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Eagles News: Doug Pederson is earning praise for his leadership and ability to connect with players

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Doug Pederson's leadership style resonating with Eagles -
More important, given the fractious nature of Kelly's departure -- and Lurie's decision to dismiss the once lionized coach with a week remaining in the 2016 regular season -- Pederson is garnering favorable comparisons to his predecessor. Though Lurie and Roseman each made a point of refraining from directly criticizing Kelly, both cited Pederson's ability to relate to players -- Kelly's most glaring shortcoming -- as a huge positive. "He's just a very genuine communicator," Lurie said of Pederson. "He communicates in a very direct, strong and personable way, with players and coaches. He says what he means. He's a good listener. And he's very comfortable in his own skin. That's what allows him to be genuine, and it allows people around him to be who they are. "And whatever happens, happens. There's no preexisting agenda. It's about him maximizing the skills of those around him, and at the same time trusting and relying on those around him."

Pederson doesn't care why Cox, Sproles missed Eagles OTAs – and neither should you - PhillyVoice
Put it this way: Imagine if, despite the fact that your employment was not guaranteed beyond this year, you're boss asked you to come in on your day off, put in a full day's work and not get paid. You'd probably laugh in his face, right? At the very least, you wouldn't want to feel pressured into explaining why you won't be there. That, in a sense, is what we're talking about here. And wouldn't you like it if your boss handled in the way Cox's did?

Look for Eagles' Sproles to be busier this season - Daily News
Pederson said on Tuesday that Sproles will be "a big part of what we do offensively" this season, which is an interesting comment given Sproles' age and his disappointing receiving numbers the last two seasons. But he believes Sproles, who takes excellent care of himself, still has a lot left to give, at least as a receiver if not a runner. Sproles had 83 rushing attempts last season, the third-heaviest ball-carrying load of his career. He averaged just 3.8 yards per attempt.

'Laid-back' Rueben Randle: 'I was just judged wrong and read wrong' with Giants - CSN Philly
It was an "unfortunate situation" that led to him waiting for a contract offer that never came. Instead, he signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in late March. Unfortunate how? "Miscommunication as to what was going on," Randle said Tuesday before the first day of mandatory OTAs. "I guess they didn’t like some things, my demeanor and things like that. I was just judged wrong and read wrong. I gotta be better about it. Learn from mistakes in the past and try to move forward here." The demeanor, his "laid-back" personality, he says led others to feel he wasn’t fully invested, that he was sort of "out of it."

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Jordan Matthews’ Role - Birds 24/7
As for the two outside receivers, I’d project Nelson Agholor and Rueben Randle right now — it’s hard to be impressed with Josh Huff after all of his drops during the open OTAs — with Jordan Matthews in the slot. After saying several times he was looking forward to seeing Matthews on the outside earlier in the spring, Pederson acknowledged on Friday that the 23-year-old is best in the slot. "He’s better inside because he’s got that big body and he knows how to use it in space," Pederson said. "One thing that 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."

Stories In Every Corner Of Locker Room -
Each player took his own path to get to this point and each has his own story to tell. With the Eagles in full mandatory minicamp mode, the locker room is alive with hope and optimism and energy and, yes, a lot of different stories to hear ...

Pederson: Peters in a great spot physically - The Intell
Jason Peters has, so far, taken the silent approach. He seems to be adopting the philosophy that he will do his talking on the field, since he has yet to set foot into the locker room to talk with reporters since the Eagles began their offseason workout program on April 4. Tuesday was no different for the Pro Bowl left tackle as the Birds opened a three-day mandatory minicamp. That left coach Doug Pederson to talk about Peters. "I think Jason Peters is in a great spot physically right now," Pederson said. "His energy level is up. He's excited. He loves football. He's excited to be here every day and he's doing a great job. And really, he's on track."

These 7 NFL rookie running backs are flying under the radar but won't be for long - SB Nation
The Eagles did a lot to clear up their backfield logjam by trading away DeMarco Murray, but things are still unsettled behind Ryan Mathews (who has recurring injury issues). Darren Sproles is an eternal scatback who turns 33 later in June, while Kenjon Barner has done little to impress in his three-year NFL career. So the Eagles needed some new blood in the draft, and they found it with West Virginia's Smallwood, who led the Big 12 in rushing yards in his junior year. He has workhorse credentials, carrying the ball 425 times in 2015, and has impressive burst, blasting into the open field at the first sign of a hole.

Report: Brandon Boykin may have career-threatening hip issue - PFT
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a potentially career-threatening hip injury could be the issue at hand. In a chat where he answered questions from readers, Bouchette wrote he’d heard Boykin had a hip problems that "might end his career."

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