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The Linc - Howie Roseman Loves the Wide Receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft Class

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Eagles notes: Birds decided to move on from DeSean Jackson over a month ago - JimmyK,
In the last week or so, trade talks for DeSean Jackson have escalated. However, the Eagles decided to move on from Jackson well over a month ago, and possibly earlier. It is absolutely not something they decided to do over the last week or two. That of course, should not come as a surprise, but it is something we can confirm via a source close to the team.

Best Player Available - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I think many people imagine the BPA mentality means having to take the highest rated player and having literally no choice in the matter. No, not really. Generally speaking there will be players bunched together. When a team puts those players in order, need is factored in. If you have a RB and OLB with the same grade, there is no question who the Eagles will take. If the grades are similar, but the RB is a bit higher, the OLB will still be ranked above him. If the RB is clearly better, then he will be on top.

Three Takeaways: Roseman On DeSean - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
Roseman did little to dispute the notion that the Eagles might think Jackson is replaceable. Asked about the WR class, he said: "It’s the best group at any position in the draft in our opinion. I think when you talk about it, it makes a lot of sense because of all the underclassmen that came out. When you look at the draft and just look at position groups, I think it’d be hard to argue that it’s not the best position group."

Releasing Jackson makes no sense for Eagles - Paul Domowitch, Daily News
I'm not sure I follow the logic that if the Eagles don't get a reasonable trade offer for DeSean Jackson in the next 5 or 10 minutes, they probably are going to release him. Unless there is something non-football-related going on here with Jackson that we aren't aware of, there is no good reason for the Eagles to cut the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver loose right now.

Roseman Is In Building "Process" - Dave Spadaro,
The strategy was first to look inward at the current roster prior to free agency and then address needs in free agency. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is pleased with where the roster currently stands …

Which Quarterbacks Produced Peak Years For Their Receivers? —
McNabb played with a lot of below-average wide receivers over the course of his career. That fact has been lost to history as the narrative switched to McNabb becoming a caricature of himself, but in his prime, he was the rare quarterback who put up great numbers despite below-average receiving talent.

Michael Vick, Matt Schaub and the hopes for second-chance quarterbacks - Pete Volk, SB Nation NFL
Vick does not appear to be the Jets' first option -- that's still Smith -- but the team now has a clear backup plan to their young quarterback as well as a mentor figure who has been one of the most successful quarterbacks in the league in the past decade. He had one of his most efficient seasons of his career under new head coach Chip Kelly last year in Philadelphia, averaging a career-high 8.6 yards per attempt and 8.5 yards per rush (best since his rookie season), and is still a viable option at the position.

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