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Jalen Mills appears set to be Eagles starter in 2017 - PFF
As a rookie seventh-round pick in 2016, the former LSU Tiger predictably struggled. He was PFF’s lowest-graded cornerback last season (34.5 overall) while allowing a catch for every 7.1 coverage snaps (ranking 112th out of 117 qualifiers).

Brandon Graham Is More Than One Number - BGN
Check out our newest BGN writer’s great in-depth piece on Brandon Graham.

BGN Radio Bonus: BLG on WIP with Joe Giglio -
Brandon Lee Gowton joins Joe Giglio on SportsRadio 94WIP to talk about Eagles rookie minicamp, Philadelphia’s running back situation, Donnel Pumphrey, how Sidney Jones’ recovery should be handled, and more.

Better or worse than last year: Eagles offense edition - PhillyVoice
With a full season and 607 pass attempts under his belt, Wentz survived his rookie year and showed optimism that the Eagles may have found their franchise quarterback. It is expected that he will progress in year two. Beyond Wentz, Foles is better than Daniel.

Carson Gets a New Co-Worker - Iggles Blitz
Blount isn’t a workhorse back in the traditional sense. The Eagles won’t feed him the ball 20 times a game, every game. Blount had a career high 299 carries last year. Usually he is more in the 150 range (which is around 10 per game). He had a strong season, rushing for 1.161 yards and 18 TDs. Usually Blount is more of a situational player, and I think that is how the Eagles will use him. The Eagles want Darren Sproles on the field. They want to see what Wendell Smallwood can do. They want to mix Donnel Pumphrey in and see if he can help the team as a rookie. Blount is here to be part of the solution, not “the answer”.

The fantasy football impact of LeGarrette Blount signing with the Eagles - ESPN
Blount is now 30 years old, but has missed only four games during the past four seasons. He should have plenty of tread left on his tires considering he averaged only 144.8 carries per season during his first six years in the league.

Lawlor Scouts The Rookie Free Agents -
One of the guys who could be blocking for Clement is Tyler Orlosky. He started at center for three years for West Virginia. Orlosky is 6-3 and 298 pounds, a solid build for a center. He is pretty much the opposite of Jason Kelce. Orlosky relies on strength and power to handle defensive linemen. He is a limited athlete. He can be effective when blocking in space, but isn't going to be running 30 yards downfield in front of Darren Sproles on a screen pass. Orlosky is stout and anchors well. You aren't going to push him backward on a consistent basis. The key question for Orlosky is whether he has enough athleticism for the NFL. He certainly is the kind of nasty, physical blocker who Doug Pederson has said he wants. Orlosky sustains blocks well and really battles from snap to whistle. Sometimes that style and attitude can make up for less than ideal athleticism with interior blockers.

Eagles positional reviews: Can CB Jalen Mills become a consistent starter? - Inquirer
Mills does not have top size or speed, but he’s a smooth athlete with good instincts who has certainly established himself as an NFL player. The question is, how good will he become? Will he be a regular starter? Is he a rotational player who is best in the slot? Could he develop into a No. 1 cornerback? Was his playing time last year merely the product of a bad depth chart? There are no definitive answers for those questions yet. However, the Eagles will give him the chance to show more this year. There is an undistinguished group of cornerbacks on the depth chart, and no one is a clear-cut favorite to be slotted ahead of him. But Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas were drafted for a reason, so there’s going to be competition in the coming years. By this time next year, there should be a better sense of how Mills fits in the future. For 2017, he appears to be a big part of the defense.

Brandon Graham laughed off report, but then got a little mad - CSN Philly
"At first, I was just laughing at it because obviously, you know, you want to get more money and stuff like that, but I mean, this wasn't the time or place for it," Graham said. "I felt like once it got blown up, I kinda got a little mad, because I'm like, 'Man, you got all these fans attacking me and don't even know the real [story].' "I figured I'd spend my time with my family because that was the whole point of me going back and then I'll address it when I get back. That's why I was kind of off social media and stuff like that because it started to make me a little angry because of some of the fans coming at me, so I just kind of got off of it. And then when I got back, I addressed it. I'm happy to let people know I'm here."

Eagles post-draft position spotlight: Tight end - Morning Call
Burton: Was offered and accepted a restricted free-agent tender in the offseason and once again should be a big part of the offense as well as special teams. Though more of a hybrid size at 6-3, 240, Burton has good hands and is as rugged as guys 20 pounds heavier. Look for even more production from him in 2017.

Re-grading the 2014 NFL draft, three years later - Sports Illustrated
Grade: D — For all the deserved criticism WR Jordan Matthews (No. 42) has heard during his Philadelphia days, he has been by far the most productive member of this class (2,673 yards, 19 TDs). If you want a strong value pick, it’s seventh-round DT Beau Allen (No. 224), whose 2017 status is in doubt because of a torn pectoral. The Smith selection was a head-scratcher when it happened, and nothing has changed since. He, CB Jaylen Watkins (No. 101) and DE Taylor Hart (No. 141) are still on the roster. WR Josh Huff (No. 86) did not last as long.

Sorry, NFL, shortening the overtime period won't improve player safety - SB Nation
The NFL could actually benefit players’ health and safety by eliminating Thursday Night Football, but it won’t.

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