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Eagles News: Fletcher Cox named one of the league’s most indispensable defenders

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Khalil Mack, Von Miller top NFL's most indispensable defenders -
This final slot came down to a pair of game-wrecking defensive tackles: Fletcher Cox and Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy. McCoy makes everyone on the Bucs' defense better, stuffing the middle, sacking the quarterback and generally terrorizing offensive lines. But I also think McCoy's Bucs are more talented than Cox's Eagles -- especially on the offensive side of the ball. So I think McCoy is just a bit less indispensable to Tampa Bay than Cox is to Philly. That's the tiebreaker here. Cox has become a fixture on this annual list because the Eagles couldn't function without him. The 26-year-old defensive lineman never gets enough credit. He does it all. And a lot of what he does -- routinely destroying opposing blockers -- doesn't show up on the stat sheet.

The Eagles’ biggest offseason mistake - BGN
What should the Eagles have done differently?

Who is the most underrated and overrated Eagle right now? -
Who is the most overrated and underrated Eagle on this football team right now?

A look at Carson Wentz's 14 interceptions in 2016 - PhillyVoice
The occasional bad decisions and bad awareness aren't very troubling, in my view. Those things are going to happen to a quarterback coming from a lower level of college football when you ask him to throw more than 600 times in his rookie season. However, as we all kind of know by now, when Wentz misses on his throws, more often than not he misses high, resulting in gift picks for safeties.

Eagles' Pederson ramps up competition during team workouts - Inquirer
In truth, most of the Eagles don't care much about the parking spaces. They just care about winning. And Pederson has introduced a series of competitions in his second offseason as head coach to take advantage of his players' innate competitiveness and to foster a zealous environment. "Guys are going balls to the walls," Johnson said Thursday. "That's the fun thing about it. . . . That's been the beauty of it this offseason compared to other offseasons. It's been a lot more serious."

Lawlor: Encouraging Signs From OTAs -
You have to feel good when you see Alshon Jeffery make a spectacular one-handed catch in the end zone. Did you see any Eagles receiver make a grab like that last year? No. Jeffery was the top receiver on the free agent market for a reason. He played at a high level for most of his time with the Bears. He has come in and looked terrific so far for the Eagles. That's a big deal for the Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz didn't have a go-to receiver last year. Jordan Matthews was the closest thing and is a good player. He's just not a guy you can force the ball to and expect him to make the spectacular grab. Think back to the painful loss in Dallas last year. Remember Dez Bryant going up over Nolan Carroll to catch that touchdown pass? Carroll had good coverage. Dak Prescott gave his star receiver a chance to make a play and Bryant did just that. It was infuriating. This year the Eagles have a receiver who can make that play. Wouldn't it be somewhat ironic if Jeffery made a spectacular catch over Nolan Carroll to help the Eagles beat Dallas in a critical game this season?

Better all-around pass defense is in the works for Eagles this season - Morning Call
A big part of Carson Wentz's accuracy issues has been that he and fellow quarterbacks Nick Foles and Matt McGloin have been forced to slip their passes into tight windows that are only open for a split-second and sometimes not open at all because they're under pressure to release the ball too soon.

Eagles' Watford, Ward in different stages of transition from QB to WR - CSN Philly
During his senior year at the University of Houston, Greg Ward would spend all practice throwing passes to his wide receivers. After practice, the roles reversed. While Ward was a dynamic dual-threat quarterback for the Cougars, he realized at his size, he wasn't going to have a future in the NFL as a QB. So after practices at Houston, he would run routes and catch passes from two of his favorite wideout targets, Linell Bonner and Steven Dunbar.

Terrance Knighton, Brian Westbrook visit the PFT Live studio this week - PFT
On Wednesday, we’ll have a two-hour visit from Eagles Hall of Fame running back Brian Westbrook.

Christian Hackenberg has hit reporters with passes 2 times in 3 Jets OTAs - SB Nation
The Jets’ quarterback competition may be the saddest storyline of the preseason.

Madden NFL 18’s story mode is designed to be a ‘playable movie’ - Polygon
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