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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/11/16.

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The Count - Iggles Blitz
I also like the fact Countess is aggressive, but plays under control. It can be fun to watch a defender fly around the field at 100 mph, but that is also very dangerous. Safeties are at their best when diagnosing the play and then attacking. Countess does a good job of that. Countess should be a good fit at Safety in the Eagles scheme under Jim Schwartz. Fran Duffy and Greg Cosell took at look at how he would fit in a couple of plays. I think the Eagles got very lucky that Countess lasted to the 6th round. I’m not putting him into the Hall of Fame quite yet, but I do believe he can be a good backup and role player. I think he has the potential to develop into a starter.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Wendell Smallwood - PhillyVoice
The player I like as a good comp to Smallwood is the Browns' Duke Johnson. First, let's take a look at their measurables. Smallwood and Johnson have very similar body types on paper, but Smallwood is a little faster, according to their 10- and 40-yard dash times. As runners, Smallwood and Johnson had similar numbers in their final season in college.

Lawlor: Don't Sleep On This Position Group -
With the Eagles’ shift back to a 4-3 defense, most of the focus has been on the defensive line. The Eagles are stacked up front with physical, athletic players who should make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks and runners. The new scheme will also mean big changes for the linebackers. The Eagles have good potential at linebacker, but there are also questions to be answered. Let's start with the good news. The Eagles do have talented players. Mychal Kendricks, projected to start on the weak side, is a former second-round pick. He has started all four years that he's been in the NFL and has proven to be a productive playmaker. Kendricks has 12 sacks, six forced fumbles and three interceptions. Jordan Hicks will start in the middle. He was a third-round pick in 2015 and was on the way to a great rookie season when he got injured. Nigel Bradham was an early fourth-round pick of the Bills back in 2012. He started three of four seasons for them. The Eagles signed him in free agency to play the strongside position.

Eagles' group impresses trainer in San Diego - Daily News
"He's hungry to get better . . . he certainly has the grit of what it takes to be a great quarterback," Durkin said of Wentz. "Obviously, I'm in an environment here where he's not under center, getting rushed, but from the intangibles that I see, the things I look for as a leader from a quarterback and from the physical presence, from the strength and the footwork, I certainly think he has a lot of the characteristics and makings of what could be a very good quarterback . . . I like the energy he carried himself with, and his presence.

Guessing the Eagles' depth chart at wide receiver -
The Eagles desperately want Agholor to step up and win the second starting receiver job. So far, he hasn't come anywhere close. Agholor had a terrible rookie season, and the issues with drops that plagued him last year continued into OTAs. Throw in the fact that Agholor, at the very least, put himself into a situation he shouldn't have gotten himself into last month at a Philadelphia strip club, and it's hard to feel optimistic about him going into his second season.

NFC East Roundup: Redskins, Kirk Cousins Fine With Waiting - Birds 24/7
Let’s take a spin around the NFC East to see what’s going on with the rest of the division. In Washington, the Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins are okay with waiting on a long-term contract, as Rick Snider of the Washington Post writes.

Where things stand with the NFL’s franchise tagged players for 2016 - SB Nation
Jay Gruden’s decision to name Kirk Cousins the starter prior to the 2015 season was mocked by many, but he had the last laugh after the fourth-year quarterback led the NFL in completion percentage and helped Washington to an NFC East title. There’s no doubt the team doesn’t want to let Cousins play anywhere else and feels it has found a franchise quarterback. Still, dishing out a blockbuster deal to a player with just one year as a full-time starter is dangerous. A deal was tough to get done after the season and keeping him in DC with the franchise tag was the most obvious move of the offseason for Washington.

An Injury-Prone Journeyman on How to Survive in Football - The MMQB
Lions guard Geoff Schwartz is guest columnist this week and describes how he’s stuck around through five teams and nine seasons (and still counting). Plus thoughts on player arrests, contracts and social media

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