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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/5/17.

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Malcolm Jenkins: NFL owners 'cowards' not to sign Colin Kaepernick - Delaware Online
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti admitted last Sunday that the team was seeking outside opinions before deciding on Kaepernick. The quarterback sparked outrage last season when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest the way African-Americans were being treated by police. "This is just some other teams being, quite honestly, cowards, to say that they’re afraid of backlash to sign someone to make their team better when fans’ input has never been in the equation when it comes to signing people in the past," Jenkins told Thursday. "It’s certain owners’ way of making an example out of [Kaepernick] to discourage anybody else from doing what he did."

16 observations from Eagles training camp practice - BGN
Nelson Agholor had a really good leaping catching during individual drills. There was no defense on him, but he jumped up to catch a fade pass thrown a little high in the back corner of the end zone. Last year at this time I’d have no confidence Agholor would make that catch. This year he looks like a different player. Wentz also said as much after practice.

Eagles notes: Can the Eagles trade Mychal Kendricks, given their questionable linebacker depth? - PhillyVoice
Unfortunately for Kendricks, in Jim Schwartz's scheme, linebackers are primarily asked to do the latter. In another scheme that might utilize his blitzing ability and raw athleticism, Kendricks can be a guy who makes plays. In the Eagles scheme, he is simply a bad player for what they ask him to do, and in my view, not much better (if at all) than some of the other linebackers behind him on the Eagles' depth chart. So go ahead and get what you can for him.

Good Day for Doug - Iggles Blitz
Pederson is trying to be smart about how he uses his players. Last season he gave Jason Peters a lot of rest and that brought out the best in JP. Pederson is a former player and was in the league a long time. He understands from the player’s perspective how the grind of Training Camp can wear a veteran down. You have to balance the need for players to practice with not needing to push proven veterans the same way you might a rookie or young guy trying to improve his game. What is the point in treating Marcus Johnson and Alshon Jeffery like they’re the same guy?

Bird song: Rookies pay dues by serving, singing to Eagles' veterans - ESPN
The big event, though, is the Eagles' version of "The Voice." The order goes by draft position -- from first-rounders to undrafted free agents -- which is why Barnett was first on the stage. Last year that designation belonged to quarterback Carson Wentz, who chose "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks. Even though the performance was well-received, he still recalls the experience with a shiver. "It was terrifying. That was arguably the most stressful day of all last year," said Wentz, who had more than his share of stressful moments as a rookie.

Eagles veteran Jason Peters takes Dillon Gordon under his wing - Inquirer
When there’s an offer to train with Jason Peters, you trek to him and not the other way around. This offseason, Dillon Gordon drove the six hours from his home in Louisiana to Houston to spend a week with his teammate. Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland had the idea for the workouts, but Gordon didn’t need to be prodded. He knew he would benefit greatly from working out with the nine-time Pro Bowl tackle. Peters, at 35, is the second-oldest starting left tackle in the NFL, but he enters his 14th season still playing at a high level. He hasn’t missed a practice at training camp, and if he has lost a step it hasn’t been noticeable.

Inside Training Camp: Episode 5 -
It's quite a rush on today's Inside Training Camp presented by Xfinity as we go one-on-one with defensive end Brandon Graham, and take a closer look at one of the new additions to the front seven, defensive end Chris Long.

What’s Next for Carson Wentz - Bison Illustrated
ESPN National Correspondent Sal Paolantonio dives into Carson Wentz’s first year and delivers us his feelings on what to expect from the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback during year-two of his young NFL career.

LeGarrette Blount returns to Eagles practice with his role still unclear - CSN Philly
After the Eagles’ light practice Friday, a crowd of players gathered in the locker room. A loud beat played through the sound system. Some attempted to freestyle rap, others gave a quick dance move after exiting the showers. Many laughed, including running back LeGarrette Blount. From a football perspective, most of the moment was trivial. But not that last part. Blount missed three days of practice because of a personal issue but returned Friday. It’s hard to see someone perform well on the field if their mind isn’t right off it.

Jim Plunkett details health problems, says 'My life sucks' - SB Nation
Oakland Raiders fans no doubt have fond memories of quarterback Jim Plunkett, who led the team to two Super Bowl titles in the 1980s. Unfortunately, 15 years of football have taken a massive toll on Plunkett’s body, which he detailed in a revealing interview with the San Jose Mercury News. “My life sucks,” said Plunkett. “It’s no fun being in this body right now. Everything hurts.”


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