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Eagles News: Two Philadelphia players make list of most overlooked NFL offseason additions

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/12/17.

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The Most Overlooked Additions of the 2017 NFL Offseason - B/R
The veteran's ability to pound the ball between the tackles is still valuable enough to offset any regression due to the dreaded 30-year-old plateau. Furthermore, LeGarrette Blount's game isn't built around speed or quickness. According to Pro Football Focus, the two-time Super Bowl champion broke 76 tackles since the start of the 2015 campaign, which ranked fourth among running backs. Blount can be a successful short-yardage/red-zone specialist in a rotation that features smaller and more explosive options [...] The 24-year-old Jernigan is younger and more explosive than Bennie Logan, which helped him become one of the NFL's best run defenders. According to Pro Football Focus, Jernigan led all 3-4 defensive ends in run-stop percentage last season. The Florida State product also brings a dynamic Logan never did. The Eagles' previous nose tackle managed 5.5 sacks in four seasons. Jernigan had five last season and 13 total over the previous three campaigns.

It’s time for Jordan Hicks to get the respect he deserves - BGN
Hicks is one of the most underrated players in the NFL. Eagles fans (and Cowboys fans) know just how good he is, but Hicks hasn’t fully received the respect he deserves from a national audience. That changes this year. This is the year where people realize that Hicks is one of the best players at his position in the league. Hicks should have an easy time finding the spotlight because he’s shown a penchant for making big plays at a Hall of Fame pace. He’s excellent in coverage which makes life harder on quarterbacks who love to throw over the middle of the field.

BLG on 94WIP: The Eagles Pass Rush Is Gonna Eat - BGNRadio.com
BLG joins the WIP Morning Team to talk about the Eagles’ pass rush, Jim Schwartz’s defense, a record prediction for the 2017 season, and more.

Eagles training camp preview: Running back - PhillyVoice
Blount, meanwhile, gives the Eagles the bruising back element that they would otherwise be missing. He was especially good last season in third- and fourth-and short situations, which is an area where the Eagles' offense struggled last season. Blount could also have added importance to this team that he may not elsewhere because of Doug Pederson's penchant for gambling on fourth down.

More on the Fargo Trip - Iggles Blitz
Carson Wentz might not have as many air yards as some analyst prefers. He might not have great mechanics. He might throw more wobbly passes than you would ideally like. But Wentz does have the right attitude and he is truly dedicated to the game of football. That doesn’t guarantee success. Kevin Kolb and Nick Foles were dedicated. They did what they could to become good starting QBs, but that didn’t happen. They didn’t have the ability to play at a high level on a consistent basis. Wentz is more physically gifted than them and that gives him a big advantage. Part of being a good QB is accepting everything that position brings with it. You are instantly a team leader. You become the face of the team. You live under a microscope, especially in a football-mad town like Philly. Wentz gets that.

NFC East Q&A: Who is the rising star in the division? - ESPN
Eagles QB Carson Wentz. The second-year signal-caller out of North Dakota State experienced a drop-off down the stretch last season following a red-hot start and ended the season ranked 25th in quarterback rating (79.3) and 29th in yards per attempt (6.23). On the flip side, he had a bit of a historic rookie year, setting a record for pass completions (379) while finishing fourth in all-time rookie passing yards (3,782) and fifth in completion percentage (62.44), per ESPN Stats & Information. The Eagles’ coaching staff and front office believe they have a gem in Wentz, who has established himself as one of the team’s top leaders in short order. Armed with better offensive weapons this season, Wentz should take a big step forward while capturing more of the national spotlight.

Rookie Journey: Donnel Pumphrey - PE.com
Fourth-round draft selection Donnel Pumphrey shares how his rookie experience has been so far and what he expects to come during his first NFL training camp.

The Eagles’ All-Decade Disappointments Team - Eagles Notebook
For every player that finds stardom as an Eagle, however, there’s usually at least one who struggles to come close. Expectations are high on the gridiron in the City of Brotherly Love, so it’s no surprise Philadelphia has also been home to, you know, a dud or two — or 25. Maybe these guys were rattled by injuries. Maybe, to little or no fault of their own, they were misused. Maybe they’re not bad football players, after all. (They sure as heck did better than most of us in getting to the pros.)

Eagles' Mitchell White trying to become another CFL-to-NFL success story - Philly.com
The day Mitchell White noticed a major difference between the Canadian Football League and the NFL was, of course, the first one. Coming off three seasons playing cornerback up north, the Eagles’ rookie lined up to play defense in practice, followed his receiver downfield, turned and looked. The ball was already there. The game is faster here, a common expression that strikes suddenly for a player making the transition.

Carson Wentz hopes teammates learn Fargo is 'not just a frozen wasteland' - CSN Philly
So what does Wentz want his teammates to learn about Fargo this week? "I want them to know that it's a beautiful place and the people here are amazing," Wentz said. "I think Torrey (Smith) tweeted it yesterday [about] the nicest people. And there's actually things to do and it's not just a frozen wasteland like people think. It's a great place." It looks like Wentz's mission is working. "It's been great," Alshon Jeffery said. "Everyone around here has been great in Fargo. I mean, we love it out here. And it's great for our team, coming out here with Carson to see how he's living, see what's going on around here. It's great. I mean, it reminds me a little bit of back home because I'm from a small town (St. Matthews, South Carolina) as well."

PHOTOS/VIDEO: 'This is home' says Wentz on bringing Eagles receivers to Fargo - Inforum
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a quick response when asked why he brought wide receivers from the Eagles to Fargo to train. “This is home,” said Wentz, the former North Dakota State star quarterback. For the second straight day, Wentz and Eagles wide receivers were running drills at the NDSU practice field Tuesday, July 11, for about two hours. On Monday, the receivers were out on jet skis on Pelican Lake near Pelican Rapids, Minn. “Carson is like the president around here,” Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith said.

Giants 2017 Schedule Preview: Eagles Have More Weapons - Big Blue View
Gowton is right that the success or failure of the 2017 Eagles is likely to be judged by the development of Wentz and the Philly offense. Wentz is a youngster in his second year trying to show he can be a franchise quarterback. Eli Manning of the Giants is a two-time Super Bowl champ in his 14th year trying to show he is still good enough to win big games. Thing is, even though the quarterbacks are at vastly different stages, the Eagles and Giants are mirror images in this way. Their seasons are likely to come down to whether or not rebuilt offenses that were pretty much awful in 2016 can be better this time around.

New study finds there’s no cognitive risk from playing high school football - SB Nation
Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy (CTE) in football has become one of the biggest issues they face after finishing their careers. However, a recent study from JAMA Neurology suggests that former high school football players do not face an enhanced risk.

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