The Linc - Did the Eagles Get Better?

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/21/2014.

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Are The Eagles Better? - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The biggest parts of the offseason are over and the roster is fairly set. There could be an addition or two in the next few months, but the odds are that those would be role players and backup types instead of key starters. Are the Eagles better than they were prior to March?

Before safety digs in with Eagles, he's getting his degree - Zach Berman, Inquirer
Ed Reynolds worked with Eagles coaches during the rookie minicamp last weekend, marking his last time with the team until the second week of June. That's when Reynolds, the safety the Eagles picked in the fifth round of the NFL draft, will complete his final exams to graduate with a political science degree from Stanford. An NFL rule keeps rookies from participating with their teams until after their school year is completed. It kept tight end Zach Ertz, another Stanford alum, away from the Eagles for parts of last spring. Reynolds will miss organized team activities, but he will return for the mandatory minicamp.

Eagles Depth Chart Analysis: Defense - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
The guys who started last year - Barwin and Cole - are the favorites to do so again this year. Barwin is a lock, while there's an outside chance that Smith unseats Cole. But more than likely, the rookie will be eased into the rotation as the third outside linebacker. Things get interesting after that. Graham only played 26.8 percent of the snaps last year. He's shown he can rush the passer, but clearly the coaching staff isn't in love with him or Graham would have seen more action in 2013 instead of Cole. He could continue to fill a rotational role, but entering the final year of his deal, Graham is no lock to be on the roster when the season starts.

The Philadelphia Eagles' Personnel Strategy: Targeting College Grads - Kevin Clark, WSJ
The rookies whom the Philadelphia Eagles drafted this month can recall the same odd occurrence: the time an NFL team grilled them on whether they opened any books—besides their playbooks—during their years in college.Armed with science and a bit of logic, the Eagles have quietly scoured the college ranks for something that has little to do with 40-yard dash times or bench-press abilities. They want players who have earned college degrees.

Vick: McCoy and Sproles a 'dangerous' duo - CSN Phillly
Michael Vick signed with the New York Jets, but that doesn’t mean he has forgotten about his former teammates in Philadelphia. Speaking with Derrick Gunn at Ron Jaworski’s Celebrity Golf Challenge Monday, the former Eagles quarterback spoke about the team’s recent moves as well as his relationship with his successor, Nick Foles.

Leadership, Chemistry Help Eagles - Dave Spadaro, PE.com
It comes naturally to DeMeco Ryans. He's always been an honest, upfront and hard-working person and player. Teammates naturally gravitate toward him ...

Handcuffs, slurs & urine: A collection of the best of the worst NFL fan experiences - RVB, SB Nation NFL
There's nothing quite like seeing an NFL game live at a stadium, especially if someone urinates on you. We collected some of our favorite worst fan experiences from an ongoing discussion at Reddit.

Draft Lottery Sets 2014 NBA Draft Order: Sixers Have 3rd and 10th Picks - Liberty Ballers
The LB draft lottery party was awesome. Thanks to all of you that came out.

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