Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles:
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com stopped by Eagles mini-camp on Wednesday:
A lot of the good feeling comes from coach Andy Reid. Reid said with a straight face that he always has fun. But really, it seems he’s having more fun now. Why? Maybe less to lose. He knows it’ll be a big year either way.
DeSean Jackson has run out of excuses, writes ESPN.com's Ashley Fox:
The bad behavior from DeSean Jackson better be exclusive to 2011 (and, in a small part, to 2010), because the Philadelphia Eagles aren't going anywhere without their speedy wide receiver on board. This team is gunning for a Super Bowl run. Anything less will be another epic fail. They need Jackson to be all-in, because when he is, when he is right in the mind and loving the game, he is virtually impossible to stop.
John Czarnecki of FoxSports.com names Michael Vick as one of his 10 players under pressure in 2012:
The franchise rewarded him with $20 million in 2011 and he proceeded to become a red-zone turnover machine. He lost the ball 18 times, matching his total for touchdown passes. Vick is saying now that these Eagles, with a richly-paid DeSean Jackson at receiver, are his best team ever.
The Eagles are third in Gil Brandt's power rankings on NFL.com, behind only the Packers and Patriots:
The Eagles need to keep quarterback Michael Vick healthy, and that's why the loss of All-Pro LT Jason Peters really hurts. Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon twice this offseason, essentially ending his 2012 campaign before it began. The team did well picking up Demetress Bell to fill in, though. Bell's certainly not Peters, but he's a capable replacement. Philadelphia boasts a very talented offense, but the defense only played well in spots last season.
Gregg Rosenthal takes a look at franchises that have never won the Super Bowl and projects which will be the next to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. He's got the Panthers as the favorites, with the Eagles as the runner-up:
Eagles fans are sick of falling just short, but that's what they'll do in this meaningless post. We could see them finally winning it all under Andy Reid, but don't quite trust Michael Vick enough to be steady throughout an entire playoff run.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com says Terrell Suggs would be wise to pay attention to what happened to Jason Peters this offseason:
The Eagles' All-Pro left tackle tore his Achilles in March and underwent successful surgery. Then, in May, he tore the Achilles again, this time when his walker broke. Not only isn't Peters likely to play again this season, but I know some people who wonder if he'll ever play again.
It's a cautionary tale Suggs would be wise to follow, and it sounds as if he is. While I'm not suggesting Peters did anything improper, I am suggesting that Suggs pay attention and proceed carefully, patiently and wisely -- listening to physicians as much as he listens to his body.
There have been reports that Kevin Kolb was booed at the Cardinals' "FanFest" practice earlier this week, but ESPN.com's Mike Sando, who was in attendance, says the story's been overblown:
About 15,000 fans turned out to watch the Arizona Cardinals during their "FanFest" practice Wednesday night. If some of them booed quarterback Kevin Kolb, I didn't hear it. I arrived for the event 90 minutes before players walked onto the field and left well after they had departed.