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Eagles News: Carson Wentz named one of nine young players with Hall of Fame potential

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/3/17.

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Ezekiel Elliott heads nine youngsters with Hall of Fame potential -
Wentz over Dak Prescott? You betcha. This isn't about 2016 or Rookie of the Year results. And I love Dak. But I think Wentz is going to be a better quarterback in the years to come -- especially now that he has legit receivers around him, highlighted by Alshon Jeffery. Remember, 2016 wasn't even supposed to happen. The kid from North Dakota State was supposed to be groomed behind Sam Bradford. But a lucrative trade opportunity presented itself, and Wentz was thrust into the lineup. And I believe it turned into an excellent building block in Wentz's road to stardom.

A look at Carson Wentz’s odds of winning NFL MVP in 2017 - BGN
Long shot, but who knows?

A closer look at Jason Peters' restructured contract - PhillyVoice
As we noted in our Eagles dumpster fire piece, Peters is old (he turns 36 in January). You already know, of course, but you may not realize exactly how old he is for someone playing his position. You have to go all the way back to 2001 to find a player older than Peters who started at least 10 games at left tackle in a season. That would be Lomas Brown, who started at LT for the Giants at the age of 38.

Lawlor: These Numbers Are Simply Amazing -
Brian Dawkins had a great career for the Eagles. One thing he did better than just about anyone was knocking the ball out. Dawkins was the king of forced fumbles, finishing his career with 36 of them. That is an insane amount for a defensive back. Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, and John Lynch are three of the safeties who most people compare Dawkins with. All of them were great players. That trio combined to have 41 career forced fumbles. Dawkins had 36 on his own. He was special.

Terrence Brooks hopes to find place in Eagles secondary -
“I feel like I can go in there and be counted on to make a big play when they need it,” Brooks said. “I’m just trying to gain the trust between the coaches and the players. At the end of the day, I’ve got a lot to prove to myself as a player about what type of player I want to be and what I want to accomplish here.” Brooks is focusing on standing out however he can. He set a tone early in the June practices, bringing energy to every play and shouting support and critiques to his fellow safeties. In his time off the field, he watched film at his home with several of the rookies, intent on learning the playbook from front to back.

The Hand - Iggles Blitz
Big sigh of relief. Hicks is one player the Eagles can’t afford to lose. He knows how to run the defense and he is a playmaker, making him doubly valuable. The Eagles liked what they saw from Joe Walker last year, but he got hurt and missed the season. Walker is reportedly on schedule to be ready for Training Camp and the preseason, but we’ll have to wait and see if that is true.

Former NFL punter Max Runager dies at 61 - PFT
Runager played 11 NFL seasons, with three teams. An eighth-round pick of the Eagles in 1979, he spent five seasons in Philadelphia before moving to San Francisco. He was on the 49ers’ 1984 championship team. Runager played 13 games with Cleveland in 1988 before returning to the Eagles in 1989 for four games, finishing his career.

I Just Want to Meet the Packers at Lambeau Field - The MMQB
Filling in for Peter King, the host of Meet the Press explains how he became a Cheesehead, what the NFL is getting wrong about Colin Kaepernick, and how the Hall of Fame’s voting process is flawed. Plus, Chuck Todd’s Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches (you’ll likely disagree)

Nike goes after Rob Gronkowski, claiming his logo looks too similar to the Jumpman - SB Nation
Nike says that Rob Gronkowski’s logo looks too similar to the Jumpman — the most recognizable brand logo in professional sports. Nike filed a formal opposition to the United States Patent and Trademark Office Trial and Appeal Board earlier this month, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Gronkowski’s team can abandon the trademark or respond to Nike by Aug. 5.


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