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July 28, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Update: The Eagles released linebacker Travis Long Wednesday morning. From Tuesday: Travis Long fell to the ground on a football field Tuesday, and for once, this was a good thing. The Eagles were in the midst of seven-on-seven drills during their second day of training camp, and playing outside linebacker, Long dropped back to cover a receiver, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, running a seam route. Chase Daniel threw a perfect pass to Bethel-Thompson, but Long dived, sending his 6-foot-4, 255-pound body arrow-like into the air, to bat the ball down and break up a potential completion.
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July 28, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Staff Writer
IF YOU'RE one of the five or six people in Philly who still need convincing that this is a football town, consider rookie running back Wendell Smallwood's trip to South Street last Saturday. Smallwood, a fifth-round pick in the draft, was on his way to Lorenzo's to pick up a pizza when, lo and behold, he was recognized by a group of Eagles fans. Now, keep in mind that we're not talking about Carson Wentz or Jason Kelce or Jordan Matthews. We're talking about a 5-10, 208-pound guy who was the 153rd pick in the draft and has yet to play in a game.
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July 27, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Summer vacation did not change coach Doug Pederson's plans at quarterback. Sam Bradford is still atop the depth chart, and Carson Wentz is still expected to be inactive for the season opener and potentially through the season. Both quarterbacks were on the field Monday for the Eagles' first day of training camp practice, and it started a 48-day march to prepare Bradford for the season opener while developing Wentz as the future franchise quarterback. "Going into September 11th, you know, Sam's the guy," Pederson said.
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July 27, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
After a while, it becomes difficult to differentiate one training camp from another. The faces change, but the storylines ring familiar. Most players, of course, don't see their careers as recurring NFL anecdotes. Every story has its protagonist. But introspective players such as Nolan Carroll know that their plights, in most cases, aren't unique. They understand that starters who are attempting to reclaim their jobs after season-ending injuries are about as common as Coca-Cola. A year ago, Carroll was locked into one of two outside cornerback spots.
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July 27, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
CARSON WENTZ lobbed a pass to rookie wideout Marcus Johnson down the left sideline early Monday morning. Johnson slowed a bit, adjusted and caught the ball on his right hip. As players regrouped for the next snap, Doug Pederson talked with Wentz. Pederson pantomimed Wentz's passing motion and traced the imaginary arc of the ball with his pointer finger. Wentz nodded. Two passes later, Wentz unfurled a perfect back-shoulder throw to rookie wide receiver Xavier Rush, who caught it in stride along the right sideline.
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July 27, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Coach Doug Pederson has not yet spoken to Nelson Agholor since the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against the Eagles wide receiver following allegations of sexual assault. Pederson said he did not feel it was necessary, and he said he will speak privately with Agholor when the player reports to camp this week. "Obviously, all the information wasn't in yet, so at the time I wasn't going to answer or speculate," Pederson said. "I'm still not going to comment too much on it. I just know this: that everybody, we all make mistakes.
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July 26, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles signed quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, linebacker Don Cherry, and safety Nick Perry on Sunday to bring their roster to the 90-man limit on the eve of their first training camp practice. Bethel-Thompson was with the Eagles from Feb. 18 to May 17. The 28-year-old has been with four other teams over five years, and he adds another passer to the camp roster. The Eagles had only Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, and Carson Wentz for the OTAs and mandatory minicamp. Cherry played for Villanova and joined the Chicago Bears after the draft before a June 17 release.
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July 26, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Sam Bradford finally enjoyed a healthy summer. He was not sequestered in a training room rehabilitating a torn knee, like he did the previous two summers. An elusive break in his schedule allowed Bradford to spend time with teammates, focus on building the rest of his body - and even get married. Bradford begins his second training camp with the Eagles on Monday as the unequivocal starting quarterback, but with his career in Philadelphia likely expiring after this season. Yet all the attention devoted to Bradford's employment has overshadowed what's otherwise been the dominant story line of Bradford's career: His health.
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July 24, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles won't practice in the shadows of Lehigh's South Mountain - or in the shadow of Andy Reid - next week, but Doug Pederson's training camp is likely to ignite flashbacks to training camps under Reid in Bethlehem. The differences between Pederson and his predecessor, Chip Kelly, will be apparent during the next three weeks. Kelly's unique practices appeared revolutionary compared to 14 years of the traditional Reid, and Pederson's practices might show that a new revolution is complete, and the Eagles are back where they were before Kelly took over.
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July 23, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Eagles coach Doug Pederson has said there will be competition at every position as the Eagles start training camp next week. But there really aren't many spots up for grabs. Here is a look at one of the four positions that is legitimately open: The field: Ron Brooks, Nolan Carroll, Randall Evans, Aaron Grymes, Leodis McKelvin, Jalen Mills, Denzel Rice, Eric Rowe, JaCorey Shepherd, C.J. Smith, and Jaylen Watkins. The favorite: McKelvin appears on track to be the team's No. 1 cornerback.
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