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Falcons sit atop first batch of NFC projections for 2017 - PFF
Position by position, the Eagles have one of the better rosters in the league. One of the main things that held the team back in 2016 was Carson Wentz. Over the first five games of the season Wentz looked like one of the best rookie quarterbacks the league has seen, but from Week 7 on was among the lowest-graded. Typically you expect improvement from year one to two, and the odds are even better after the addition of Alshon Jeffery. Since 2013, he has 2.15 yards per route run, which is 10th-best for wide receivers in that time. If both Wentz and the cornerbacks can take steps forward, this team could be much higher. If not it will be difficult to stand out in a competitive division.

Eagles have the league’s best defense of the past 30 years - BGN
Football Outsiders recently put together a list of the top 30 NFL offenses of the last 30 years. The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t make that list, but they did appear twice on FO’s list of the top 30 defenses ... including the No. 1 overall spot.

Nelly and Marcus: Fighting vs giving up, a tale of two very different 1st rounders -
Yes, the overreaction and underreaction to guys in shorts has commenced without any injuries or hold outs. That's really what's most important. Some teams lost guys for the entire year, while the Eagles made it through unscathed and without any major contract disputes. Really, my overall sense from my Twitter feed, the hype videos and Barchard's videos was that everyone was excited to be there and the competition level was off-the-charts. I'm a sucker for videos of guys competing because I think it makes everyone work harder and I couldn't be more pleased with the amount of competitions Doug had these guys going through. It makes individuals work harder, brings guys closer and ultimately gets the most out of guys. A team of guys that compete does things in the NFL. Guys, that don't compete get shown the door.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Rasul Douglas - PhillyVoice
For Douglas' comp, we're going to go a little more obscure. The player Douglas very closely resembles in recent memory is former Browns, Cowboys, and Lions corner Anthony Henry. Who? Henry actually had a pretty decent career in the NFL from 2000 to 2009, playing in 132 games (96 starts), mostly as the No. 2 corner, picking off 33 passes during that time. Eagles fans may or may not remember him from his 57 games (51 starts) with the Cowboys from 2005 to 2008. In 2009, in Jim Schwartz's first year in Detroit, the Lions signed Henry in free agency, where he played one more year in the NFL.

Eagles Better or Worse 2017: Defensive line - CSN Philly
The Eagles’ defensive line underwent a massive overhaul this offseason, beginning with the release of Connor Barwin and Bennie Logan’s departure in free agency. The front office then took a three-pronged approach to filling the holes created by those departures, adding Chris Long in free agency, trading for Tim Jernigan and using a first-round draft pick on Derek Barnett. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham remain as the unit’s foundation, but the Eagles were charged with replacing 50 percent of the starting lineup and roughly 30 percent of the total playing time up front. Doing that – and getting better at the same time – is no easy task.

Press Pass: John DeFilippo -
Quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo talks about Carson Wentz expectations in his second year and some of the key offensive additions in the offseason.

Top impressions of Eagles following mandatory minicamp - Morning Call
The way the cornerbacks played most of the spring, maybe the Eagles won't continue to scan the waiver wire or seek a trade for any more veterans at that spot, as has been expected. Rookie Rasul Douglas has played fearlessly. Second-year man Aaron Grymes, who also played in the CFL, is as good as or better than he was last summer, when he was on track to make the team until a shoulder injury forced his release. And Dwayne Gratz and C.J. Smith continue to progress. All that could make for more than acceptable depth behind Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson.

Seven NFL Team Stocks to Buy - Sports On Earth
There are a lot of similarities between the Eagles and the teams mentioned above. They have a young franchise quarterback, new skill position weapons like Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and LeGarrette Blount, plus one of the better defensive lines in the NFL. The question for 2017 is whether they can overcome arguably the worst cornerback group in the league to make the playoffs for the first time in three years?

Globetrotters draft Tim Tebow and Wonder Woman - PFT
If the minor league baseball thing doesn’t work out, Tim Tebow has a shot to make it in another sport. Tebow was among the players “drafted” today by the Harlem Globetrotters, which serves mostly as a way to remind people the Harlem Globetrotters are still a thing.

Former Patriots and Chiefs tackle Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay - Outsports
O’Callaghan had always planned to commit suicide after football, until Kansas City Chiefs staffers stepped in.

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