't think that's likely right now, but it's not impossible.

64) Eagles DE Fletcher Cox will torment offensive linemen in training camp. After skipping OTAs in pursuit of a new contract, Cox will be highly motivated to prove his worth.

It only feels like a matter of time before Cox returns to the Eagles. He might return to the team as soon as next week when mandatory minicamp begins. This situation will get worked out eventually and Cox will be an Eagle for a long time.

92) Eagles WR Nelson Agholor will open eyes in his second training camp. After a disappointing rookie season, the 2015 first-round pick bought his own JUGS machine so he could catch passes at home. That's dedication.

Maybe. I'm not ready to give up on Agholor completely, but I'm keeping expectations relatively low. Agholor was really bad last year. Does that mean he can't improve? No, of course not. He's still young and he has upside. But I'm not expecting him to go from being downright awful to a legitimate star. The more realistic expectation, I'd say, is that he becomes a nice, solid contributor.

For what it's worth, Agholor appears to be off to a strong start this spring. He's looked good catching the ball during OTAs. The problem is that he also looked good in practices last spring before fizzling out in training camp and then the regular season.

The Eagles need Agholor to produce. Their wide receiving corps is thin. Their talent on offense in general isn't very encouraging. If he's able to take a big step in Year 2, that'd be huge.

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