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Carson Wentz can let it rip after Eagles sign Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith - ESPN
Wentz has a big arm, and wants to let it rip. Smith specializes in the long ball. He has averaged 17 yards per catch over his six-year career, with 25 plays of 40-plus yards. While Smith is the home-run threat, Jeffery serves more as a security blanket. He is a large (6-foot-3, 218 pounds), sticks-moving target with a ridiculous catch radius and a knack for winning 50-50 balls that might be second to none in the NFL. Sure-handed, he had just one drop on 92 targets last season, per ESPN Stats & Info research. He is the type of player who can bail a young quarterback out, particularly one who had a tendency to throw high at times as a rookie.

Eagles Film Study: Get excited about Alshon Jeffery - BGN
In case you missed this great film study from Jonny.

Eagles say they're comfortable going very young at cornerback - PhillyVoice
When asked if he was comfortable going into a season as young and inexperienced as the Eagles will likely be, Howie Roseman compared the situation to 2004 when the Eagles went to the Super Bowl with a pair of young corners in Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown. "Yeah, I think we look back to 2004, and certainly not comparing this team to that Super Bowl team, but we went into that year with Lito and Sheldon hadn't started, and there were some of those same questions," he said. "We would be comfortable if that's how it turned out. Again, we've got a long period of time before we play a game before we report to training camp. We're going to look at every option to try to improve this team, but certainly, we'll be comfortable if that's how it shook out."

Looking At The State Of The Eagles - PE.com
Everyone understands why the Eagles released defensive end Connor Barwin – his nearly $8 million cost against the salary cap, his age, and his reduction in production. However, Barwin still played 70 percent of the snaps in 2016 and he ranked third on the team with 5.5 quarterback sacks and with 11 quarterback hurries. So who steps up? Brandon Graham is a Pro Bowl-level end who brings it on every snap. He needs help, though. It’s a big year ahead for Vinny Curry, who signed a contract extension prior to 2016 and then had his least-productive season. Curry needs to have a positive frame of mind and go out and win a job and show that he can be a high-level starter. Marcus Smith and Steven Means are in the mix as well. The draft is said to be loaded with great prospects at the position. Would the Eagles consider taking one at No. 14? You’d better believe it. The Eagles will be open to everything at 14.

The Eagles offered Malcolm Jenkins for Cooks? Say what? - Daily News
Why would the Saints want to get this information out? Some of their fans aren’t pleased with the haul from New England. Cooks was on the market for a while, with reports alleging the Saints would trade him only for a mid-first-round pick and/or a significant defensive player. They didn’t get that. And the Eagles got the better of the Saints in 2014, when New Orleans let Jenkins walk in free agency and opted to sign Buffalo free agent Jarius Byrd, whose disappointing Saints tenure ended last week.

BGN Radio on 94WIP: Eagles Free Agency, Treston Decoud & David Watford - BGNRadio.com
Listen to this bonus episode of BGN Radio’s broadcast on SportsRadio 94WIP.

10 veteran free agents worth a one-year contract - PFF
In today’s NFL, you need to be at least three deep at cornerback, and probably four to buy you some kind of contingency. Leon Hall may not be capable of starting anymore, but he remains a good sub-package player that has never had a poor coverage grade in his career over a season. A solid tackler, Hall is good at making stops short of the sticks and helping his team get off the field on defense.

Chance Warmack: Jeff Stoutland 'influenced my decision' to join Eagles - CSN Philly
The first four years of Chance Warmack's NFL career haven't quite gone according to plan. After he was taken as the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Warmack simply hasn't lived up to his draft status nor his stellar college career. But if there's one guy who can help him reach his potential, that guy's in Philly. At least that's what Warmack is banking on. As Warmack became a top draft pick and a two-time national champion as the left guard for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2011-12, his offensive line coach was Jeff Stoutland. Yes, the same Jeff Stoutland who has held the same position for the Eagles since 2013.

5 phases of NFL free agency - SB Nation
The favorite part of the NFL calendar for sources, reports, and people close to the situation has arrived. NFL free agency is here, and as usual, it’s hectic. The legal tampering period started at Noon ET on Tuesday. The official start of free agency is Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. The legal tampering period took the place of the tampering period that happened but was never allowed. Free agents to be are allowed to be contacted by teams to discuss interest and terms. Nothing is allowed to be agreed upon until 4 p.m. on Thursday, but we all know that’s not the case. Deals are getting done while you read this. The splashy part of the free agency gets all the attention, but in reality, that’s a small part of it. There are five tiers or phases of free agency. After playing eight seasons, I’ve been a part of four of those.

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