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Doug Pederson's Year 2 transformation: From 'Skinny Andy' to 'Dougie Fresh' - ESPN
"Probably because I brought back some of the same things that we did when Coach Reid was here. Some of the same structure and the way we practice and things like that," Pederson said. "Listen, it's been successful for him, so if that's the worst thing they're calling me, then I'm OK. "Hopefully [now they're calling me] Skinny Doug, not Big Ass Doug," added Pederson, staring down at his midsection. The answer is that Pederson has carved out his own identity and is now just "Doug," "Coach Pederson" or in Mills' case, "Dougie Fresh." He is starting to put his own twist on things. He has made tweaks to the practice format and found ways to incentivize players through competitions ranging from third-down drills to tug-of-war showdowns after practice. He also has emphasized team bonding through different activities such as a team paintball trip this past spring.

Eagles players with most to gain/lose in the second preseason game - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #251). In this episodes, we talk about the Eagles' upcoming preseason game against the Bills, how Ronald Darby is looking practice, the Eagles' suddenly improved secondary, Nelson Agholor, and more.

Eagles player calls out Jason Whitlock for mocking athletes' social activism: 'You are so lame' - PhillyVoice
A Philadelphia Eagles player isn't pleased with loudmouth sports pundit Jason Whitlock mocking athletes for participating in social activism. In a teaser for his Fox Sports 1 show "Speak For Yourself," which Whitlock co-hosts with Colin Cowherd, he sarcastically announced on Tuesday the launch of a segment that follows athletes who stage protests or demonstrations on the field, like Colin Kaepernick, who has become the face of the issue. In the teaser, Whitlock insinuated that athletes don't know what they're talking about.

Offensive Goal: Start To Click In Run Game -
A portion of the Eagles’ offseason mission was to surround quarterback Carson Wentz with more weapons and give him the best chance to have success in 2017. Don’t make the mistake of thinking those resources were provided only for the passing game. The running game is expected to benefit as well ...

Non-first round rookie review: Preseason Week 1 - PFF
The debut of Mack Hollins will give Eagles fans plenty to get excited about. A team that has been crying out for playmakers at the wide receiver position saw one in full flow against the Green Bay Packers, with Hollins catching a pass, delivering a couple of stiff arms and ploughing his way 38 yards for a touchdown the highlight of his day. He finished the game with four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown, breaking three tackles along the way and a perfect 158.3 passer rating when targeted.

The Eagles have a running back void that just fits Wendell Smallwood - Daily News
For the first time in a long time, there is no backfield hero on the horizon. Mathews, once a Pro Bowl player in San Diego, was released Tuesday when he finally got healthy enough to cut. That left an eclectic group of runners, three of whom seem limited: aptly named bludgeon back LeGarrette Blount, who, at 30, is a well-worn, one-year Band-Aid; Darren Sproles, 34, a Mighty Mouse of a man likely riding in his last rodeo; and fourth-round rookie Donnel Pumphrey, Sproles’ understudy, who lately is afflicted with a case of dropsy. Then there is Wendell Smallwood, a Wilmington, Del., native and an Eagles fan who comes with no qualifiers. He is the only one among them whose measurements and talents really fit the job description. The Eagles need Smallwood to win the job, beginning Thursday night, against the Bills.

Will Eagles make a better effort to establish the run in 2017? - CSN Philly
It was just one preseason game, but it all seemed oddly familiar. Against the Packers last Thursday night, the Eagles passed the ball an astounding 54 times and ran just it just 19. Matt McGloin threw 42 passes! While offensive coordinator Frank Reich blamed the lack of rushing attempts on the Packers' blitzing defense, for many fans watching it probably seemed like the same old story. Doug Pederson abandoned the run. "We didn’t run it very well against Green Bay," Reich said, "but I'm very confident that we will run the ball well this year."

Philadelphia Eagles: 10 Things You Need to Know - The MMQB
If I had to build a team over the next 10 years, I’d want Carson Wentz (three years younger than a banged-up Andrew Luck) at quarterback. Like Luck, and Ben Roethlisberger, Wentz has that rare ability to extend a play without breaking down its structure. Though he did it too much early last season, Wentz is willing to deliver in the face of pressure and take the hit. We’ll see him extend plays more in 2017. Last year, the Eagles just wanted their rookie QB to get completions. They featured a lot of quick-strike throws, which Wentz, when he was comfortable, handled aptly. With an expanded understanding of the NFL game and Doug Pederson’s offense, an upgraded wide receiving corps and more trust in his offensive line, Wentz will approach top 10 QB status before long.

Five questions on the Eagles with Bleeding Green Nation - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills are sticking in the NFC for their second preseason game this year, as they take the road to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night at 7 PM Eastern. It’s been two years since the Bills dropped a 23-20 decision to the Eagles in LeSean McCoy’s return to Philly. We took the opportunity to chat with Bleeding Green Nation’s managing editor Brandon Gowtin to see what’s up with the Eagles, especially after the trades from last week.

‘Hard Knocks’ recap: Did you get a hot dog? - SB Nation
In the season’s second episode, Jameis Winston displays his leadership, Gerald McCoy talks at length about Batman, and Miko Grimes has everyone’s attention except her husband’s.


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