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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/31/16.

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No matter what happens this year, Browns' search for a permanent quarterback will intensify - ESPN
Had Goff been available at No. 2, DePodesta indicated, it would have been a more difficult choice. But Wentz was not considered a top 20 NFL quarterback in the consensus opinion of the New Browns Order. "We have to make judgments on the individual players and we’re not always going to be right," DePodesta said. "But in this particular case, we just didn’t feel it was necessarily the right bet to make for us at this time. Again, it comes down to individual evaluation of a player. We will not always be right on those type of things. "I think the hardest part, and where we have to stay the most disciplined, as much as you want a player, you can’t invent him if he doesn’t exist. In a given year, there may be two or three NFL-ready quarterbacks at the college level. In another year, there literally may be zero. There just may be not be anybody in that year who’s good enough to be a top 20 quarterback in the NFL. "Even though you have a desperate need for one, you have to resist the temptation of taking that guy just because you have a need if you don’t believe he’s one of those 20 guys at the end of the day. I think that’s the hardest part, just maintaining your discipline because you have the need. That’s what we did this year."

22 notes from Eagles training camp practice - BGN
Here's what we learned from Saturday's padded practice.

Howie Roseman responds to 'worst GM in the NFL' ranking - PhillyVoice
The cost of the Eagles' quarterbacks is currently eighth in the NFL in 2016. It will be right around the middle of the pack in 2017 if the Eagles can deal Bradford, and then among the league's lowest numbers in 2018. After seeing how the Eagles' offseason has played out, it certainly wasn't a picture of perfection, but the allocation of dollars to the three quarterbacks on the roster is justifiable when viewing it over the long-term instead of just in a narrow, short-term window.

Old Guys Are People Too - Iggles Blitz
Did you ever see the movie Logan’s Run? It was a 1970’s sci-fi film that had a really interesting plot idea. When people turned 30, they were disposed of. In some ways, the Eagles used to be like that. Joe Banner and Andy Reid strongly preferred young players so older guys were either cut or they left when they became free agents. Not all, but most. Chip Kelly had a mixed relationship with veterans. He loved some, but wasn’t always keen on those who were strong-willed individuals. Things seem very different with Doug Pederson. 31-year old Brent Celek got an extension back in January. Sam Bradford re-signed and then changed his mind, pushing for a trade. Pederson let him come back and wasn’t confrontational at all with his starting QB. The Eagles signed 30-year old Leodis McKelvin in free agency. They gave veteran Malcolm Jenkins a contract extension.

Jordan Matthews values impact of hard-working veterans like Darren Sproles - CSN Philly
"I love D, that’s my boy," Matthews said. "He comes out here and practices hard every single day. He’s a great role model, not just for the running backs but for me, when I see him go out there and make plays I’m like, ‘Shoot, I need to do that.’ I know Zach [Ertz] looks up to him, too. It’s crazy, we look up to a guy that comes up to our knee, but all of us were excited that he was able to sign back with us. He’s a tremendous asset to this team, great teammate, great brother, so I’m excited to have him back." Matthews repeatedly stressed the importance of veterans such as Sproles who set a great example for their teammates. For this Eagles team in particular, Matthews believes that Sproles’ elusive running style and versatility will be a tremendous model for several of the team’s young running backs to follow.

Jim Schwartz: ‘I’m Excited About’ Bennie Logan - Birds 24/7
Jim Schwartz wanted to make a point today, and to ensure it came across clearly, he made it twice during his press conference. First, when he was talking about veteran defensive backs. "It’s nice having guys like Leodis [McKelvin]; guys like Nolan Carroll; guys like Malcolm Jenkins; Rodney McLeod," he said. "You know, I forget anybody, just fill in the name and the veteran so that you guys don’t try to read between lines that aren’t there." Second, when he explained what Eric Rowe needs to do to be a starter. "Needs to be consistent from practice to practice, needs to make plays on the ball [and] needs to be physical in the run game," he said. "And that’s Eric, that’s Leodis, that’s [Ron] Brooks, that’s Nolan Carroll. You guys will probably get on me [for] whoever I forget [to name], but let’s just put it as all the corners." Schwartz was referencing how the media noted the absence of Rowe’s name the last time he discussed the cornerback competition, which happened the day after Doug Pederson did the same and explained that Rowe didn’t have a great spring.

Jalen Mills learning how to be a pro at cornerback - Inquirer
Jalen Mills fell and either couldn't or wouldn't get up. He eventually hopped up, which was all Jim Schwartz and Cory Undlin needed to see to know the cornerback hadn't suffered an injury. "Jalen, get up and finish," Schwartz, the defensive coordinator, said from the sideline. Undlin, who was positioned about 20 yards behind Mills, had harsher words. "Get the [heck] up and run," the Eagles defensive backs coach shouted. Mills' effort - or lack thereof - was the perfect opportunity for the coaches to dress down a rookie who hadn't yet faced much adversity. Deep down, Schwartz and Undlin - especially Undlin - had to relish the moment. "You were on your way up," Undlin said, "now you're on your way down."

Top under-the-radar storylines for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
The under-the-radar storyline for the Eagles is the lack of proven offensive playmakers after Chip Kelly's unloading of DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin. Injury-prone Ryan Mathews is likely the starting running back. None of the wide receivers has ever had a 1,000-yard season. They have good tight ends, but Zach Ertz hasn't quite had his breakout season and Brent Celek is 31. New coach Doug Pederson has his work cut out for him.

Bringing The Eagles Back To Philadelphia -
Brian Dawkins and the Eagles parted ways in the spring of 2009 in a shocking move with rancor in the air and an organization's intent very much in question. He returned on Saturday to love amid the team's new, welcome-back direction ...

How many dropped passes do the Eagles have during training camp? -
Total: 25 drops in 213 targets.

Chiefs give Eric Fisher a 4-year, $48 million extension - SB Nation
The Kansas City Chiefs made a surprising move on Saturday by giving former No. 1 pick Eric Fisher a lucrative deal that makes him one of the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL. Four years were tacked on to the remaining two years left on Fisher's deal, securing him a to six-year, $63 million deal with the Chiefs that includes $40 million in guarantees. He is now under contract with the Chiefs through the 2021 season.

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