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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/24/16.

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Weekend Reading: Ertz Learns From Nova Title Team - Birds 24/7
Elliot Harrison of originally predicted Carson Wentz would only see ‘garbage time’ in 2016. Now, he’s changed his bold prediction toward another player on offense. "How about Ryan Mathews: 1,000 yards guy. I know he’s been injured a lot. I know they said they’re gonna go to a committee. But this is a guy that had 1,200 yards for the Chargers, and at the end of the day, it’s great to go to a committee. But when you’re easily the best guy in that committee, what are you gonna do? You’re gonna give him the rock, right? Not to mention, being in a committee is not always a bad thing. It means that somebody like this who’s been injury prone has a better shot at staying healthy."

Bottoms Up - Iggles Blitz
Perry is another depth addition. The Eagles have a terrific pair of starting Safeties. Blake Countess looks like he could be a good backup. Chris Maragos is more of a STer than a DB. Ed Reynolds faces an uphill challenge. He is an inconsistent tackler in a scheme that requires DBs to be very good tacklers. There is room for another Safety to add to the mix. The Eagles will keep cycling players in and out, looking for those hidden gems that can help put a team over the top. Hitting on the 1st round picks and the big free agent signings is still the key to building a great team, but don’t overlook the value of the guys who come from other places. If you have the right personnel guys doing the looking and a good coaching staff to develop those players, they can be a big help.

Eagles 2016 training camp preview: Specialists - PhillyVoice
In the past, I used to look at all of Dorenbos' punt snaps each season. I'm less psychotic these days, so I've stopped doing that. There are some who think Dorenbos has never had a bad snap. They ware wrong. In fact, in 2012, Dorenbos had a really bad season. He was far better in 2013, and I can't recall anything particularly egregious in 2014 or 2015. Dorenbos has competition this season in John DePalma. I watched DePalma for a bit during OTAs and minicamp, and can say fairly confidently that Dorenbos' roster spot is safe ... unless, you know, Dorenbos' newfound celebrity goes to his head.

Longshot WR Rush In Hurry To Impress -
How Rush got here is an example of a young man who didn't give up when he had plenty of opportunities, and other options, to do so. Highly sought after as a high schooler, Rush was wanted just as much for his brains as his football ability. Offers came from Harvard and Cornell were considered before Rush accepted one from Tulane, where he majored in, and has since received his bachelor's degree in, neuroscience. Rush had a good career at Tulane, marred by a senior-season torn ACL in his seventh game that took him out of the NFL picture. Rush caught 99 passes and scored 12 touchdowns in the 45 games he played at Tulane and his 6-feet-3, 202-pound body had some scouts paying attention. But then there was the injury. Rush wasn't healthy enough to fully show his talents for teams ahead of the 2015 draft, so he spent the year rehabbing his injury and teaching at a prep school in Arkansas.

Eagles position preview: Wide receiver - Inquirer
The wild cards: The Eagles spent most of their offseason money at positions other than receiver, but they did sign Givens and Randle to bargain-basement deals. Both receivers produced to varying degrees at previous spots. Givens has big-play capabilities and history with quarterback Sam Bradford, but his catch rate in St. Louis and Tennessee was subpar. Randle nearly topped 1,000 yards two years ago, but the New York Giants weren't convinced that he was fully committed to his job and didn't bring him back. Both Givens and Randle flashed in the spring and should get a decent amount of time in the rotation. But if Agholor doesn't progress, either one could ascend to the No. 1 outside receiver spot.

5 Eagles with the most at stake during training camp - CSN Philly
Huff is a curious case. He’s super talented; he really is. He just hasn’t figured it out yet, and it’s fair to wonder if he ever will. He’s going into his third season and has just 35 catches in his first two years. There’s a chance he could win a starting job. Then again, there’s a chance he could lose his roster spot, though that’s probably much less likely. In Doug Pederson’s offense, receivers get moved around a lot, something Chip Kelly refused to do. I’d like to see Huff be given a chance to play in the slot. Obviously, Jordan Matthews has shined in that position, but if he lines up outside, Huff might be a good fit.

Which Rookie QBs Will Start a Game During the 2016 NFL Campaign? - B/R
It's possible Wentz could open the season on the inactive list. But unless Bradford finally develops into the player that once warranted a No. 1 overall pick, Wentz will likely see the field at some point this fall. PREDICTION: Bradford will get eight games to prove himself before Pederson names Wentz his starter.

Bucs claim WR Krause - PFT
The Buccaneers claimed wide receiver Jonathan Krause off waivers from the Eagles Saturday. Krause has bounced around the league the last two seasons, spending time with the Browns, Patriots and Eagles. He broke into the NFL as an undrafted rookie with the Browns in 2014 and played his first two regular-season games with the Eagles last season, catching two passes for 11 yards.

Roger Goodell is using virtual reality to learn about empathy - SB Nation
Roger Goodell often comes across as a talking-point spewing robot, pushed in front of the cameras to lay down a defense of the league and whatever scandal is brewing at that moment. So I guess it's no surprise that he went to Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab to learn about empathy using the same virtual reality devices we typically associate with quarterback training.

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