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Eagles News: Donnel Pumphrey is practicing as a slot wide receiver

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/8/17.

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Eagles using Donnel Pumphrey in the slot 'a lot' - PhillyVoice
While he is most definitely playing the running back position, Pumphrey has gotten plenty of looks from the slot as a receiver. "So far, that's really where I've been a lot, just catching the ball," said Pumphrey last week during the Eagles' second round of OTAs. "They've been working me from the slot a lot, moving me around as a running back out of two-running back sets. I look forward to catching the ball and showing that I can catch the ball."

The problem with using stats to defend Jordan Matthews - BGN
JMatt isn’t a bad player, but just how good is he?

Don't Go To The Phones Ep. 7: No one will quarter soldiers in Fletcher Cox’s home -
The draft came and went, and it was pretty straightforward, or did the Eagles outsmart themselves? Why were people so concerned that Fletcher Cox didn’t show up to OTAs but not Marcus Smith? Are NFL superstars and backup quarterbacks the next beachhead in the fight for equality? We discuss all that and more! Plus we don’t take your phone calls!

Taking a Chance - Iggles Blitz
Domo pointed out that Evan Mathis was a journeyman player until he got to the Eagles and was coached by Howard Mudd. That is a great example. Mathis was a perfect fit for Mudd’s system and played at a Pro Bowl level (I think he might be the first member of the PFF Hall of Fame). There is a big difference, though. Mathis had some odd circumstances and just couldn’t seem to get on the field regularly until he hit Philly. Warmack started for 3 years in Tennessee. He had the skills to play well for the Titans. He just didn’t do that.

Reggie White Named All-Time Greatest DE - senior analyst Gil Brandt saw enough of Reggie White terrorizing the Cowboys during his 29-year tenure as Dallas' vice president of player personnel that he couldn't help but put the Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end atop his personal list of the all-time greatest at the position.

With or without Jeremy Maclin, Eagles' WR corps is restocked for the better - CBS Sports
Two big-name free agents and a pair of draft picks already have Philadelphia ready to go deep.

Aaron Grymes in good position to again battle for spot as Eagles cornerback - Morning Call
"I think it's a lot easier [this time around], knowing the defense," he said. "Things happen slower now because I'm not thinking about the play and the guy. Now I'm just worrying about the guy I'm guarding, kind of a muscle memory thing. I know where to be now, I know what to expect, I know the speed of the game now, I know a lot of the routes and formations. So for me it's a lot easier because I feel a lot smarter. I'm able to play faster because I see things slower, if that makes any sense."

Remember Paul Turner? He's totally OK with it if you don't - Inquirer
"I feel like I've improved just being in the system," Turner said. "Having a year under my belt has just given me an opportunity to come in here less focused on trying to know the plays and more on understanding coverages and playing at a faster pace. As far as the roster, I just feel like it's about the same as last year. It's just about going out there and proving what you can do, just taking every rep like it's your last."

Brent Celek still hungry for title with time running out on career - CSN Philly
Brent Celek is under no illusions about where he is at this stage of his NFL career. Heading into his 11th year with the Eagles at age 32, any season could be Celek’s last. “You try not think about that type of stuff,” Celek said Monday at the NovaCare Complex. “All I’m focused on is today, and then when I wake up again tomorrow, just focus on that day. At the end, it will reveal itself.” Celek continued to take a back seat in the Eagles’ offense last season, his least productive as a pro with 14 receptions for 155 yards and no touchdowns. Zach Ertz has clearly taken over as the starting tight end, while Trey Burton was on the field for only about 10 percent fewer snaps than Celek.

How Jeremy Maclin Became Expendable - The MMQB
And why the Chiefs shouldn’t suffer much of a drop-off despite being left with Tyreek Hill and a group of middling receivers.

Jets give Todd Bowles an even bigger mess to handle after dumping veteran players - SB Nation
The Jets unceremoniously parted ways with David Harris and Eric Decker, putting the onus on Bowles to develop a young team.

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