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With DeSean gone, Maclin gets chance to thrive - Zach Berman, Inquirer
Although Maclin becomes the focal point of the offense, replacing Jackson is not a one-for-one exchange. Maclin and Riley Cooper are the top receivers. The Eagles are expected to add at least one receiver from a loaded draft class. They have confidence in the development of tight end Zach Ertz. Running back Darren Sproles also will be a big part of the receiving game.

The Pulse of the Team - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
We can argue exactly why DeSean Jackson was cut. We can debate whether it was a good thing or not. We can talk about how he’ll be replaced (coming soon in a post this week). One thing I think that isn’t up for debate is that Chip Kelly has a good feel for the pulse of the team. Kelly has had some hot button issues in his year on the job. He had to decide whether to bring back Michael Vick last offseason and then how to handle a competition between Vick and Nick Foles. Kelly had the Riley Cooper incident to deal with. Now he’s had the DeSean Jackson situation. In every case, Kelly made a tough decision, but one that the players got behind.

Eagles Draft Target: WR Brandin Cooks - CSN Philly
Cooks is an exceptional all-around receiver who displays consistent pass-catching ability, possesses a dynamic skill set, and has the ability to score from any angle on the field. He’s a special athlete who demonstrates an incredible burst off the line, vision, and elusiveness in the open field. He’s a versatile playmaker who can line up on the perimeter or in the slot and impact a game on special teams. He’s a confident, durable and feisty performer who embraces the physical approach of the opposition and believes he can beat anyone that lines up in front of him. He has great body control and balance and is able to tightrope the sideline to gain extra yardage. He was respected by teammates and won’t be 21 years old until Sept. 25.

#21-Jason Peters and the Outside Zone Read - ChipWagon
While the inside zone read was Chip Kelly's go-to-work play in 2013 (and we'll cover it extensively later in the countdown), the counter play he used a lot in Oregon was the outside zone read.

Bell: DeSean Jackson case lacking due process
Jackson, 27, has largely avoided legal issues throughout his career, and there is no record that he's been involved in any sort of violent crime. That published insinuations about links to gangs is the last straw seems like a rush to dump a player without due process — unless something else is revealed.

Behind the Scenes: What It Takes To Become An NFL Scout - Daniel Kelly, HogsHaven
This week, Hogs Haven's very own, Sean Patterson, asked me what the qualifications are to become a scout in the NFL. I immediately thought, what a great idea and it ties to my article last week. There's no such thing as coincidences. So here it goes. It's my turn to be that proverbial voice in the darkness and shed some light into what it takes to break into what would seem by many accounts to be the equivalency of breaking into Fort Knox. Not quite. For starters, it's not as easy, nor as hard as it sounds. Sure, there's the technical side of cover 1, 2 or 3, quarters, man or zone and the ability to speak fluent "Scoutingese," which comes in time. However, what it really boils down to is what's inside of a person.

Dan Snyder's latest cigar store Indian - Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation NFL
Last year, Dan Snyder found an Indian chief who was neither a chief nor an Indian to endorse his NFL team's nickname. This time, he found a guy who swindled the Bureau of Indian Affairs out of $1 million to run his Original Americans Foundation.

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