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20 Eagles observations from the 2017 owners meetings in Phoenix - CSN Philly
While it seems like Lurie is trying to temper his expectations of the young quarterback -- "He had a very good first year. That's it." -- it’s also pretty clear he thinks Wentz is the franchise's best shot at getting a championship. For his part, Wentz didn't disappoint during his rookie season. Sure, there were ups and downs, but plenty of folks I talked to from around the league think the future is still extremely bright for the Eagles' quarterback. "You can win a Super Bowl with that kid," one head coach said.

Do you want the Eagles to draft Joe Mixon? - BGN
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BGN Radio Bonus: BLG on the WIP Morning Show -
Brandon Lee Gowton joined Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show to talk about Doug Pederson’s press conference, Carson Wentz’s mechanics, Wendell Smallwood, and more Eagles topics. Plus a Sam Hinkie shoutout!

Eagles Mailbag: Is Christian McCaffrey the next Brian Westbrook? - PhillyVoice
Yes, and it's a comparison that even I have made, way back in June of last year. He can run, he can catch, and he can return kicks and punts, so you don't have to squint too hard to make that connection. My friend Tommy Lawlor compared him recently to Reggie Bush. I think that's a good comparison as well. Tommy wrote a longer article about McCaffrey that's worth a look. He came to the conclusion that McCaffrey is not worth the 14th overall pick, which is an opinion I agree with.

Longing for the 4-3 - Iggles Blitz
Chris Long loves the 4-3 defense. Even more than I do. He passed up a chance to stay in New England and be part of a title contender because he wanted to get back to playing in an attacking 4-3 scheme. That’s one of the key reasons he chose the Eagles. Fit. Long explained that in his press conference, which was entertaining and interesting. He talked about playing almost half his snaps in the 3-technique spot last year. That is the DT who rushes the passer, Fletcher Cox’s normal role. Long said he was happy to play inside, but you could tell that he really wants to get back to lining up in the Wide-9 front and firing off the edge. That’s where he’s most comfortable and he can still be effective out there.

For Eagles personnel chief Joe Douglas, it's time to deliver - Inquirer
The personnel department is ultimately Roseman's responsibility, after all. He will own every decision made in player acquisition. But has the executive vice president of football operations ceded more authority in the scouting and ranking of prospects than ever before? Has he accepted his limitations as an evaluator and focused more on his strengths as a negotiator and idea guy? If Douglas is truly crafting the draft board and the Eagles choose the best available players, then there is really little for Roseman to do other than call in the selections. But drafts hardly unfold without surprises. Roseman has rarely sat for three days without making several showy trades.

A Closer Look: Why Does Howie Trot Out Joe Douglas? - Philly Football Talk
I’ve been thinking a lot (I know, shocking) about why Howie brings Joe Douglas EVERY TIME he speaks to the media. In what was a total lock, Howie brought out Joe Douglas when he met with the media earlier this week. Here’s the thing, it’s not even like Joe says anything. He kind of just stands there awkwardly and lets Howie gush about him and his draft board. Everyone loves them some Joe Douglas, from Howie to Jeff to sports talk radio hosts to the fans. Everyone is so convinced that Joe is the guy and just his mere presence next to Howie automatically makes Howie feel a little bit more like a football from everyone involved. But why? Why is Joe Douglas at every thing? Let’s take a look at some theories.

Malcolm Jenkins, Anquan Boldin speak out on Colin Kaepernick, NFL pushback - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and free-agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin, key figures in a recent movement among NFL players using their platform to shine a light on various social issues, weighed in during a recent phone conversation with ESPN. “My perspective is that anyone who says that [Kaepernick's activism] doesn’t matter at all is lying to themselves,” Jenkins said. “Now, how much it matters is yet to be seen. I think it’s too early to say that it’s either one or the other; I think it’s a bit of both. Whenever you’re talking about players and negotiations, you want to know what the players is asking for. Is it a monetary thing? But I think when people try to point at his talent, that’s a tough argument to push because there’s a lot less talented quarterbacks with jobs.

Santoliquito: Eagles Should Take A Look At Joe Mixon - CBS Philly
The National Football League is a brutal, cold-hearted world. It’s a world where winning and losing games impact people’s lives. It’s a place where good men, like the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, can compete against men who have dubious character like the Demetrius Harrises, Ethan Westbrooks, Trevone Boykins, Deiondre Halls and Makinton Dorleants of the world — all NFL players arrested in March 2017. It’s a place that allows college stars, like Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, a place to work and succeed.

Chalk Talk: Defeating Press Coverage -
Matt Williamson joins Fran Duffy on this week's Eagle Eye in the Sky Podcast and explains why defeating press coverage is a huge deal in the the NFL for a wide receiver.

NFL Draft 2017: Which player do mock drafts project each team to pick? - SB Nation
Rounding up and compiling mock drafts to predict the 2017 NFL Draft.

10 bold predictions for the 2017 Phillies - The Good Phight
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