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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/1/16.

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Emotional Intelligence and How the Eagles are Faring - The MMQB
"Doug is doing a great job," Lurie said at the league meetings in Charlotte. "He is communicating great, respects everybody he is in communication with. The players, I think, really gravitate toward him, in a human way. In a real, human way, not just an employee-employer type of way. And that’s important. Players play for passion, they play with passion and they want passion and great interaction."

Eagles' OTA practice notes: Sam Bradford less than awesome - PhillyVoice
Getting back to the quarterbacks, I thought Chase Daniel had a good day. Nothing flashy, but he generally hit receivers with good ball placement. On one drive down the field, he hit undrafted rookie free agent Paul Turner (I think) in the back of the end zone for a score. Daniel was fired up, yelling "GOOD SH**!" to Turner. We'll get to the rookie QB at the end.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On the Wide-9 Fears - Birds 24/7
Anybody following along back then knows that the linebackers and safeties can feel the strain in a system like this because of increased responsibilities/degree of difficulty in the run game. It seems naive to think there won’t be some rough patches this time around along those lines. There are a couple factors to keep in mind, though, when comparing the two situations. One, the coaching dynamic is significantly better. The staff was built around Washburn in the first iteration. The DC proved to be Castillo, who remains one of the most curious hires in Eagles history. There was no flow and respect was lacking. So was the personnel. A linebacking corps led by the likes of Casey Matthews, Moise Fokou and Jamar Chaney was ill-equipped to handle the load. Now there’s Kendricks and Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, a group that should at least be able to hold its own. Similarly, a Malcolm Jenkins-Rodney McLeod safety duo seems better set up for success than, say, Nate Allen-Kurt Coleman.

Can Eagles' Rowe earn starting spot at corner? - Daily News
Both Rowe and Carroll will face stiff competition for the two starting corner jobs. The Eagles currently have 10 cornerbacks on their spring roster, including veterans Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks, who both played for new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in Buffalo two years ago, and talented seventh-round draft pick Jalen Mills. "With everybody, you want to see people improving," Jenkins said. "You want to see them make new mistakes and not repeat old ones. That's usually a sign of progress. "I think we're seeing (Rowe) take strides. But there's a lot of competition for those corner positions. Once we get to training camp, that will be the time for him to show that he's made some big improvement. That's when Eric's game is elevated. When we put pads on and he can add the element of physicality. That's something you can't really coach or teach."

Final Week of OTAs - Iggles Blitz
Today the Eagles begin the final week of OTAs. This isn’t the time of year for making conclusions. This is Lorenzo Booker and Sean Considine season. 90 players are running around in shorts and trying to both learn the scheme and impress the coaches. This isn’t real football. Focus on the basics. Are QBs throwing the ball well? You want receivers to run crisp routes and then catch the ball. You want RBs to look smooth and show good physical skills. O-linemen can show good footwork and agility. They aren’t allowed to come off the ball and attack defenders so the whole physical side of blocking is left out.

Sam Bradford's plan to be Eagles' leader: passing camp for teammates - NJ.com
Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb famously used to host his favorite wide receiver targets for a passing camp at his home in Arizona and current Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is following in that tradition. Bradford and several teammates including wide receivers Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Chris Givens and others plan on getting together during the first week of July to throw and work on timing before getting down to work at the NovaCare Complex for training camp, which gets underway on July 25.

Jordan Matthews Q&A: Doug vs. Chip; playing outside; Carson Wentz's savvy - CSN Philly
"When I had my first time watching film with him, the type of shots he was talking about making ... he was like, ‘Hey, if this cornerback turns his head, I might try to throw this one deep,’ and I’m like, ‘Bro, I do not think that’s where the ball’s supposed to be going.’ But ... at the same time, I like it, because you can tell he plays the edge. You can tell he has that chip. You can tell he’s a guy who wants to take risks. I think one of the biggest attributes a quarterback can have that people overlook is savvy. The great ones, the Aaron Rodgerses of the world, the Tom Bradys, the Peyton Mannings, the Brett Favres, those legends, they’re great with the X’s and O’s but they have savvy. They’re not always going to go by the book. Sometimes, they’re just going to go make a play. Sometimes they’re going to say, ‘Hey, you’re my man right here, I’m coming to you, get open, I’m going to find you on the deep ball. And the way Carson was speaking, you can tell he wants to grow into that person and be that kind of quarterback.

Lawlor: Three Battles To Keep An Eye On - PE.com
Barbre will have his hands full this summer. He will be battling against veteran Stefen Wisniewski, second-year player Malcolm Bunche and rookie Isaac Semualo. Barbre is the oldest of the group and is in his fourth year with the Eagles. He has played between left tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelce, giving him familiarity with them. That can make a difference when it comes to offensive line play. Bunche is the biggest of the group at 6-6 and 320 pounds. He can physically manhandle defenders. He has to show that he can play well on a consistent basis and that he can be an effective pass blocker. Wisniewski has the most experience of any of the group with 77 starts. Most of them came at center, with others at guard. Wisniewski has to show he can play left guard well enough to beat out other players. Seumalo has the biggest upside of the group. He's also got the biggest challenge since he is a rookie.

NFL rookies are using draft fall as motivation early in their careers - SB Nation
Here's how a few players who slid in the draft are doing in the first month of their NFL careers.

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