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NFL free-agent market reset: Greg Hardy leads best available - ESPN
3. Louis Vasquez, guard - I guess the guard market just hasn’t moved. Here’s a 29-year-old who hasn’t missed a start in four seasons. He has plenty of experience in a zone-blocking scheme. You would think something will happen soon. Best fit: Philadelphia Eagles. After Philadelphia traded Dennis Kelly to the Titans, there could be an opening at guard. 7. Brian Hartline, wide receiver - Hartline had a visit with the San Diego Chargers, but they signed James Jones to replace Stevie Johnson, who is out for the season. Hartline is 29 and still has the skills to catch 60 passes a season. Best fit: Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. The Rams need more quality pass-catchers and the Eagles don’t seem happy with their wideouts.

Bradford, Birds Not Worried ‘At All’ About Offense - Birds 24/7
After the Eagles ran just four offensive plays in the first quarter last night against the Steelers, Doug Pederson adjusted his plan and realized his unit needed to play for the entire second quarter. Pederson’s first-team offense was on the field for just three snaps last week due to a quick touchdown, and he needed to get a better glimpse at where his players are at right now. In five first-half drives, the Eagles picked up just over 19 yards per series and never reached the red zone. Sam Bradford completed 14 of his 19 passes for 115 yards, but when he got into a rhythm in the second quarter, two penalties killed a promising drive.

He discovered MVP Joe Flacco, now works for the Eagles - Inquirer
McClain earned a Super Bowl ring with Flacco in the 2012 season, and the Ravens included other players Douglas helped bring to Baltimore, from first-rounders to undrafted free agents. A scout's reputation is built on both. That's what the Eagles are trying to tap with the 40-year-old Douglas, who is now in charge of the team's scouting department and is the top football executive under Howie Roseman. After comings and goings in their front office, the Eagles are counting on Douglas - a soft-spoken former offensive lineman at Richmond - to help rebuild the roster.

Nolan Carroll could be pleasant surprise for Eagles for second straight year - PhillyVoice
Heading into the 2016 offseason, Carroll, now a free agent, was once again less publicized than others at his position, and seemingly not a priority of the team to retain. The Eagles aggressively locked up many of their own players to long-term deals prior to the start of free agency, but not Carroll, who sat on the open market for a week before signing a modest one-year deal worth $2,047,500 to remain with the team. That is less than what he made in 2015, and made him the 64th highest paid corner in the NFL, according to, a bargain for a starting corner coming off a solid season.

Progress - Iggles Blitz
I would rather Andrew Gardner have played RG. He played well there in 2014 and last summer. You could have then shifted Wiz to LG. I think that is important because if Isaac Seumalo struggles, you need someone ready to step in at LG. I want Wiz getting more of his work there. Jeff Stoutland knows Barrett Jones from Alabama. Maybe that’s a player he really likes and wants to make it. I just feel like Gardner has shown he can start and at least be an effective RG. Why not build on that? He also has some value as a backup because he can play OT in an emergency.

The NFL’s Scheme Change All-Stars - Ringer
Looking at the three richest defensive tackles in football — Cox, Ndamukong Suh, and Marcell Dareus — there’s one thing they have in common: Each garnered at least some of his value from Jim Schwartz. Suh’s first four seasons in Detroit came during Schwartz’s tenure as head coach; Dareus got his $60 million guaranteed deal on the heels of a 10-sack campaign for a Schwartz-coordinated Buffalo defense in 2014; and part of Philadelphia’s logic behind Cox’s colossal contract was the terror he could become in Schwartz’s scheme.

Why isn't Zach Ertz the Eagles' No. 1 tight end? -
Tight end Zach Ertz was targeted a grand total of four times in the first half on Thursday night, catching three passes for a total of 24 yards. The four passes thrown his way were only one more than the three passes thrown towards Brent Celek, the veteran who, somewhat shockingly, is the Eagles' top tight end. "They want Brent to go," Ertz said after the game, "and when he's done I go." Considering it was just one night during a preseason game in Pittsburgh, it isn't time to sound the alarm that Ertz isn't ahead of Celek on the depth chart. Ertz saw the field plenty against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

Paul Turner: "I'm Just Doing My Job" -
The Eagles’ offense didn’t make many splashy plays during Thursday night’s 17-0 win over Pittsburgh, but perhaps the biggest highlight came from undrafted rookie Paul Turner, who hauled in a 23-yard, one-handed catch, drawing oohs and aahs from the Heinz Field crowd. "It was basically a fade to the sideline," Turner said after the game. "Chase (Daniel) made a great throw and I just looked the ball in and caught it. "I really wasn’t thinking at the time. It kind of just happened. I couldn’t get my other arm up and I just knew that if I could get one hand on it then I could possibly come down with it."

Player Engagement: Quintin Mikell helping Eagles after helping himself - NFLPE
Quintin Mikell is doing for Philadelphia Eagles’ players what he just did for himself. In his first year as the team’s Director of Player Engagement, Mikell is helping players deal with the present, while also helping them prepare for the future. "This position has been around a while, but it’s changed over the years,’’ Mikell said. "It’s different now in that it used to be a former player who would just kind of be around if you needed something. Now, it’s development, just as it says ‘player development.’ My job is trying to help, not just our young players, but any of our players, develop on and off the field. If it’s a rookie, it’s getting them used to the NFL life, the different stresses and ups and downs you go through; to a guy that’s been in the league for a couple years but still isn’t sure where he is. Maybe he wants to start getting ready for his exit. What should he do? How should he plan? And it goes all the way to the guy who is on the way out and I’m helping them transition to life after the game.’’

With NFL dream still alive, Aaron Grymes' INT started in film room - CSN Philly
“They came out and I kind of tried to ID the formation,” Grymes said. “They were going to take a deep shot, they were in the high red zone area. So I was kind of expecting a deep ball, so I played off and expected them to go deep and they did. The ball was in the air and I was kind of all over the route. I saw the ball in the air and kind of turned into the receiver on the play.” In fact, Grymes actually made the cut on the flag route before receiver Sammie Coates, then used his body to give him space to make the interception in the back corner of the end zone.

Dak Prescott followed his excellent Cowboys debut with an even better encore - SB Nation
The rookie QB stole the show once again.

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