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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/14/16.

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NFC East Q&A: Ezekiel Elliott a rising star despite not playing a game yet - ESPN
Today's question: Who is the rising star in this division? - Dan Graziano, New York Giants reporter: I think I said Fletcher Cox last year and he just got paid, so just in case I'm a good luck charm, I want to be careful with this. But I'm going to go with the guy who lines up next to Cox on the Eagles' defensive line. I think Bennie Logan was a tremendous run defender last year, and the switch to Jim Schwartz's 4-3 could allow him to show more ability to generate pressure up the middle. If teams are committing extra attention to Cox, Logan could emerge as a defensive star in the division sooner rather than later.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Jalen Mills - PhillyVoice
One player who had similar circumstances as Mills coming out of college was former Eagles seventh-round pick Jordan Poyer, who is now a safety for the Cleveland Browns. Like Mills, Poyer was thought of at one time during his final season in college as a potential second- or third-round pick. However, off-the-field incidents and poor showings at the Combine hurt their respective draft stocks. Both players ended up being taken in the seventh round.

Updated NFL Schedule Strength - Yahoo
They are the only team in the NFL with just one road game in the schedule’s first four weeks and last four weeks. But from Weeks 5-13, the Eagles play just three home games and make multiple back-to-back road trips. Philadelphia is one of the teams most affected by using my proper Strength of Schedule method. Using prior-year opponent win percentage, the Eagles face the 7th easiest schedule. But that would assume the Cowboys are a 4-win team, the Giants are a 6-win team and the Packers lose Jordy Nelson in the preseason again. The reality is the Eagles' schedule sees a stretch between Weeks 7-13 which is the 2nd most difficult of any NFL team. The biggest edge for the Eagles is a close with three home games in four weeks vs the NFC East, but they need to do well enough early to make those games meaningful.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: OL Depth Chart Analysis - Birds 24/7
The Eagles weren’t shy about spending money this offseason on the offensive line in an attempt to counteract Chip Kelly’s years of neglect. Howie Roseman handed Lane Johnson a 5-year, $56.26 million extension, and he signed Brandon Brooks to a 5-year, $40 million deal in free agency. Meanwhile, Jason Peters is in the second season of his 4-year, $41.3 million extension, and Jason Kelce is in the second season of his 6-year, $37.5 million extension. The one position the Eagles don’t have a set starter at? Left guard. At the start of OTAs, Doug Pederson named Barbre the starter and said the job was his to lose, so I’ll pencil Barbre in there for now. However, he’ll be competing with multiple guys, including Wisniewski, who has made it very clear he signed with the Eagles to start this season, and Seumalo, the Eagles’ 2016 third-round pick.

NFL exec on Eagles' Nelson Agholor: He's their best receiver - NJ.com
"From strictly a talent standpoint, I still think he's their best (receiver),'' a personnel man for an Eagles' opponent told NJ Advance Media. He was granted anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly about other teams' players. "I'm not sure what happened there last year," he said. "It's not like he was dropping a lot of balls. From what I saw watching him, he had some trouble getting open, getting separation

Eagles Better or Worse 2016: Tight Ends - CSN Philly
Ertz finished 2015 on an absolute tear, setting an NFL record for tight ends over the final four weeks of a season with 35 receptions for 450 yards. Projected over a full 16 games, that would be 140 for 1,800 yards, which would be among the all-time best numbers for wide receivers, not to mention shred the history books at his own position. Obviously, something that insane isn't likely to happen, but Ertz definitely arrived last season. Some might argue it was a fluke, pointing to the fact that he managed just 40 catches for 403 yards over the other 11 games, or only two touchdowns all year. Others saw it as a breakthrough for a much ballyhooed second-round draft pick after missing essentially the entirety of training camp with a core muscle injury, forcing him to rehab while building a rapport with a new quarterback as the weeks progressed.

Rookie Journey: Blake Countess - PE.com
In the latest edition of the Rookie Journey presented by AAA, meet sixth-round draft pick Blake Countess, who's looking to make a name for himself in the Eagles' secondary ...

The Rise of ‘Y-Iso’ - The MMQB
A look at one of the fastest growing trends in NFL offenses, one that is allowing the league’s most talented tight ends to dominate.

Tom Brady's DeflateGate appeal is rejected, suspension stands - SB Nation
Tom Brady's legal Hail Mary has fallen incomplete. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday not to rehear his case, meaning the New England Patriots quarterback is still slated to miss the first four games of the upcoming season. The 2nd Circuit reinstated Brady's DeflateGate suspension in April by a 2-1 vote, overturning a federal judge's decision to vacate his ban.

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