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The Linc - Malcolm Jenkins Weighs in on the NFC East

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Round-up of edge pass rushers the Eagles have shown interest in this offseason - JimmyK,
Unsurprisingly, the Eagles have taken a hard look at a good number of pass rushing prospects this offseason, as it is arguably their biggest need. It was revealed yesterday that the Birds will be hosting UCLA's Anthony Barr and Louisville's Marcus Smith, two of the draft's better pass rushers. Let's recap which edge rushers have caught the Eagles' eye this offseason.

Malcolm Jenkins' trash talk game is strong - JimmyK,
Many Eagles fans were disappointed when the Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins in free agency instead of going after a more decorated safety like Jairus Byrd. To be determined if Malcolm Jenkins is the answer on the field at safety for the Eagles, but his trash talk game off the field is strong, if you're into that kind of thing. Appearing on NFL Network in an analyst role, Jenkins was asked how the Cowboys' 32nd ranked defense could possibly get better after having lost star players DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher this offseason. Speaking in a "matter of fact" kind of tone, here's what Jenkins had to say.

Wake-Up Call: Coleman Backs DeSean - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
"I think Philadelphia is going to miss him big time," said Coleman. "I find it troubling to hear some of the stories — and I don’t know who is really putting them out there. I thought DeSean was a good guy in the locker room. He was someone I could talk to and could relate to. Did he kind of do his own thing? Yeah. But we kind of all do our own thing in our own way. But when it came game time I would talk to him every game and I would ask him, 'Is 10-mode on?' And there was no question. He would give 100 percent. He would take those big hits for the team. And he was one of those guys that you wanted to play every Sunday because the explosiveness, the X-factor that he brought to a team is [unmatched]. I think Philadelphia is going to miss him."

NFL Draft 2014: Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay debate who Eagles should take in first round - ESP,
Still, despite McShay's insistence that the Eagles could address the position later in the draft, he still has them slated to take Lee at No. 22 -- a prediction that comes from Kelly's love for players he has competed against, and a conversation that sounds like took place with some Eagles' scouts recently "You have the connection there with the Pac 12," McShay said. "You look at 2011 and 2012, 20 catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns is what Lee did against those Chip Kelly-coached teams. We were joking about it at one of these Pro Days recently that every time they would come to him in the war room he would say 'Yeah I know that guy, I like him.' The familiarity he had (was big)."

Best Super Bowl XLIX bets - Dave Tuley, ESPN (In$ider)
Philadelphia Eagles (25-1): Yes, they lost Jackson, but as great as he was in Chip Kelly's system (and he was a big part of my fantasy team's success last season, so I watched him a lot), it's clear that Nick Foles is going to spread the ball around. They re-signed Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, and I'm sure they'll find other receivers and put up similar overall numbers again this year. They should be right in the hunt and again appear a cut above their division rivals.

Scout's Notebook: Covering The Cornerbacks -
Our 'Scout's Notebook' series continues as our panel of NFL Draft talent evaluators breaks down what to look for when you scout the cornerback position and project college players to the NFL ...

The Notebook: Is Kelvin Benjamin the next big thing? - Stephen White, SB Nation NFL
At 6'5, 240 pounds, Kelvin Benjamin has the size to intimidate defensive backs at any level, but can he put it all together in the pros? Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White looks at the tape to see if Benjamin can be more than just a big man.

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