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Eagles camp notes, quotes and tidbits: Wright time and place?  

Eagles camp notes, quotes and tidbits: Wright time and place?  

After spending his first two years in the NFL with two different teams, veteran defensive tackle Gabe Wright is hoping he's found a home with the Eagles

If nothing else, he's more ready for his opportunity now. 

"My mentality is a little different," Wright said this week. "I didn't really know how to be a pro then. I'll admit to that."

The Lions took Wright in the fourth round of the 2015 draft out of Auburn. As a rookie, he played in seven games and started one, but the Lions cut him before the 2016 season. Wright spent last season with the Browns, playing in five games as he split time between the active roster and the practice squad. The Browns cut him in May, and the Eagles signed him a few weeks later. 

The number of roster spots on the defensive line is tight, but Wright has been steadily more impressive as camp moves on. He's happy to be back in an attacking 4-3 defense. 

"I tell my wife this all the time: Some people just have it when they get in, the Aaron Donalds of the world," Wright said. "Some people always have it. Then there are those who take a little time, maybe even bounce around a little. Sooner or later, stuff just clicks. A new environment can help that, new surroundings."

Wright said it helps to have other examples of players who didn't thrive upon their arrival to the NFL. He specifically mentioned former No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney, who had his career slowed down by injuries until last season when he became a Pro Bowler. 

While Wright admits he's "nowhere near arrived," he at least thinks he's on the right track. He credits some veterans he's played with over the last two years for helping him learn to be a pro. 

As far as those lessons go, one came from former Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp. When the two played together in Detroit, Tapp taught the rookie to use the cold tub after every practice. Wright still does it. Another lesson was that one bad day of practice can wipe out three good days — consistency is key. 

Wright is just hoping to finally stick with a team.   

"I hope so," he said. "That's how I'm looking at it. They say don't put all your eggs in one basket, but this is everything for me. I'm just happy for the opportunity." 

Splitting time in the slot? 
Since Jordan Matthews joined the Eagles as a rookie in 2014, he's been the Eagles' slot receiver. Things don't seem quite that clear and easy anymore. 

After Monday's practice, offensive coordinator Frank Reich certainly made it seem like Matthews is in a competition with Nelson Agholor to earn playing time from the slot receiver position in 2017. 

"Every spot is up for competition," Reich said. "The way we kind of roll things is we're always looking for guys who make plays. So Nelson has had a real strong spring and camp. So the way we do it is it's kind of by play. Sometimes we'll switch guys up. We'll see what a defense does from a coverage standpoint, and then we want to attack that coverage."

The questions about the slot position have come up recently since NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he expected Agholor to be the Eagles' slot receiver and didn't know what that meant for Matthews. 

The Eagles' receiving corps is much different now than it has been for the last few years after adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in the offseason. Reich brought up the extra competition on Monday when asked if things are different with the slot receiver position this season. 

"So, yeah, I think it is a little bit different than last year," Reich said. 

But if Agholor does play in the slot, what does that mean for Matthews? 

"Jordan can play outside," Reich said. "We can be in four receivers and have two slots. We don't want to take our tight ends off the field too much. We have a bunch of different personnel packages, and we'll just continue to mix them up week by week."

Getting a chance
During Monday's practice, right guard Brandon Brooks left early with an ankle issue and was replaced by offseason acquisition Chance Warmack. 

It's notable that Warmack was the next guy up and not Stefen Wisniewski, who signed a three-year deal to stay in Philly this offseason. 

"You know, I think Chance has gotten better every week," Reich said. "[He has] really embraced what we do and how we do it. Obviously, being reunited with [offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland] has been a good thing. A great room — it's a great culture in that room. So he's very tough. Physical. Strong hands, very good run blocker. So those are the things you see in his game."

Warmack was the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft but has never quite lived up to that status. His hope in joining the Eagles was that his college position coach would be able to help him rediscover that magic. 

Eagle Eye podcast: Breaking down the matchup vs. Seattle

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Eagle Eye podcast: Breaking down the matchup vs. Seattle

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro look at the Eagles’ linebacker situation with the Seahawks game looming. 

Joe Fann from NBC Sports Northwest joins the guys to break down the matchup against the Seahawks. Figuring out roles for Genard Avery and Jay Ajayi. 

And can we start being fair when evaluating Carson Wentz? 

• Rick Lovato’s mega extension
• State of the linebackers
• Avery’s role increasing
• What to expect from Ajayi 
• Evaluating Wentz
• A look at Seattle with Fann
• Some Eagles-Seahawks matchups
• Is the betting line talking? 

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Find a new slant, Nelson Agholor says he doesn't have a burner Twitter account

Find a new slant, Nelson Agholor says he doesn't have a burner Twitter account

Find a new slant. 

Nelson Agholor said on Thursday afternoon that he does not have a Twitter burner account. 

On Thursday, the interwebs got in a tizzy when a photo-less account was spotted by Twitter sleuths responding to Eagles reporters and fans with a bunch of pro-Agholor and anti-Carson Wentz tweets. The account name (@efam33) was seemingly a nod to Agholor’s middle name, Efamehule, and used words like “we” and “us” when talking about the Eagles’ receivers and Agholor. 

But the fact that there was no actual evidence to support the theory of a burner account didn’t stop many from grabbing pitchforks. 

“It’s not me,” Agholor said to the crowd of reporters around his locker. “So which of you guys are going to tweet, ‘It’s not Nelson’?”

Either Agholor was foolish enough to create a Twitter account using his middle name to defend himself and put down teammates or someone used Agholor’s recent struggles and poor standing with the fan base as an opportunity to create some chaos. If the goal was to get attention, it worked. And after the Bryan Colangelo/Sixers fiasco in 2018, Philadelphia is hypersensitive about burner accounts. 

Agholor, 26, was actually the one who brought up talk of the supposed burner account on Thursday afternoon. He wanted to clear his name. 

“You know what, I’m going to be honest with you,” Agholor said. “I have a friend that’s in Tampa, we FaceTimed today in my break and he’s like, ‘This is crazy, somebody has talked about you having a burner account, which is nuts.’ I was like, ‘Dog, what is you talking about?’ And I talked to our PR people and they told me. 

“I just want to know, which one of you, my friends in the media are gonna go on your Twitter handle and say, ‘Alright, stop playing with Nelson. This wasn’t him.’”

One reporter told Agholor they weren’t even going to address the speculation.  

“I would like for you guys to address it,” Agholor said. “You guys know me well.”

And that’s fair. While we have no way to truly know whether or not this account belongs to him — and all the tweets have since been deleted — Agholor has always handled criticism head on. When necessary, he answers tough questions, just like he did in the wake of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. 

The timing was suspect too. The account just popped up a couple days ago. Earlier this week, Agholor deleted his Instagram account to eliminate distractions. So Agholor deleted Instagram to get away from negativity and immediately created an anonymous Twitter account to confront it? 

For the record, Agholor does have a public Twitter account: @nelsonagholor. 

“Social media, it’s a place where you can influence for the positive, but once the energy isn’t helpful, there’s no need for it,” said Agholor, who added that he deleted his Instagram because his family members were reading the comments. 

“I gotta focus on the Eagles, the guys in this locker room and our loyal fans that need us to play well. And I have to have positive energy. It’s a part of eliminating distractions.”

As for the knee injury Agholor suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, he said he felt better on Thursday, but still missed practice for the second straight day. He’s hoping to get on the field Friday and is still holding out hope about playing Sunday against the Seahawks. 

This has been a very disappointing season for Agholor and he has become the target of much of the fan base’s vitriol. So even though Agholor denied being the culprit behind the Twitter account, there will be many who simply don’t believe him and will continue to voice their displeasure on Twitter to @efam33. 

If it’s not Agholor’s account, he won’t have to worry about reading it. 

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