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Eagles News: Brian Westbrook is out at CSN

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/6/16.

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UPDATE: Brian Westbrook Says CSN Fired Him - Crossing Broad
CSN says in a statement that he wasn’t fired "We would like to thank Brian Westbrook for his many on-air contributions to CSN Philadelphia over the last several years, and clarify that he has not been ‘fired’ from the network.  We are making changes to our Eagles pre- and postgame shows in order to bring fresh voices and perspectives, but we value our relationship with Brian and offered him another opportunity with the network, which he declined. We wish him the best and hope to work with him again."

25 observations from Eagles practice - BGN
Notes from Eagles training camp.

Five Eagles training camp standouts through the first week of practices - PhillyVoice
Wisniewski has had a great camp so far while filling in for injured RG Brandon Brooks, who has not yet practiced because of a hamstring injury. Wisniewski has made the most of his first-team reps, playing with a nasty streak and showing capable athleticism in getting down the field and making blocks on screen plays.

Opportunity Knocks - Iggles Blitz
Means was signed to the active roster in early December of last year. He’s bounced around the NFL (TB, BAL, HOU, PHI), but hasn’t been good enough to stick anywhere. Maybe he has finally found the right defense for him. He is 6-3, 260 and athletic. He had a 38.5 inch vertical jump at his Pro Day. That shows explosion and that’s critical to being effective as a Wide 9 DE. You must fire off the ball and get into the backfield. The Eagles have 3 outstanding DEs. Bryan Braman is mainly a STer, but can come off the edge and be effective as a role player. The 5th and final spot is open. Means is making his case for the job. Rookie Alex McCallister has a lot of potential, but must get bigger and stronger. Means has outplayed him to this point. There is a long way to go before we know what will happen at the bottom of the roster, but Means has done a good job of showing he deserves serious consideration.

Marcus Smith Suffers Concussion, Ertz Frustrated - Birds 24/7
“Guys gotta be pros. Rookies coming in, they don’t know what the atmosphere is like, the respect that’s given in practice,” Ertz said. “I think it needs to be addressed, but it is what it is. It’s live football, so that situation is in the game. We got to get ready for it. Obviously, Jordan and I getting hurt today, you don’t want to see that.”

The Eagles might be really bad this season -
Training camp has shown that this team is paper thin at a number of key positions, including offensive line, linebacker, cornerback, safety and running back. While there is some talent among the starters, mostly on the defensive side of the ball, the players the team needs the most are injury prone.

6 Bold Predictions For The 2016-17 Eagles Season - CBS Philly
In 15 games last season, Ertz was targeted 112 times and caught 75 balls. Jordan Matthews, in one more game, caught 85 balls on 127 targets. Ertz’s blocking is also improving, evident by his snap share. In 2014, Ertz played 53.5-percent of the snaps. Last season, his snap share climbed to 82.4-percent and he just signed a new five-year, $42.5 million contract this offseason. Doug Pederson’s old pass catching tight end in Kansas City, Travis Kelce, played 100-percent of the snaps last season and his 22.2-percent target share was 5th best among all tight ends. Ertz’s target share, in comparison, was 18.9-percent, 11th among TE’s. Ertz, now entering season No. 4, will benefit from Pederson’s offense.

Let's not judge Eagles and Pederson just yet - Inquirer
It is two different philosophies as Chip Kelly and Doug Pederson prepare their new teams for the coming season. If you choose to accept the prevailing local narrative, Kelly has his way of doing things, and Pederson has Andy Reid's way of doing things. Labeling Pederson an automaton who has plagiarized a system rather than written his own is convenient - and not one Pederson bothers to challenge - and feeds into the perception that the new coach might not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier. That's a disservice, or premature, anyway, because it doesn't give Pederson credit for not worrying about establishing some concocted identity just to be different.

Beau Allen, Taylor Hart hope to prove they're 4-3 scheme fits - CSN Philly
Despite all the naysayers, Allen thinks he can “absolutely” be a fit in Schwartz’s system. “I don’t really buy into that too much,” Allen said of his critics. “I know what I’m capable of doing and I feel like a lot of that is just based on the fact that I weigh 330 pounds and things like that. I’m not one of those guys who pays too much attention to all that. I know what I can do. I want to show the coaching staff and my teammates and everyone on Sunday, I guess.” Allen, who was Bennie Logan’s backup at nose tackle last season, said he weighed around 335-340 pounds in 2015. He’s already slimmed down some and is aiming to play at 325-330 this year.

"Fear Nothing And Attack Everything" -
Doug Pederson promised that he would conduct a physical Training Camp and it has lived up to his words. An example was Friday in a let-it-fly practice that lasted nearly three hours filled with some snot-knocking contact that the players and coaches loved ...

This week's NFL training camp All-Pro team - SB Nation
DeMarco Murray appears on this list.

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