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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/21/16.

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Pederson On the Importance Of Playing Experience - Birds 24/7
Pederson explained how his playing days helped him as a coach in Kansas City with Alex Smith because he could "see certain things." He also touched on how the importance of emotional intelligence has evolved in the NFL over the years, pointing to his early interactions with players during the spring. I get more and more either text messages or guys just coming and wanting to say, ‘Hey!’ and talk and hit me up at practice about certain things," Pederson said. "So it gets me to think about what the players are really kind of into and what they’re thinking about. And I think, too, that you have to listen to the players. I mean, you have to listen to them. They’re the ones out there, they’re the ones playing, they’re the ones out there grinding every day, and if you’re not listening to the players, I think you’re just kind of stalemating yourself."

Eagles 2016 training camp preview: Wide receivers - PhillyVoice
Coming out of high school, Agholor was's 18th-highest rated recruit in the nation. His freshman season at USC, he produced just 19 catches for 340 yards and 2 TDs. In his sophomore season, he had 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 TDs. It wasn't until his junior season that Agholor broke out with a season in which he caught 104 passes for 1313 yards and 12 TDs. In his last seven games (#LastSevenGames) that season, he had 62 catches for 908 yards and 8 TDs. In other words, maybe Agholor is a player who just needs some time to adapt to new surroundings before he'll realize his potential? That's certainly a more optimistic view than, "He's just not good."

Doug Pederson following plan that didn't exactly work the first time - ESPN
It has been obvious for months that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is following the blueprint his mentor, Andy Reid, used when he became coach of the team in 1999. Reid signed a veteran backup quarterback from Green Bay -- it was Pederson, of course -- as a free agent. Then he used the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft on a quarterback. Pederson’s job was to run the offense and help Donovan McNabb prepare to take over as the starter. Here’s the thing about Reid’s plan: It didn’t work, at least not exactly the way Reid planned for it to work.

Will the Eagles Really Bench Carson Wentz for the Whole Season? - The Ringer
While giving Wentz a redshirt season makes sense in theory, there’s a fine line between patience and procrastination, and Pederson seems to be leaning perilously toward the latter. Revealing this plan in July ignores the realities of the NFL in general and Philadelphia in particular, where success is expected — nay, demanded — immediately. Head-coaching tenures are shorter than ever, and quarterbacks drafted at the top of the first round are rarely given much time to demonstrate a sufficient return on investment. Maybe the Eagles will prove to be an exception, but as Sam Hinkie can attest, Philly fans aren’t a particularly patient bunch. This isn’t Jacksonville, where Jaguars owner Shahid Khan can grant head man Gus Bradley and quarterback Blake Bortles unusually long leashes. If Pederson is already beseeching Eagles fans to blindly trust his process, we know how this story is going to end.

Eagles position preview: Left guard - Inquirer
The rest: Pederson made sure to include Bunche in pre-spring talk of the left guard competition, but the undrafted free agent missed most of the workouts with a back injury and could be swimming upstream this summer. Tobin started in 13 games at right guard last year, but he was often overpowered. Could more bulk improve his chances? Gardner beat out Tobin but was lost for the year when he suffered a foot injury in Week 3. He spent most of the spring on the third team at right tackle.

Will Eagles' Fletcher Cox live up to his paycheck? -
So the Eagles' actual gamble is that Cox will become a player worth that kind of money, especially now that they are in a 4-3 defense, which seems better suited than the 3-4 he played in the past three years, for his skill set. "There's no question he'll be more effective inside in a 4-3,'' a scout for an Eagles' opponent said. "He did fine as a 3-4 end, but he's a 4-3 tackle. If you watch him, most of his big plays came when they went to a four-man (front).''

Eagles Better or Worse 2016: Linebackers - CSN Philly
Bradham quietly might be one of the best free-agent additions the Eagles made in the past year, which is saying something in an offseason that brought Rodney McLeod and Brandon Brooks to the party. The former fourth-round draft pick of the Bills may not seem like such a big deal when you look at his career stats, but the fact that he's a perfect fit in Jim Schwartz's scheme is what really stands out. 2014, Bradham's lone season with Schwartz as defensive coordinator, was by far the outside linebacker's best in the NFL with 104 tackles, 2.5 sacks, six pass breakups, an interception and two forced fumbles over 14 games. Those are pretty strong numbers, and he only turns 27 in September, so perhaps he's still just scratching the surface. At 6'2", 241 pounds with 4.6 speed, Bradham certainly has the tools to be a difference maker, and putting him back in the defense he was most comfortable is the smart way to try to unlock that potential.

Rookie Journey: Isaac Seumalo -
Third-round draft pick Isaac Seumalo is ready to begin his first season with the Eagles. However, his NFL career was briefly put on hold in the spring. He discusses what lies ahead on the Rookie Journey presented by AAA ...

Tony Romo wants to play until he's the oldest quarterback in NFL history - SB Nation
Romo wants to play for another 10 years, which would put him in record-breaking territory.

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