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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/28/16.

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Who did each of the Eagles' rookie draft picks pattern their game after? - PhillyVoice
Jalen Mills - "With me going to LSU, it was Tyrann Mathieu. When we went to the National Championship, it was ridiculous. For sure, just growing up, I loved Charles Woodson, especially when he was at Michigan, just watching his highlights throughout junior high and stuff."

Eagles Practice Notes: Former CFL cornerback stands out - BGN
ICYMI: Here's what we learned from yesterday's Philadelphia Eagles practice.

Why Jim Schwartz Prefers His 4-3 To Two-Gapping - Birds 24/7
When linebackers go lateral, that’s when gaps are created, according to Schwartz. But he thinks he diminishes the risk of linebackers facing more second-level blocks by being more aggressive up front and telling his linebackers to get downhill and not to wait. Schwartz also explained why he rarely blitzes, while his defenses still get pretty good pressure. His most recent unit, when he coached the Bills in 2014, ranked sixth in the NFL in sacks. To accomplish this, Schwartz widens his defensive ends out more often than most coordinators.

Eric Rowe explains 'hiccups,' ready for fresh start in pads - CSN Philly
“It wasn’t the new defense that was giving me whatever hiccups [Pederson] was talking about,” Rowe said on Wednesday as he reported for his second training camp. “It was just, I was having trouble breaking on top of the routes, specifically the curl routes. But fade ball, deep post, digs, I didn’t have any trouble there. It was just curl routes. I just knew I had to work on it after the OTAs.”

Brian Dawkins is a fan of Eagles' defense, Jim Schwartz -
"I look for this defense, that people are sleeping on, to be a lot better," Dawkins said Monday on 97.5 The Fanatic. "Especially better than the stats showed last season. The stats showed from years past that the first half of the season the defense was playing really well. Then, later in the season, we all know what happened ... The defense was playing too long that they began to die off in the second half of the season.

Eagles may rely on rookie linebackers for depth - Inquirer
Nigel Bradham's arrest this week unearthed a problem that was already fermenting throughout the offseason: to whom would the Eagles turn if something happened to one of their starting linebackers? Bradham, Jordan Hicks, and Mychal Kendricks appear entrenched as the starters, but all three missed time because of injuries last season. Veteran Najee Goode, who is entering his fifth NFL season, is the lone backup with more than one year of experience. The rest of the candidates are as undistinguished as they are unknown.

On Camp, Vets Arriving And A Look Ahead -
Three days of Training Camp are in the books, and by all accounts good progress was made for young players who took a lot of repetitions, who are now up to speed in the verbiage of the schemes and who knocked the rust off from six weeks away from football. We’ve got a lot to talk about as the Eagles speed into the meat of camp …

Two Weeks in Nigeria - Player's Tribune (by Emmanuel Acho)
This summer I traveled to Nigeria— along with my older brother, Sam, who plays for the Bears, and his teammate De’Vante Bausby — on a humanitarian mission with Living Hope. Even though this wasn’t my first trip to Nigeria, it was special in many ways. When I reflect on the experience as a whole, there are the eight main lessons I walked away with that I’d like to share with you.

Here's the main storyline in training camp for every NFL team in 2016 - SB Nation
Philadelphia Eagles -- In the post-Chip Kelly era, it will still likely be Sam Bradford leading the way, but Carson Wentz might be able to give the veteran a push.

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