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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/22/16.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Stoutland On State Of the Offensive Line - Birds 24/7
While the unit appears to be in much better shape overall, so much hinges on whether the 34-year-old Jason Peters can stay on the field and play at a high level. Stoutland was asked if Peters is still an elite left tackle in the NFL. "Yes he is. I say that with a lot of confidence," Stoutland responded. "Jason was a little banged up last year but fought through it all but really wasn’t  himself. He’s back to being extremely healthy and in great shape and had a really good spring."

The Eagles are no longer 'bigger people' - PhillyVoice
Way back at the 2013 NFL Owner's Meetings, before he ever coached a pro game, Chip Kelly sat with reporters for an hour and talked about his philosophies. One of the gold mine quotes to come out of that session was "Bigger people beat up little people." The full quote was actually, "We want taller, longer people because bigger people beat up little people," via Les Bowen of the Daily News. Kelly was true to his word. Over his three year reign as the Eagles' head coach, the Eagles acquired taller, longer players, until they were eventually the tallest team in the NFL in 2015, according to Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation.

Hope For Doug - Iggles Blitz
Life is so much easier when you have the benefit of hindsight. I was not excited when the Eagles hired Andy Reid back in 1999. I was open-minded about him and definitely curious, but not excited at all. On the other hand, I was ecstatic when the Eagles lured Chip Kelly away from Oregon. Big Red did a great job and got the Eagles to the Super Bowl. Chip got the Eagles to the wild card round in his first year, but went backwards after that. There is no debate about who the better coach is/was. So what do we make of Doug Pederson? To me, he’s the biggest mystery on the Eagles. Seems like a genuinely nice guy. Good assistant coach. But is he the guy you want running your NFL franchise? I go back and forth on that issue.

Ultra-competitive Wentz will walk fine line when Eagles camp begins - Inquirer
C.J. Smith sat in the North Dakota State locker room when Carson Wentz walked in and passionately addressed the team last October. The Bison had just been beaten at home by South Dakota and the players quietly took off their gear the way players do when they lose a game they otherwise had no business losing. Wentz broke the silence. The quarterback and captain called out the team for being ill-prepared, for lacking energy at the start, and for failing to respond as the Coyotes mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, according to Smith.

Eagles players meet with police to seek solutions - 6ABC
With the recent tensions between police departments and communities, some professional athletes here in Philadelphia are stepping in to help. Some Philadelphia Eagles players met with police Commissioner Richard Ross to talk about solutions on Thursday. Also in the meeting were other pro athletes who are Philadelphia natives. Together, they were discussing ways to improve relations between police and communities of color.

Which young Eagles linebacker can make an impact in 2016? -
To say the Eagles' linebackers are somewhat injury prone might be a fair assessment. The team didn't draft a linebacker until the seventh-round when they took Joe Walker, an intriguing prospect from Oregon. They signed two more rookies just after the draft in Rutgers' Quentin Gause and Incarnate Wood's Myke Tavarres. Of Walker, Gause and Tavarres at least one will likely make the roster and maybe two. If the injury bug continues to the top four at the position they may have to play as well.

Eagles Better or Worse 2016: Wide Receivers - CSN Philly
Time will tell how much Matthews lines up outside the numbers, but all indications so far are he'll continue to see plenty of work in the slot. That certainly isn't a bad thing, as only a handful of receivers in NFL history have enjoyed a more productive first two years in the league. If anything, Matthews is underrated in this town after racking up 152 receptions, 1,869 yards and 16 touchdowns already. He came up just three yards shy of 1,000 last season. There's a good possibility Matthews hasn't even peaked yet, and we could easily make a case for why he'll be even better in 2016. Until we see his usage, however, it's difficult to say by how much. As long as the Eagles view him primarily a slot receiver, his numbers might not climb a whole lot higher. At worst, Matthews is going to be the same player he's been — minus a few drops hopefully — which, again, is far from a knock.

Vault: Jim Johnson Mic'd Up -
Check out what former Eagles' defensive coordinator Jim Johnson had to say when mic'd up during a 2007 season practice ...

Snoop Dogg proves why he needs to be NFL analyst - SB Nation
Snoop Dogg was in Canada last week for a concert, and during his trip he took in the sights. That included watching at least part of a Canadian Football League game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Montreal Alouettes. The CFL is football, but it's certainly a bit different than what most Americans are used to. Snoop among them.

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