The Linc - Jeremy Maclin Wants to Stay in Philly

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Maclin again says he wants to stay with Eagles - Zach Berman, Inquirer
With the start of free agency three weeks away, Eagles free-agent receiver Jeremy Maclin remains hopeful that he can reach a deal to stay in Philadelphia. "I've always stated this is where I want to be. The Eagles have stated the same thing," Maclin said Saturday at the NovaCare Complex before tryouts for the Soul of the arena league. "We'll continue to get on the same page with all that and just get something done."

If football were an Olympic sport, who would the Americans play? - JimmyK, Philly.com
With the Olympics in full swing and the United States continuing their post Cold War hockey dominance over the Ruskies, as a football writer, I became jealous that we don't get to see NFL players in action against the rest of the world. You can pretty much look at any All-Pro list and formulate your own USA team, but who would they play? You'd probably have to create one all-encompassing "World Team" to take on the Americans, as opposed to individual countries. And so... Let's first meet the World Team. BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Graham on the Rise? - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
If the Eagles asked my advice, I’d tell them to trade Graham to a 4-3 team. The guy can play. No one disputes that. But he just doesn’t seem like a good fit for the Eagles anymore. Graham lacks the size that Chip Kelly prefers. Graham is awkward when he’s got to drop back, which is part of playing OLB in the 3-4. And he’s going to be a free agent at the end of 2014. Does it seem likely that the Eagles would re-sign him?

Twitter Mailbag: Safety Needs - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
Many view the message coming out of the NovaCare as a smokescreen, but I really believe the Eagles have changed their thinking when it comes to free agency. They’re wary of sinking a large chunk of their available cash into a single player. On multiple occasions, Howie Roseman has likened free agency to an arranged marriage: you don’t know whether team and player are truly compatible until after pen has gone to paper.

Mock Draft, Mach One - Sports on Earth
Mike Evans - Texas A&M WR - A replacement for Riley Cooper, who is likely to depart as a free agent. Evans is Cooper-like: tall, fluid, able to stretch for the ball and a little temperamental. He's raw, but he will win matchups against exhausted, confused defenders on Chip Kelly's non-stop elliptical runner. The Eagles have a greater need at safety, but Kelly grooves to his own beat.

NFL coaches fresh from college ranks have big draft edge - Rick Gosselin, The Dallas Morning News
There’s more bad news for the Cowboys. The Eagles are coached by Chip Kelly, another successful college coach who recruited nationally at Oregon. He spent four years with the Ducks so he has a four-year window when he’ll know the draft board better than the NFL lifers.

Phillies Focus: Dom Brown talks Eagles, Cowboys - CSN Philly
Remember when Dom Brown showed up to the Eagles-Cowboys game at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 20 wearing a Cowboys jersey? As one would expect, Brown's reception from Philly fans was far from civil. In an interview with Comcast SportsNet's John Clark on "Phillies Focus," Brown said he didn't expect that kind of reaction. "I knew I was going to have a few people that was going to get on me about it," Brown said, "but I didn't think it was going to be that big. "Because like I tell a lot of people, I like the Eagles but when you're playing my Cowboys, it's a different story."

Scout's Notebook: Evaluating TE's - PE.com
Ever wonder what the experts look for when they evaluate college players for the NFL? Sit back and learn from our panel of experts as they tell you exactly what to look for when you're watching college tight ends and how their skills translate to the next level ...

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