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Eagles News: Doug Pederson says Jordan Matthews is better in the slot than outside wide receiver

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/5/16.

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Eagles' Matthews seems destined to play the slot - Daily News
THIS WAS DOUG Pederson in March when asked about using wide receiver Jordan Matthews less in the slot and more on the outside: "I think he can play outside. I'm going to look at him outside as we go through this spring. With his skill set, I think he can play both (inside and outside)." This was Pederson Friday when asked the same question about Matthews: "Jordan, again, he's been good on the outside. (But) he's better inside, because he's got that big body and he knows how to sort of use it in space. "One thing he can do, particularly in tight areas, is separate from man-to-man type coverages. That's one thing we've seen (from him) this spring from the slot position. But again, he's a position-versatile guy that you can move around."

Eagles' OTA practice notes: Chase Daniel impresses - PhillyVoice
After watching the first four full team Eagles practices this offseason, I've been impressed so far with backup quarterback Chase Daniel. To begin, Daniel has a better arm than I thought he did, he has decent wheels, and he's easily the most vocal of the three Eagles quarterbacks. He had a particularly good day on Friday.

Five quarterbacks who thrived -- and five who stunk -- vs. the blitz in 2015 - ESPN
Sam Bradford: What’s interesting about Bradford is defenses had very little success sacking him when they blitzed. Opponents brought him down 2.1 percent of the time when sending pressure, the second-lowest number among all quarterbacks. The problem? Although Bradford got rid of the ball, he rarely did anything positive with it. Bradford completed 50 percent of his passes (second worst) against pressure. His 65.9 passer rating was ahead of only Foles, and Bradford’s 28.0 QBR ranked 32nd.

Eight NFL general managers under pressure to get results in 2016 -
6. Howie Roseman, Eagles: Everybody can grasp the meaning of the phrase "Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true." I know Roseman can. Once banished to the proverbial basement like that poor sap in Office Space, Roseman outlasted coach Chip Kelly’s three-year reign and now has full control over the whole show in Philly. Obviously the pressure is all on him now, and if rookie coach Doug Pederson bombs or the three-headed quarterback platoon of Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz doesn’t quite add up to success, there’s going to be some ’splaining to do. On the positive side, this is the NFC East. The road from 7–9 to division supremacy isn’t exactly a navigational nightmare.

Jordan Matthews ready to step up as Eagles' leader -
"I need to be the one encouraging the guys [on the receiving corps]," Matthews said following Friday's final OTA practice at the NovaCare Complex. "I need to make sure Nelson [Agholor] can come out and have a great second-year that I know he can have. I need to make sure Josh [Huff] continues working hard. I know Chris [Givens] is ready to breakout. I know Rueben [Randle] wants to be able to come in here in his one-year and show what he can do. At the same time, as much as I'm a leader, I'm the one really pushing those guys. I want all of them to have great years.

A Big Opportunity For Kenjon Barner -
"My job is to go out there, in whatever position they put me in, and make plays so they know that they can trust me wherever they put me," Barner said. "I get the feeling that I have to go out and compete, whether (coaches) say (the depth chart) is defined or it isn’t defined, I have to go out there and I have to compete." Barner returned to the Eagles this offseason visibly stronger than he was in the past. In fact, when receiver Josh Huff, who also played with Barner at Oregon, was asked what’s different about Barner this time around, he responded, "Well, he’s a lot bigger," without hesitation. If nothing else, it’s evident that the former sixth-round pick has put in the work this offseason toward becoming an every-down player.

CFL star Aaron Grymes trying to make NFL dreams reality with Eagles - CSN Philly
"Very tough," Grymes said Friday after Eagles OTAs wrapped up. "Growing up in the states, your dream is never to play in another league. It’s the NFL. So my whole college career, I feel like that’s what I worked for my whole life, and I have to go a different route. "But I’ve been through obstacles in my life and to me, this is just another one. Go do your time up there, mature and be ready when your time comes again. That’s what I’m trying to do now."

Positive Vibes for Bradford - Iggles Blitz
In the first 7 starts of 2015, Bradford only had one game with a QB rating of higher than 90. In 3 of those games, his rating was 66 or lower. You don’t have to be an analytics guru to know that’s bad. Bradford is healthy in June for the first time in a while. That’s helping him to practice, learn the offense and build some chemistry with his teammates. If Bradford can get his mental and emotional health to match his physical health, 2016 might be a good year for him.

Wake-Up Call: Daniel Says Eagles Ahead Of the Game - Birds 24/7
On the field, though, it’s been smoother sailing — at least as Chase Daniel views it from his perch. His first year in Kansas City coincided with Andy Reid‘s. Having seen both Year Ones up close, he’s concluded that the 2016 Eagles are "light years ahead" of where the Chiefs were at this stage of the game. "I think we are way further ahead now in terms of installing the offense, guys picking it up," he said. "It’s not an easy offense to learn — just point blank it’s not — so I think guys have really shown that they are studying at home, that they really care about what’s going on and they’re making plays out there, they really are."

The Pro Bowl is here to stay - SB Nation
Don't view the NFL's tinkering with the much-maligned exhibition contest as a sign that it's on its last legs.

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