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They said what about the Birds?

It's never too early in training camp for experts across the country to assess how the Eagles fared in the offseason, how the team looks now, or how the season will play out. Here's a quick look at what a few sites are saying.

They said what about the Birds?

What kind of season will Michael Vick have? (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
What kind of season will Michael Vick have? (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

It's never too early in training camp for experts across the country to assess how the Eagles fared in the offseason, how the team looks now, or how the season will play out. Here's a quick look at what a few sites are saying. 

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks offers up 10 Training Camp questions, with one being, "Can the Eagles deftly flip the script from last summer, with a supreme focus on winning and no sign of hype?" He says the Eagles have the talent, but wonders if they can do live up to it. 

SI also graded NFL teams' offseasons and gave the Eagles a B-plus. "The offseason was really defined by two trades, though: The Eagles dumped Asante Samuel on Atlanta and added DeMeco Ryans from Houston."

Yahoo! Sports takes a Michael Vick-heavy look at the Eagles camp but calls Brandon Graham the player to watch. "If he can be the player the Eagles thought they drafted, one of the league's best pass rushes will get even better and make life miserable for quarterbacks. 

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ESPN.com looks at three questions for each NFL team, with the over-riding theme for the Eagles being that everything will look great in camp. The question: Can they fulfill that promise during the season. That's when, "we find out whether they can stop the run better, turn the ball over less and play tougher in the fourth quarter than they did in 2011."

CBSSports.com's NFL expert Pat Kirwan offers a comprehensive look at each NFL team. He calls the NFC East "truly a four-horse race." He picks the Eagles to finish 10-6 and win the division and notes, "In 2011, Philly gave up 132 points in the first five weeks and went 1-4. That will not happen in 2012."

Also on CBSSports.com, Pete Prisco predicts every game of the season and has the Birds going 11-5 and earning a Wild Card berth. 

AOLSports.com/The Sporting News plays Fact or Fiction with the upcoming season and calls it a fiction that both the Eagles and Cowboys will make the playoffs. "Don't be shocked if neither the Cowboys nor the Eagles make the postseason, just like in 2011." 

NBCSports.com went the humor route in its quick look at the Eagles: "If they added a dessert called a McVick, it would be a turnover." It doesn't get much more insightful after that, but here it is if you're curious. 

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