The Linc - Darren Sproles Will Keep LeSean McCoy Fresh

Stacy Revere

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/6/2014.

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LeSean McCoy: Signing Darren Sproles will keep me fresh - Ross Jones, FOX Sports
"I want to be more explosive and in better shape," McCoy told FOXSports.com on Thursday. "I want to take over more games in the fourth quarter; whether if it’s in the air or on the ground, it’s about being productive and effective at all times.

Eagles notes: Thoughts on DeSean Jackson's ESPN interview - JimmyK, Philly.com
In case you missed it, the interview in its entirety can be found here, but honestly, it's not worth your time. Smith was as unprepared for his interview with Jackson as I was for my awful interview with Mikell. Smith asked Jackson every which way about gang affiliations, gang signs, gang this, gang that, when really, the story was DeSean's relationship with head coach Chip Kelly, and how it deteriorated to the point where the Eagles wanted to get rid of their best weapon in the passing game. The gang angle was certainly worth addressing, but Smith made that the focus when there were far more relevant and interesting dynamics to this saga.

Fan-Demonium: Mock Draft 1.0 - Tommy Lawlor, PE.com
1st Round - No. 22 Overall - CB Kyle Fuller
2nd Round - No. 54 Overall - WR Jordan Matthews
3rd Round - No. 86 Overall - OLB Marcus Smith
4th Round - No. 122 Overall - DE Brent Urban
5th Round - No. 162 Overall - SS Isaiah Lewis
7th Round - No. 237 Overall - OL Trey Hopkins

Five things DeSean Jackson and Stephen A. Smith got wrong during ESPN interview - ESP, NJ.com
The conspiracy theories surrounding the story are comical. NJ.com uncovered Jackson's ties to alleged gang members through its own reporting. The Eagles played no part in NJ.com's investigation. When asked about Jackson's alleged gang ties, team officials said they were unaware of the ties and would not comment. The NFLPA says it will look into whether the Eagles engaged in a smear campaign. When a union official contacted NJ.com sports director Kevin Manahan, the official was told the Eagles provided no information on Jackson's alleged gang ties. During the ESPN interview, Jackson said he knew about the story a few days before its publication -- because NJ.com reached out to his representatives for comment and to speak with Jackson. But Jackson was not made available, and his publicist's sole comment was to deny Jackson was in a gang, an accusation the story never made.

Eye On Hitting It Big In Draft - Dave Spadaro, PE.com
There are limited options remaining in free agency. Players added now are largely to compete for roster spots. The focus in the NFL, for the most part, is on the May 8-10 NFL draft ...

The NFL welcomes a new era - Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation NFL
The NFL is more popular and more profitable than ever. So why was there a sense of unease at the league's annual meetings last week?

WATCH: Maclin, Boykin on having to face DeSean - CSN Philly
"It's going to be exciting, especially for the Philly fanbase, and the city of Philadelphia," Maclin said. "But it's just another game, man, against a division opponent, [and] we want to dominate the division. We're looking forward to it, but I think the most important thing is just to approach it like it's any other game."

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