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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/15/16.

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Mike Mayock: Eagles' Carson Wentz has to play this year -
Mayock, a guest on Sports Radio 94 WIP on Thursday with hosts Glen Macnow and Ray Didinger, thinks Wentz has to get on the field in 2016. "The way I look at it is this: As soon as Carson Wentz is ready to play—whether it's Week 1, Week 5, Week 11 or next year—I think he's going to play," Mayock said. "I think it's important that he gets some snaps this year. I'm bullish on this kid. But he only threw the ball 612 times, if I remember correctly, in his career. The kid from Cal threw it 1,000 more times. The kid from Cal has 1,000 more live reps at a higher level, so you kind of put that in perspective a little bit. But I think when Carson Wentz is ready to play, they've got to play him."

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Alex McCalister - PhillyVoice
At Florida, McCalister was able to get to opposing quarterbacks with his size and athleticism, however, he lacked an impressive repertoire of pass-rush moves. Additionally, he didn't often finish tackles strongly, he was often slow to recognize fakes, and at 240 pounds he was easily moved in the run game. In the pros, McCalister is going to be a situational pass rusher only, unless he can improve the rest of his game drastically. A player that makes sense as a comp to McCalister is Chicago Bears edge rusher Willie Young, who also played under Jim Schwartz in Detroit. Like McCalister, Young was a seventh-round pick, when Schwartz's Lions took him 213th overall in the 2010 NFL draft.

Factoring in Factors - Iggles Blitz
There really are a lot of factors to consider when evaluating a player. Scheme, fit, age, health, money, teammates, family, coaching staff are just some of the things to keep in mind when evaluating performance. Some things you know, some you don’t. Remember Sam Rayburn (the DT, not the politician)? He was a UDFA that showed a ton of promise and at one point he was a key piece of the trade for TO. The Niners really wanted him and the Eagles weren’t about to let him go. Rayburn had 6 sacks in 2004 and was really impressive. But then he got hurt and became addicted to painkillers. The injury didn’t take him off the field, but it greatly affected his performance and the drugs changed his life from a dream to a nightmare.

Eagles Depth Chart Analysis: Cornerback - Birds 24/7
This is the most interesting position battle the Eagles will have during training camp. I could’ve configured the projected starters list several different ways, and none of them would have been much more valid than the others. It’s impossible to say at this time who will play, or even who will make the roster, but it’s something we’ll follow very closely once camp commences. Based off the rave reviews from Doug Pederson and his teammates, McKelvin seems to be in the best position to earn a starting job. He clearly benefited during OTAs and minicamp from his experience under Jim Schwartz two seasons ago in Buffalo, and he’ll continue to do so as others play catch-up. Brooks is in a similar boat, as a big reason he probably worked with the starters this spring was because of his experience in Schwartz’s system.

Eagles Better or Worse 2016: Safeties - CSN Philly
Here's a statistic for you. Over the past three seasons, there are only two safeties in the NFL with at least 184 solo tackles, 18 pass breakups, five interceptions and seven forced fumbles. One is McLeod. The other is Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Earl Thomas. Thomas actually has a lot more tackles, pass defenses and picks during that span, so nobody is suggesting McLeod is quite on his level. Of course, there aren't many people who are either. Any way you look at it, there aren't a lot of safeties in the league who have made more plays than McLeod, who also boasts six fumble recoveries to his name during that span. Pair that nose for the football with Jenkins, who himself has 154 solo tackles, 25 pass breakups, five interceptions and four forced fumbles in the past two years alone, and you've got one dangerous combination.

Card tricks not the only magic in Dorenbos story - Daily News
That's what really hit you during his second appearance on America's Got Talent Tuesday night. Not that judges like Heidi Klum or Simon Cowell were again blown away by a card trick. Not that Dorenbos seemed so nerve-free, so smooth and at ease as he wooed and wowed the celebrity judges and an audience transfixed on those consistent hands of his. No, what really hit you was his shoutout before all that to someone he called "My mother, my aunt,'' - a reminder that the very idea that Dorenbos and his sister, Krissy, are doing anything positive at all is his greatest act of mysticism, the greatest magic of all.

Training Camp Preview: Running Back -
Kenjon Barner may be the biggest enigma in the Eagles’ backfield. One of the greatest rushers in the history of the University of Oregon, Barner was acquired in a trade with Carolina before the 2014 season. After being waived-injured at the end of camp, he re-signed with the Eagles’ practice squad in November of that year. During last year’s preseason, Barner put on an incredible display on both offense and special teams, earning a spot on the 53-man roster. Though he wasn’t part of the gameday 46-man roster for most of the season’s first half, he came on nicely down the stretch, including a fine performance against New England when he played 20 percent of the offensive snaps. Barner returned this offseason in the best shape of his playing career, adding a noticeable amount of muscle in his upper body, and he could just be one of the biggest sleepers on the Eagles’ roster.

Report: Nelson Agholor won’t face charges - PFT
Even if Agholor isn’t charged, he could still face scrutiny from the NFL under the Personal Conduct Policy, which was beefed up in 2014 to disregard the outcome of the criminal justice system and to investigate allegations against a player under the much lower proof standard of "more likely than not." Agholor also could be sued in civil court, which uses the same standard that the league uses in its investigations.

State Your Case: Ricky Watters - Talk of Fame
Watters was a workhorse as well as a show horse, carrying the ball more than 300 times in four seasons, including a shoulder-numbing 353 for the Eagles in 1996, He had over 300 carries in back-to-back seasons with the Seahawks in 1998-99, while also making 467 career receptions for 4,248 more yards and 13 touchdowns. Today, 15 years after retiring, Watters still stands 23rd on the all-time rushing list, and his 2,622 carries are 20th. Clearly he is a back who showed up on time at all times. Yet his name never shows up when potential Hall-of-Fame running backs are mentioned. Why not? Four words. Or so it seems.

Game on! ‘Tecmo Bowl,’ ‘Punch-Out’ return with new Nintendo mini-NES - SB Nation
Nintendo announced the new system, which will be available in November, will come pre-loaded with 30 classic NES games.

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