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Each NFL team's most underrated and overrated player for 2017 - CBS Sports
Underrated: LB Jordan Hicks - He had five interceptions last season, his second in the league, and has developed into one of the best cover linebackers in the league. He did suffer a hand injury recently, but he is expected to be ready for camp and is an emerging star on the Eagles defense. Overrated: C Jason Kelce - He's been around for a while, and he's smart, but his play really took a step back last season. At times, he has major problems with power people on his nose, but he also regressed in pass protection last year.

16 observations from Eagles training camp practice - BGN
Greg Ward had another strong day of practice. No one-handed catches but he still caught everything thrown his way, including a deep over-the-shoulder reception on a pass thrown by Nick Foles. Ward ran a precise route that helped him find a soft spot in the zone coverage. Ward also made a tough contested catch at the goal line during a red zone drill. I’m not 100% sure that the ball didn’t touch the ground, but from my view it looked like he held on. Good hands.

Upon Further Review - Episode 13: Jerry Wolman -
This week Vince Quinn is back with a brand new UFR! He goes over the life of a Jerry Wolman. A Washington, D.C. developer that became the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles in early 1960s. Success, struggle and heartbreak wasn't just on the football field.

Rookie Nate Gerry gives Eagles another strong coverage linebacker - PhillyVoice
On Tuesday, Schwartz was asked how Gerry has looks so far through spring practices and the first two days of camp. "You know, the big thing with him is going to be filling the run inside when the pads come on," said Schwartz. "He was a safety in college. He put the weight on that we wanted [him] to. He's very instinctive in the pass game. You can see a safety in his background. He's got really good eyes for the football. All those things we assumed that we would see. We really haven't been able to evaluate his thump and his ability to step up and fill interior holes yet. Again, when the pads come on, that will be the tell-tale for him."

Day 2 of Training Camp - Iggles Blitz
Walker could be a key reserve for the Eagles. Jordan Hicks is a terrific MLB, but the team doesn’t have a set backup to him. Walker looked to be that guy last year, but the injury ended that idea. Now Walker has to show that he’s healthy and capable of being a reliable backup and productive role player. Walker is 6-2 and athletic. He could also possibly play some SAM if needed. Nigel Bradham could be facing a suspension and the Eagles don’t have a natural SAM on the roster other than him. Walker has the potential to handle that role, assuming he’s healthy and continues to develop as expected. These are down the road possibilities. For now, Walker just needs to keep mending and getting confidence in his knee. Contact practices will be the next big hurdle for him.

Carson Wentz on pitch count 'to some extent' during training camp - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will be managing his "pitch count" during training camp to ensure his arm is fresh for the regular season. Wentz said as much to reporters on Tuesday following the team's second day of training camp. "To some extent, yeah," said Wentz, sporting a black protective sleeve on his throwing arm. "I'm not too worried about it; I've been through a number of camps before. Obviously, this is a little different. But to some extent, it's kind of built into the practice plan in general."

Ranking all 32 backfields heading into the 2017 season - PFF

The Eagles have made effots to put more pieces around QB Carson Wentz and they did so in the backfield signing LeGarrette Blount and drafting Donnel Pumphrey out of San Diego State. Philadelphia will have a crowded backfield, as Darren Sproles (74.3 overall grade, 28th) and Ryan Matthews (70.5. 40th) return though both have several years of tread worn on their legs. That said, Sproles continues to impress, although it appears Pumphrey was brought in to eventually replace the versatile back. Blount still is able to produce but dipped below 4.0 yards per carry for the first time in his career (excluding injury shortened 2012).

Carson Wentz Year 2: A New Perspective -
The second time around, as Carson Wentz is learning, means a great deal. The Eagles' quarterback is the Eagles' starting quarterback in his second NFL season, and nobody disputes that. So everything is different for The Franchise, as he acknowledged on Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex ...

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on cornerbacks: 'We're going to have to keep an open mind' - Inquirer
The Eagles will have a cornerback competition this summer, and there’s no target date to determining the starters. The reason is that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz considers the position a wide-open race and doesn’t yet know who will fill such key roles. It also speaks to just how much of a problem the position could be for the Eagles, considering they’re not choosing from a group of established players. “We’re going to have to keep an open mind and let it play,” Schwartz said. “If we close that competition too soon, I don’t know if we serve the position the best way. We’ll let the chips fall.”

Ed Kracz's Eagles Training Camp Diary: Day Two - Burlington County Times
Watching Matt McGloin throw makes me think that somebody is going to get themselves a good quarterback when he eventually is released. He looks sharp on most of his throws and has a good grasp of the offense. I just don’t see the Birds keeping three quarterbacks on the active roster.

Eagles camp notes, quotes and tidbits: Race at CB; Jeffery a 'different animal' - CSN Philly
"It's really nice having a guy like Alshon, not only catch radius, but he has some of the strongest hands I've ever seen," Wentz said on Tuesday. The thing with Alshon and I, we just have to keep building that chemistry, building that relationship. ... You can just see, he's kind of a different animal, throwing the ball to him. He can cover some ground. It's nice to have a guy like that."

NFLPA gathering info about Lucky Whitehead’s release - PFT
The Cowboys used a fire-ready-aim approach to the termination of Lucky Whitehead. The NFL Players Association will use a more deliberate approach in responding to the situation. Then again, anything would be more deliberate than what the Cowboys did. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFLPA have begun the process of exploring the situation, reaching out to Whitehead and his agent, David Rich, for more information.

CTE found in 99 percent of former NFL players’ brains donated in new study - SB Nation
The study confirmed signs of CTE in 90 percent of the brains donated by former players at all levels of football.

Video from Eagles practice (click here or watch below)

Eagles training camp practice! Live from Day 2

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Carson Wentz press conference (click here or watch below)

EAGLES QB Carson Wentz speaking now!

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Joe Walker interview (click here or watch below)

LB Joe Walker is feeling strong this year!

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Marcus Johnson interview (click here or watch below)

WR Marcus Johnson on his golf game with Carson Wentz & company

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, 25 July 2017


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