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Yards Created: 2016 Rookies - Rotoworld
The Eagles’ 5th round pick Wendell Smallwood is a quiet winner per Yards Created. He finished third in the class on a per attempt basis (5.30 yards) while leading the class in inside attempt percentage (81.0). Granted, West Virginia tied Ohio State for the most Yards Blocked per attempt (1.34) in the class, Smallwood is explosive behind his 5-10, 208 pound frame. The West Virginia product finished third in the class in Yards Created on inside attempts (5.30), a little more than half a yard above the class average (4.77). Smallwood is currently in line to spell Ryan Mathews -- but should he find more work -- he theoretically fits very well in new Eagles’ coach Doug Pederson’s offense. Pederson is an Andy Reid disciple, whose quasi-West Coast offense is predicated on inside-zone rushing.

Eagles training camp preview 2016 - BGN Radio
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Eagles 2016 training camp preview: Cornerbacks - PhillyVoice
In 2014, in his only season with Schwartz, McKelvin was really good. After the first seven weeks of the 2014 season, McKelvin had four interceptions, which led the NFL. He was playing at a Pro Bowl level. Unfortunately, that season was cut short when he fractured his ankle in the Bills' 10th game and he was done for the season. Now 30 (he'll turn 31 before the 2016 season begins), McKelvin will get his second chance to play for Schwartz on his second team with the Eagles. McKelvin was an under-the-radar free agency signing before the NFL's free agency period began, as the Eagles quickly inked him to a two-year deal worth $6.2 million four days after the Bills released him.

Doug Pederson: The great unknown - Inquirer
"You're only allowed two channels on your headset, so if you're a head coach and you have offense, defense, quarterback, you have one that's got to go," Pederson said. "So you can't go directly to the quarterback if you have offense, defense. You have to go through someone to get it, or you just turn it over to your coordinator and let him call it." But two former NFL coaches, who requested anonymity, said that head coaches can have all three channels, and in fact, most do. Pederson is simply following the template set by Reid, which he, in turn, took from Mike Holmgren.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Doug Pederson Leftovers - Birds 24/7
Pederson believes the Eagles are a better team this year than what Reid inherited in his first season. "I think back then there was sort of a weeding out process of that roster. Some of the guys ended up leaving the team. I have said this before this year and I feel this way, this team today is better than that team. I just think that we’re in a better position.

Doug Pederson giving Jim Schwartz near full autonomy over defense - CSN Philly
This defense is all Jim Schwartz’s. "I mean, he’s the professional on that side," Pederson said. "My expertise is on offense. His is over there on defense. Whether I have suggestions or not, it’s our defense, but at the same time, he’s the master. He’s done it for a hundred years. And it’s proven. Just like the offense that I’ve been in is proven. I wouldn’t expect him to come over on the offensive side and make suggestions, whether it be on personnel or plays or play-calling or any of that. So I just leave that up to him."

Training camp preview: Eagles beginning new era - NFL.com
Agholor made some spectacular plays as a rookie during last year's preseason, leading us to believe that Kelly finally had found the embodiment of his offense in the USC wide receiver. In the regular season, that led to 23 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown. There is no denying Agholor's talent, but there is a question as to how he'll fit in with a more practical NFL-style offense under his second head coach. As a subplot, it will be important to watch how often and where the Eagles float Rueben Randle with the starting offense. Randle was taken as a low-cost flier in free agency despite some heavy production with the NFC East-rival Giants over the course of his rookie contract. A shifting playbook and a demanding quarterback stunted Randle's growth with the Giants, but he is a strong, NFL-conditioned body who could compete for snaps early.

Welcome to The Site! - Nolan Carroll's blog
Eagles Fans! If there is one thing that’s clear, it is the fact that you guys are the BEST fans in the NFL, and I couldn’t be more proud to call Philadelphia my home. You guys have always been there to support this team through thick and thin, which is one of many things I truly appreciate about you. One thing I have always had a passion toward is developing more of a personal relationship with all of our fans. After all, if it weren’t for you guys, this game would not be near as fun.

NFL QB Michael Vick looking for a job – with a contender - The Charlotte Observer
"I’m going to continue to stay optimistic about my 2016 season and try to enjoy it," Vick said. "I wouldn’t say that I would go to any of the 32 teams. At this point in my career I would love to play for a contender. If anything, you’ve just got to be willing to make a contribution. In the NFL, that’s what it’s all about."

Former Vikings, Cardinals coach Dennis Green dies at age 67 - SB Nation
Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green died on Friday at age 67 after suffering cardiac arrest, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Green had a brief playing career in the Canadian Football League after three years at halfback for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He then got into coaching and didn't take long to rise through the ranks and get his first head coaching job at Northwestern at age 31, where he was named 1982 Big Ten Coach of the Year. He also coached at Stanford, taking the Cardinals to a rare bowl appearance before he was hired by the Vikings as head coach in 1992.

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