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A complete rundown of the 14 players the Eagles spoke with at the Senior Bowl - JimmyK,
The Eagles spoke with 14 players after Senior Bowl practices, all on defense, and over the past two weeks we profiled all of them in a 5-part series. Apologies in advance if you're no longer interested in an event that occurred two weeks ago. To give you a better idea of the setting, after every Senior Bowl practice, the players will sort of mill around on the field, where NFL scouts and assistants have the opportunity to speak with them. The Eagles were extremely busy speaking with prospects after several of the practices, and seemed to have a sense of purpose with who they targeted. To note, by the time the Eagles whittle down their draft board to around 150 players, they will speak with just about every prospect. Still, it is interesting to see who the scouts and assistant coaches specifically spend some extra time with after practices.

Can the Offense Stay Elite? - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I don’t think anyone would dispute the success of the Eagles offense in 2013. Chip Kelly brought in his up-tempo attack from Oregon and delivered great results. The Eagles set a franchise record for points in a season. LeSean McCoy led the NFL in rushing. Nick Foles had one of the highest QB ratings in NFL history. And on and on and on. It hasn’t started yet, but something tells me that we’ll see more than a few "the NFL will figure out Kelly’s offense" articles this offseason. There were skeptics last year. They were proven wrong, but the group can now twist their initial doubts and focus on the idea that NFL coaches will be able to shut down the Eagles since they’ve seen the offense. That notion is wrong.

Making The Case For Bryce Brown - Dave Spadaro,
How long does it take to evaluate a trade in the NFL? How many seasons is a player given to show his true ability and blossom in the league? Time and perspective came together this week as we look back and look ahead.

Offseason Outlook: Cornerbacks - Birds 24/7
Will Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher be the Week 1 starters?
McManus: I say yes also, though I wonder how much consideration they’ll give to moving Brandon Boykin outside. Boykin finished second in the league in interceptions (6) behind only Richard Sherman (8), and did so despite playing only half the team’s snaps. It’s only natural to wonder what kind of damage he could do if he was on the field full-time. Billy Davis decided to let the 23-year old focus on the slot exclusively, and believes that really helped him thrive in the role. With Boykin being so young, he didn’t want to overload him. Now that he is more seasoned, do you add to his responsibilities

Vick wants to start, but should stay with Eagles- John Gonzalez, CSN Philly
When free agency begins a little more than a month from now, Vick is determined to make himself available to any team that might have a starting gig available. There has already been speculation that Tampa Bay and the New York Jets could be interested. Could be. Might be. Maybe. Even if those organizations want Vick, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’d be good situations for him. He could go elsewhere and start. It’s possible. It’s also possible that he could sign with another team and end up holding a clipboard. If Vick re-signs with the Eagles – something he said he wouldn’t rule out – he won’t be a starter, but he will know exactly how he fits into the dynamic. Vick should stay. The Eagles should want him to stay. It would make sense for both sides.

Counting Down the Eagles’ Needs: No. 7, Offensive Line - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans made triumphant returns from season-ending injuries in 2013, and while there were certainly other factors at work, it’s not at all coincidental the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense—not to mention the club’s record—bounced back. Along with Evan Mathis and rookie Lane Johnson, all five starting offensive linemen appeared in all 17 games this season. O-line play is once again a strength in Philly—but for how long? With three starters into their 30s, it’s one of the few areas on the roster where the Eagles are old. How much longer will Peters and Mathis play at their current All-Pro level? How much longer will Herremans be a viable starter in the NFL?

Philadelphia mayor wants Super Bowl - ESPN
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is not about to be left out in the cold. In Nutter's opinion, a Super Bowl in the City of Brotherly Love would surpass this past Sunday's big event, hosted for the first time in a cold-weather site just up the Turnpike at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. "Heck, yeah, we want it," Nutter told reporters, according to "And we can do it better than anyone else."

Ex-Eagle Garry Cobb 'considering' run to seek House seat - Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer
Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb is considering a run for Congress in South Jersey, but has not made a firm decision to run, according to his close friend, Pat Breslin. His comments contradict a statement from Camden County Republican Chairman Thomas Booth, who told WHYY's Web site Newsworks that Cobb was running for the seat soon-to-be vacated by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J). "He didn’t say yes, but he’s seriously leaning towards running," Breslin, a committeeman in Bethlehem Township, Pa. said in an interview.

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