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Eagles News: Doug Pederson says Philadelphia probably has more talent than Packers team that won the Super Bowl

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

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Doug Pederson: Eagles 'probably have more talent' than Packers' Super Bowl teams - ESPN
"I think you're capable. ... I look back at my time in Green Bay as a player when we were making those playoff runs and those Super Bowl runs there, and do we have as much talent on this team than we did then? We probably have more talent, right?" Pederson said. “But we also had a lot of talent in [2011] here and where did that get us? So there's got to be a combination of blending all this talent with the coaching staff, with my ideas and philosophy, to bring that all together, put the egos aside, put pride aside, and just go focus on winning this game that we have in front of us. I'm a big believer [that] if you do that, then you look back at the end of the season and you're probably going to be where you want to be, and that's playing in the postseason."

6 things you should be excited about this Eagles season - BGN
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Eagles training camp preview: Specialists - PhillyVoice
Caleb Sturgis was perfect from inside of 40, going for 22/22, although he did miss one PAT (27/28). On the season as a whole, Sturgis was 33/38, or 86.8 percent, which was good for 10th in the NFL. Perhaps what is most encouraging about Sturgis is that he has improved every year:

Lawlor: Jim Johnson Was The Mastermind - PE.com
he Eagles have had some great defensive coaches over the years. Buddy Ryan drafted and developed linebacker Seth Joyner, defensive tackle Jerome Brown, defensive end Clyde Simmons, linebacker Byron Evans, and cornerback Eric Allen. Bud Carson took that group of players to new heights in 1991 when Gang Green was No. 1 in run, pass, and overall defense. Marion Campbell helped the team get to the Super Bowl in 1980 and had the Eagles as the top-ranked defense in 1981. Ray Rhodes and Emmitt Thomas had top-five defenses in 1995 and '96. As great as those coaches were, Jim Johnson is the most beloved defensive coach in Eagles history.

Sack Saturday - Iggles Blitz
Since the unofficial end of Gang Green (1994), the Eagles have had 7 different players with 10 or more sacks in a season. Can you name them?

Eagles' Bryce Treggs hopes to find a place in crowded receiving corps - Philly.com
In Week 9 of last season against the Giants, Bryce Treggs blazed past Janoris Jenkins and Nat Berhe for a 58-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles scored a few plays later on a Ryan Mathews touchdown. That was Treggs’ chance, finding his way onto the field as a rookie among a struggling assortment of Eagles receivers — and producing the team’s second-longest passing play of the season. The Cal product did what he does best: run. “It was nice for a sense of confidence,” Treggs said. “It made me feel like I belonged. ‘Like OK, I can take these guys deep; I belong in this league.’ After that, the sky’s the limit for me. I’m going into Year 2 and I’m very excited to be a part of this organization.”

Eagles coach Doug Pederson not likely to share play-calling duties - Burlington County Times
What will not change is Pederson. The coach said he isn’t planning on giving his offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, any play-calling duties during a game, even though that is what Andy Reid did for Pederson when Pederson was Reid’s offensive coordinator in Kansas City for three years prior to becoming the Eagles’ head coach. In K.C., Reid allowed Pederson to call half the game, usually the second half. “I can tell you this -- after going through a year of calling a full season, it’s hard to give that up personally, selfishly,” he said. Asked why, Pederson responded: “It’s fun, and you’re in control of the game. Being a quarterback and a former quarterback, you’re kind of in charge. You are. You’re calling the plays, you’re touching the ball every time, you’re part of the game, the whole fabric of the game. It’s just hard to give it up. I’m still kind of in my mind processing all of it, how it would work if I did that. But as of right now, I’m not.”

Doug Pederson believes Eagles have hit on a winner with their unique approach - Morning Call
In a wide-ranging conversation with the team's beat reporters following mandatory minicamp last month, Pederson admitted that the use of analytical data, now known without question to be a job requirement, could have him going against his gut in some crucial situations. "It does because there's more technology, more data available today than when I played," Pederson said. "I think there's a balance ... you can get bogged down with numbers and I don't want to get bogged down with it, but if it can help us on game days ... but yes, it has changed."

Monday Morning Quarterback: Introducing The MMQB All-Time NFL Draft - SI.com
Nicknamed “Weapon X” by fans in Philly, where he played 13 of his 16 stellar seasons, Brian Dawkins was known as a ball-hawk capable of delivering a punishing hit. His 37 career interceptions, 36 forced fumbles and 26 sacks attest to his all-around prowess. SI’s Paul Zimmerman said Dawkins “does everything—blitzes, hits with real force, locks on to tight coverage downfield, and seems to have an electric effect on everybody around him.” A four-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Dawkins was a 2017 Hall of Fame finalist. He’ll be in Canton soon.

Eagles 2017 training camp position battle: left guard - CSN Philly
From the time Doug Pederson became the Eagles' head coach last offseason, the positioning of the stalls in the far right corner of the locker room hasn't changed. They're arranged by the order of starters: (from left to right) Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson. That combination remained intact for the first four games of the season and the Eagles got off to a hot 3-1 start. But that was before Johnson's suspension and subsequent injuries on the offensive line helped to derail the 2016 season. As the 2017 offseason kicked off, the locker stalls remained unmoved. But the line might get a shake-up soon.

Texans rookie RB D’Onta Foreman arrested on drug, weapon charges - SB Nation
Houston Texans rookie running back D’Onta Foreman was arrested early Sunday morning and charged for possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to the Austin American-Statesman’s Brian Davis. Foreman, who attended the University of Texas, was arrested on campus by university police.

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