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The Linc - Pass Rushers the Eagles Should Target In Free Agency

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TJ Ward - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
I had high hopes when I put on the tape, but must admit to being slightly disappointed. Ward is a tough, physical Safety and I loved that side of his game, but he simply missed too many tackles for me to come away overly excited. Ward is an aggressive tackler. He likes to go low on his targets and that leads to some misses. Sometimes players fight through the contact. Other times players are able to side-step or go over him.

Free Agency Preview: Outside Linebackers - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
A fourth-round pick in 2010, Griffen has never played more than 60.1 percent of his team's snaps in a single season, per Pro Football Focus. But he was a productive pass-rusher last year and has 13.5 sacks in the past two seasons. The question with Griffen is whether teams view him as a 3-4 OLB or a 4-3 DE. Per ESPN 1500 in Minnesota, he might prefer the former.

Film Room: Free Agent Pass Rushers -
NFL Films Senior Producer and our very own Bo Wulf break down the top free agent edge rushers in our newest installment of our 'Film Room' series highlighting the top free agents for 2014.

Eagles free-agent targets: Devin Hester - CSN Philly
There’s a very real chance Hester will be enshrined in Canton someday as special teams mavens continue to get more respect for their impact on the game. No question he’s the most explosive returner I’ve ever seen for an extended period of time, right up there with Prime Time, but I really don’t think the Eagles are gonna knock at his door. With just 53 roster spots, 46 on game day, Chip Kelly prefers versatility from his players. Right now, Hester is exclusively a return man -- and an aging one. Although he led the NFL last year in kickoff returns, kickoff return yards and averaged 14.2 yards per punt return, Hester doesn’t bring enough value. Very tempting, but I think the Eagles pass.

The Eagles badly need to fix up a broken secondary. | : Mike Tanier Article
So far, the Eagles offseason has been fruitful, with extensions given to Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. With the offense set, Philadelphia really needs to import as much defensive talent as possible, particularly to help a tattered secondary.

NFL free agency is about being cautions of risks and red flags | The MMQB with Peter King
The NFL system is not set up for great players to hit free agency. The last thing a team wants is to invest draft picks, coaching hours, practice reps and game time in a player only to see him prosper elsewhere. A player the team thinks can truly prosper isn’t allowed to go elsewhere; he gets tagged or re-signed. With financial whizzes employed to help manage the salary cap, an NFL front office can almost always find a way to retain a vital player.

Not just throwing darts - Danny Kelly, SB Nation NFL
A behind-the-scenes look at the NFL scouting process, and how players ultimately land on each team's draft board.

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