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Little downtime in Barwin's offseason - Zach Berman, Inquirer
Since Barwin signed with the Eagles in March 2013, he has been committed to making Philadelphia home. A Detroit-area native who went to the University of Cincinnati and started his career in Houston, Barwin is into the local music scene - the headlining act for the concert is Philadelphia's Kurt Vile - and he has become a popular figure in the locker room and among fans. "I live in Philadelphia now: This is where I stay year-round, this is the team I play for," said Barwin, 27. "If you want to make the biggest impact, I think I need to do it in Philly, I need to use the Eagles and my teammates, my friendship with the musicians in Philly, and work with the community to make the biggest impact."

Time to Get Better - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Not all players will show the progress we want, but the staff has done a good job with player development so far. This year the expectations will be even higher. The Eagles are coming off a winning season so that brings a pressure to get players to perform at a certain level. Also, this is Year 2. Simply getting players to function within the scheme isn’t good enough anymore. Players need to show progress. They need to eliminate mistakes and start making plays. One added benefit this year…returning players can help the rookies and new guys. Last year no players knew the scheme. Everyone was learning. This time around Trent Cole and Connor Barwin can tutor Marcus Smith. Riley Cooper can teach Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff. Bradley Fletcher can help Jaylen Watkins. And so on.

Mosher's Mailbag: Will Eagles' rookies make impact? - CSN Philly
Unlike their past two drafts, which delivered several immediate starters, the Eagles probably won’t have any of their 2014 selections start right away. Don’t be surprised if no one emerges as a starter until 2015. The roster is deeper and stronger now than it had been the past two seasons, so it’s not necessarily a negative that none of their picks are projected to start by the season opener.

Eagles Depth Chart: Is the team better or worse at running back? - ESP,
As mentioned above, Sproles is going to be more of a threat in the passing game than the running game for this team. With Brown on the roster, the Eagles had a running back who had shown in the past he could be a starter when called upon. If McCoy goes down, the Eagles are left with Polk and Tucker -- two talented but unproven players. The unit could end up being better, but heading into camp, the Eagles are worse at running back.

Will A Longshot Emerge For Eagles? - Dave Spadaro,
All they want is an opportunity. Players who are considered "longshots," who weren't taken in an NFL draft, just want some reps and a chance to prove themselves ...

2014 NFL Draft all over-drafted team - Matthew Fairburn, SB Nation NFL
Count on Chip Kelly to make a pick that left the NFL Draft community scratching its head. This is another player who we liked, just not as a first-round pick. While he's an intriguing fit in Kelly's 3-4 scheme, it's just tough to envision Smith having a high enough ceiling to warrant a first-round selection.

Geno Smith: It's 'awesome' working with Vick - The Jets Beat
"It’s awesome (Working with Vick), noted Smith. "He knows a lot about this game. He’s played in a number of games and all I can do is try and learn from him. It’s just great to be out there and to complete with guys like Mike."

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