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What Eagles WR Nelson Agholor's locker whiteboard reveals about his 2017 mindset - Inquirer
Nelson Agholor keeps a whiteboard on his locker stall. On the board, Agholor tracks how many drops he’s totaled in a given practice during organized team activities, and he writes a quote for motivation. That board offers guidance for Agholor entering Year 3 on the Eagles after two disappointing seasons for the former first-round pick. "It’s just something you want to do to keep yourself accountable,” Agholor said of keeping track of the drops. “You look at it. You try to get better each day. You want to repeat the same habits.”

NFL insiders give the Eagles an offseason grade - BGN
ESPN recently revealed their annual offseason grades for all 32 NFL teams. The grades are formed by Mike Sando, who compiles input from “15 NFL executives, coaches and evaluators.” You can check out the entire thing via ESPN In$ider. This year, the insiders gave the Philadelphia Eagles a "B-" rating. Here's their explanation.

The NFL Has To Go Global Or It Will Die -
The most important thing for the NFL to do is become an international game. Why? More talent. American's can't be the only ones that could play this game well. Right now the NFL is only popular here. So, naturally, all of the players are from here. American kids watch football and play football. End of story. Oh you're from London? Mexico City? You get a game once a year between the two crappiest teams the NFL has to offer. Inspiring stuff, right?

Eagles ground game should be helped by upgrades at wide receiver - PhillyVoice
What that tells me is that the Eagles' offensive line was generally doing a good job up front, but the backs were simply unable to turn singles and doubles into home runs at the second and third levels of the defense. Certainly, the complete lack of a downfield threat in the passing game didn't help, as opposing defenses routinely parked their safeties close to the line of scrimmage. In 2017, the Eagles made running back additions in LeGarrette Blount and Donnel Pumphrey. They'll also likely get more games out of Lane Johnson this season, and as a result, better offensive line continuity.

Second Thoughts - Iggles Blitz
Sproles may feel completely different when December and January roll around. He might be ready to head off to the sunset. For now, he’s smart to keep an open mind. See how the season goes. See how he feels. Play football if it is fun, but walk away if the grind is just too much. I guess there is also the question of how Sproles would fit in next season. We’ll have to wait and see how Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey pan out. If they play as the Eagles hope, Sproles would be a luxury. If those young guys struggle, the Eagles may be begging Sproles to stick around for one more season.

Kirk Cousins contract talks with Redskins taking encouraging tone - ESPN
While it doesn't mean there will be a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline, there has been an improved, encouraging tone in the contract talks between the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins, league sources told ESPN. One reason for the positive outlook is that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has gotten involved, making it known how much Washington wants to re-sign Cousins.

NFL players to Congress: Let's fix the justice system - CNN
Anquan Boldin, Malcolm Jenkins, Glover Quin and Johnson Bademosi are players in the National Football League. They have been working together since September 2016 to advocate for criminal justice reform in Washington, D.C. and in the states. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.

Hart Trying To Make It As OT With Eagles -
An all-state offensive tackle at Tualatin High School in Oregon, Taylor Hart was moved to the other side of the ball at the University of Oregon and selected by the Eagles as a 3-4 defensive end in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s made the move back to the offensive line in an attempt to find a positional home in this league, and the transition is a difficult one. “Playing at the high school level and then going straight to the NFL is like driving a Prius and then going to a Ferrari,” Hart said. “That’s how I would say it.”

Carson Wentz's ability to move in pocket still a work in progress - CSN Philly
There's something that's just so natural about it, the ability to sense pressure — sometimes without seeing it — and slide around an invisible block of space in the middle of a football field. It almost seems like Carson Wentz was born with the ability to move in the pocket. But it's not all natural. "A lot of it is taught. I don't know," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "My knee-jerk reaction is to say it's 50-50. Some of it is natural. But it has to be taught. It comes with playing a lot, and obviously Carson has played at every level, but it's different at this level. You've still got to teach it and engrain those habits."

How ex-Penn State QB Matt McGloin approaches new role as Philadelphia Eagles' 3rd-stringer - PennLive
Matt McGloin stood several yards behind his more high-profile teammates Monday, watching as Eagles quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles dropped back to rifle pass after pass during an offseason practice. Eventually, McGloin got his chance to step in and fling the ball around to backup receivers. But the message is clear: McGloin, a former Penn State signal-caller who helmed the Lions' offense through the program's most tumultuous period, is the third-stringer in Philadelphia, without much opportunity to move up the depth chart.

Eric Decker is latest veteran the Jets are parting ways with this offseason - SB Nation
The New York Jets have made Eric Decker a cap casualty.

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