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Eagles News: Howie Roseman on the hot seat?

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/11/17.

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NFL GMs under pressure to get results in 2017 -
Technically the Eagles’ executive VP of operations, Howie Roseman was the general manager from 2010 to ’14 before being reassigned as Chip Kelly took control of the roster. And ... that ... didn’t work. So those responsibilities went back to Roseman. Almost immediately, he started flushing out many of Kelly’s roster additions, all while setting his sights on Carson Wentz in the 2016 draft. This off-season, the focus was on providing Wentz more help. Enter Jeffery, Smith, running back LeGarrette Blount and rookies Donnel Pumphrey and Mack Hollins. The weapons are available to help accelerate Wentz’s maturation. Will it all click? Did Roseman do enough to upgrade the defense? If this season devolves into another sub-.500 letdown, odds are someone—be it Roseman or coach Doug Pederson—will have to answer for the failure.

Five big takeaways from Eagles OTA practices - BGN
Is there reason to be worried about Carson Wentz?

Jordan Matthews' absence from spring practices is interesting - PhillyVoice
Earlier this offseason, Matthews was the subject of trade rumors, and that was before the Eagles added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency, and then Mack Hollins, Donnel Pumphrey (who has gotten a lot of looks in the slot), and Shelton Gibson in the draft. If indeed Matthews misses the Eagles' minicamp next week, he will have missed close to three weeks on a "precautionary" injury, and will not practice again until training camp begins at the end of July. (This is where I would add the thinky guy emoji if this article were a long text message.)

Possible Roster Hints - Iggles Blitz
In his section on DEs, Dave left out Alex McCalister, while praising Steven Means. Means sure sounds like he’s going to make the team. We figured Marcus Smith was headed out, but no mention of McCalister struck me as interesting. Maybe Dave overlooked him or maybe he’s heard from the coaches that McCalister is still a project and a year away from really pushing for a roster spot. We can’t make any definitive conclusions, but I thought that was interesting. The writers attending the OTAs all say McCalister doesn’t look like he added much muscle/weight and no one has singled him out for excelling in the practices.

Jay Cutler weighs in on what Alshon Jeffery will bring to the Eagles - ESPN
"He'll do well," Cutler responded. "Mike Groh is there, the wide receivers coach. He had Al in Chicago when we were all there. Mike knows him really well, can get the most out of him. And I think that Al knows this is a huge year for him. You know, it's another one-year deal for him. I mean, if he stays healthy and he works hard, I mean, the guy is unbelievable. He's just had some bad luck with some injuries that have kind of plagued him. You know, one injury will lead to another injury to another injury. It's hard at that position to battle back and get healthy again and be productive."

Who will be the Eagles' next Brian Westbrook? - Inquirer
"The thing I love about this offense is you're able to move around in different situations and catch screen passes and all that type of stuff like Brian did," rookie Donnel Pumphrey said. "I mean, he made a living out of that type of stuff. Same with Darren (Sproles). He's made Pro Bowls because of that type of stuff. I'm looking forward to it all." Pumphrey, the 5-8, 176-pounder out of San Diego State whom the Eagles selected in the fourth round of the draft in late April, is one of two young running backs on the Eagles' roster with a Westbrook-like skill set. The other is second-year man Byron Marshall.

Press Pass: Donnel Pumphrey -
Running back Donnel Pumphrey speaks highly of veteran Darren Sproles and how he has helped him throughout camp. He also touches on how he thinks his performance has been so far.

KRACZ: Some things learned from Eagles OTAs - BCCC
Isaac Seumalo took reps at center. They just didn’t happen on the days reporters watched. Jason Kelce got first-team reps on days we watched, with Stefen Wisniewski working on the second team. “Two days ago, I got some,” Seumalo said, following Thursday’s practice. “I do a lot of quarterback/center exchange stuff. Then I try to be in Kelce and Wis’s ears as much as I can and listen to them. You see what happened last season, so being able to play wherever helps. If you know everything from a center standpoint everything else is mentally pretty easy. Physically it’s different stuff, but mentally that’s the hardest, so if you’re good there, you’re good.”

After putting on weight, Nate Gerry's conversion to LB going well - CSN Philly
Kelli Gerry can breathe a sigh of relief. If her son Nate were back in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, right now, he'd probably be eating mom and dad out of a house and home. The Eagles can withstand the one-man eating vortex. Since he first arrived at the NovaCare Complex as a fifth-round pick this spring, Gerry has gone from 212 pounds to 228. That's 16 pounds in a little over a month! How did he do it?

Eagles receiver Torrey Smith explains childbirth to 3-year-old son - Sporting News
At some point in any parent's life, he or she will have "the talk" with their child. There is almost never one talk and it's usually a series of discussions to disseminate the details of reproduction. When the 3-year-old son of Eagles receiver Torrey Smith asked where his parents got him, Smith was as honest as he could be. The result was an adorable conversation between father and son.

Mike Zimmer Sees Vikings From Different Perspective - The MMQB
Pat Shurmur had “interim” removed from his coordinator title; Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are in and Matt Kalil and Andre Smith are out at tackle; and Sam Bradford is entrenched at quarterback. (On what will happen when Bridgewater gets healthy, Zimmer said: “He’s still got a long way to go. So we’ll worry about that later. Sam’s the quarterback, and I think he had a good spring. … When Teddy gets back, we’ll worry about all that.”)

'Madden NFL 18' will have a story mode with Mahershala Ali and a Dan Marino cameo - SB Nation
During EA Sports’ presentation on Saturday for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the publisher revealed a new story mode for Madden NFL 18 called “Longshot,” a first for the franchise. Based on the trailer, it looks like it’ll be similar to NBA 2K’s MyCareer mode, where your player makes their journey from high school football to college-level to the pros. Also revealed in the trailer: A Texas Longhorns logo, which means we’re just a step removed from having NCAA Football back.

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