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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/24/17.

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Worst Contracts in the NFL: NFC East - Over The Cap
Philadelphia Eagles- Vinny Curry, 5 years, $46.3M, $18M guaranteed - When Chip Kelly got bounced from Philadelphia the team went on a spending spree locking up their own talent to very lucrative contracts, in many ways saying that any lack of performance was due to the coaching staff. This contract was inexplicable unless the Eagles thought they were going to start a trend in the market of grossly overpaying part time talent and somehow reap the benefit of that down the line. In Curry’s contract year he played in just over 35% of the team snaps and had 3.5 sacks. After signing the new deal he still barely passed 40% playtime and finished the year with 2.5 sacks. Curry is currently the 6th highest paid defensive end and one of the worst values in football on a per snap basis.

Lane Johnson says the Eagles are going to ‘whup some ass against the Redskins’ - BGN
Lane Johnson thinks the Eagles are going to surprise some people this year.

Eagles 53-man roster projection after four weeks of training camp - PhillyVoice
Billy Brown has made a case for himself to make the roster, and in years past when the Eagles' depth wasn't as good, he probably would. However, it's just too difficult to keep him on, numbers-wise. There's a good chance Celek won't be on the team next year, and Burton is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Therefore, it makes sense to keep Brown and try to develop him for next year. Brown is going to be a very difficult decision for the Eagles, and whether or not they should risk exposing him to 31 other teams. Brown is my 54th guy, as in, if the Eagles were to trade another player or lose someone to injury, he'd be my first guy up.

Roster Prediction - Iggles Blitz
For me, WR boils down to Treggs vs Ward. Treggs was terrific in the preseason opener. He also has the speed the Eagles like. Ward is a player for the future. I’ve heard the team really likes him based on what they’ve seen in practice. He hasn’t been so great in games that other teams are likely to snatch him up. Some team could take a flier on him, but Ward hasn’t stood out in a dramatic way.

Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs to appeal $25K fine, calls for change to system - ESPN
“Absolutely. Come on, now. I make [$450,000]. After taxes, cut that in about half. Then you have to pay your union fees, which are about $16 grand. You’ve got to pay agent fees, which are about $14 grand. The take-home income that a league-minimum player makes is not as much as people think. People see the $450,000, but they’re not smart enough to put it in their mind that taxes do exist. So people on Twitter talking reckless and stuff like that, they have to do their research; taxes do exist.”

Practice Notes: Carson Wentz Carves Up Dolphins With Surgical Precision - PE.com
Wentz looked sharp in that period, and that continued into the next session, a "two-minute drill" period against the Dolphins. Wentz was surgical in that period, completing passes to Agholor, Ertz, Agholor, and Ertz in consecutive throws. Two plays later, he hit wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on a hitch route before hitting a quick throw to Ertz over the middle. After an incompletion in the red zone, the team finished the drive with a field goal attempt in what was a successful offensive possession.

Why interception percentage is the quarterback metric most important to Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo - Inquirer
“Interception percentage,” DeFilippo said. “Turnovers are the No. 1 factor of winning and losing. That’s kind of who you are, in your DNA, if you turn the ball over. The two biggest things that follow guys from high school to college and college to the pros are completion percentage and interception percentage. That’s a pretty telling statistic. I’ve done a lot of research on that through the years. It’s kind of who you are. If you’re a high-interception guy in college, you’re going to be that in the pros. And likewise in completion percentage.”

Dolphins coach Adam Gase reflects on 'good experience' interviewing with Eagles - CSN Philly
With the Dolphins in town this week for joint workouts, Gase reflected on his interview with Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski. “It was a good experience just to get around," Gase said. "I knew Howie but meeting a lot of different people from the organization. Just the questions they were asking, kind of the culture they were looking to reestablish, and just a good day to have a conversation about all those types of things.

Buffalo Bills receiver Jordan Matthews' injured sternum won't keep him out - Buffalo Rumblings
Despite their lack of playing time on the field, Matthews isn’t worried about building that on-field chemistry with Taylor and the rest of his new teammates. Matthews told Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com he is “extremely confident” he’ll be on the field when the Bills host the New York Jets at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at New Era Field in the 2017 season opener.

Chart Party: The history of the NFL, 1987-2016 - SB Nation
Some NFL teams are kind of predictable. Others win and lose in ways that defy explanation. This is a scroll through nearly a thousand years of combined NFL history.

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