The Linc - More Stop-Gap Safeties for the Eagles?

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Kempski's Corner: Tight ends, linemen, specialists to watch at NFL Combine -
Join's Jimmy Kempski and Pat Gallen as they look ahead to this weekend's NFL Scouting Combine - specifically tight ends, offensive linemen, and specialists - in the first edition of "Kempski's Corner."

Offseason outlook: Cornerbacks - Zach Berman, Inquirer
This is an interesting position for the Eagles. They return all their cornerbacks, none of whom are old and all of whom are signed to reasonable contracts. Then again, the Eagles had the No. 32 pass defense in the NFL and the cornerbacks were inconsistent.

Roseman shows full support of Foles at combine - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
This was the strongest vote of confidence yet for Nick Foles. And it came from Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, speaking Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. "There’s not an opportunity for a starting spot here."

Scouting and Anthony Barr - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Before we start, let’s talk about some generic scouting points. Understand that you are trying to identify good pro football prospects. You aren’t looking for purely college accomplishment. We would then just go to the stats page if that was the case. Scouting is as much about how as it is what. A player can go without a sack in a game and still have dominated. Did he occupy multiple blockers on a regular basis? Did the other team gameplan around him? Maybe they threw only short passes. Maybe they avoided rollout plays, which could be a big deal if that is part of their offense. Maybe the rusher got enough pressure to affect the QB even if he didn’t sack or even hit him. Results are important, but how a player played is the most important factor. Also, we’re not looking for a polished NFL player. We’re looking for a prospect with the right combination of football skills, size, strength and athleticism to become a good pro football player.

Roseman: ‘Stop-Gap’ Possible At Safety - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
"You can’t force things. You can’t make something that’s not there. I think we’ve all seen the lessons learned from that. If you do that you’re going to make a huge mistake," said Roseman. "Sometimes the option is just to get through the moment and to do some stop-gap things. And I’m not necessarily saying that’s what we have to do at a particular position, but if you look at the teams that have won the championships over the last couple of years, they’re not perfect at 22 spots. And I think there’s a big difference having a weakness at a particular position as opposed to being solid and getting through. That’s going to be the important thing."

Combine News And Notes: Day One - Fran Duffy,
Colt Lyerla thrived under Chip Kelly and would love to have the opportunity to play for him in the NFL. "I feel like me and Chip had a good player-coach relationship, and I'd love to play for the Eagles, so we'll see what happens," Lyerla said.

Terrell Owens: ‘I Wish I Could Tell Andy Reid To Throw Me The Ball One More Time’ - CBS Philly
2005 Super Bowl – "Wow, it’s a memory that I wish—I wish I can go back and tell Andy Reid to throw me the ball one more time."

What to expect from the NFL Combine - Matt Ufford, SBN NFL
The NFL Combine is a weird animal: it makes for bad television and what gets televised isn't all that important, but the event is a vital cog in the NFL offseason. Here's what to expect this weekend.

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