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Eagles News: Jordan Matthews compares Josh Huff to De'Anthony Thomas

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Eagles WR Josh Huff looks to overcome underachiever tag in Year 3 - CSN Philly
When Matthews watches the Chiefs and sees hybrid running back-wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas, he sees a glimpse of what Huff can do. "When you go and watch Kansas City’s film, you start saying what guys match up with guys here and you look at De'Anthony Thomas, some of the things he was able to do, instant flash, instant dynamic playmaker, just got to get the ball in his hands," Matthews said. "I think Josh is that same type of player. He played running back coming into college, he can play wide receiver outside, slot, great at kick returns, very dynamic guy. We need him. Really pulling for him to continue to develop."

McKelvin looks like a fit for Schwartz's Eagles defense - Inquirer
"He's not the tallest guy around, but he can jump, he can play the ball in the air," Schwartz said. "Mentally and physically tough. I don't know if you see that just seeing his body shape. But he'll go throw his body around and hit. He was a first-round draft pick. He's played at a high level in this league."

Eagles RB Kenjon Barner receives praise from Doug Pederson but needs to be more consistent - PhillyVoice
While he showed a glimpse of playmaking ability against the Colts in August last season, Barner did not take full advantage of his opportunities in the regular season a year ago. On the 2015 season, Barner had 28 carries for 124 yards (a 4.4 average) and a long run of 19 yards. On paper that looks OK, but Barner had a multitude of mistakes in limited action. The biggest mistake was against the Patriots. The Eagles had a seven-point lead and the ball at the New England 28 with just over a minute to go. The Patriots had no timeouts and no hope. The one and only thing you cannot do in that situation is fumble ... and that's what Barner did.

Back to the 4-3 - Iggles Blitz
Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox both played in the 4-3 as rookies. It was a 1-gap, attacking defense similar to the one that Jim Schwartz will run this year. Cox had a great position coach in Jim Washburn, but only had him for part of the season. Kendricks had a solid LB coach in Mike Caldwell. Both Cox and Kendricks suffered due to the defensive coordinator shuffle. Juan Castillo wasn’t doing a great job at the beginning of the year, but things went awry when he was fired at the bye week. Todd Bowles took over the defense and tried to change the scheme to something he preferred. Making changes on the fly proved to be a bad idea and the whole defense just fell apart. Still we could see that Cox and Kendricks were talented players.

Jordan Matthews Sees A Different QB -
"Sam is a smart guy. I think people underestimate how really intelligent he is," Matthews said. "I tried to play him in some mind games when I went to go stay with him. I lost every single one and I went to Vanderbilt. ... He’s good at a lot. He’s good at everything. It’s weird. I was like, ‘You’re not going to be able to beat me in Scrabble,’ thinking I got him in the mind, but he’s a smart dude. He’s just very intelligent.

With Chase Daniel gone, Chiefs’ Alex Smith needs another sounding board - KC Star
"But I do think it’s very, very important that that comes back, that your backup is watching film with you. Because as soon as I’m stepping off the field here, you know, I’m asking, ‘Hey, what did you guys see on this, what did you guys see on that?’ I’m constantly bouncing things off of those guys, and it can’t always be coaches (helping me)." This is where Daniel, who was Smith’s No. 2 quarterback from 2013 to 2015, really shined. Over the last three years, Smith — both publicly and privately — repeatedly praised Daniel’s smarts and willingness to help him prepare each week, even though Daniel desperately wanted an opportunity to start. That’s the reason he left in free agency.

Are the Eagles running backs good enough? -
He could be the wild card in the mix. He's looked good in the spring practices, but there are no pads and no contact. Barner, 26, is listed at 5-foot-9, 195, which isn't ideal size for a featured back. He could be ideal as a No. 2 guy, but may be forced to be more because of circumstances. In limited use last season he carried 28 times for 124 yards and a decent 4.4 yards per carry. The 2013 sixth-round pick of the Panthers has yet to score his first NFL touchdown.

Sreaking down the Eagles' newly constructed team under Doug Pederson - Sporting News
Wentz has plenty of Alex Smith qualities, and may be the better option despite giving up so much experience to Bradford. They are both coming off injury-marred seasons, but there's no question Wentz is the more durable option. There's limited confidence in Bradford staying healthy and playing well. Pederson raving about Bradford as a leader and passer in early June is hard to buy as more than the company line, given Reich let out more uncertainty about QB earlier.

NFC East Roundup: Elliott’s Mentor In Dallas - Birds 24/7
Let’s take a spin around the NFC East to see what’s going on with the rest of the division.

Broncos CB Aqib Talib shot at Dallas club - SB Nation
Talib will be released from a Dallas hospital on Monday.

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