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‘My Job Is Very, Very Different From Your Job’ - Connor Barwin, The MMQB
The Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito situation, coupled with Michael Sam’s announcement, has put the NFL locker room culture under a spotlight. An Eagle takes us inside his workplace to better understand it.

Three formerly elite pass rush prospects the Eagles could target in the late rounds - JimmyK,
In the draft, there are a number of very intriguing pass rushers, but the top players (Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, Khalil Mack of Buffalo, and Anthony Barr of UCLA) are highly unlikely to make it anyway near the Eagles' spot at 22nd overall. Auburn's Dee Ford remains a realistic option for the Eagles at that spot, but even if he slips to 22, the Eagles may not view him as the best available player on their board. The Eagles may not find an immediate edge rushing answer this offseason, but there are three very interesting players who could be available in the later rounds.

Mac is Back - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
As it is, the Eagles have a lot of money invested there for 2014. Chip Kelly used a lot of 3-WR sets in 2013 and could be hoping to do even more of that this year. The other possibility is that Kelly could be looking to substitute his WRs more often. The offense played at a quick tempo last year, but you got the feeling they could be even faster. The lack of WR depth meant that Cooper and DeSean had to play a ton of snaps. If Kelly can rotate the players and keep them a bit fresher, that might help the offense.

The Dion Jordan Trade Question - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
"Trust me, the guy that went number three we were considering very heavily, but didn’t get the chance to pull the trigger on that one," Kelly said after the draft.

Jason Peters a Hall of Famer? He should be - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
What Reggie White meant to the Eagles, Jason Peters means that much. What Brian Dawkins meant, Jason Peters means that much as well. He’s not just a star, he’s not just the best at his position in the league, he’s one of the best at his position ever to play the game. White and Dawkins are the two greatest Eagles of the last 50 years, and Peters is in the same class. Maybe because he plays left tackle and doesn’t pile up stats like White and Dawkins did, it’s not as obvious. But if anybody deserved the type of unprecedented contract the Eagles gave Peters this week -- the richest deal ever for an offensive lineman his age and one of the most lucrative deals ever for any non-quarterback at least 32 years old -- it’s Peters.

Versatile Eagles receivers can thrive even if Avant leaves - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
The Eagles didn't get enough production out of their slot receiver, and with a group of receivers and tight ends that can line up almost anywhere, Kelly's offense should become even more difficult to defend. Jason Avant, bless his leadership, professionalism, and hands of glue, is no longer a fit in Philadelphia. He did a lot of dirty work blocking last season, but he caught only 50 percent of his targeted passes (31 of 62 for 404 yards) out of the slot, according to Pro Football Focus.

Roseman: Busy Week All Part Of The Plan - Bo Wulf,
"Obviously, this was our plan here in the last week," Roseman said Friday. "I'd say (we were) cautiously optimistic. When you're this close to free agency, you're always concerned that the player is going to just wait and just say, ‘Hey, I've gone this far, I'm going to wait 10 days.' The players and their agents deserve a lot of credit here. All these guys, their commitment to Philadelphia, their commitment to our organization, they deserve a lot of credit and, really, we talked about it a little, but we have to give more credit to our owner and him giving us the resources to be able to go out and do this sort of thing here and be aggressive to keep these guys off the market and to keep these guys in Philadelphia long term. I think that we all feel really fortunate to have him giving us these resources to dole out to these guys and I know the players feel the same way."

BGN Radio Podcast: Breaking Down Eagles In-House Signings - BLG, BGN
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