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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/25/16.

Zach Ertz thinks you're number one, Eagles fans.
Zach Ertz thinks you're number one, Eagles fans.
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EMBRACING THE CITY - Zach Ertz's blog
I love Philadelphia. I’m fully invested in the city. It’s been unbelievable to me and to my family. One of favorite things to do is try and find new spots to eat here and there. (If you want to suggest one, hit me up on Twitter, Facebook or through the site.) Barclay Prime has probably been my favorite spot so far, but there are so many great restaurants in the city, you really can’t go wrong. I’ve also had the opportunity to watch the Phillies and the Union play live, which was great. To have the opportunity to go out to some other sporting events around town, hang out with the fans and just be a fan for a few nights—I love it. Philadelphia fans get a bad rap sometimes, but I think they’re the best fans in the world.

7 things I think about the Eagles - BGN
The Eagles' fluid quarterback situation makes this season a weird one. The Eagles aren't really expecting to compete for a championship this year. A lot of the moves made this offseason were about building a core for the long-term, as Howie Roseman indicated. At the same time, this isn't truly a rebuilding year. Philadelphia kept Bradford because they wanted to stay competitive in a weak NFC East. I think the ceiling of this year's team is winning the division at 8-8. I think the floor is 5-11. For Eagles fans, the hope is that the team isn't a disaster this year and they show progress that can be built upon moving forward.

Eagles 2016 training camp preview: Safeties - PhillyVoice
McLeod will start opposite Jenkins, and while he is only 5'10, 195, which is less than ideal, he plays bigger than his size. From 2013-2015, when he was a three-year starter, McLeod had 233 tackles, 18 pass breakups, 5 interceptions, and 7 forced fumbles. As you might expect from a smaller safety, he has good range. Here's McLeod in 2014 against the Broncos. He was actually called for a hit on a defenseless receiver on this play, but watch his ability to get to the sideline from his center field position. McLeod possesses similar athleticism to Walter Thurmond, but is a far more physical player in run support.

The Eagles can make the playoffs if... - Daily News
It's tempting to say we've never known less about an Eagles team heading into camp, but that probably isn't true. Every year is weird in its very own way. In 2011, the lockout abruptly ended, free agency began while camps opened, and the Eagles signed what seemed like half their starters on the fly. That was chaos. But this is the first time I can recall the team going into camp with a starting quarterback everyone knows won't be here next year, almost regardless of what he does. And I'm pretty sure there has never been an Eagles camp where the most important figure was a guy the coaches hoped not to have to put into a game. There is your overriding theme, this week and every week - the Sam Bradford-Chase Daniel-Carson Wentz quarterbacking dance, and how rookie coach Doug Pederson handles it.

Here’s the Problem for the NFL; Issues for All 32 Teams - The MMQB
PHILADELPHIA: Can someone play quarterback well enough, in a very winnable division, for the Eagles to win 11 games? Sam Bradford is over his funk, and you’d assume he’d keep the job as long as he stays upright. But that’s always an issue. This camp will be a lot about Doug Peterson showing he’s up to such a big job in such a tough town, and about whether Carson Wentz can force his way into competition for playing time with a strong summer.

Previewing Eagles 2016 training camp: A to Z - CSN Philly
One of the more intriguing position groups on this team for a few reasons. It looks like one of the starting corner jobs is going to belong to free agent pickup Leodis McKelvin. But the other? Well, it could belong to Nolan Carroll or Eric Rowe or Ron Brooks or even rookie Jalen Mills. And then one guy will have the opportunity to play the slot. During the spring, Brooks played outside and slid into the slot in the Nickel. Aside from the top of the roster, there’s intrigue among the last few corners on the roster. Simply put: there are too many talented young players than there are roster spots.

10 thoughts on the Eagles -
One player I am very high on this season? Vinny Curry. Not only is Curry going back to a 4-3 defensive end, he is lighter and quicker than he was last season. Curry looked very explosive during spring practices, and said that with the position change, he doesn't have to worry about learning the responsibilities of a linebacker, which he did last season. Now, he will just attack the quarterback. I think 15 sacks is a realistic goal for Curry.

Camp Opens With Pederson As Lead -
As Training Camp begins and the storylines unfold as the 2016 Eagles take shape, Doug Pederson stands at the head of the room and addresses his team. He is the head coach and enters his first camp in the position confident that his message is being heard and heeded, and promising each of his players a fair shake and two-way communication …

NFC East Roundup: Elliott Denies Accusations - Birds 24/7
With training camps around the NFC East opening this week, let’s take a spin around the division to see what’s going on with the other three teams.

J.J. Watt could miss the start of the season - SB Nation
Watt's back injury could be more serious than initially believed.

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