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

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Brian Dawkins is unofficially serving as a coach for the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Philadelphia Eagles legend Brian Dawkins' official title is listed on the team's website as "Executive / Football Operations." Unofficially, he's also helping coach the defensive backs and linebackers. "When we finish practice, he comes over and gives pointers on tackling drills, how to rush the passer, and playing with good leverage, things like that, that helped him out when he played," said starting safety Rodney McLeod. "It's a different situation when you have a Hall of Famer like Brian Dawkins out here, who's labeled as a scout but has a lot of experience with the game, and is here to help guys out. Obviously, his job is in the scouting department, but now that we're on the field, he helps where he thinks he needs to be."

Eagles Training Camp Notes: Philadelphia’s cornerbacks step up - BGN
C.J. Smith continues to impress. The second-year corner had a few pass breakups in today’s practice. He also had perfect coverage on a deep pass intended for Treggs. He drove Treggs towards the sideline so that the receiver had no chance of even making the play. Smith really fired up the defensive backs when he knocked the ball out of Mack Hollins’ control shortly after the receiver caught a pass in the flat.

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CBs Are People Too!!! - Iggles Blitz
Smith has generated a buzz in recent days. He hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, but he’s played the best of anyone other than Jalen Mills. Maybe the emergence of Smith has started to get Robinson’s attention and is bringing out the best in him.

C.J. Smith Is Very Much In Eagles' CB Mix - PE.com
One year ago he was the Eagles’ “other” rookie from North Dakota State preparing to play in his first preseason game, and cornerback C.J. Smith thought the football world was turned upside down, spinning a million miles an hour. Now Smith has a grasp of reality, and with that is a level of confidence far removed from 2016 ...

Do drops mean Eagles will see same old Nelson Agholor, or is he tough enough now to push through? - Daily News
From the sideline at the NovaCare indoor facility, without benefit of replay, it sure looked and sounded like the ball hit Nelson Agholor in the shoulder pads and caromed away. Agholor later said this was not the case, that Carson Wentz’s pass, thrown to the wide open wideout, streaking 5 yards behind the nearest defender, actually bounced off his head. “I couldn’t see it. At the end of the day, stuff like that happens,” he said.

Eagles' Nelson Agholor trying to let go so he can hold on - ESPN
"Groh has always been about just wanting me to be a special player, because he sees that in me," said Agholor, who has been working both in the slot and on the outside in camp. "So, every day he coaches me hard. He expects nothing but greatness from me and he wants me to be detail-oriented, and I respect that from him and I try to respond every day."

Best Case/Worst Case 2017: WRs - Rotoworld
24. Alshon Jeffery - Best Case: Risk-taking sophomore Carson Wentz lets Jeffery high point the ball to the tune of 1,200 yards. The ex-Bear just narrowly misses his second 10-touchdown season. Jeffery can’t wait to cash in on the open market, but the Eagles decide to use the franchise tag.

NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand at Start of Preseason? - B/R
23 - Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles got Carson Wentz some help this offseason. The addition of Alshon Jeffery finally gives him a legit No. 1 receiver. The addition of Torrey Smith will help too. The additions of LeGarrette Blount and Donnel Pumphrey should help finally give him a running game.f

EAGLES NOTEBOOK: Pumphrey gains 5 pounds, hoping to play vs. Packers - Burlington County Times
He’s had his fill of mental reps. What Donnel Pumphrey wants now is some physical reps. The Eagles are taking it slowly with the running back they drafted last spring in the fourth round. Pumphrey returned to practice Sunday then was back in pads again Monday, a day the team had to practice inside its bubble due to heavy rain. He didn’t do much, though, as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury suffered on July 30 and spent the next week on the sidelines. “They didn’t really let me practice too much (Monday),” he said, “just warm up and stuff like that. Try to keep my legs as loose as possible.”

Lineman withdraws unfair labor charges as lawsuit progresses - Sports Business Daily
Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has withdrawn charges of unfair labor practices against the NFL and the NFL Players Association, but his lawsuit against the union and the league is proceeding in New York federal ...

Eagles 'very encouraged' with confident C.J. Smith, an emerging candidate in CB battle - CSN Philly
With the Eagles' cornerback competition still wide open, C.J. Smith is quietly emerging as a potential starter in 2017. Smith has been rotating in with the first-team defense throughout training camp, and given the current state of the Eagles' corners, it seems he has just as good a shot to start as anybody. Which is not to say Smith is in the running simply by default. The 24-year-old is also showing significant progress in his second NFL season.

Jaguars waived/injured I’Tavius Mathers, sign long snapper Matt Overton and guard Malcolm Bunche - Big Cat Country
Bunche has previously spent time with the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and originally was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 by the Philadelphia Eagles. Bunche played collegiately at UCLA in 2014 after attending the University of Miami.

If you were going to troll your rival NFL team with a billboard, what would it say? - SB Nation
Saints fans apparently already have this one figured out.

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