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Eagles News: Philadelphia created a competition system where players get prizes

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Turning Workouts Into Games For Big Prizes -
Competition winners? Huh? What’s that mean? Well, it means a lot to the Eagles' players and coaching staff. Created collectively by Pederson, Howie Roseman, and the Eagles’ performance team prior to the start of the team’s voluntary offseason workout program, a weekly series of competitive "games" was started to, as Pederson says, “create some friendly competition and build camaraderie. We wanted to allow the guys to have some fun with some off-beat competition.” Whether it’s a tug-of-war battle between the offensive line and defensive line, a series of agility tests on the field, or a competition in the weight room, the Eagles' players are loving it, attacking it, and very hungrily going after the grand prizes each week.

Football Outsiders projects Eagles to have toughest 2017 NFL schedule - BGN

The Eagles May Have Found A Gem In DT Charles Walker -
Charles Walker is a fascinating prospect. At 6'2”, 310 the Oklahoma product has noticeable talent on the field. He's surprisingly agile for his size. He's shown flashes of impressive power. Walker even had the awareness to deflect four passes in the four games played of his junior season. Those are fun, exciting qualities in a modern defensive tackle. I'm really excited to see what he'll do in training camp.

Jim Schwartz has a history of playing rookie cornerbacks early - PhillyVoice
Of the 20 players listed above, 18 played in at least one game in their rookie seasons. 12 started at least one game. Seven started at least four games. In other words, rookies play under Jim Schwartz, so Douglas has a good chance to contribute if he shows anything.

Reflecting on the Draft - Iggles Blitz
I liked the Eagles draft. I didn’t love it. The big hang-up for me is taking RB Donnel Pumphrey and not getting a workhorse type of RB. Beyond that, I really like what the Eagles did. As I’ve written about, this draft was all about the passing game. On offense, that meant getting weapons for Carson Wentz. On defense, that meant finding pass rushers and cover guys. The Eagles did a good job on both fronts.

Eagles rookie Derek Barnett could start right away at defensive end - ESPN
The first-round pick out of Tennessee will have to fend off Vinny Curry and Chris Long for the starting job. We'll say he does.

Greg Ward Jr., a quarterback in college, is hoping to catch on as a receiver for Eagles - Daily News
On the surface, Greg Ward Jr.'s journey to a roster spot would seem to be considerably steeper than that of the other 10 Eagles undrafted rookies. He not only wasn't drafted, but also is making the switch to a new - or at least semi-new - position. Ward began his career at the University of Houston as a wide receiver, but spent the last two years as a dual-threat quarterback. He finished with the fourth most passing yards (8,705) and fifth most passing touchdowns (52) in school history. His 39 career rushing touchdowns tied the school record.

Corey Clement disappointed by not being drafted, but glad to be with Eagles - CSN Philly
The expectations may not be quite that high for Glassboro, N.J. native Corey Clement, but the Eagles thought enough of the Wisconsin product to sign him to a deal. "Being able to play home," Clement said when asked what was appealing about the Eagles. "Growing up near Philadelphia and being able to represent my family and friends in the right manner. There was no hesitation where I wanted to go."

5 potential Eagles position battles between a rookie and a vet - PennLive
1) Derek Barnett vs. Vinny Curry or Chris Long: The Eagles drafted Barnett, a defensive end out of Tennessee, with the 14th overall pick last month in an attempt to bolster their pass rush. But Vinny Curry has four years left on a lucrative contract, while the 32-year-old Long signed with Philly this offseason in hopes of earning a more expanded role than he played last season in New England.

Philadelphia Eagles Sign Victor Salako - Cowboys Ride For Free
I was surprised not to see Salako’s name called in the draft, but am not surprised to see him land with an NFL team. The Eagles’ line needs work, and since Philly didn’t draft an offensive lineman, Salako should have a good chance to stick with the team long-term.

Report: Saints expected to sign Clay Harbor, Khalif Barnes - Canal Street Chronicles
Former Eagle alert.

Colin Kaepernick to the Seahawks makes too much sense to not happen - SB Nation
Kaepernick is a perfect fit for Seattle in more ways than one.

BLG answers your Eagles questions - Facebook
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