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Wake-Up Call: Rasul Douglas Seeks Advice From Brian Dawkins


The Eagles take the field at 8:15 a.m. this morning. Following practice at 10:30 a.m., defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz meets the media which we will broadcast live. Later this afternoon, quarterback Carson Wentz sits down for a one-on-one interview on Inside Training Camp presented by Xfinity. Until then, here's what you need to know for Friday, July 28.

1. The QB Is Happy With The First Full-Team Practice

2. Rasul Douglas Seeks Advice From The GOAT

Following Thursday's practice, cornerback Rasul Douglas spent a significant time on the field with Eagles Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins.

"I asked him if he could watch me a little bit, tell me what he sees going on, and after practice go through the things I messed up on," the rookie third-round pick said. "He's just making sure I stay low every time I backpedal, every time I break I'm always low because 6-2, 6-plus guys always want to stand up. It's great to have one of the best to ever play the game give you feedback."

3. Jordan Matthews Is Healthy And Not Worried About His Contract

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews has made it a habit getting open as he is the franchise's all-time leader in catches in a player's first three seasons with 225. He was the same way coming off the field after a two-hour practice, plus another half-hour on the JUGS machine getting ready for a critical 2017 season. Matthews missed most of the spring practices with a knee injury, but was a full participant on Thursday. He is "optimistic" that the issue will not linger into the season.

Matthews also dismissed the notion that his absence in the spring was related to his contract. He is entering the final year of his rookie deal.

"I believe that when you go to work, you'll end up seeing the fruits of your labor and get paid," Matthews said. "I would never sit out to try and force somebody's hand. That's not me. I'm going to come out here and go to work. I wasn't able to. Those were the breaks. I'm here now, ready to go."

4. LeGarrette Blount Is Not Happy About His Madden Rating

5. Zach Ertz Hasn't Caught Flak From His Teammates, Yet

Zach Ertz and his girlfriend at the time, Julie Johnston, discussed a long time ago whether or not they would ever pose for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue.

"She was like, 'I don't think I'd want to do it individually, but if we ever got the opportunity to do it together I think it would be really cool,'" Ertz recalled. "At the time I was like, 'Yeah, we're 20 years old. That's never going to happen. The opportunity is never going to come up.' Needless to say, five years later it comes up and she's like, 'Remember the time you said you could do it.'"

The now husband and wife posed for the photos together in San Diego just before their wedding earlier this offseason.

"Happy wife, happy life," Ertz said.

He hasn't heard too much about the shoot from his teammates. Yet.

"I'm sure in the next couple of weeks it'll come up. I wouldn't be surprised if it's in a team meeting at some point to kind of lighten the mood by Coach (Doug) Pederson," Ertz said. "I'm ready for it."

There were smiles all around at the first full-team practice of Training Camp. Check out the photos...

6. How Difficult Is The Eagles' Schedule?

7. On The Bubble?'s Adam Schein lists his nine playoff bubble teams to watch in 2017. The Eagles came in at No. 5. Here's why he like the Birds.

"I love Carson Wentz! Remember, he wasn't supposed to start last year - and he wouldn't have if Teddy Bridgewater hadn't gotten hurt, causing the Vikings to desperately give up a top pick for Sam Bradford. Still, the rookie logged 16 starts and showed some real flashes, despite not having a legit receiving corps or run game. Enter Alshon Jeffery - Wentz is gonna love the guy," Schein wrote. "Also, I liked the LeGarrette Blount signing and the drafting of scat back Donnel Pumphrey. The offensive line is great, and the defensive front is loaded with studs like Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and first-round pick Derek Barnett."

He still needs some convincing though.

"A part of me wants to get on the Eagles train before anyone else. I think Philly has the potential to surprise some people. Eight wins sound right. And although that'd only be a one-win improvement from last year, I think this could be the type of team that'll challenge some powerhouses," he wrote.

8. It's Training Camp For The Eagles Cheerleaders As Well

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