The Linc - The Value of Offseason Strength of Schedule

Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/24/2014.

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Eagles 2014 schedule: A deeper look at the Birds' opponents - JimmyK, Philly.com
Now that the Eagles' 2014 schedule has been released, let's take a deeper look at their opponents.

Azz Men - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
DL coach Jerry Azzinaro has been at several Pro Days this spring. Let’s take a look at who he has been looking at. Kareem Martin from UNC. DE who would need to bulk up 10 pounds to play DE for the Eagles. Could also possibly switch to LB, but the fact the Eagles sent Azz to work him out shows more interest as a DE.

Five under-the-radar Eagles to watch - Zach Berman, Inquirer
Looking through the roster and my notes, I identified five players to watch this offseason. This is not to suggest they will be major contributors or even are locks to make the roster, but they fit the profile of under-the-radar players who could play bigger roles than anticipated.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Five Thoughts On the Schedule - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
Nick Foles will get to square off against some of his fellow QBs from the 2012 draft class. He'll of course face Griffin twice, along with Luck and Russell Wilson. It's amazing how much has already happened with that group. All four have already started playoff games for their respective squads. Foles won the starting job in his second season and put together one of the best statistical seasons in NFL history. Luck and the Colts won a playoff game last year. Griffin starts over with Jay Gruden in charge. And Wilson is a Super Bowl champ. Foles obviously plays against the defense, not the opposing quarterbacks, but there will be some good measuring stick games for him in 2014.

Road Slate to Say Much in 2014 - Dave Spadaro
The schedule says the toughest games will be away from Lincoln Financial Field, where the eight opponents combined to go a deceiving 61-66-1 one season ago. For the Eagles in 2014, good fortune on the road is essential for success …

The Defensive End vs. Quarterback Bust Battle - Part 1 | The Sideline View
Is it truly easier for the bust potential to be a higher risk at the defensive end position, as opposed to the odds-on-favorite, the quarterback? John Harris digs deep to see if there's any truth in the myth.

Draft Grader: Philadelphia Eagles - Khaled Elsayed, PFF
Draft season is upon us as free agency quiets down and prospect watch goes into overdrive. But the reality for us is that we’re not that involved in the College side of things, but that doesn’t mean we’re not fans of the draft. For me though that means reflecting back on drafts gone by to tell you which teams made the best picks and which ones the worst. So as I do every year I’m grading every draft pick from 2009 through to 2011 on the PFF rating scale (-2 to +2), factoring in where they were drafted, injuries and a host of other things. Up next? Well we’re moving in draft order so it’s the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL schedule 2014: How much does offseason strength of schedule matter? - Mark Sandritter, SB Nation NFL
The top spot on the NFL mountain has been an ever-evolving place during the last decade with eight teams winning Super Bowls in the last 10 years and no team holding the crown as Super Bowl champion for more than a year at a time. While there has been plenty of movement at the top of the food chain, the NFL evolves significantly from top-to-bottom on a year-to-year basis.

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