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Eagles News: Lane Johnson says this team looks the best it’s been since he arrived in Philly

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Eagles Practice Observations: Philly’s defense dominates the day - BGN
I really like what I’ve seen from Derek Barnett. He doesn’t look like your average 20-year-old rookie. Barnett beat Lane Johnson cleanly quite a few times. The No. 14 overall pick notched a couple would-be sacks on Wentz’s blindside. It’s not just Barnett’s pass-rushing that’s stood out. He showed great awareness to sniff out a screen during one first team rep today. If he continues to look this good, it’s going to be hard for the Eagles to keep Barnett off the field.

Upon Further Review - Episode 9: J.R. Reed -
JR Reed was a special kind of journeyman. Join Vince Quinn as he details the horrific lows and stunning highs of Reed's career. It's an incredible story that every Eagles fan should know!

Week 3 OTA Roundup – Pt. 2 - Iggles Blitz
Nothing groundbreaking, but BLG always seems to cover a point or two that no one else does. I enjoy the randomness of some of his points. He’s got good stuff on Wentz, Barnett and the usual suspects, but I prefer this stuff. It is good to hear that Grymes, Means and KGH are all finding ways to stand out. Those three can be good role players this year. At the same time, they are on the outer edges of the roster so they have to stand out as much as possible.

In Year 2, Eagles' Pederson plans to stay aggressive on fourth down – and that's a good thing - PhillyVoice
This time around, they'll have LeGarrette Blount, who was 4-for-6 last season running the ball on fourth down. In his career, he's carried the ball 183 times with his team needing three or fewer yards for a first down. He's converted 100 of them (54.6 pct.). And when the pressure is on, Blount's numbers have remained nearly identical. In third/fourth down and short situations (fewer than three yards), he's converted 35 of 66 attempts (53.0 pct.)

Zach Ertz Aims To Be Best-Ever Eagles TE -
The numbers say that Zach Ertz has been one of the NFL’s very best tight ends in his time as an Eagle. He’s got the eighth-most receptions and receiving yards among the league’s tight ends since 2013. Ertz’s 5.57 catches per game ranked first among NFL tight ends and his receiving yards per game ranked fourth. So why is it ...

A roster change for USWNT: Goodbye Julie Johnston, hello Julie Ertz - ESPN
Newlywed Julie Johnston, star defender for the Chicago Red Stars and the U.S. women's soccer team, is officially Julie Ertz. After marrying Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz in March, Johnston debuted her new last name a few weeks later in a heartwarming Instagram where "Ertz" stood in place of her maiden name on her Chicago Red Stars jersey.

Lane Johnson knows he “let a lot of people down” - PFT
“It was the most motivating time in my life and even now,” Johnson said via Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius Late Hits. “… I know that I let a lot of people down and a lot of people questioned me. But my deal is I just want to show them how good I can really be and I think in the next four or five years, hopefully you’re going to see one of the elite tackles in the league.

Jordan Hicks is finally healthy and familiar with everything - Inquirer
Jordan Hicks is in an unfamiliar position this offseason. He's familiar with everything. The Eagles linebacker is finally in the same defensive scheme two years in a row, and he has no injury from which to recover. For the first time in his three NFL seasons - and even stretching back to his college career - Hicks is benefiting from comfort with his body and mind. "It's awesome not coming off injury," Hicks said. "It's awesome not having to learn a new defense. You're comfortable. You don't have to waste time learning. You already know. Now it's just taking the next step mentally because you know you're there physically."

Jordan Matthews says no reason to be concerned about knee injury - CSN Philly
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who hasn't practiced during the three weeks of Eagles OTAs because of knee tendinitis, said there's no reason for fans to be concerned about his health. "Not at all," he said. "I'm not concerned."

Jeremy Maclin leaves Baltimore Ravens facility without deal - Baltimore Beatdown
It’s not shocking, but this is slightly surprising. With Steve Smith Sr. in attendance during today’s visit, and with Maclin joining Ravens players during an NBA Finals watch party last night, it felt as though the contract was ready for Maclin’s signature. Not so fast, as Maclin wants due diligence; the free agent wants to weigh his options. With millions of dollars at stake, nobody can blame the man for time to think.

Which player has the most to prove for each NFL team in 2017? - SB Nation
Wentz showcased the skills that made him the No. 2 overall pick last year, and the Eagles rewarded his occasional brilliance by adding playmakers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to a depleted receiving corps. Now he’ll have to avoid a second-year slump to solidify his status as Philadelphia’s franchise quarterback.

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