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Initial thoughts on the Eagles' acquisitions of Darren Sproles and Nolan Carroll - JimmyK, Philly.com
Sproles probably shouldn't be thought of as a RB. He's more of the trendy "OW," or "offensive weapon," or maybe a "TAZR," in Chip Kelly's vernacular. At Oregon, a TAZR was a player who could play tailback, wide receiver, or in the slot. The position is designed to create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses, who often find themselves trying to cover a dynamic athlete with a safety or a linebacker. The TAZR can also draw some attention away from the main tailback (cough, LeSean McCoy).
Another Active Day - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I love the Carroll signing. Honestly, I didn’t think he’d be willing to come to a team with returning starters at CB. The Eagles needed depth at CB in a big way. I still think they’ll draft someone, but Carroll comes in to provide immediate help. Beyond depth, he’ll challenge Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher for a starting gig. You want 3 or 4 guys battling for 2 jobs unless you have star players already in place.
How much does Sproles have left in the tank? - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
Sproles' offensive production did not decline drastically last season, but he wasn't the return specialist he had been. His history suggests he should upgrade a subpar return game, but his kickoff and punt-return averages last season were almost identical to the Eagles' returners.
Long, strange journeys for Braman and Maragos - John Gonzaelz, CSN Philly
They were introduced together. One is tall and big and has long sand-colored hair and a growth of scruffy beard covering his face. The other is short and stocky and arrived with a fresh shave and a tight haircut. It was somewhat startling to see them standing there next to each other -- not because of how physically different they are, but because of the long odds they both beat to make it that far.
Twitter Mailbag: On Sproles And Trade Winds - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
Brandon Graham is a possibility. The Eagles are open to moving him. Part of the difficulty in doing so is that Graham only has one year remaining on his contract. (There has been some confusion as to whether there were one or two years remaining. A source close to Graham clarified that the sixth year of the deal has been voided.) Would a team offer up a draft pick for a one-year rental? Maybe if that team feels they're close, but it's not an easy sell. The best solution may be to search out a player-for-player trade. Graham is a 4-3 end stuck in a 3-4. Why not swap him for a 3-4 outside linebacker stuck in a 4-3? Dion Jordan comes to mind and I'm quite sure the Eagles have/will explore that angle, but that obviously wouldn't be a straight up swap. Finding someone that has similar value to Graham provides the best chance of a deal actually going through.
NFL Draft 2014: Deone Bucannon, safety from Washington State, to work out for Eagles - ESP, NJ.com
With the NFL Draft right around the corner, the Eagles are busy scouting and setting up visits with the prospects they like the most. One of those prospects is Deone Bucannon, a safety from Washington State. After attending Bucannon's Pro-Day on Thursday, the Eagles like what they saw, and will be bringing in the safety for a private workout, a league source has told to NJ.com.
'No Comment': The Adam Schefter and Ed Werder buddy-sitcom - PFT Commenter, SB Nation NFL
Monday was a alltime great for NFL reporters Adam Schefter and Ed Werder. The two of them combined to break twitter records as well as NSA servers with the amount of information they were putting out on the web. They were a tag team wonder- sharing storys and breaking news together like best pals.
Sproles trade doesn’t make much sense for Eagles, anybody - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
Simply put, Sproles lost the explosion that once made him a special player. Look no further than his kick return to set up the Saints’ game-winning score in the Birds’ first-round playoff exit. If Sproles had that enormous of a hole to run through two years ago, nobody catches him, yet Cary Williams was able to corral him by the collar. Sure, Sproles will catch a high number of balls out of the backfield, which is not an altogether useless skill, but so could a well-placed bucket.
[BLG Note: Yeah, I don't agree with this one.]