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The Linc - DeSean Jackson's Former Teammates Say He Won't Be Hard to Replace

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/30/2014.

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A Different Take on DeSean - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Many of you are still confused by the Eagles not being able to trade DeSean. The minute a team lets it out that their top WR is on the market, other teams know something is up. That could an injury or contract issue or some off-field situation. The player immediately loses value. Obviously the DeSean situation moved exponentially fast. He went from key player to toxic asset over night. The point to debate is whether the Eagles should have lied here and tried to convince other teams DeSean was still their guy and a key player. Of course, if they did that, fans and the media would have been screaming the minute the team did trade him.

Making Sense Of the DeSean Jackson Move - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
No one is out to make the wide receiver a saint. But in the NFL, it comes down to weighing the negatives with the positives, the risk vs. reward. And in the end, that comes down to the head coach. When the Eagles hired Kelly, they handed him the keys. He has final say on the 53-man roster, and when it comes to significant decisions on who is going be in his locker room, nothing gets done without Kelly's stamp of approval.

Kelly, Eagles better be right on DeSean decision - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
They better know what they’re doing here. The Eagles just got rid of one of the NFL’s most electrifying players in the prime of his career without getting anything in return, apparently for the crime of choosing his friends incorrectly.

Unnamed Eagles say DeSean Jackson won’t be hard to replace - PFT
Two Eagles players who requested anonymity have told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Jackson was a distraction and won’t be difficult to replace.

Darren Sproles and Chip Kelly's Magic Number of 1.5 Seconds - ChipWagon
And this leads me to reason #2, as to why the Darren Sproles trade makes some sense. (#1 is here). I think most of us acknowledge that Sproles was brought to Philadelphia more as a receiver than a running back. With the departure of Jason Avant, I expect that Chip Kelly will continue his personnel changes on offense and slot receiver by committee approach (sometimes Ertz, sometimes Jackson, sometimes Maclin, etc.) Expect Darren Sproles to be a part of that committee as he really adds a skillset that we haven't really seen from some of those other players.

Video Podcast: Journey To The Draft -
This week on the "Journey To The Draft" Podcast, Chris McPherson, Bo Wulf and Fran Duffy discuss some of the hottest NFL Draft news around the league and we welcome Houston Radio's Lance Zierlein to discuss Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, and more of the top prospects in May's Draft ...

Former Eagles LB Garry Cobb eyeing run for Congress - Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer
Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb announced Saturday that he intends to run for Congress, hoping to represent New Jersey's First House District.

The Notebook: Sammy Watkins is going to make someone very happy - Stephen White, SB Nation NFL
Some lucky NFL team is going to draft Sammy Watkins, and they'll be very pleased that they did. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White explains why Watkins is likely to be the first receiver picked in a draft loaded with talented pass catchers.

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