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Eagles Rookie Carson Wentz Talks Redhead Stereotypes, Philly Fans, and QB Sleeves - Complex
"It’s funny, too, because I saw [on Twitter] there was speculation like, 'Did he get a cheesesteak? Where was it from?' and I heard a rumor that you got it from Jim’s which is a spot I love. Is that true?" --- Yeah, that’s what they had brought into the Novacare Complex there and it was really good. Really good. Especially a really good start to my time in Philly, it was ready when I got there.

Lawlor: How Do The New Eagles Fit In? - PE.com
Running back Wendell Smallwood was the next pick. He will have a chance to contribute right away. The Eagles have Ryan Mathews as the starting running back and then Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner are role players. Smallwood could get five to 10 carries a game. He was the Big 12's leading rusher in 2015 and is a very talented player. Howie Roseman talked about how Smallwood led all of college football in runs of 10 yards. The Eagles didn't get enough runs like that in 2015. They want more explosion and think Smallwood can help in that area. I don't know if Smallwood can become a starting running back. I struggled with that question when evaluating him for the draft. I like him quite a bit and think he is a good fit for the Eagles' offense, but I'm not sure if he can carry the ball 20 times a game consistently in the NFL. Smallwood also has to show he can be an effective blocker.

New Bears Hire Joe Douglas Will Impress The Hell Out Of You - Sports Mockery
So, taking a step back what does all of this mean.  It’s not just the fact that Joe Douglas has an eye for talent.  That alone is obvious based on the hits, many of whom were direct contributors to the Ravens Super Bowl title in 2012. Now take a look again and see what really starts to stick out.  Observe the schools involved.  Delaware?  Nicholls State?  Syracuse?  Rutgers?  A lot of these schools aren’t normally considered hotbeds for NFL talent, which means Douglas is a guy who never leaves a stone unturned.

15 best undrafted FA signings following the 2016 NFL draft - PFF
The Oregon offense has a way of manufacturing production, so it can be tough to identify the real talent from the system and those that are more a product of the scheme. Byron Marshall is the former. A player that had a 1,000-yard rushing season and then became a receiver and notched a 1,000 receiving season, Marshall could be a new Darren Sproles for the Eagles, right around the time their current Darren Sproles is approaching the end of his career. Marshall has run and receiving skills, but will also block with force on the edge and make his presence felt in all aspects of the game.

Eagles need production from wideout Nelson Agholor - Inquirer
Agholor's struggles seemed to stem from an inability to get separation both off the line of scrimmage and down the field. He often drew the opposition's best cornerback, though, because he lined up primarily on the right. Darrelle Revis and Patrick Peterson, for instance, shut him down. When he did break free, the ball often never arrived. Despite playing only 6 percent fewer plays than Matthews in the games they were both active, Agholor had less than half the targets (44 to 98). He was hardly the first option, but Bradford either lost confidence in him or was reluctant to air it out.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Draft By the Numbers - Birds 24/7
70.7 — Wentz fared much better in the intermediate game (11-20 yards). That’s his adjusted completion percentage on mid-range throws, good for second among incoming QBs.

Resetting the NFL trade market: Player movement not done yet - ESPN
Nothing about the Bradford situation feels tenable or helpful to either side. The Eagles would likely take back the Bradford deal if they could, and while he's probably a better short-term option than Daniel, the Eagles would do well to get Bradford's salary off their cap for 2017. They already owe $164.1 million on their cap next year without re-signing defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, and while $17 million would come off the cap if Bradford moves on, they could get that figure up to $22.5 million if they moved on from Bradford this year via trade.

Breaking down the Eagles' 2016 draft class - CSN Philly
If this kid has his head on straight and is coachable, look out. Over the past two seasons, he played less than 40 percent of the defensive snaps at Florida and still recorded 12½ sacks. He's undersized so he struggles against the run. All he can do is rush the passer, but that skill is at a premium in the NFL. He's certainly worth a flyer in the seventh round.

Post-draft look at what the Eagles have and what they need - NJ.com
In head coach Doug Pederson's first year there will certainly be competition for jobs on the Eagles roster, both as starters and back-ups. After drafting eight players and signing some undrafted free agents, as well as the unrestricted free agents the team added pre-draft there should be a lot of new faces in the locker room next fall. Here's a current position by position breakdown of the roster and what it will eventually look like.

Ranking the 2016 presidential candidates by their worst sports fan pandering - SB Nation
This election has had a little bit of everything: alums turning on their schools to pander to primary voters in other states, candidates destroying children with footballs to the head, ACC teams burning candidates on Twitter, and governors trying to let you know how much they care and sometimes misspelling the names of the iconic players they're trying to convince you they adore. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton roll toward November, we're not sure how the election will turn out, but we're confident we'll get more and more chances to add to this list.

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