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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/16/17.

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Under-the-radar names to know for every NFL team from OTAs - ESPN
Rasul Douglas, cornerback: A rookie third-round pick out of West Virginia, Douglas has been getting some looks with the first-team defense. Part of that speaks to the lack of proven talent at corner for the Eagles, but Douglas has made the most of his opportunity so far. He has had some good battles with receiver Alshon Jeffery and has gotten his hands on a number of passes. During one OTA sequence, Douglas registered three pass breakups in a row. As his NCAA-leading eight interceptions a year ago suggest, he has good instincts and a nose for the ball. That will help him in his quest to carve out a significant role this fall.

38 observations from Eagles minicamp practice - BGN
Another sharp outing from Carson Wentz. Wentz struggled in red zone drills earlier this spring but he looked real accurate today. One of his best passes was a dart to a leaping Nelson Agholor in tight coverage. Wentz also really caught my attention on one play where we caught a high snap above his head with one hand and then immediately rifled it to Zach Ertz for a touchdown. The kid is far from perfect but he can do some special things.

Upon Further Review - Episode 10: The '83 Skins & '84 Fins -
Vince Quinn is back for another addition of Upon Further Review with a little help from BGN Radio host John Barchard. The NFL changed in dramatically in the first week of the 1984 season. And somehow Joe Gibbs adapted to it faster than anyone else in the league.

Eagles 53-man roster projection after spring practices - PhillyVoice
Obviously, this isn't pretty. Douglas showed some promise this spring, and at some point, whether that be in the second half of the 2017 season or in 2018, Sidney Jones will be back from his ruptured Achilles. We'll project him to start the season on the PUP list. There is hope for the future here, but in 2017 it could be rough sledding. The Eagles could probably stash Grymes or C.J. Smith comfortably on the practice squad. If a decision comes down to those two players, the Eagles may simply choose the one they think is more likely to be poached by another team, which again, is unlikely with either guy, depending on preseason performance.

What I Think I Know About The Eagles -
Here's what we learned in the spring of 2017 with an Eagles team that set out its blueprint following a 7-9 2016 season and then did everything possible to stick to it. It’s hard to believe, of course, that the Eagles had wide receiver Alshon Jeffery or running back LeGarrette Blount in that blueprint, but sometimes you’ve just gotta be flexible, right? ...

Eagles' Jordan Matthews remains hamstrung by knee injury - Daily News
JORDAN MATTHEWS' left knee has been a nagging issue ever since then-rookie cornerback Jalen Mills slammed his helmet into it on a tackle early in 2016's training camp. Matthews missed the entire preseason with what a source close to the situation called a bone bruise, but went on to catch 73 passes for 804 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. This spring, Matthews sat out a lot of spring work, including this week's minicamp, with tendinitis in the knee.

Midterm report on Eagles highly touted rookie class - Intelligencer
Sidney Jones. It was somewhat telling hearing defensive backs coach Cory Undlin talk about how the team practices each day with the thought that Jones will be back at some point this season. Just how effective he will be if he does return in October or November, remains to be seen. Jones was at minicamp, but was never seen on the practice fields.

With Jason Peters re-signed, Lane Johnson again biding time at right tackle - CSN Philly
Lane Johnson figured he'd play a couple years, Jason Peters would retire, and he'd swing over from right tackle over to left tackle. Now, Johnson is entering his fifth NFL season and that move seems no closer than when he got here. "He may be 54 out there playing left tackle," Johnson said of Peters with a laugh. "He’s a different breed, man. He’s so big and strong, his body can do it. … I might be over here my whole career, but I'm just going to make the best of it."

Why you should root for the Philadelphia Eagles -
The Eagles would make a fine team to root for. Let's start with that Mike Trout thing again. Imagine if you ran into Trout out in the world and you were wearing Eagles gear. You'd get a head nod, for sure. Which would be pretty great. So you have that going for you. I know a lot of people aren't expecting much from this team this year, but I think that's a mistake. You have a quarterback of the future you can really believe in. You surrounded him with some Super Bowl winners (don't sleep on Torrey Smith, either). Jim Schwartz as a defensive coordinator is pretty great. And like I said, I love the Eagles fans (who also count Angels announcer Mark Gubicza among their ranks, which is really probably only cool to me, but whatever). They were great as hosts of the draft this year, and who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Plus, you get to hate on the Cowboys and Giants, which is pretty sweet. Fly, Eagles, fly!

Jeremy Maclin was upset, shocked that he learned of his Chiefs release by voicemail - PFT
“Through a voicemail,” Maclin said. “[From G.M.] John Dorsey. I was upset, I was shocked. Apparently, they had been trying to trade me for two or three months. Which who knows if that’s true or not? I would just think that . . . a guy who is going into his ninth year would know if he’s being shopped or not. It is what it is. I still have respect for Big Red, still have respect for the organization. I’m not going to bad mouth anybody or talk any dirt on anybody. It was an unfortunate situation. They felt like they didn’t want me as a player anymore, so it is what it is. I’m happy with where I am right now, and I think that might be the last time I talk about what I call my former life. So I don’t think I want to talk about that anymore.”

Redskins 2017 Player And Team Projections Are Exceedingly Average - Mister Irrelevant
ESPN’s Mike Clay tweeted his full season projections for both the team and individual players on Wednesday, and the results are… unremarkable. Here is what he predicts for the Skins.

Rams only have 2 players left on the roster from blockbuster Robert Griffin III trade - SB Nation
Back in 2012, Washington put together a blockbuster trade with the then-St. Louis Rams to move up to No. 2 and draft Robert Griffin III. The Rams ended up getting eight total picks out of the deal. Five years later, after the Rams traded Greg Robinson to the Detroit Lions, only two of those players remain on the roster.

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