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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/1/17.

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Who should be in the Hall of Fame? Picking the Class of 2018 - NFL.com
Brian Dawkins, safety - Putting Dawkins first on my faux ballot is intentional -- he's the most deserving. Dawkins has already waited one year. Given that he is a safety, a position to which the voters have demonstrated a decades-long aversion, he might have to sit next to the phone a bit longer in reality. But that's bunk. All of it, man. Forget that Dawkins was a four-time first-team All-Pro, the best player at his position in the early 2000s, or on the All-Decade Team for the 2000s, and remember what he wasn't: a distraction. (Take a look at the following names on this ballot for the relevance of that statement.) Remarkably, Dawkins isn't considered a shoo-in for the Hall despite compiling 91 impact plays over his career (37 interceptions, 28 forced fumbles and 26 sacks).

Predicting the Eagles’ 53-man roster after the first week of training camp practice - BGN
Jeffery is a beast. Such a great player to pair with Wentz due to his jump ball ability. Get the idea that Smith is going to be a surprise cut out of your heads. He’s definitely one of the best receivers on this team. Matthews seems to be healthy. He’s still the main slot guy. Agholor had a quiet start to camp but he picked things up in the open practice at the Linc. He’s pushing for playing time. Hollins has showed ability to get separation and it’s clear he can contribute on special teams. The Eagles have mixed Johnson in with the first team and he’s produced when given the chance. Shelton Gibson has dropped so many passes that I can’t put him on the team or the practice squad. The Eagles’ best bet could be to stash him away on the injured reserve list.

BLG & Turron on The WIP Morning Show: Cheers For Agholor - BGNRadio.com
BGN Radio's Brandon Gowton & Turron Davenport joined the WIP Morning Show to chat about the open practice at the Linc, Nelson Agholor, Torrey Smith & a lot more!

Eagles 53-man roster projection after the first week of training camp - PhillyVoice
The newcomer to the projected receiving corps is Marcus Johnson, who has gotten reps with the first team offense and will continue to, according to Doug Pederson. "He's made an impact," said Pederson. "He's shown up. He's making some plays. He's one of the guys that will continue to kind of give some reps from time to time with that first group and see where he's at. He's a young, talented receiver that filled in well yesterday." Johnson really has had a very impressive camp so far and is way ahead of fifth round draft pick Shelton Gibson.

Big Jump - Iggles Blitz
Next would be Alshon Jeffery. His level of play seems to be infectious. Teammates see a guy catch everything thrown his way and it has an effect on them. It gives them confidence, but also something to aspire to. Jeffery makes highlight grabs and teammates want their turn to try to do that.

Lawlor: Passing Game Poised To Take A Big Step Forward In 2017 - PE.com
The Eagles finished 24th in the league in passing yards last season. Carson Wentz had a passer rating of 79.3 and only threw for 16 touchdowns. He averaged just 6.2 yards per passing attempt. The receivers only averaged 10 yards per catch and had way too many dropped passes. The passing game needed a lot of work. The coaches and front office knew they had to make changes. They brought in Nick Foles and Matt McGloin to improve the quarterback room. The front office made sure to improve the depth on the offensive line. The team made big moves at receiver, signing free agents Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. They drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. Doug Pederson hired a new receivers coach in Mike Groh, hoping he could get the holdover players to improve their level of play. So far, the changes look like they are paying off - in a big way.

Eagles' Joe Walker trying to hammer down a roster spot - Daily News
The knee has looked as good as new in the early training camp practices. It will get its biggest test Tuesday when the Eagles hold the first of three live-contact practices before the first preseason game at Green Bay on Aug. 10. “You see him out there?” an impressed Jordan Hicks said. “He looks strong, man. He looks strong. He’s fallen a couple of times. He’s had to jump for a few balls. You’d never know he tore his ACL last summer.” Walker said he has fully recovered – both physically and mentally – from the injury.

With walk-on mentality, Mack Hollins wants to 'do it all' as Eagles' WR and special teamer - CSN Philly
The 2017 fourth-round pick is not expected to see a ton of the field when the Birds have the ball this season. He's instead spent most of his time in practice with the second-team offense, and offensive coordinator Frank Reich noted Saturday the coaches want Hollins to start out this year as a backup receiver. Still, when the team was working on special teams drills, Hollins — as a gunner — repeatedly made easy work of Najee Goode, a guy who's been a piece of the Eagles' top-tier special teams unit in three of the last four seasons. And for a guy who made North Carolina's football team as a walk-on back in 2013, it's about having that same unproven mentality once again.

Eagles camp: Ranking the options to emerge as Philly's undrafted preseason fan favorite - PennLive
Remember the buzz surrounding Paul Turner last summer? If you’re an Eagles fan, it’s hard to forget. Turner entered training camp as an undrafted afterthought, an undersized wide receiver facing a steep uphill battle to claw his way anywhere near the 53-man roster. And by the final week of the preseason, Turner captivated Philadelphia. He led all NFL players in receptions in exhibition games, returned a punt for a touchdown and caught the attention of fans across the region, many of whom rejoiced when the Louisiana Tech product earned a promotion to the active roster late in the regular season. So, who will be this year’s Paul Turner?

Peyton Manning Had the Best Offensive Teammates Among Top Quarterbacks in 2000's; Donovan McNabb Had the Worst - The Big Lead
As it turns out, McNabb does come in with the lowest average teammate score, just ahead of Carson Palmer. My examination, unlike Adam’s, included the offensive line. McNabb’s skill position teammates were the drag on his score, and his offensive line teammates were more in line with others.

Joe Banner: Eagles didn’t consider fan reaction before signing Mike Vick - PFT
As noted last night, the Ravens didn’t publicly invite fan input when considering whether to keep Ray Lewis after murder charges became a guilty plea to obstruction of justice or whether to keep Ray Rice before everyone saw the graphic video of the knockout punch or whether to sign Donte’ Stallworth after he pleaded guilty to DUI vehicular manslaughter. Former Eagles president Joe Banner has noted on Twitter that, eight years ago, his team also didn’t do that when considering whether to sign convicted felon Mike Vick.

Martellus Bennett says football is great but ‘I ain’t dying for this sh*t’ - SB Nation
Jets rookie Jamal Adams said the football field was the “perfect place to die.” Bennett feels otherwise.

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