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Eagles News: Jordan Matthews ranks as one of the NFL's best slot receivers

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/20/16.

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The NFL’s best slot receivers -
No receiver has been more prolific in the slot over the last two years than Matthews, who was handed that role from Day 1 of his 2014 rookie season by then-coach Chip Kelly. He caught a league-leading 81 passes from the slot on 114 targets for 972 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015. It remains to be seen what the post-Kelly regime will do with him, though early returns indicate that head coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich see Matthews as an inside guy in more of a West Coast offense prototype. Matthews is smooth on the run, but not terribly quick, and he does tend to tackle too easily—an issue that goes back to his college days. But he will beat the occasional cornerback over the top, and he's got a nice sense for timing on the kinds of routes that bedevil linebackers and box safeties in the middle of the field. Most likely, he's going to be a leader in slot categories for a number of years, and in today's game, that's not a bad thing at all.

Eagles 2016 training camp preview: Quarterbacks - PhillyVoice
If you're a Sammy Sleeves supporter, soak up as much of him as you can now. If you're not, take solace in knowing that he'll soon be flipped into a draft pick as long as he doesn't tear another ACL or throw 20 INTs this season. At some point, Wentz will make the jump from QB3 to QB1, with Chase Daniel holding firm as QB2. It's only a matter of when.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Pederson And the Chain Of Command - Birds 24/7
No harm done, but it’s probably a good idea that the assistants’ comments more strongly support Pederson’s moving forward. This is a green first-year head coach attempting to assume authority over a group of 53, after all, and there’s no need to create tiny cracks from which doubt could spring. The dynamic between head coach and defensive coordinator in particular is perhaps one of the more underplayed story lines entering the 2016 season. Schwartz has been coaching in this league for 23 years. Pederson got started in 2009. Schwartz has NFL head coaching experience. Pederson does not. Schwartz has a big personality and a bit of an imposing presence. Pederson, while we’re still learning about him, comes off as more laid back.

NFL Exec: Eagles' Vinny Curry could be a star -
After all the roster moves and bold trades the Eagles made this offseason, one of their first decisions kind of gets overshadowed. Before the start of free agency the Eagles kept defensive end Vinny Curry off the market with a new five-year deal that guarantees the former Neptune High School standout $23 million. At the time it seemed like a lot of money for a player coming off a three-and-a-half sack season. "To me, that's the best move they made (in the offseason),'' an executive in personnel for another team said. "Going to a 4-3, you need a good right defensive end and that's what he is. I think he could be a star.''

Why Doug Pederson kept training camp in Philly - Inquirer
"It was presented to me. It was my decision," Pederson said. "After I was hired, and we sat down, and we started talking with [team president] Don Smolenski, and [owner Jeffrey] Lurie, and Howie [Roseman] and the guys. They said, ‘Listen, we’ll do whatever you want to do, and here’s what we’ve done in the past three years.’ So I sat down and I looked at it, and it’s not a bad situation. Why pack your office up and move? "I mean, listen, it’s OK. I enjoyed going away for the three weeks we were there. It was great. It was like summer camp. You’re sleeping in the dorms. But being able to come to your office every day and not have to pack it up and put it in a box, [saying] ‘I forgot that or I forgot this.’ That part makes it nice. You can come right in off the practice field and your film is ready to go. And the way the setup is here, it’s awesome."

Pederson grateful for learning under Reid, but wants to be own man - CSN Philly
Doug Pederson owes a lot to Andy Reid. Doug Pederson thinks very highly of Andy Reid. Doug Pederson learned a lot from Andy Reid.  Doug Pederson is not Andy Reid.  "I think it’s important," Pederson said about creating his own path and story. "I think it’s important that you can somewhat separate from that. He obviously laid a great foundation for me, not only as a player but as a coach. I think too now, I think this goes back to some of the things he shared with me leaving Kansas City, was the fact that, hey, you need to be you. You need to bring your thoughts and your ideas to the table."

NFL bold predictions: Going out on a limb with each NFC team -
Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz only sees the field in garbage time. Say what?! Fans think the Eagles' brass wants to get the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft -- given that Philly paid through the nose to select him -- on the field rather soon. But what if veteran quarterback Sam Bradford earns every stinking penny of the $22 million he's guaranteed? What if Philadelphia stays afloat in a division that most assuredly will be captured by a team with 10 wins (if not less)? The Eagles finish the regular season at home against the Cowboys, while the Giants will be in Washington in Week 17. It's very possible the NFC East will be decided then. Wentz will not be one of the QBs doing the deciding.

Bradford Set For His Best NFL Football -
Sam Bradford is the starting quarterback for the Eagles now, no matter how many times and in how many different ways the media ask the question. He emerged from the spring playing football that inspired his coaches to rave about his performance …

Why the NFLPA needs to keep fighting DeflateGate even if Tom Brady won't - SB Nation
The NFLPA indicated it will petition the Supreme Court without Tom Brady.

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