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Tom Brady-Brandin Cooks head rising QB-WR combinations -
Wentz faded after a fast start to his rookie season. Since then, he's had vision correction surgery and worked privately on mechanics and footwork. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman presented Wentz with the best offseason gift, signing Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Jeffery is a very underrated player who has been hampered mostly by lower-body injuries, which the Eagles think they have a plan in place to correct. Jeffery has the ninth-most receiving yards in the NFL since 2013 (4,182), along with 43 plays of 25-plus yards, tied with Julio Jones for the fifth-most in that span. I really like this pitch-and-catch duo to have a big season -- Wentz is good, and Jeffery will make him that much better.

Eagles Practice Notes: Jalen Mills steps up and steals the show - BGN
Really strong practice from Jalen Mills. The second-year cornerback had an impressive pick-six on a throw from Matt McGloin. Mills did a great job of jumping the route at the perfect moment and taking the ball to the house. Prior to the play, Mills had said “It’s time for me to go that way!” while pointing at the end zone. The Green Goblin called his shot and delivered. Boss. In addition to his pick, Mills blitzed Carson Wentz on a few reps and got to the quarterback in time for the “sack.” Mills is far from a flawless player; he’s gotten beat a few times this spring. But he’s also capable of making big plays. Hard not to appreciate the confidence and energy he plays with.

Eagles OL coach Jeff Stoutland's many, many thoughts on his offensive linemen - PhillyVoice
What is the difference with Vaitai when you compare this time last year and now? "Night and day. Apples and oranges. His understanding of the position, his balance and body control, the way he uses his hands. This is a lot faster game than in college, and I think he was able to make that understanding and have a little more sense of urgency on his set lines, utilizing the cadence better. Little things.

Maclin to the Ravens - Iggles Blitz
I have no idea what would have happened if the Eagles had signed him. Would they have cut Torrey Smith or traded Jordan Matthews? It is always possible they would have kept the four of them with the idea that last year the team had arguably the worst WRs in the league and overstocking that position with talent was worth any risk in terms of how to use everyone and keep them all happy.

Mechanically speaking, Eagles' Carson Wentz still a work in progress - ESPN
“I never thought Carson had bad mechanics,” DeFilippo said on Monday, a day before the start of the Eagles’ mandatory minicamp. “There were certain things that we need to just tighten up a little bit.” DeFilippo wants Wentz to eliminate the wasted movement in his throwing motion. That means holding the ball higher and bringing it straight back into a throwing position as opposed to dropping it toward his lower body first. The idea isn’t necessarily to improve Wentz’s release time -- both DeFilippo and Wentz argue that his release is pretty quick -- but to make it more efficient. That, in theory, should improve his accuracy.

Jason Peters Adds Final Touch To O-Line -
For the first time this spring, the Eagles went left to right with the offensive line they project will be one of the best in the NFL this season: Jason Peters at left tackle, Lane Johnson at right tackle, Jason Kelce at center, Brandon Brooks at right guard, and Allen Barbre/Isaac Seumalo at left guard. Ah, the present looks bright for the offensive line …

Dontari Poe, Jalen Mills invest in DailyPay to help families in need - Sports Illustrated
DailyPay, a tech company that aims to reduce employee turnover, announced investments by Dontari Poe, defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons and a two-time Pro Bowler, and Jalen Mills, cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles. DailyPay helps reduce employee turnover by granting workers instant access to wages. Seventy percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, according to the company. For many, waiting for wages can result in dire consequences. From prohibitive interest payments on debts to undue late fees, not having enough money on hand can cause terrible heartache and hardship.

With new weapons, Eagles committed to running game more in 2017 - CSN Philly
Carson Wentz threw 607 passes last year, most in Eagles history, second-most in NFL history by a rookie and a figure that only nine quarterbacks in NFL history have ever surpassed. Everybody watching the Eagles last year thought it was too many. And now apparently Doug Pederson agrees. With the signing of LeGarrette Blount, the drafting of Donnel Pumphrey and the addition of premium undrafted free agent Corey Clement, it sure makes sense that the running game will be more of a focus in 2017. Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley said Monday Pederson has assured him that the running attack will be more of a focus in the offense in 2017 than it was in 2016. “He talked about running the ball, not bringing these guys in here to sit on the shelf," Staley said. "We want to run the ball and impose our will.”

Details of Jeremy Maclin’s contract released - Baltimore Beatdown
The Ravens signed Maclin to a two-year deal worth $11 million.

NFL will never have a team like the Warriors - SB Nation
There’s a level of dominance in the NBA by Golden State that we’ll never see in the NFL.

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