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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/4/16.

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Brian Dawkins Q&A: Discussing his new job, his goals and the Hall of Fame - CSN Philly
"When he came here as a player, you know one of the things Doug was asked to do was be a teacher, a communicator. He had to communicate and teach that offense and allow the offense, Donovan to catch up with what things were going on. So right now, new situation, he's trying to teach, in my opinion, these gentlemen how to be a team. How to come together and be a physical football team but how to be a team. How to do things together. I think that's where his strengths lie. As far as gameday situations and all that stuff, those may be something that we have to get used to, the calls, the time management and all that stuff. But as far as team building and having an understanding of how to teach guys things, he's been a teacher. So I think that's his strongest attribute."

Eagles Practice Notes: Philadelphia's defense dominates as tackling begins - BGN
In case you missed my notes from Wednesday.

Schwartz: ‘No Better Place To Play And Win Than Philadelphia’ - CBS Philly
"If you shy away from that sort of criticism, that sort of scrutiny, it goes to what I said before," Schwartz told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday before practice. "You’re not in it for the right reason. You’ve got to embrace all of that. I think that the best players do, the coaches do, you just embrace — you go on the road and you go play somewhere. I told players before — I’ve never played a home game here at the Linc [Lincoln Financial Field] — but even back when it was the Vet [Veterans Stadium] every team I had I always said, ‘There’s no better place to play a game than Philadelphia and there’s no better place to win.’

Projecting future Hall of Famers for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
1 to 10 percent: Fletcher Cox is the proud owner of a mammoth new contract, but he has made only one Pro Bowl in his first four seasons. I fully expect that to change with Jim Schwartz around as defensive coordinator, but let's wait for that to happen first. Jason Peters had a case as the best non-Joe Thomas left tackle in football for a while there; he slipped some last season, and this is probably his last year in Philadelphia, but Peters has made it to eight Pro Bowls and has been a first-team All-Pro twice by the age of 33. He's probably one additional good season away from the Hall. 50 percent

Eagles offensive line could benefit from defensive scheme change - PhillyVoice
This year, the Eagles are running a 1-gap scheme defensively, which is of course what the Eagles' offensive line will face on a daily basis throughout training camp. By my count, among the Eagles' opponents in 2016, only the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers run a 2-gap style of defense. In other words, the Eagles will be mostly playing against teams running similar 1-gap schemes that they'll see in practice every day.

Time for Eagles to give up on Marcus Smith? - Inquirer
There are two problems with the scheme-will-help-Smith narrative. The first has more to do with logistics than anything related to his capabilities. While the defense has changed, the personnel at defensive end has not. Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, and Connor Barwin are also making the switch from outside linebacker to defensive end. Curry and Graham were drafted to play in similar schemes, and Barwin, while probably better equipped to play in a 3-4, has experience in a 4-3. Those three are significantly ahead of Smith, and nothing in training camp thus far has dispelled the notion.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Hicks And the Pursuit Of Health - Birds 24/7
Well, carrots are out. In a quest to learn more about his biological makeup in the name of injury prevention and career longevity, Jordan Hicks spent part of the offseason with a doctor/nutritionist out in California. Blood was drawn and tests run to see if his diet was in any way affecting his body’s performance. It proved to be educational. "It’s made me aware of certain things I should be putting into my body and certain things that I shouldn’t be. And even if they are ‘healthy’ to everybody or supposed to be to the general public, to certain people they do certain things," he explained.

Big Boy Day - Iggles Blitz
Wiz has been a nice surprise in camp so far. I don’t know if the urgency of his career finally sunk in or this is just the right situation, but there have been positive reports on him for several days now. Wiz is playing a lot with Brandon Brooks out due to his injury. I’m looking forward to Brooks returning and then possibly seeing if Wiz can challenge Allen Barbre for his LG spot.

The Door Is Open For Kenjon Barner -
"I changed my diet. That was the main thing. Focused on eating right, eating healthy, eating the food that my body needs not what I want," Barner said. "I did a lot of powerlifting (which) was completely different from what I’ve done in the past, getting some base in my legs and a solid foundation." Barner’s football foundation is every bit as solid. During his four year tenure at the University of Oregon, he set the school record for most rushing yards in a game with 321, finished second in career rushing yards (3,623) and tied the school record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 21. He ended his collegiate career earning first-team All-Pac-12 and first-team All-America honors as a senior.

Can Darren Sproles be the Eagles' featured back? -
"Darren Sproles is a pro's pro,'' Pederson said. "He knows how to take care of his body in the offseason. He's a very intelligent running back. He's been around this game a long time. It's guys like that that you don't worry about. He does everything right. He does what you coach him to do. Again, it's just the way he prepares and the way he attacks everything. (It) gives you the confidence that he's going to be here for a few more years.

Bleeding Green Nation Radio Coming To 94WIP - CBS Philly
Bleeding Green Nation is the largest Eagles blog in Philadelphia. Their podcast, hosted by John Barchard, has grown tremendously over the last few years. It was founded by Barchard and Brandon Lee Gowton in 2013.

RADIO WARS: Our Friends at BGN Radio are Moving Over to WIP - Crossing Broad
Fresh off of their 8-10 am Sunday time slot on 97.5 last year, BGN Radio is defecting to WIP, launching sometime between the last preseason game and Week 1. BGN Radio will air on WIP Saturdays from 4-6 p.m. during the Phillies season, and 6-8 p.m. after the Phillies are done (subject to change). Additionally, the velvet-voiced John Barchard – friend of the Crossing Streams Podcast, host of BGN Radio, life narrator – will join WIP as on-air staff.

Bleeding Green Nation Radio jumping from The Fanatic to WIP -
If you’re a listener of the Bleeding Green Nation Radio podcast, you’ve probably been wondering about the "big announcement" host John Barchard has repeatedly teased. Well, the news is out: Sportsradio 94.1 WIP has hired Barchard as part of the station’s on-air staff, and he’s bringing his BGN team with him for a new two-hour show every Saturday during Eagles season.

BGN Radio Is Heading to WIP - PhillyInfluencer
The people over at Bleeding Green Nation are great, and our Eagles draft party was a rousing success. So, it’s no surprise that John Barchard, Brandon Lee Gowton and the rest of the guys over there are a hot commodity in sports talk radio nowadays. The group had their own time slot on Sunday mornings at 97.5 The Fanatic last football season, but now they’ve moved on to 94 WIP, where they will have a two-hour time slot on Saturdays during football season. The BGN show will air 4-6 P.M. on Saturdays, and move to 6-8 P.M. after baseball season.

Comfortably numb: The NFL's next health crisis - SB Nation
Players have depended on Toradol injections to keep them on the field for two decades. Now, the NFL could be facing its next health crisis because of it.

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