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Eagles News: Malcolm Jenkins says it’s “not crazy” to think Eagles can make the Super Bowl

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/13/17.

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Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Malcolm Jenkins May Be NFL's Most Important Man - B/R
Is it ridiculous to think this could be Philadelphia's year? It would be tough, of course. The Eagles are in the same division as one of the most talented teams in the league, the Cowboys. They'd also have to pass the Packers and Falcons—a brutal mission but not an impossible one. "Not crazy at all," Jenkins said of the Eagles' prospects of reaching the Super Bowl. "Our offense is better. Carson [Wentz] is better. Our defense is better. I think we've taken some big steps forward." We'll see just how big this season.

Eagles really need someone to step up at cornerback - BGN
Mills struggled as a rookie. There were some positive flashes, but there was more bad than good. Pro Football Focus graded Mills as the worst corner in the NFL last year. Mills’ weakness is obvious: he’s vulnerable to getting beat deep due to a lack of long speed. His biggest strength is also obvious: Mills is an extremely confident player who won’t back down from a challenge. The Eagles’ coaching staff seems to really like Mills. Jim Schwartz has praised him on multiple occasions. Malcolm Jenkins also said the team expects him to be a breakout player this season. Now it’s up to Mills to live up to expectations. He had some strong moments during spring practices this year, but there were also multiple times when he got beat over the top. I think he’ll make some plays this year but also give up a bunch.

5 plays were the difference between 7-9 and 12-4 for Eagles in 2016 - CSN Philly
Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells once stated, “You are what your record says you are,” and he was absolutely right. The Eagles finished 7-9 last season, demonstrating all the hallmarks of a 7-9 team along the way – inconsistency, inexperience, one or two crippling weaknesses and an inability to finish games. They deserved to go 7-9. Yet, if we revisit how the 2016 campaign played out for the Eagles, it offers more reason for hope than that record suggests. That’s because five of those losses hinged on one play, which is to say if you could change the outcome of one snap, just one bounce of the ball, in theory, the Eagles could have won five more games. Basically, five plays were the difference between 7-9 and 12-4.

Eagles training camp preview: Wide receiver - PhillyVoice
Jeffery is very talented and has put up big numbers in the past, but he also comes with some injury and suspension concerns. That said, Jeffery looked like the real deal during OTAs and minicamp, where he was easily the Eagles' best receiver.

Top 5 : Darren Sproles - PE.com
Let's take a look back at some of running back Darren Sproles biggest plays from the 2016 season.

Ranking the Fantasy Football assets for the Philadelphia Eagles - CBS Sports
I'm expecting the Eagles will throw the ball 570 times in 2017 which is due to both a small reduction in plays and a small increase in their percentage of run plays. Dividing those targets is made more difficult be the additions of Jeffery and Torrey Smith, but the one thing I feel confident in is that the Eagles will heavily target their tight ends. Between Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz, targets (if not touchdowns) have been reliable for the tight end in Doug Pederson offenses. I also expect Darren Sproles will continue getting his share.

20 shocking fantasy football predictions for 2017 - NFL.com
It wouldn't shock me if ... Alshon Jeffery fails to post 1,000 receiving yards: Jeffery hasn't had even 900 yards in two straight seasons, so how would this be a shocking situation? Well, he's projected as a borderline No. 1 or 2 fantasy wideout in a plenty of rankings. I see loads of risk.

25 NFL predictions through 2020: Brady's future, OBJ's contract - ESPN
The NFC East's no-repeat streak continues. The division hasn't had a repeat champion since the Eagles in 2003-04, and that's not going to change over the next three years. We expect the Cowboys to stay good but to hiccup a bit in 2017, with Washington or the Giants taking advantage and winning the division title. But the Eagles aren't far away, and the days of the hypercompetitive NFC East could return soon. That means it will be tough for anyone to dominate it for years in a row.

Michael Vick to be inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame - Gobbler Country
Virginia Tech announced five new members to its 2017 Hall-of-Fame class on Tuesday. The class is headlined by arguably the best athlete in school history in Michael Vick.

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz shares lessons he learned from Bill Belichick - Pats Pulpit
Schwartz had some free time in 2015 and spoke at a conference about offensive linemen, pass rushing, and receiving backs.

What if every NFL quarterback was available in a draft? - SB Nation
10. Philadelphia Eagles — Matt Ryan — The reigning MVP just turned 32 and led the Falcons to the Super Bowl. He might need a Julio Jones to get the job done in Philadelphia, but the team has a lot of pieces in place and Alshon Jeffery is plenty dangerous.

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