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2017 NFL season award predictions: Tom Brady favorite for MVP - NFL.com
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR — Steve Wyche: Derek Barnett, DE, Philadelphia Eagles. He is showing in the preseason how special and tenacious he is at getting after the passer. Playing on that defensive front in a pass-happy division will benefit him. — Marc Sessler: Barnett. Philly's rough-and-tumble rookie already looks like a savvy veteran ready to wreak havoc.

Vote in the Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas approval polls - BGN
Make sure to vote in the polls!

BGN Radio Daily #17: Alshon Jeffery is gonna have a big week - BGNRadio.com
BLG is excited that Week 1 is here! He previews the Eagles-Redskins game, goes over three over/under numbers, explains why Alshon Jeffery is going to have a big week, and tells you why the Eagles are going to win this game.

The 5 O'Clock Club: 5 questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Hogs Haven
I was able to connect with Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation this week to swap information about the Philadelphia Football Team and Redskins. My answers to his questions should be posted on BGN ahead of the game this week; you’ll find his answers to my five questions.

Malcolm Jenkins works to lift stigma via fashion show models - ESPN
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and his business partner, Jay Amin, showcased their latest collection of designer men's wear from their store, Damari Savile, with a fashion show at the upscale bar-restaurant Maison 208 in downtown Philadelphia over the weekend. Several Eagles teammates, recently retired wide receiver standout Anquan Boldin and the city's mayor, Jim Kenney, were in attendance. At the conclusion of the show, Jenkins revealed to the crowd that three of the four runway models had criminal records. "A lot of us happen to judge a book by its cover," Jenkins said. "And one of the things that we wanted to bring to light tonight was that we have this stigma of men and women when they have criminal records. We put something in our minds of what that looks like … so what we wanted to do was change that stigma."

Are the Eagles good? Full roster review, offense edition - PhillyVoice
After an up and down but very promising rookie season, Wentz had a great training camp, as well as a decent preseason. In the eight training camps I've covered since 2010, Wentz's training camp performance was the best I've seen of any Eagles quarterback. That's not a high bar considering the list of names who have started at least one game for the Eagles during that span: Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Nick Foles, Michael Vick, Matt Barkley, Vince Young, and Kevin Kolb.

The Mean Season - Iggles Blitz
Domo focuses on the play of Vinny Curry as to whether Means will get many snaps. I think the real key is STs. The Eagles had five DEs active on gamedays last year, if you count Bryan Braman at that spot. I’m not saying Means has to be as good at STs as Braman, but if he can find a niche on STs that will get him active, I’m sure the coaches will mix him in here and there. Domo is right in a sense. The coaches are going to look for the best combination of rushers. They have the returning guys in Brandon Graham and Curry. They have the new veteran in Chris Long and the rookie in Derek Barnett. And there is Means. The best players will play.

Players survey: Wentz, Agholor top picks to have big years for Eagles - The Athletic
Jordan Hicks: “I’m going to go with Carson. Me going against Carson every day, the dude, first and foremost, his leadership has taken the next step. Mentality and confidence in himself and the guys around him. But also, you can see the things he’s working on in practice, whether it’s manipulating guys with his eyes, his reads, going through his progressions, making the right plays. Whether it’s attacking the man side, attacking the zone side. He’s really, in my opinion, taken the next step. And I think he’s in store for a real big year.”

The mechanics behind Carson Wentz's offseason changes - Inquirer
“I can see it on film. Everything, pocket movements, different things, everything’s more subtle,” Wentz said. “Everything’s quieter from my feet. And it just looks like I’m more comfortable.” Wentz said during an interview just before the final preseason game that he hadn’t compared film of himself late last year and this year for visual proof. But Reich and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo said that the second-year quarterback’s more efficient movements within the pocket have stood out on playbacks. “Without a doubt, you can see what he’s been working on,” Reich said. “It was always there. He was always doing the right things. It’s just getting to do them at a higher percentage and more consistent.”

For Openers, A Set Of Questions To Answer - PE.com
Questions, questions. We all have them about the 2017 Eagles and Sunday’s game at Washington will go toward answering them. Some of them, anyway. The Eagles are healthy and eager to get things rolling at FedEx Field. Here are five questions to consider with the opener ahead ...

A boring — by design — day in the life of superstar Carson Wentz - CSN Philly
Carson Wentz is young, talented and famous. He's the biggest star on the most important team in town. He's the perceived savior who might finally bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia. And every night during the season, he goes home to an empty house and plays with his two dogs. Wentz is boring. But it's by design. While he's not exactly a celebutant during the offseason, he'll at least let some of his personality fly. During the season, though, his life becomes as bland as possible. Remember way back before he was drafted, when Howie Roseman compared Wentz and Jared Goff to chocolate and vanilla ice cream? The Eagles definitely got vanilla. Wentz spends most of his day at the NovaCare Complex before heading across the bridge to his South Jersey home.

Shady Speaks: LeSean McCoy on embracing Buffalo, making an impact, and the playoffs - Buffalo News
An avalanche of missed calls awaited him. While McCoy napped after an offseason workout in Miami, text messages flooded his cell phone. And when he finally awoke, his entire world had changed: He had been traded. “When the internet finds out the news before you do, that’s rough,” his older brother, LeRon, said by phone. In March 2015, the Philadelphia Eagles — McCoy’s hometown team — traded him to the Bills for a player McCoy had never heard of. The news, finally delivered by his agent Drew Rosenhaus, was devastating. “The first thing he told me was, ‘Shady, this is not a joke. You’ve been traded to Buffalo. For Kiko Alonso,’” McCoy said, gazing straight ahead as if transported back in time. “I said, ‘Drew, stop playing. …Who the hell is Kiko Alonso?’

Word of Muth: 2017 Preview - Football Outsiders
A lot of people really like the Giants roster this year, and some consider them potential a Super Bowl contender. But even the biggest Giants fans make sure to plug their noses when they get to the topic of their offensive line, or at the very least their left tackle. It's always interesting to look at a unit that is so derided by the home fan base. That left tackle is Ereck Flowers, a former first-round pick who has been either a complete disaster or a personal affront to the good people of New York, depending on who you listen to. I've never been asked more on Twitter about a player that I haven't directly covered. I feel like I have to watch him play up close to see exactly what all the fuss is about. I feel like the protagonist in a coming-of-age tale who has been offered a chance to see a dead body -- I have to take it.

Ezekiel Elliott will play Week 1 against Giants despite suspension being upheld - SB Nation
Ezekiel Elliott will be playing the Cowboys’ season opener against the New York Giants, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Elliott was suspended six games after the NFL investigated domestic violence incidents that Elliott was not charged with a crime for. The NFL says it found “credible evidence” that Elliott used physical force on the woman involved. On Tuesday, that decision was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson. After Elliott filed his appeal, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appointed Henderson to handle the case. Henderson had previously presided over Greg Hardy’s and Adrian Peterson’s appeals. Hardy saw his suspension reduced from 10 games to four, and Peterson’s was upheld.

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