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Eagles notes: Lots of big WRs visiting the Eagles, and DeSean Jackson's hatred of science - JimmyK,
Is Chip Kelly waaaay into big WRs? Or could he be creating a 'big people' perception to lower the chances that a team trades up ahead of them for the three very talented but smaller WRs who could be available at 22, such as Marqise Lee (6'0, 192), Brandin Cooks (5'10, 189), and Odell Beckham (5'11, 198)? Or could it be a double reverse smokescreen in which they over-do it with the big receivers, making teams think they actually don't value size, when in reality, they actually do want bigger receivers?

The Case for Marqis Lee - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are going to be bringing in USC wideout Marqis Lee for a pre-draft visit. This is really good news to me. Lee is coming off an up and down season due to injuries, but he looked like a Top 10 type of player a year ago. Lee isn’t the huge guy the Eagles have mostly looked at. He is "only" 6-0, 192. With that frame, he could bulk up to over 200 pounds and carry it well if the Eagles want him to do so. Lee only ran 4.52 at the Combine and he’s not a burner.

Wake-Up Call: Mauro On Eagles’ Radar - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
Mauro (6-6, 280) was part of a Stanford team that beat Oregon each of the past two seasons. He played all along the defensive front while with the Cardinal, compiling nine sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss since 2012. The Hurst, Texas native is on the Eagles' radar. The team brass had an official visit with Mauro at the combine. That was the first time he and Kelly interacted since back on November of 2012 when Stanford handed Oregon its only loss of the season.

Sources: DeSean Jackson Skipped Exit Interview With Chip Kelly - Joseph Santoliquito, CBS Philly
It seems as if DeSean Jackson never really embraced Chip Kelly’s innovative sports science system, nor Kelly himself, according to a number of sources. Whereas everyone else appeared to buy into what Kelly was preaching, Jackson at times wasn’t in lockstep with the group. The two always seemed to be at odds with each other. Jackson topped off his career-breaking season by blowing off Kelly for his exit interview, possibly the only Eagle to do so, according to several sources.

DeSean Jackson, Chris Johnson show reality of doing business in NFL | Andrew Brandt, The MMQB
The Eagles’ releasing of DeSean Jackson on March 28 and the Titans’ cutting ties with Chris Johnson on April 4 are stark illustrations of the inevitable leverage shift from player to club in the cold and calculated business of professional football.

The five best big backs in the 2014 NFL draft. | : Russ Lande
Running backs seem to be less and less valuable each year, but that doesn't mean teams can get by without them, and the Seahawks and 49ers just showed how important a back can be. Big backs are especially useful, so we'll count down the draft's best five.

Mistakes Were Made " Grantland
The embarrassing missteps of Redskins owner Dan Snyder just keep coming.

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