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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/6/17.

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Mike Quick: ‘No Eagles WR Has More Talent Than Nelson Agholor’ - CBS Philly
“I’m a Nelson Agholor fan,” Quick told Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie on Friday’s 94WIP Midday Show. “I don’t give up on Nelson Agholor because I watch him every day and I see how talented he is. And trust me when I tell you, there’s no wide receiver on this roster that has more talent than Nelson Agholor. There’s no wide receiver that runs better routes and, in this particular camp, has caught the ball any better than Nelson Agholor.”

Former Eagles scout says Nelson Agholor — not Jordan Matthews — will be Philadelphia’s slot receiver - BGN
“JEREMIAH: At the receiver position, I think they’re in great shape. Nelson Agholor has had a total rebirth. He’s in the slot. He’s gonna live in the slot. He’s gonna be their slot receiver. I’ll be shocked if he’s not. I don’t know what that means for Jordan Matthews.”

Pederson hints that Alshon Jeffery might not play in Eagles preseason opener - PhillyVoice
Following Friday's practice, Philadelphia Eagles head coach was asked several times about his plans for Thursday night's preseason opener against the Packers. He didn't give many answers, but the one player that reporters kept coming back to was wideout Alshon Jeffery, who signed a one-year deal with the Eagles this offseason. The former Bears Pro Bowler hasn't practiced in almost a week after suffering a shoulder injury last weekend. "Initially, it was a strain," Pederson said Friday. "And then [we've been] just giving him extra rest on the shoulder."

Movable Pieces - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles signed DB Corey Graham. That immediately led most of us to wonder where and how he would be used, as well as what that meant for the other DBs. Doug Pederson said Graham would play Safety to begin with. Someone asked about CB. Pederson said that Graham hadn’t played there in a couple of years so he would stick to Safety for now. His position isn’t as important as the fact he can help the overall pass defense.

A Day Off, And A Positional Look At Roster - PE.com
The Eagles lightened the mood in Friday’s Training Camp practice, with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and offensive tackle Jason Peters doubling as punt returners, and the players will have a day off on Saturday before returning Lincoln Financial Field for an open-to-the-public practice on Sunday (10 a.m.) We’ll, then, take advantage of this pause in the action to update you on the position-by-position State of the Eagles ...

Jim Gallagher will be remembered for his class, sense of humor and love for Eagles - CSN Philly
Gallagher never played a snap for the Eagles, but he is without question an Eagles legend. He joined the Eagles in 1949 and was along for the ride when they won the NFC Championship later that year, and he remained with the franchise in a variety of roles — personnel director, public relations director, traveling secretary — for 46 years until he retired in 1995. Even after retirement, he was still an integral part of the franchise. He served the last 20 years as kind of an unofficial team historian and a conduit between the oldest surviving Eagles from the 1940s and 1950s and the current team.

Ranking every NFL team's third wide receiver - ESPN
15 - Torrey Smith, Philadelphia Eagles - After ranking outside the top 10 in three-plus wide receiver sets during seven of the previous eight seasons, the Eagles dipped to 25th (66 percent) in Doug Pederson's first year as head coach. Of course, the low usage of "11" makes sense. Philly sports one of the league's better tight end trios and was horrific at wideout last season. The offseason additions of Smith and Alshon Jeffery figure to mean more wide receivers on the field in 2017. Smith won't be the featured target like he was in Baltimore and, at times, San Francisco, but his big-play ability keeps him on the fantasy radar.

Frank Reich is well aware that Carson Wentz holds the Eagles' future, and Reich's, in his hands - Inquirer
In any discussion of which Eagles assistant coach might jump from Doug Pederson’s staff to another, better job, Jim Schwartz is usually the name that comes up first, for obvious reasons. He’s a well-regarded defensive coordinator, and he’s been a head coach before, with the Detroit Lions, and Reich’s name has been credibly linked to just one head-coaching job: that of the Buffalo Bills, the franchise with which he spent nine of his 13 seasons as a quarterback. In his previous two coaching stops, Reich also had the relative luxury of coaching Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, and it doesn’t necessarily take much to look like a genius when one of those two is under center.

Predicting the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class - Football Outsiders
Yes, I am reaching with Moss and Owens together, but the thought of them sharing the stage with Lewis is a personality overload that is too tempting to pass up. Kevin Mawae is a good calming force here, and John Lynch has been really close in recent years. I think the visibility gained from Lynch taking the general manager job with the 49ers might be the last boost he needs. The problem is he is competing directly with Brian Dawkins, who was also a final cut last year. Ed Reed will be eligible for 2019, and Troy Polamalu comes in 2020, so it is important to get a safety in now before that logjam starts.

NFL Quarterback Trend: Over-the-Top Investment - The MMQB
As for the rest, I’m with most other people on this. If the mechanical tweaks that Wentz made this offseason (he focused on his footwork and holding the ball a little higher) take and he’s more accurate downfield, then I’d bet he’s in for a big year. His leveling off last year lines up with the Eagles having lost right tackle Lane Johnson to suspension. Conversely, Philly is now so deep up front that they had no place for Allen Barbre, who started 28 games for them the past two years, on the roster. They dealt Barbre to Denver on Wednesday, after letting it be known they were planning to cut him. And at the skill positions, big ticket free-agent Alshon Jeffrey was a monster in the spring and is playing for a contract, and Torrey Smith’s speed should help clear things out for the team’s crew of scatbacks and tight ends. All of that is to say, the pieces around Wentz should be more than a little bit better than they were when he was a rookie, and now he just needs to be, too. And the way he’s come back more confident as a player, and more assured as a leader in Year 2, is a start.

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2017: News, highlights, and more from the enshrinement ceremony - SB Nation
It was a night of good speeches at the enshrinement of the Class of 2017 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but it was LaDainian Tomlinson who stole the show. Each speech was long and the night took nearly five hours, despite being scheduled on NFL Network to last only four. But Tomlinson still managed to stand out with the fifth speech of the night, wedged between Terrell Davis and Jerry Jones.

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