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Eagles News: Fletcher Cox deserves his "mind-blowing" contract

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/17/16.

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Eagles' Fletcher Cox has earned huge deal -
Some of the best things he does, such as occupy multiple offensive linemen, often cannot be measured by standard statistics. Cox was second-team All-Pro last year and appeared in his first Pro Bowl. After just four seasons, Cox is sixth in Eagles history among interior defensive linemen with 22 sacks. Sing the Eagles fight song if you knew Andy Harmon was first with 39 1/2. Not only that, but the prevailing thought is that he will thrive even more in new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's 4-3 alignment than he did in the 3-4 Billy Davis generally used these last three seasons.

Fletcher Cox's 'mind-blowing' deal gives Eagles a player to build around on defense - CSN Philly
It was the middle of the first round of the 2012 draft, and the Eagles knew the player they coveted the most, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, would likely be long gone by the time they picked at No. 15. They had a standing trade offer with the Seahawks to move to 12 if Cox was still on the board after the first 11 picks, but even that seemed like a longshot to Andy Reid, Howie Roseman and everyone else in the Eagles’ draft room. "We didn’t really anticipate Fletcher being there," Roseman recalled Thursday. "We didn’t think there was a chance for him to fall to 12." But somehow he did. Then, before the Eagles could officially select him, another trade offer arrived. A tempting one.

10 reasons the Eagles will be a dumpster fire this season - PhillyVoice
In reality, Sam Bradford's last seven games, while certainly better than his first seven games, were not impressive. We even published a children's book about it. Bradford put up inflated stats in garbage time blowout losses to the Cardinals and Redskins, followed by a meaningless Week 17 game against the third-worst defense in NFL history. The Eagles may have themselves a future at quarterback with the addition of Carson Wentz. That's to be determined. But in 2016, a guy entering his seventh season in the NFL with 25 career wins will be the Eagles' quarterback. Make all the excuses you want for him, but he's "middle of the road" (MOTR), at best.

Howie and Fletch Meet the Media - Iggles Blitz
Howie Roseman was much more interesting. He talked about the importance of keeping core players together and mentioned continuity as being a huge part of the success the Eagles had from 1999-2008. Howie mentioned there had been too much change in recent years, but rather than have that be a dig at Chip Kelly, took responsibility for some of the change. You can really tell that Jeff Lurie had a long talk with Howie about what he wanted this year and into the future. Taking responsibility must have been one of the focal points because Howie has done that over and over. Kelly drove us all nuts with the way he used semantics to avoid responsibility or just shift the conversation to a pointless subject. Howie has not done that once this offseason. Just the opposite. He’s been busy praising those around him, even Kelly a time or two, and taking his share of the blame whenever there is a negative issue.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Pederson Bringing Hitting Back To Camp - Birds 24/7
Training camp practices were an event under Reid. Rogue player or no, the action sent you scurrying from one field to the next with head on a swivel as pads crunched and tempers flared and fists flew and bodies hit the turf. Two-a-day bouts under the Bethlehem sun eventually gave way to new-age track meets in NovaCare’s back yard. It was fly swatters and dance music and constant motion but very, very little contact under Chip Kelly. It’s back to the old school now that Reid’s pupil is at the helm. There won’t be a return to Lehigh, but there will be a return to hitting under first-year head coach Doug Pederson. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the amount of times you can put the players in pads, but Pederson says they’ll hit "how often and how [ever] many times" they are permitted.

Do Doug Pederson's Eagles have enough offensive playmakers? - ESPN
Of that group, tight end Zach Ertz and wide receiver Jordan Matthews have shown the most promise. Pederson will emphasize the tight end, especially, so Ertz could be in line for a breakout season. Matthews fell just three yards shy of 1,000 last season, so he is poised to hit his stride as well. Veteran additions Rueben Randle and Chris Givens were available well into the free-agency period. They are not players who have been great thus far in their careers. There is a chance they will fit Pederson's scheme and get opportunities to blossom.

Roseman: The Goal Is Sustained Success -
Fletcher Cox got his, the Eagles got theirs and the mega deal of the summer locks in a player who has a chance to be one of the great players in the history of the Eagles' franchise through the 2022 season. The Cox contract was a whopper and the latest in a series of stay-at-home moves made by the Eagles, a strategy that the franchise employed during its five-NFC-title-game run in the early 2000s …

Eagles' Howie Roseman won't comment on allegations against Nelson Agholor -
"Unfortunately I can't comment on an ongoing investigation," Roseman said. "I have no comment on that." When pressed on whether Agholor would be at training camp with the team, which begins July 28, Roseman once again offered no detail.  "I just go back to my initial answer," Roseman said. "I apologize, but it's an ongoing investigation and I can't comment on it."

Watch: Jordan Hicks grinding to get right for training camp - Eagles Wire
Hicks was limited in minicamp earlier this month. He ended with a bang when he intercepted a Carson Wentz pass in a goal line 7 on 7 period. It was the last play of minicamp. The second-year linebacker is working out at Ignition sports performance center. One of his coaches posted a video of his workout on Twitter.

Grading the big contract extensions of the 2016 NFL offseason - SB Nation
The Eagles have given Cox the most guaranteed money to a non-quarterback in NFL history, but that shouldn't last for long with Broncos linebacker Von Miller set to sign a new deal soon. In order to understand Cox's contract, it's necessary to put it into context with the open market. Cox, 25, is a rising star on the defensive side of the ball. He recorded a career-high 9.5 sacks in 2015, which earned him his first Pro Bowl appearance. He also led the Eagles with 24 tackles for a loss or no gain last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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