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Eagles News: Philadelphia players react to findings of CTE study

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Eagles weigh in on recently released CTE study - Bucks County Courier Times
Many of the players talked to Wednesday, however, said they would likely play the game again if they had it to do all over again. “I look at it like if something were to happen to me, it’s more of a sacrifice for my wife and kids in the future,” Brooks said. “It’s an opportunity to change their lives and their futures. As grim as it is to say, I’ve played long enough (that) it’s either going to happen or it’s not. I’m not going to look at it like I’m going to change my career path. I chose to play the game I love. Stay on that path.”

20 notes from Eagles training camp practice - BGN
Hollins has a lot of similarities to Jordan Matthews during practice. They both go gloveless (JMatt does sometimes), they both run out every catch to the end zone even after the play is over, and they even both drop passes. OK, so that last part is a little joke, but Hollins did have a drop during a red zone drill. It would have been a tough diving catch while the quarterback was scrambling, so it’s hard to kill him too much for it. The good news is Hollins was one of the last players on the field after practice today. He was working on the JUGS machine. Just like Matthews often does.

Ranking the Eagles' worst draft picks since 1999 - PhillyVoice
6) Jaiquawn Jarrett, S, 2nd round, 2011 — At the time, the Eagles had two glaring needs, guard and safety. They reached massively for each in the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, as both Danny Watkins and Jarrett are long since already out of the NFL. 2011 was the lockout year, meaning that the draft came before free agency. Ideally, you would try to fill your glaring holes in free agency, then add the best available players in the draft. The Eagles took the reverse tact. They reached for need in the draft, then signed all the "best" players in free agency, and the results were disastrous.

Busted - Iggles Blitz
That is a pretty good 1-10 set of O-linemen. And the Eagles still have Tyler Orlosky, Taylor Hart and other guys beyond that. Even without Barbre in the mix, there is good depth and competition. Not every player will pan out, but I don’t blame the Eagles for moving Barbre. They can now give his reps to a young player to develop for the present and the future. Barbre would have been a luxury player. There may be a time this year the Eagles regret letting him go, but if one of the young guys develops and can help the team for the next few years, this will be a terrific move. It really boils down to needing one of the young OL to step up and play well.

Eagles racing to get Derek Barnett ready for NFL -- and confrontation - ESPN
"You're afraid of confrontation!" defensive line coach Chris Wilson yelled at Barnett during pass-rush drills Tuesday. "You've got to get that out of your system. You've got to create the confrontation!" Barnett has been getting coached up hard early in training camp. The Eagles hope he can step in and be part of the defensive line rotation early. The race is on to get Barnett's game NFL-ready.

Full-Team Camp Opens With A Statement -
No sense opening Training Camp quietly: The Eagles announced on Wednesday as the veterans arrived at the NovaCare Complex that they have traded guard/tackle Allen Barbre and waived defensive end Marcus Smith, moves that express the team’s confidence about the depth on both sides of the line of scrimmage ...

Philadelphia Eagles OC Frank Reich discusses CTE study, conscience of a coach - PennLive
Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich on Wednesday praised a study that found chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, in 110 out of 111 former NFL players as productive research. But Reich also downplayed the impact of those findings on the future of football and said his players are unlikely to alter their approach to the game as new information trickles out. While the the NFL's link to brain damage remains a layered issue, Reich explained he won't rush to judgement or predict doom for his sport.

Eagles' offensive coordinator Frank Reich hopes he's gotten young wideouts up to speed - Daily News
“You want to get just simple stuff like alignments, formation. We’ve got to get in and out of the huddle,” Reich said. “There is going to be an increased emphasis on trying to get the play clock going faster this year, maybe a split-second faster than it’s been. We’ve got to break the huddle, get alignment. You can’t be shifting around at the end. You’ve got to be (playing) assignment football. You’ve got to know what you’re doing. It sounds simple, but we’ve got a lot of formations, motions, movements. Get lined up right.”

Eagles camp notes, quotes and tidbits: Donnel Pumphrey exceeding expectations - CSN Philly
“I think he's exceeded expectations in that area,” Reich, the Eagles’ second-year offensive coordinator, said. “I think that's something that we saw. There were flashes — (but) he wasn't used a lot like that in college. But we thought there were some things there that that could be a part where he could develop at. I think he's developed faster in that area than maybe anticipated.” Pumphrey’s best receiving game in college was a 2-for-64 performance — a 40-yard catch and 24-yard touchdown — in a win over Air Force in 2015. He had one or fewer catches in more than half his career games. But Pumphrey has secured the ball well in practice and has looked comfortable in the passing game. Comfortable enough to get Reich’s attention.

Meet An Eagle Whose Heart Goes Wild For Snakes - CBS Philly
But it is Hollins love for exotic animals that might make him the most interesting Eagle. He currently owns a python and a boa constrictor. Hollins has been surrounded by interesting pets his entire life. ‘My dad’s dad had a lion and a monkey,” Hollins said, revealing this wild fascination is a family affair.

Cowboys lead the league in suspensions, by a lot - PFT
In the last four years the Cowboys have had by far the most players suspended, forcing them to miss by far the most games, of any team in the NFL. The Dallas Morning News compiled suspensions around the league and found that the Cowboys have had 15 players suspended for a total of 100 games since 2014. The Browns, with 10 suspensions totaling 54 games, and the Ravens, with nine suspensions totaling 55 games, are the closest to the Cowboys.

What is the PUP list and which NFL players are on it? - SB Nation
Here’s how it works and how it’s different from the NFI list.

Eagles training camp practice highlights (click here or watch below)

#Eagles highlights from training camp today #FlyEaglesFly

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Malcolm Jenkins interview (click here or watch below)

Malcolm Jenkins is feeling good about this team! #EaglesCamp

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Vinny Curry interview (click here or watch below)

Vinny Curry on the criticism of his play from last year: It is what is, this is sports. Everyone has an opinion, everyone wants to be GM or a reporter..."

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