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

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Eagles players getting no respect in fantasy football drafts - PhillyVoice
Below is a list of every tight end in NFL history who had at least 2000 receiving yards after their first three seasons in the league. Ertz is ranked behind guys like one-year-wonder Gary Barnidge and hasn't-done-jack Coby Fleener. The area where Ertz hasn't produced is in the end zone, but there's really no discernible reason why he shouldn't. A season ago, Ertz was dealing with a sports hernia injury which slowed him down early on. Over the last four games (fantasy playoff season), Ertz caught 35 passes for 450 yards.

Supplemental Draft - Iggles Blitz
Simonise is the player the Eagles could be most interested in. He is 6-5, 205 and you know the NFL loves big receivers. Simonise posted great stats, going 65-1306-11 in just 10 games. The problem is that he wasn’t facing good competition. Simonise averaged more than 20 yards per catch, but didn’t show a lot of speed. His Pro Day is July 11th and we’ll see what he runs, but he sure didn’t look like a 4.4 speedster to me. You can be an effective downfield receiver without great speed, but I saw a player who wasn’t getting a lot of separation against mediocre DBs.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Linebacker Depth Chart Analysis - Birds 24/7
I believe the Eagles will look to the outside to bolster the position. Yesterday we wrote about the possibility of Stephen Tulloch ending up on the roster should he be released by the Lions. Hours later, Detroit finally made the move. Tulloch is 31 and apparently has lost a step. But even though he was more of a two-down linebacker last year, the vet still ended up with over 100 tackles. And barring injury, he wouldn’t be asked to log a lot of miles here. Might not even start. The question is whether he would be interested in that kind of arrangement, assuming the Eagles do in fact have eyes for Tulloch. Whether it’s Tulloch or another veteran that gets shed for salary reasons, the bet here is the Eagles will make a signing or two before the start of the season.

The Eagles are again about to blot out the sun - Daily News
Pretty soon, the rest of the sports world as we know it will pretty much cease to exist. At least for the next six months or so. It’s been relatively quiet on the Eagles front, ever since they signed Fletcher Cox to a contract extension that made the defensive lineman one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. But that’s about to change, once training camp opens on the 25th.

Biggest rival for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
The answer to this is often different for Eagles fans and Eagles players. For fans, the answer is always the Cowboys. This goes back to the 1970s, when the Eagles were dreadful and the Cowboys were strutting around as "America's Team." The Eagles and Cowboys duked it out for the NFC East title in 2013 and 2014, making the Cowboys a big rival for the current players as well as their fans.

Eagles mailbag: Finding wins, slot CB, more from Nelson Agholor - CSN Philly
Obviously, we don't know what's going to happen with the criminal investigation (charges haven't yet been filed), but assuming he plays and isn't suspended, the Eagles definitely need more out of him.  Agholor is probably going to be a starter again and he needs to be better than he was as a rookie, when he caught 23 passes for 283 yards and one touchdown. That's not good enough for a first-round pick. Just isn't. Especially for someone as talented as he seems to be.

Rookie Journey: Joe Walker -
The Rookie Journey presented by AAA begins with seventh-round pick Joe Walker from Oregon, who is excited to improve in every way imaginable in his first Training Camp in Philadelphia ...

Acho brothers take part in medical mission to Nigeria -
While linebacking brothers Sam and Emmanuel Acho each live the dream of being a professional football player, they're spending the offseason achieving another lofty goal, and helping thousands in the process. The Acho brothers traveled to Nigeria to participate in Living Hope Christian Ministries' medical mission Operation Hope, which provides much-needed medical attention to local Nigerians. From June 22 to July 5, Sam, Emmanuel and Sam's Chicago Bears teammate De'vante Bausby helped wherever it was needed, sorting medicines for the locals, spending time comforting children before and after doctor visits and helping with crowd control on a first day that drew approximately 2,000 people in need.

Kenny Phillips: I’ve had enough injuries to know I can’t keep playing - PFT
"It wasn’t tough to come to grips with it because physically I can’t," Phillips said, via "It wasn’t like, ‘OK you’re not good enough.’ Physically it hurts to do this and it hurts to do that. It was a like a no-brainer."

A brief history of NFL players and coaches falling asleep in places they shouldn't - SB Nation
It has happened more often than you'd think.

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