The Linc - Taylor Hart is an Eagles Rookie to Watch

Mitchell Leff

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/18/2014.

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Eagles notes: Eagles will miss Mathis, Taylor Hart a rookie to watch, and reporter 'question face-off' rankings - JimmyK, Philly.com
If you've ever watched an Eagles press conference in a packed interview room, you've undoubtedly seen/heard a couple reporters try to ask questions simultaneously, and typically, whoever asks their question louder and with more authority will get their opponent to concede. It's what I like to call the "question face-off," and it takes a certain level of skill. Over the last three months, I've been analyzing and ranking draft prospects. The draft is over, but it's hard to just turn off my need to rank and analyze. And so, during this slow time I'll turn my attention to the Eagles' beat writers, and rank their ability to win "question face-offs." My top 5.

Draft Context - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are a better team than they were 2 weeks ago. They added some talented players in the draft and signed a couple of interesting UDFAs right after that. But as many like to point out, all 32 teams got better. So let’s compare the Eagles class to those of the other NFC East teams. Doing it against all 32 teams would be complicated. Maybe on slow days in the summer we’ll look around the NFC. For now, the NFC East.

How Reynolds Will Try To Keep Up - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
Ed Reynolds is currently at the NovaCare Complex participating in the Eagles’ three-day rookie camp. When it’s over, he’ll get on a plane and head back to Stanford. The team’s other draft picks will continue with the offseason program in Philadelphia, but because of an NCAA rule that prohibits athletes from participating in other NFL activities until school is over, Reynolds won’t be able to return until mid-June after he takes his last final.

Former Army captain eager to earn his stripes with the Eagles - Paul Domowitch, Daily News
Villanueva, an Army Ranger whose numerous military honors include the Bronze Star for Valor, which he received in 2011 during his first deployment in Afghanistan after rescuing wounded soldiers from an isolated position during an ambush by the Taliban, resigned his commission on May 2 to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL. He signed with the Eagles 3 days later. He will serve the remaining year of his active-duty military obligation in the reserves.

Matthews: From no college offer to 2nd-round pick - CSN Philly
Jordan Matthews, donning a gray Eagles snapback hat, stood at the NovaCare Complex podium very much at ease with the slew of reporters gathered in front of him following the first day of a three-day rookie minicamp. Matthews, a wide receiver whom the Eagles moved up a dozen spots to snag with the 42nd overall pick in last week's draft, certainly didn't come off as a player with a chip on his shoulder.

News, Notes And Things I Think - Dave Spadaro, PE.com
The Five P’s (Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance) isn’t necessarily one of Chip Kelly’s mantras, but it is the foundation for the Eagles rookies in this weekend’s minicamp and beyond. They are here to absorb …

What to expect next season from the 2014 NFL Draft class - SB Nation NFL
The newest crop of NFL players has been drafted and fans would be wise to temper expectations. While many will develop into good NFL players down the road, few will make a major difference next season.

Eagles 2014 Draft Logo Mosaic - via r/Eagles
This is pretty cool.

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