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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/10/16.

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Chinese government approves Ron Jaworski, Dick Vermeil-backed football league - Sporting News
American football is coming to China. Former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski and coach Dick Vermeil are part of a group that is launching the China Arena Football League (CAFL) in October. The new league has the approval of the Chinese government. "This will be China's first ever professional league of American-style football, played by the best players in the world," said David Niu, president of AFL Global, the founding corporation headquartered in Conshohocken, Pa.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Isaac Seumalo - PhillyVoice
Seumalo's primary position at Oregon State was at center, where he started since he was a freshman. In his sophomore season (2013), he moved to RT for two games after Oregon State suffered injuries along their offensive line. He broke his foot at the end of the 2013 season, which cost him the entire 2014 season. In 2015, Seumalo played RG and LT. He is a unique player who can play all five spots along the offensive line. A player with a similar college background was former Miami Dolphins 2007 second-round pick (60th overall) Samson Satele. At Hawaii, Satele's primary position was at center, but he also had extensive experience at LG and LT.

A Learning Year - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles can compete for the NFC East title this year, but that’s a combination of a solid roster and a bad division. It doesn’t mean the Eagles are on the verge of something special. The 2016 season should be a mixture of trying to win and trying to find out if the young guys can play. So why not Carson Wentz? Notice I said "young guys" and not rookies. The only rookie I have in the lineup is LG Isaac Seumalo. The rest of the young guys are second and third year players. They have potential, but also question marks. One thing to keep in mind is that I’m not saying the coaches should just give those jobs to young players. I’m assuming those players will win their position battles or at least be close. If Allen Barbre is a little bit better than Seumalo, is it worth putting the guy in his 30’s on the field over the rookie who has a lot more potential?

Fran Duffy’s RSP Writers Project: "The Ultimate Weapon" - Matt Waldman RSP
The Eagles’ producer had several great options for his one player-one play. His choice? The Ultimate Weapon’s 95-yard touchdown versus the Bills.

NFC East Q&A: Which teams would trade their QB straight up for Eli Manning? - ESPN
This is a bit of a trick question when it comes to the Eagles. Would they trade Sam Bradford for Manning? They just might. Manning has two Super Bowl rings and would be a terrific guy to run the offense and help first-round pick Carson Wentz learn the ropes. Manning’s age -- he’s 35 -- wouldn’t be an issue because the Eagles would be looking for him to yield the floor to Wentz in a year or so. If the question is whether the Eagles would trade Wentz for Manning, the answer is: heck no. The whole point here was to acquire a young quarterback with the potential to be a franchise player as Manning and Romo (and other star NFL quarterbacks in their age range) are on the way out.

5 Eagles most likely to be traded - NJ.com
Ryan Mathews: Like Sproles, Mathews is one of four running backs that seem to have a great shot of making the team. The issue for Mathews is that the other two -- Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner -- are much younger, and have far less miles on them. If Barner and Smallwood shine during training camp, and the Eagles want to keep four running backs, the team could see what they might be able to get for the veteran back.

Don't shame black athletes who speak out about police violence. Listen to them. - SB Nation
In the span of 48 hours this week, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, suffered the most dreaded fate a black person in contemporary America can: They became trending topics. Both were killed by police officers in their respective municipalities for menial things, a broken taillight and selling CDs outside of a store. The nation witnessed both shootings via viral videos shared on social media. Yet in the aftermath of the shooting, another common occurrence began. Black athletes and athletes of color shared their remorse for the fallen and called for justice. This was met with immediate backlash by people who claimed fandom of different franchises.

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