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Eagles News: Philadelphia's coaching staff is pleasantly surprised by Carson Wentz's progress

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/4/16.

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Eagles QB coach: Carson Wentz further along than he expected - Inquirer
"I don’t want to say there’s anything that surprised me," DeFilippo said Wednesday. "I think there were some things that I thought he would need a little more work with it than he does. He’s further along from a seeing-the-field standpoint than I thought he would be. He’s further along from a playing speed standpoint than I thought he would be coming from the FCS level. Those are things that I guess you can say I’m pleasantly surprised with, but not shocked."

Should the Eagles trade for a running back? - BGN
Check out the latest episode of BGN Radio here. Eagles OTA practice observations, figuring out the depth chart, and much more.

Sam Bradford has been bad in OTAs according to everyone except the Eagles - SB Nation
Brandon Lee Gowton of SB Nation's Eagles blog, Bleeding Green Nation, recapped a rough day for Bradford on Tuesday that featured plenty of passes that were, or should have been, intercepted. That came one day after a report on Monday from Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media that said rookie Carson Wentz was ahead of Bradford in his mastery of Doug Pederson's playbook. But with most of the compliments from reporters going the way of Wentz, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich was quick to point out that Bradford has been spectacular ... wait, what?

Malcolm Jenkins working toward capitalizing more on big-play opportunities - PhillyVoice
"That's one of the things I want to improve on," said Jenkins. "The biggest thing on the list of things that I want to get better at is taking advantage of those opportunities. I really felt like to a point that I've got a really good grasp on the defense, and what offenses are trying to do, and putting myself in those positions to make plays. So I've been doing extra catching, different ball drills, all that stuff. "There was more of an emphasis of that this year than any other year... It's probably my main focus this year."

Eagles' quarterback plan is a stroke of genius - CSN Philly
Yes, the Eagles spent a ton, both in terms of money and draft picks (and talent) to trade up. But if a team only goes as far as its quarterback takes it in the NFL, as is so often said, the money and picks are moot until said quarterback is identified. This way, the club has covered all of its bases. They have a starter in place who has all the physical tools and, in theory anyway, gives the team a chance to win this season and next. They have a blue-chip rookie who within a year or two could be ready to takeover the reins and lead the franchise for the next decade. They have a dedicated, intelligent backup who can help his teammates learn the system and maybe even make a spot start or two.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Unanswered Questions - Birds 24/7
Sticking with the offensive line, I’d like to talk to Gardner about where he’s been practicing. I may be the only one on the Gardner bandwagon, but based off his play during the beginning of last season, I’m surprised he’s not mentioned more as a candidate to start at left guard. However, it’s unclear how the coaches view him. During the Eagles’ first OTA, he was working as the third-string left tackle. You shouldn’t put too much stock into the depth chart at this point in the offseason, particularly off only one practice, but I’m curious if that’s been the trend for Gardner at practices that haven’t been open to the media. Unless Isaac Seumalo or Stefen Wisniewski are particualrly impressive throughout training camp, Gardner is my dark horse candidate to overtake Barbre if the job can be wrestled away.

Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz struggle on final day of Eagles practice -
Rookie defensive back Jalen Mills had a solid day of practice -- at least until the very end. Early on Mills did a nice job in coverage, batting away two passes thrown his way, and running stride for stride with his man down the field on a deep pass that he knocked away. Mills played safety in college but the team has been using him as a cornerback so far, and he has looked very comfortable in his new role. Mills' day didn't end on a high note, however, as he was beat deep on a touchdown pass from Daniel to Givens.

New Eagles' O-lineman takes to fans, cheesesteaks - Delaware Online
“I look at Philly as home, so I try to get out into the community, try different stuff, really try to immerse myself in the culture,” Brooks said. “I’ve been all over. It’s been fun.” And yes, Brooks gets recognized often. After all, it’s hard to miss a 6-foot-5, 335-pound behemoth walking down the streets of Philadelphia or at Citizens Bank Park for a Phillies game or at a center city diner or South Jersey beach spot. He’ll often ask for suggestions on Twitter for places to visit or restaurants to eat at. That includes cheesesteak recommendations. “Fans will come up to me, they’ll shake my hand and say, ‘Welcome to Philly.’ I get that a lot,” Brooks said.

Can Allen Barbre Retain His Starting Job? -
"I like that. I came here to be a starter. If I get a shot to do that at left guard, that would be great," Wisniewski said. "I've played left guard before, my whole rookie year, and all through college I started there. I've done it before and I feel I could be a very good guard for this team." Barbre is entering his ninth NFL season, but became a full-time starter for the first time in his career in 2015. Prior to last year, he had started a total of eight games. He doesn't have plans on giving up the job he's worked so long to attain.

Five teams wrap up offseason programs next week - PFT
Teams across the NFL are entering the final phase of their offseason programs and prepping for summer vacation. Next week, seven NFL teams will hold their mandatory minicamps from June 7-9. The rest of the league has mandatory minicamps scheduled for June 14-16. Set to wrap things up for the spring next week are the Cardinals, Browns, Eagles, Colts and 49ers.

A Process You Can Trust - The Ringer
Five years after the Phillies fell apart, two GMs and a host of talented newcomers are putting the team back together again

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