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Eagles News: Derek Barnett is off to a promising start

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Eagles rookie Derek Barnett makes strong first impression - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick Derek Barnett acquitted himself well in his first real practice as a pro. The rookie edge rusher worked in with the first team as OTAs opened Tuesday and found himself lined up opposite Lane Johnson, who was playing left tackle in Jason Peters' absence. A nice little competition ensued (as much as one can compete in shorts, anyway) with Barnett winning one snap with a quick get-off and sudden inside spin move. Johnson walked away impressed. "Barnett is promising. Just going against him today, he's got great lean off the edge," he said. "He can bend the edge really well. They were comparing him to Myles Garrett in the draft. I think he bends the corner probably the best of anybody in the draft. He's a good player for us, gonna be good for us this year."

Doug Pederson says new Eagles wide receiver coach has “lit a fire” under Nelson Agholor - BGN
Just what was needed.

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Eagles OTA practice notes, May 23, 2017 - PhillyVoice
Barnett's best pass rush move, by far, is his dip/bend around the edge. Because many offensive tackles in college overplayed that move, Barnett would often get sacks with inside moves, though they weren't exactly flashy or visually impressive. One move that was typically ineffective when he tried it was his inside spin move. At practice today at RDE, working against Lane Johnson (playing LT), Barnett had an inside spin move that was better than anything I had seen from his games in college. If he can develop a go-to inside move, he's going to be difficult to block.

Eagles Notebook: Graham gladly passing on his pass-rushing wisdom - The Reporter
If Brandon Graham teaches as effectively as he terrorizes quarterbacks, the Eagles could rank among the NFL leaders in takeaways this season. The veteran defensive end’s pet project is first-round defensive end Derek Barnett, a fascinating blend of talent and technique. “When I’m out there with a young guy like DB, I try to help him as much as I can because I know as a rookie, for me, I had Trent Cole,” Graham said. “And Trent Cole made it kind of easy for me and made me a lot better. I’m just trying to pass it on. And I feel like a lot of the guys are doing that with the new guys that are here.”

Jaws: Wentz Ready To Take Next Step -
“You look at Carson,” Eagles Hall of Fame quarterback Ron Jaworski said after an Organized Team Activity practice at the NovaCare Complex, “and you see growth. I watched every throw today. I see a quarterback who has made improvements in his delivery, in his quick-twitch mechanics, in his footwork. “He just looks more comfortable out there. He isn’t rushing through his progressions. He is a young quarterback in terms of his years in the league, but Carson just has that look of someone who is completely prepared for taking that next step.”

Eagles' Beau Allen tries to stay patient about mending from surgery - Daily News
BEAU ALLEN was ready to contend for the starting role vacated when defensive tackle Bennie Logan left in free agency for Kansas City. Then, in early April, something went wrong in the weight room during a routine lift. Now, as his Eagles teammates take the field for the first round of organized team activities, Allen watches. He carries a red vertical scar up near his left shoulder, the aftermath of surgery to repair a torn pectoral tendon. A source close to the situation has said Allen probably won't be ready to play before mid-September.

Morning Sesh: Fletcher Cox Drops The Ball (Aka Cox And Balls) - Philly Football Talk
My initial reaction to Cox skipping OTA’s to “spend time with his family” was one of anger and vitriol. Now that I’ve had almost a day to process it, I’m still angry and vitriolic! Didn’t see that coming, did ya? Seriously though, I’m outraged. Well, as much as anyone can be “outraged” about such a mundane thing that doesn’t directly affect his or her life. But I’m definitely pissed off about it. It makes me angry on so many levels. The fact that he signed a $100 million contract last offseason should be reason enough to be incensed.

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews could be 100 percent healthy 'any day now' - PennLive
Jordan Matthews worked with the first-team offense at slot wide receiver during the opening of Philadelphia Eagles organized team activities, but he said he's still working his way back from a sprained ankle that hampered him down the stretch last season. It's a sometimes nagging injury, and it caused Matthews to miss two of the Eagles' final five games after he suffered it against Green Bay on Nov. 28. And Matthews knows how important it is for the ankle to be completely healed when the season rolls around later this year.

Bringing fun back: Counting down the 10 best Eagles touchdown celebrations - CSN Philly
Yes, there will still be no twerking -- sorry, Antonio Brown -- as the league will still flag "offensive demonstrations," but we might actually get back to the good old days. And of course, I wish we could enjoy the creativity of guys like Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco on a weekly basis. But the Eagles have had plenty of fun on the field in years past and we're all hoping to see more from Carson Wentz, Jordan Matthews and the rest of the new wide receiving corps in months to come. Until then, let's count down the (entirely objective) 10 best Eagles dances and celebrations of all-time:

Former Colts GM Ryan Grigson joins the Cleveland Browns - Dawgs By Nature
Grigson, believed to be tight with Howie Roseman, worked for the Eagles before becoming general manager of the Indianapolis Colts.

Roger Goodell is on Mission to Mend Fences With Players - The MMQB
Odell Beckham’s five-year, $29 million contract with Nike got my attention, because normally those shoe deals are reserved for basketball players. By comparison, the football deal he’s currently on: four years, $10.36 million.

Ezekiel Elliott just can’t stop getting in car crashes - SB Nation
The Cowboys are holding Ezekiel Elliott out of practice after he hit his head in yet another car accident.

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