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Eagles News: Jordan Matthews may have fixed his issues with drops

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Five players who impressed at Eagles OTAs and minicamp, five who did not - PhillyVoice
Matthews is no stranger to "impressive at camp" lists. In the past, the media (self included) have ooh'd and ahh'd at the sheer number of catches Matthews makes in practice. He's as active a receiver in practice as I've seen since I've been covering football. So in that sense, there's nothing new here. However, where Matthews has been extra encouraging this offseason is that he's catching everything, as in, he's not dropping the football. A season ago, Matthews struggled with drops, and had a few very untimely ones.

Philadelphia Eagles questions and answers - BGN
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: On the Player-Fan Dynamic - Birds 24/7
"You think Ryan Howard goes out there and he wants to bat whatever he’s batting?…I can go from personal experience: we come here every day and we want to get a job done just as bad as anybody. Nobody is a harder critic on a top athlete than himself. So as many beer bottles as you want to throw, we’re throwing just as many at ourselves personally. So there’s no reason for it." Not that they’re naive as to where some of the frustration comes from. Our conversations over the past week, in fact, revealed that a good number of the current players are very much in tune with the city they play for. Matthews likened the fans to a proud father who just wants to see his boys do well. "Mess up he’s pissed, but that next Sunday, get back out there! Do your best!." Brandon Graham also linked it to family. "It’s like a love-hate relationship: love you one minute, hate you the next, but they’re always going to ride with you," he said.

Howie Roseman's QB plan not flawless, but it gives Eagles a chance - ESPN
So Roseman figured it made sense to load up at a position that is going to be hard to fill in the next five years or so. That goes a long way toward explaining the trades that landed Carson Wentz and the big contracts the Eagles gave to Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel. The Eagles would seem to be in better long-term shape than their NFC East rivals, for example. Dallas has the 36-year-old Romo, Kellen Moore and fourth-round draft pick Dak Prescott. Washington has Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy and Nate Sudfeld. The Giants have Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib and B.J. Daniels.

So far so good for Eagles and Pederson, but the road gets tougher in July - Inquirer
The real bottom line for all of them doesn't arrive until September, but having a team that appears to be on the same page until that accounting begins is a positive. On the other hand, a year ago the players all said they bought into what Kelly was selling, too, so take that for what it's worth. Still, a little peace and quiet isn't a bad thing. Pederson didn't have an entirely smooth road this spring. He had to hold his own with the scouting and player personnel departments when they were assessing potential draft picks and free agent signings and putting together a roster philosophy. There's no way to judge how much weight he carried in those discussions, but he did get Chase Daniel in the quarterbacks room, which he wanted, and he appeared enthusiastic about the decision to spend multiple tickets in order to get one dance with Carson Wentz.

What We Learned About Eagles This Spring -
This is summer vacation for Eagles players and coaches, who leave the NovaCare Complex until late July with a high degree of confidence, energy and the understanding that a whole lot of work is ahead. What did we learn about the Eagles in the spring that was, well, very much a positive experience from every angle ...

A look at Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club, where Nelson Agholor was accused of sexual assault -
The Champagne Court, where the alleged incident occurred, has 11 private rooms and some were occupied during the course of the night. "Is (this incident) going to affect us?'' one performer asked. "I don't think so. We have a good thing here. The girls are good. The customers are good. We'll be all right.'' They have been for 20 years.

Although things are 'great' for Eagles, remember: that's football in June  - CSN Philly
Everyone is getting along. Everyone is excited to be back. Everyone is in career-best shape. Everything is fine. Better than fine, actually. It’s good. No, wait, great. Things are great. You know it’s true because they all said so. Our friends at Around the NFL like to issue "Trope Alerts" during this stretch in the NFL calendar. That’s a good idea. Sound the alarm. Warn people. You can never be too safe around this time of year. Minicamps are happening all over the league right now, but players and coaches and front office executives seem less concerned with football than with pushing propaganda. It’s how these things go. It’s unavoidable. Look at the Eagles.

The Giants are practicing to classic TV show theme songs - SB Nation
The Giants are taking to the practice fields to the theme songs of classic TV shows like Friends, Sanford and Son, and the Price Is Right.

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