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Marcus Mariota among young quarterbacks poised to break out -
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. 2017 projection: 4,200 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Wentz proved he can play the quarterback position well at the NFL level in Year 1, especially early on. The Eagles struggled down the stretch because they didn't have any big plays. In 2016, the offense tied for 26th in passing plays of 40-plus yards with six and tied for 28th in passing plays over 20 yards with 39. The front office did a good job bringing in some pieces to help Wentz get the ball downfield. Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith will pose as deep threats, and that's what the Eagles need if they want to compete in the NFC East.

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Carson Wentz looks super sharp - BGN
Let’s talk about Carson Wentz. The Eagles’ starting quarterback looked pretty awesome today. Wentz had an inaccurate pass or two during a two-on-four drill (two WR vs. two CB, one LB, one S) but he was on fire during team drills. Spuds marked Wentz down as 25 for 25 in 7-on-7 and 15 for 15 in 11-on-11. That’s a 100% completion percentage for those keeping track at home. Wentz’s best throw of the day came when he hit Jordan Matthews on a pass down the seam. Beautiful pass. He fit the ball into tight coverage and Matthews made a nice over-the-shoulder grab with defenders around him. After the play, Matthews ran through the end zone, tossed the ball to a young fan in attendance, and shouted “AO1, baby!”

An updated look at the Eagles' salary cap space - PhillyVoice
This past week, the Eagles made a few roster moves, trading guard/tackle Allen Barbre to the Denver Broncos and releasing draft bust Marcus Smith. With those two moves, the Eagles freed up some extra money. They are now $9,655,610 under the cap, according to the NFLPA's report, which would be the 25th most cap space in the NFL. While still in the bottom eight teams in terms of cap space, that's an improvement over where they've been most of the offseason.

Big Day For Wentz - Iggles Blitz
You never want to make too much of one practice, good or bad. Carson Wentz was erratic early in the spring. He played better in the last few spring practices. He wasn’t a bust because of the bad days or headed to the Hall of Fame because of the way he finished. Wentz is a young player and there will be ups and downs. Good players are consistent. Coaches don’t want erratic players. They want guys who can perform at a consistent level. Wentz has been good so far in Training Camp, with Saturday being his best showing of the summer. Everyone at practiced raved about his performance.

Torrey Smith Answers 'Speed' Questions -
Torrey Smith, fresh off the practice field at the NovaCare Complex, walked into the building on his way to the locker room and paused, considering the question. “When is the last time,” he was asked, “reporters asked you about your speed?” ...

NFL's most impactful offseason moves for 2017 - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles sign Alshon Jeffery: One thing missing from QB Carson Wentz's promising rookie year was a true No. 1 wide receiver. Jeffrey -- when he has been able to stay healthy -- has shown the ability to be one of those. The Bears had enough, and he ended up in Philly on a one-year, prove-it deal. If he can stay on the field and produce the way he did in Chicago, Jeffery will help the Eagles evaluate Wentz and how much further he still needs to go.

Ertz talks about baring his 'tight end' in ESPN's Body Issue - Daily News
Zach Ertz and his wife, the former Julie Johnston, a Team USA soccer star, were featured in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue this year, posing together and separately. In the accompanying interview they discussed their admiration for each other’s, ah, glutes. “My wife really wanted to do it. I did not necessarily want to do it,” Ertz, an Eagles tight end, said this week. Ertz said the photo shoot occurred back in February, in San Diego. He said they saw all the photos and approved them before publication. Ertz said his wife has been a fan of ESPN’s artsy poses of naked athletes ever since the debut of the concept.

Fantasy Football 2017: Players Who Should Thrive in New Roles - B/R
Jeffery will serve as the No. 1 receiver for the Eagles in 2017, a role he thrived in back in 2013 and 2014 with the Chicago Bears. There's that word again. Now, it may be a stretch to say Jeffery will rank in the top 11 in the NFL in targets this year, as he did in those seasons. Philly's not exactly an air-it-out offense, and there are other options in the passing game. But 125 targets is a reasonable expectation. Assuming a catch rate of 59 percent (his average in 2013 and 2014) and his career average of 15 yards per reception, that's 74 catches for 1,110 yards. Add in seven touchdowns, and you have a top-12 PPR receiver.

Eagles camp notes, quotes and tidbits: Derek Barnett vs. Jason Peters - CSN Philly
It's pretty daunting, even for a first-round pick. Over the last two days there have been times when rookie Derek Barnett gets in his stance, turns his eyes up, and sees a 330-pound future Hall of Famer staring back at him. Welcome to the NFL, rookie. Now try to get past Jason Peters. "It's exciting," Barnett said, "going against somebody who's going to be in the Hall of Fame. It's only going to help me get better. He's a beast, so it's going to help me a lot. When we get into the season and I start playing games, it's only going to help me get better." This is obviously Barnett's first training camp. This is No. 14 for the 35-year-old Peters. There's not much Peters hasn't seen. Still, Barnett held his own.

If you could attend 1 NFL game in 2017, which one would you pick? - SB Nation
There are no wrong answers here.

Video of Jalen Mills trolling Zach Ertz (click here or watch below)

Jalen Mills having a little fun with Zach Ertz today

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Interviews with Alshon Jeffery, Lane Johnson, and Brandon Graham (click here or watch below)

Interviews from #EaglesCamp! Hear from Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson & Alshon Jeffery #FlyEaglesFly

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Saturday, July 29, 2017


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