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Carson Wentz comfortable as Eagles leader - Inquirer
This offseason, however, Wentz has increasingly embraced that mantle, according to many of his coaches and teammates. The changes have been subtle. It is not in Wentz’s nature to take what has not yet been earned. But whether it has been breaking down team huddles, or vocalizing his offensive preferences or openly displaying more of his personality, Wentz has naturally become more of a leader. And the NovaCare Complex, at least as it relates to the team, has gradually become his building and has adopted his persona. “He’s the guy. That’s the way everybody in this building sees him,” tackle Lane Johnson said. “He’s the franchise.”

9 Eagles players who need to step up in training camp - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #246). In this episode, we preview Philadelphia Eagles training camp 2017, do some Q&A, and much more!

Eagles training camp preview: Cornerback - PhillyVoice
And then there's Jalen Mills, who was a seventh-round rookie a season ago. He had some decent moments in 2016, but did not produce any turnovers. In coverage, there was a lot more bad than good, as Mills was susceptible to the deep ball. Heading into 2017, it is expected that Mills will be better, but he has a long way to go before anyone could consider him an ideal starter. The Eagles may have some answers long-term at corner if Jones, Douglas, and Mills all pan out, which is a realistic scenario. However, the 2017 season could be ugly.

Big Difference - Iggles Blitz
Compare these groups. #1 WR – Alshon Jeffery vs Jordan Matthews. #2 WR – Jordan Matthews vs Nelson Agholor. #3 WR – Torrey Smith vs Dorial Green-Beckham. #4 WR – Nelson Agholor vs Josh Huff. #5 WR – Mack Hollins vs Bryce Treggs. Beyond that, you have Bryce Treggs and Shelton Gibson competing for a roster spot. Last year that guy was Paul Turner. While he was a feel good story, Turner isn’t as physically gifted as Shelton or Treggs. On paper this group is worlds better. Looks that way as well.

Ezekiel Elliott, LeGarrette Blount and the 300-carry concern - ESPN
The odds are strongly on the side of a statistical drop-off in the year after a 300-plus carry campaign. In many cases, it is drastic. Consider: In the past five years, only one player -- Marshawn Lynch -- did not experience a decline in production. The other nine over that span saw their output sink by an average of 739 rushing yards the next season. Four missed significant time with injury, but even those who stayed healthy had a sharp downturn.

Camp Question: Who Emerges As CB? -
The real test is coming. What the Eagles did during the spring practices, sans contact and full uniforms, was to acquire a taste of what they have at the cornerback positions. In the weeks ahead, the coaching staff is going to know for sure ...

Fantasy Points Per Team Attempt: Identifying The Best Wide Receiver Efficiency and Opportunity – The NFC East - RotoViz
The combo of Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, and Darren Sproles is a WR-opportunity nightmare, with Ertz and Sproles siphoning 177 targets, a 29.1 percent market share. Even in the scenario where Brent Celek is injured, Trey Burton had 60 targets last season. He was re-signed on a 1-year, $2.75 million deal, so the idea Ertz would become more traditional instead of a receiving tight end probably doesn’t help.

How Philadelphia Eagles rookie Nate Gerry emerged as a 'real athlete' from South Dakota - PennLive
Brian Gerry remembers hearing discussions and locking eyes with coaches on a visit to Nebraska more than six years ago. It became clear, Gerry said, that his son mystified the Cornhuskers' football staff. Nate Gerry will arrive at Philadelphia Eagles training camp this weekend as a fifth-round rookie linebacker eager to carve out his place in the NFL, but back then, he was just a kid from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his sights set on a scholarship.

Traces of Andy Reid linger in Doug Pederson's 'physical' training camp philosophy - CSN Philly
It's been 18 years since Andy Reid's first training camp as head coach of the Eagles. Those who were a part of it will never forget it. "It was brutal," Doug Pederson said recently. "It was hot. It was long. It was physical. It was bruising. "It was before the rule changes, so we hit all the time. We were allowed to go full two-a-days. They were physical practices. Just tough. Real tough." Pederson was a 31-year-old quarterback with the Eagles that summer, and those ferocious Reid training camps helped shape the training camps he runs now as head coach of the Eagles. Reid's first three training camps — 1999, 2000 and 2001 — were insane.

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood primed for breakout 2017 - 6ABC
"Some people can ignore it, but it's definitely motivation for me to get better," Smallwood said of the Eagles' crowded backfield. "With that competition in the room, it's driving everyone in that room." After all of the roster changes the Eagles made, Smallwood believes they're ready to make a run.

Eagles Going Greener With New Waste Initiative - NBC Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Eagles are teaming up Waste Masters Solutions on a new environmentally friendly initiative to "properly and efficiently" minimize food waste at Lincoln Financial Field. This expansion of the team’s "Go Green" program will provide for a food waste digester, and an associated data analytics platform, at Lincoln Financial Field.

Jim Harbaugh hires ex-49ers executive Tom Gamble at Michigan - PFT
Shortly after John Lynch was hired as the 49ers’ General Manager, Assistant G.M. Tom Gamble left the team. Now he’s reuniting with a former 49ers coach. Jim Harbaugh is hiring Gamble to work at the Michigan football program, Tim Kawakami of reports.

Jourdan Lewis case headed to trial, will miss first two days of training camp - Blogging The Boys
During a pre-trial hearing at Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court on Thursday, which Lewis was in attendance for, a settlement was unable to be reached. As a result the case will go to trial, with matters properly beginning next Monday until completion. This means that Lewis will likely miss at least the first two days of training camp.

Ranking the best and worst official NFL fidget spinners - SB Nation
3. Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles’ spinner is one good spin from flying away — so spin carefully.


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