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The Linc - Eagles May Struggle to Find Pass Rusher

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Howie Hints, Part I: What do the Eagles look for in their CBs? - JimmyK,
Based on the Eagles' acquisitions of Cary Williams (6'1), Bradley Fletcher (6'0), and Nolan Carroll (6'1), we already know that the Eagles prefer long corners. Roseman seemed to have reiterated the measurables they prefer in their CBs when he used the example of the 6'0, 205 CB with 34" arms as a player who is difficult to defeat in press coverage. In looking at CBs in this draft that fit something close to that profile, a few CBs stood out.

Eagles' Roseman prepares for a different draft - Zach Berman, Inquirer
Howie Roseman has had more time to prepare for the draft, scheduled for next week, than ever before. It has allowed for free April weekends for the Eagles' personnel staff, which previously spent the time between the league meetings and the draft in exhaustive preparation. The draft, moved this year from late April to early May, begins Thursday, and it's different from most others in the general manager's tenure. Roseman is armed with only six picks - he averaged 10.25 during his four previous drafts - and the No. 22 selection in the first round is the latest he has picked since 2011.

The Importance of ILB - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The 3-4 LB must be able to play the run, cover and blitz. The 3-4 involves a lot of deception and player movement. There might be a zone blitz where the LILB goes after the QB. The RILB then might have to slide to his left and occupy that zone in coverage. On the next snap, the ROLB might rush and the RILB might have to go his area. On the next play he might be taking on an OG on an inside run and then the RILB might be blitzing on the next play. 3-4 ILBs cannot just be tacklers. They must make plays. DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks last year combined for 8 sacks, 5 INTs and 2 FFs. Not bad for an inconsistent player and a guy who is losing a step. The scheme gave them chances and they made plays. Now imagine someone with the speed of Ryan Shazier or the skill set of Christian Jones playing in that defense. They could be even more productive.

Eagles' pass-rushing need may not be addressed - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
You know the Eagles need pass rushers. I know the Eagles need pass rushers. Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly certainly know the Eagles need pass rushers. Only problem is, good ones are really hard to find. Going into the offseason, adding a pass rusher or two was at the top of everybody’s list of Eagles needs. They didn’t sign one in free agency, because they just didn’t feel there was good value there, and there’s a sobering chance they won’t draft one, at least not in the early rounds. Which leaves them … with the same guys as last year?

Checking In On the Linc Project - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
Chances are no matter what time of day or night you drive by Lincoln Financial Field this spring and summer, it will be filled with contractors busily working to complete a massive project on time. The Eagles are in the midst of the second phase of the their $125 million stadium revitalization project which must be completed by August 1 — the day before a scheduled soccer match between A.S. Roma and Inter Milan. All the snow this winter slowed construction some. They are currently running double shifts (16-20 hours per day) Monday through Saturday to get the job done, and are prepared to go into 24/7 mode if need be.

Film Room: Covering The Cornerbacks -
Our 'Film Room' series covering the top prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft is nearing an end, as Bo Wulf and NFL Films Senior Producer Greg Cosell preview the top cornerbacks in the class ...

Michael Vick is Jets #1 - Smackdad, Gang Green Nation
According to an Associated Press article,  Michael Vick's days as an 8 are numbered.  Mr. Vick has decided he wants to be the NY Jets' #1 quarterback.

The Notebook: Dee Ford is no 'blind dog in a meat market' - Stephen White, SB Nation NFL
The Auburn defensive end once claimed to be the best pass rusher in the draft. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White heads to the film room for a little fact checking.

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