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The Linc - Jeffrey Lurie Speaks on DeSean Jackson's Release

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Replacing DeSean Jackson's explosive plays will be nearly impossible for the 2014 Eagles - JimmyK,
In 2013, the Eagles had one of the most explosive offenses in the history of the NFL. That is not an exaggeration. Their most explosive player on offense was DeSean Jackson. We'll come back to DeSean momentarily. While the Eagles have been recognized nationally for being a high-powered offense, they were overshadowed by Peyton Manning and the 2013 Broncos, who scored 20 more TDs (71) during the regular season than any other team in the NFL. The Eagles were 2nd, with 51.

ILB Targets - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Christian Jones – Florida State – This is a guy that could really interest the Eagles. Jones played LB in 2012, but spent most of 2013 playing DE. He is 6-3, 240. Only runs 4.7, but he doesn’t look slow on the field. 3-year starter for the Noles. Led them in tackles in 2012. Didn’t have many sacks to show for 2013, but he was a disruptive pass rusher. The Eagles would like Jones a lot because of his versatility. He has played on the edge and on the inside. He could play OLB in the 3-4 as well as ILB. That makes him good depth, but also means you can be creative on gameday with who you rush and how you use your players. For him, let’s look at a 2013 and 2012 game.

Lurie on DeSean release: Chip values playoff production - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
Despite all that has been written and reported about Jackson's off-field behavior, his fitting in with Kelly's locker room culture and his alleged ties to gangs, Kelly said flatly that the Eagles decided to cut the Pro Bowl receiver last month because it would make the team better. Lurie agreed with Kelly's assessment, saying that the coach came to the decision after the season ended with a 26-24 defeat to the Saints in the first round of the playoffs. Jackson caught three passes for 53 yards and drew a 40-yard pass interference penalty in the game, but his production came after cornerback Keenan Lewis left in the third quarter.

Kelly: Cutting DeSean 'a football decision' - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
The Eagles' decision to release DeSean Jackson had nothing to do with his ominous inner circle or growing friction with the head coach. Chip Kelly on Monday called Jackson’s March 28 release "purely a football decision."

Kelly On Manziel: ‘I Love the Kid’ - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
"When I coached at Oregon he was tailor-made for that [offense]," said Kelly. "Broke my heart. I love the kid. I think he’s a hell of a football player."

A Day Of Change And Team Building - Dave Spadaro,
The purpose of the Eagles' Annual Playground Build is to change the world for children, and the team did that on Monday, with some football talk mixed in ...

An infographic guide to Teddy Bridgewater's many faults - Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation NFL
What would Teddy Bridgewater really look like if everything the media-draft industrial complex said was actually true?

Eagles opponents wall of shame - r/Eagles
"This is what I have up at my office at work, my 'wall of shame' and daily source of inspiration."

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