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From late last night - NFL Top 100: Nick Foles at 70, Jason Peters at 67, and DeSean Jackson at 63

Ten players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury - JimmyK,
Peters isn't what he was in 2011, when he was probably the best offensive lineman in the NFL. Still, he turned in a great year in 2013, and was occasionally dominant. Peters is 32, which is a good reason to begin to project a decline in his play. On the other hand, in 2013, he was coming off a double ruptured Achilles. In 2014, he'll be two years removed from that whole episode. Perhaps in the short term, might we see Peters' play ascending instead of declining, at least for one season?

Wake-Up Call: On Some Money Matters - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
Foles' contract runs through the 2015 campaign, but the Eagles may try to lock him in after this season when he becomes eligible.  If he finds a high level of success again this year, they'll have to pay a handsome sum. Corry believes that Foles could end up in Jay Cutler territory. The Bears' signal-caller recently inked a seven-year, $127 million deal that includes $54 million guaranteed.

NFC Least - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Cowboys LB Sean Lee tore his ACL on Tuesday. This is terrible news. First, I’m a lifelong Penn State fan and Lee is one of my favorite PSU players of all time. Dan Connor was the bigger name back then, but Lee was far and away the better player. Watching him on tape was so much fun. Lee had great instincts. He was a good athlete, but his feel for the game made him look even faster. He was all over the field. Lee was just as comfortable covering a slot receiver as he was stuffing a RB up the middle. Lee’s injury is also bad in the sense that it weakens the NFC East.

#17- Looking for Mismatches - ChipWagon
One of the most talked about themes of the 2014 offseason has been about how much Chip Kelly values versatility in his personnel. The line of thinking is that he wants verstaile players who can be lined up in multiple spots to make the offense and defense more dynamic. The word versatility has been used to herald the Malcolm Jenkins, Marcus Smith, Jordan Matthews, Darren Sproles and Jaylen Watkins acquisitions. I'll be honest and say I've never quite liked the "versatility" argument when it comes to pro football. While versatility is an asset, at this level, most players need an elite trait to really stand out in Pro Football.

Eagles depth chart: Which spots up for grabs? - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
Here’s our version of the Eagles' 2014 depth chart with spring camps underway and less than two months to go before the start of Chip Kelly’s second overall training camp and first as an NFC East champion coach.

How the 49ers settled on their 2014 draft choices. | : Dan Pompei
With depth everywhere and an absence of soft spots, the 49ers may be unlike any other team in the NFL. Many league observers consider their roster to be the best in the sport. How the 49ers came to be so loaded was explained well on May 8, 9 and 10, as their roster was built with a philosophy that was reflected in a series of draft day moves.

NFL's best defensive lines: Rams, Panthers set to control the trenches in 2014 - Danny Kelly, SB Nation NFL
How do the NFL's best defensive lines stack up? Danny Kelly looks at the teams with potentially the most dominant fronts in 2014.

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