The Linc - Banning The N-Word From the NFL

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Legislating Language: Will the NFL Ban the N-Word?
One current All-Pro calls the idea ‘atrocious.’ But one Hall of Famer argues it's dishonorable for today’s players to use the word. The NFL is now stuck in the middle as it considers passing a rule to penalize those who use it on the field

[BLG Note - Unrelated to the title, Peter King had the following to say regarding the Eagles: If I were GM Howie Roseman, I’d be watching tape of Titans corner Alterraun Verner."

Eagles notes: Foles' radar gun speed; Byrd could be available in FA; Redskins tag Orakpo - JimmyK, Philly.com
Byrd's motivation is unclear. Does he want absurd amounts of money, or does he just really want out of Buffalo? The Eagles, like many other teams around the NFL, should have interest, but at what cost?

Kelly’s Influence Felt Behind the Scenes - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
"I think it really shows how genuinely enthused, and I think I speak for the whole team when I say this, that everybody is with where the organization is going, where this team is going," said center Jason Kelce. "It feels like there’s been a revitalization of the whole culture here and it’s really exciting to be a part of it."

Free Agency Strategy - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Free agency starts next week. The Eagles have the money to be big players. They clearly have holes on the roster so logic would tell you they could go spend some money on big free agents to shore up the roster. But is that the smart thing to do?

Chip Kelly makes most of Andy Reid's leftovers - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
It’s impossible to turn around a franchise overnight the way Kelly did without getting something out of the holdovers. It’s just impossible to replace 53 guys in a year. The trick is identifying the guys the last guy left who can fit your scheme, who can fit your style, who can fit your locker room, and trying to add new guys and make the whole thing work.

A Tale of Two General Managers - Tom G, Keeping Phaith
Given the dynamic nature of the Philadelphia Eagles power structure in recent years, the jury is still deliberating on the effectiveness of Howie Roseman as the Eagles general manager. Having said that, I was struck by how Roseman considered Jeremy Maclin’s injury history.

News, Notes And Things I Think - Dave Spadaro, PE.com
The buzz in the days after Jeremy Maclin signed his one-year contract was everyone wondering who would play where and how all of the pieces of the wide receiver position will fit. I’m going to continue to repeat this: Don’t put the "system" in a conventional box. The Eagles want as much depth as possible at wide receiver to have flexibility with their various personnel packages and they want their receivers to have the ability to play multiple positions. So who plays the slot? Likely several players will get reps in the slot, and they’ll also move around the formation. This doesn’t have to be the "way it has always been" at wide receiver. Chip Kelly’s offensive mind transcends far beyond the boundaries set previously. He’s going to have some original ideas.

2014 NFL Free Agents: Michael Vick could have interest from the Buffalo Bills - ESP, NJ.com
Adam Schefter of ESPN was recently asked if he thought the Minnesota Vikings could make a run at Vick should he hit the free agency market. Schefter shot down the idea of the Vikings, but did bring up another team unprompted: I also would not be surprised if, based on their history, the Buffalo Bills made a run at Vick. They’ve had interest in him before, and he could be an ideal quarterback to bring to camp to compete with EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis. Both have flashed, but neither has proved to be the answer just yet. It will not surprise me if the Bills inquire about Vick at the appropriate time. They’ve always liked him and debated pursuing him in the past, and I could see it now.

The man who ruins fantasy drafts - David Roth, SBN NFL
Online fantasy drafts are terrible. @boring_as_heck has made an art out of making them worse.

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