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Eagles News: Carson Wentz has real star power

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/31/17.

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Eagles fans give Carson Wentz rock-star treatment at open practice - ESPN
Wentz inched along the wall signing everything from helmets to wallets to cellphone cases. He came across a boy wearing a North Dakota State shirt. After hearing he was from his home state, the quarterback took the protective sleeve off his throwing arm and handed it to the overjoyed boy. A moment later, one ball awaiting an autograph was accidentally dropped from the stands and fell into a nearby stairwell. Wentz hustled down to retrieve it, earning additional points from the group. While signing several items for one woman, she politely asked if he could autograph more. Wentz pointed to the sea of people lined up the entire length of the field and respectfully replied: "I've got lots of fans to see." The player-fan interaction in this setting always breeds excitement, but this was at a different level. Wentz has real star power in this town, and it's growing.

Eagles training camp practice notes: Nelson Agholor earns cheers while having a strong day - BGN
Today’s crowd was very pro-Nelson Agholor. They cheered him when he caught passes with no defense on the field during group install. They cheered him when he returned a kickoff to the house despite the fact he couldn’t actually be stopped or tackled. The encouragement seemed to help Agholor. He finished practice with a number of good catches. Agholor faked Patrick Robinson out with his shiftiness while running a short route. Then he burned Ron Brooks for a deep touchdown catch. Agholor made a short catch with his hands extended while Jalen Mills gave him a nice big thud. Normally that would’ve been a ball he’d drop but he held on. Agholor had another deep touchdown reception when the defense totally failed to cover him. The Eagles’ lackluster cornerback play isn’t hurting Agholor, for sure, but he did some legitimately good things in terms of route-running, showing off speed, and, you know, actually catching the ball.

Eagles' challenge at running back will be to mask predictability - PhillyVoice
What the Eagles have heading into the 2017 season is a mix of running backs with varying strengths and weaknesses, none of whom can do all of the things Pederson noted above. The player who comes the closest to everything Pederson described is Darren Sproles, whose usage has to be limited because of his small stature. Sproles has averaged under four carries per game over his 11-year NFL career. The trick for the Eagles' offensive coaching staff will be finding a way to utilize all the strengths of their backs, while not being predictable in calling plays. On Saturday, offensive coordinator Frank Reich was asked how the offense can avoid being predictable while rolling out a group of backs with specialized skills, individually.

Coverage Questions - Iggles Blitz
Rasul Douglas has struggled in Training Camp. He showed promise in the spring, but the complexity of the NFL game has caught up with him. Douglas can still turn things around, but he’s struggling right now. Fans have started to ask about going after Darrelle Revis, or whatever big names are still on the street. I don’t think the Eagles are going to make a move. The players on the street are generally there for a reason. They are declining. They want too much money. They aren’t completely healthy. Or some combination of those factors.

Expect LeGarrette Blount to add tough inside running - and TDs - Inquirer
“They’re not going to just specifically put me in the role of short yardage and goal line,” Blount said. “That’s not what they brought me here for. They have an open mind. They’re going to put me in every situation. I’m excited about every part of the game.”

A Sunday Celebration Of Eagles Football -
This was a party, the long-awaited unveiling of the 2017 team to the public of football-starved Eagles fans. A late-July Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field proved to be a lovefest with over 23,000 fans in attendance on a sun-splashed and perfect morning in South Philadelphia ...

Old rivals Jaylen Watkins, Terrence Brooks battling for Eagles' 3rd safety job - CSN Philly
While Watkins was playing those 388 defensive snaps last year, all Brooks could do was watch. He joined the Eagles as a waiver claim after the Ravens let him go at last cuts. He spent most of his 2016 season playing catch-up. But he definitely noticed how much playing time Watkins got and he's been thinking about it since. "I peeped that a lot last year, just seeing how much the third safety was in on the action," Brooks said. "Man, if I could just get in there on those amount of plays, it would really benefit me and really prove to my teammates that I can make a lot of plays for them. I feel like it's just a matter of time. I just have to keep stacking days and coming out and being vocal and being a leader and everything should just take care of itself."

Browns FS Ed Reynolds to miss time with knee injury - Dawgs By Nature
One of the big stories from Saturday’s practice was that FS Ed Reynolds, who was competing for a starting job, had to walk off the field with a knee injury. He was no where to be found during Sunday’s session, and afterward, head coach Hue Jackson gave an update on his status.

Malik McDowell injured in ATV accident and Seahawks don’t know when he’ll return - SB Nation
The Seahawks released a statement on Sunday about rookie defensive lineman Malik McDowell, who sustained injuries in an accident in Michigan a few weeks ago. The accident involved an ATV, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Garafolo said McDowell suffered a concussion and facial injuries.

Sights and sounds from Eagles practice at the Linc (click here or watch below)

A few sights & sounds from the #Eagles practice at the Linc! #FlyEaglesFly

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