The Linc - Defense Still Matters

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 28: Ex-Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game between the Philadelphhia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on April 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Judgements: While it's still a QB league, draft proves defense matters - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
While it may be a quarterback's league, defense still matters. In fact, it not only determined last year's playoffs, it heavily influenced decisions of the league's power brokers in this draft.

Brian Dawkins Retirement Press Conference: "This Is A Blessing" - SB Nation Philly
The full transcript of Brian Dawkins press conference.

Chris Polk signs with Eagles; denies injury rumors - CBSSports
"I will just have to go out there and show them I have a lot of great football left in me," Polk told NFLDraftScout.com after agreeing to a deal with the Eagles. "I know teams are concerned about my shoulder, but I also heard somebody say something about a degenerative hip and there is just no truth to that. I had labrum surgery on the shoulder a year ago and it didn't slow me down last season."

2012 NFL Draft Profile: Dennis Kelly - Hammer and Rails
Kelly, the 6'8" Senior Left Tackle for the Boilermakers, was a crucial part of Purdue's offensive success over the past few years. Since stepping in as the starting Left Tackle in his sophomore year (2009), Dennis has been a reliable protector of the quarterbacks' blind side. In the past three seasons, he has appeared and started in all 37 of Purdue's football games--including the Little Caesar's Bowl last season--and served as a team captain in his Senior campaign.

2012 NFL Draft: So You're Thinking About Drafting a Marvin McNutt - Black Heart Gold Pants
Congratulations Eagles fans! Your team has made the wonderful decision to draft Marvin McNutt! Like any responsible selector, you're no doubt filled with questions about your potential new draft pick. We here at Black Heart Gold Pants will try our best to answer any questions you might have.

2012 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Pick Brandon Boykin - Dawg Sports
Brandon Boykin is many things: He's Georgia's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage. He's the only Georgia player to return three kickoffs for touchdowns in a single season. (This is also tied for the best in Southeastern Conference history.) He's the only player in SEC history with three plays of 100 yards or more. He's the 2011 Paul Hornung Award winner. He's a threat on offense. He's a threat on defense. He's a threat on special teams. He's a human highlight reel. More important than any of that, though, is the fact that Brandon Boykin is a phenomenal human being.

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