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Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell can’t wait to remind Eagles they (messed) up - Palm Beach Post
He’s not exactly done with that vendetta. He mentioned it again after today’s practice and is eagerly awaiting the Dolphins’ upcoming trip to Philadelphia—“I am, I’m looking forward to it,” he said—in which they’ll hold joint practices with the Eagles before facing them in the Aug. 24 preseason game. He still knows some people on the team, but his main interest is in providing the Eagles with an up-close reminder of why they shouldn’t have given up on him one season into a six-year, $63 million deal. “Well, yeah, I would like to think they (messed) up,” he said. “Their season didn’t go too well. Yeah. And who says their season’s gonna go well this year? We’ll see. But I’m worried about the Miami Dolphins.”

19 notes from Eagles training camp practice - BGN
Greg Ward stood out with some nice receptions over the middle of the field. It’s not like the Eagles were tackling but he didn’t shown any signs of alligator arms. He showed good toughness by making catches in tight windows where he’s about to get popped right after making the reception. Reliability is a great quality for a slot receiver.

Roger Goodell Is Trying To Play Catch-up With Marijuana - BGN Radio
Commissioner Roger Goodell has modeled his reign after the common straw. He lives to bend to the public. Consider the disastrous double jeopardy of Ray Rice in 2014. After video was released of Ray Rice assaulting his now-wife in an elevator, Goodell gave a two- game suspension. He was aware of all relevant facts at that time. The public then cried out for a stricter punishment. Goodell bent. Rice was suspended indefinitely. While the court overturned that second suspension, the intent behind it lingers. Goodell does not care for the public. He simply wants you to think he does.

Frank Reich's words indicate (to me, anyway) that Eagles are sold on Nelson Agholor in the slot - PhillyVoice
Jeremiah's explanation on why Agholor would be the starting slot receiver is because he's more dynamic than Matthews, which would jibe with Reich's comments there. When a reporter pointed out that Matthews' production, numbers-wise, has been very good the first three years of his career, and that it was maybe a little out of the ordinary for a productive player to have a reduced role (especially when he's only the third receiver now, as is), Reich did not offer up much in the way of praise for Matthews.

Looking Good - Iggles Blitz
Things are far from perfect, but the overall picture looks pretty good, especially if you focus on the development of Carson Wentz. He’s no longer a rookie and has taken his game to the next level. This year it isn’t the veteran Bradford having the strong camp showing, it is Wentz. And he’s making some throws that would make Bradford jealous. Of course, it helps a lot that the Eagles actually have…good WRs. The hottest topic right now is whether the Eagles should trade Jordan Matthews. A year ago that would have been completely absurd. The problem now is finding a way to keep all the young talent the team has built up at that position. It is crazy to see a position go from so weak to (seemingly) so good so fast.

Tay Glover-Wright goes from door-to-door sales to Eagles cornerback - ESPN
Football is hard, but door-to-door sales is harder, Tay Glover-Wright found out. The defensive back out of Utah State bounced around the NFL for a couple of years, going from the Atlanta Falcons to the Green Bay Packers to the Indianapolis Colts in the span of about 17 months, until one day the bouncing stopped. He was released by the Colts in September of last season, and no calls followed offering employment. Reality set and he needed find a new way to support himself. So he went back to his home state of Georgia and took a job selling cable and DirecTV.

Practice Notes: Carson Wentz Sharp In Final Tune-Up Before Preseason Opener -
The first-team offense took the field and got off to a quick start with wide receiver Nelson Agholor racing down the right sideline on the first play and tight end Zach Ertz catching a quick pop pass from quarterback Carson Wentz over the middle of the field. Wentz looked sharp on Tuesday, the team’s final practice before Thursday’s first preseason game. He hit wide receiver Torrey Smith right on the numbers on the team’s third play, beating a blitz from slot corner Aaron Grymes right in his face. Wentz finished the period with three straight completions - one to Darren Sproles in the flat, one to Smith on a deep crossing route, and another to Agholor off play-action on a slant route.

Making The HOF Case For Darren Sproles - CBS Philly
Darren Sproles won’t admit it. He’s too modest. Sure, the Eagles’ mighty-mite and elder statesman is about to enter his 13th—and last—NFL season. No one who watches the game would ever dispute the fact that the 5-foot-6, 190-pound running back has defied every odd to make it to “the league,” let alone last this long. But Sproles isn’t thinking too far ahead to possibly being in the Hall of Fame one day.

Eagles 'very encouraged' by rookie Nate Gerry's transition to linebacker - Inquirer
After two weeks of training camp, two live contact practices, and days before the first preseason game, the early returns are in. And the Eagles are bullish about their fifth-round pick out of Nebraska — so much so that when starter Mychal Kendricks was sidelined with a quadriceps injury, Gerry took first-team snaps next to Jordan Hicks. “Very encouraged,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “He’s responded to every challenge we’ve put in front of him. When we’ve had some of those live contact practices is when he’s showed up the most, and I think there is some ‘football player’ to him. …You expect him to be good in coverage, but he’s played very tough, very physical. You don’t get very many live periods in practice, but when it has, he’s showed up. He’s been assignment sound.”

Five players who need big preseason showings to make Eagles - Morning Call
Alex McCalister. The defensive end, drafted out of the University of Florida last year before landing on injured reserve during the preseason, hasn’t been mentioned at all in training camp. That can be a good thing if you’re, say, a long snapper. In McCalister’s case, it’s obviously not good. Must show a better pass rush. Plain and simple.

Malcolm Jenkins unsure if he'll continue national anthem protest on Thursday - CSN Philly
Just before 8 p.m. on Thursday, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins will stand on the visitors' sideline at Lambeau Field as The Star-Spangled Banner begins to play. He still doesn't know what he's going to do. "I woke up this morning like, 'Man, I think I gotta think about it,'" Jenkins said on Tuesday afternoon after practice, just a couple days before the preseason opener. "I don't know." Last year, Jenkins participated in a near-season-long demonstration during the national anthem before games. Before the song played each week, the veteran raised his right fist into the air in an attempt to further a conversation about racism and social injustice in the United States. It was a move to show solidarity with then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the anthem. Looking back, Jenkins said the demonstration "definitely" worked.

5 reasons the Buccaneers are going to be worth watching on ‘Hard Knocks’ - SB Nation
The Buccaneers offense was middle of the pack last year and ranked No. 18 in the league for passing yards per game. But this offseason, Tampa Bay gave Jameis Winston a few friends to throw to. DeSean Jackson should be a solid complement to Pro Bowler Mike Evans. Winston told that rookie tight end O.J. Howard is “the fastest, most athletic 6’6, 255 pound guy I’ve ever seen.” Howard adds a whole new dimension to the offense. It will be fun to see these guys on the field together. Plus, Jackson’s cute kids apparently get some screen time. That’s always a plus.

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