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Five Eagles who impressed at OTAs and minicamp - JimmyK,
Jordan Matthews' work ethic has been well documented by now, which is fine and good, but Chad Hall had good work ethic too. The more important question is, "Can Matthews play?" Yep, he can play. Matthews isn't just a try hard guy. He has great size at 6'3, 215-ish, he ran a 4.46 at the Combine, and he was the all-time receptions leader at Vanderbilt. He also stood out in OTAs and minicamp, making catch after catch after catch. It may take some time for Matthews to be an impact player at this level, but at a minimum, he should be a significant 'day one' upgrade over Jason Avant.

Jimmy vs Matt - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The larger issue here is that Barkley shouldn’t let the media get to him. If he’s going to have a lengthy NFL career, Barkley has to learn to roll with the punches. I know that is easy for me to say that since Barkley is the one getting ripped on, but that’s life in the spotlight. You have to let people say what they want. I’ve got some people who are critical of me. I learned a long time ago to not get defensive and confront them. I’ll debate people on some issues, but someone who just doesn’t like me or my opinions…I just let them be. Arguing with them doesn’t do anyone any good. You can’t expect everyone to agree with you or to like you.

Watkins' IQ impressing Eagles' staff - Jake Kaplan, Daily News
AS A SENIOR on a struggling University of Florida team, Jaylen Watkins started some games at cornerback and others at safety. But if you listen to Eagles defensive backs coach John Lovett expound on Watkins' allure, that mere fact doesn't fully contextualize the player's versatility and football intelligence. "When you talk to him about his defense at Florida, he knew what everybody did," Lovett said. "I talked to the defensive coordinator [D.J. Durkin] down there. They put him in at positions that he hadn't even practiced that week because he knew what everybody was doing. He's really got a great football IQ."

Marsh: Every Year Is Make Or Break For Me - Bo Wulf,
Curtis Marsh knows what it’s like to be overlooked in a crowded Eagles secondary. After he was drafted I the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Marsh saw the Eagles sign assemble a secondary that included three Pro Bowl cornerbacks (Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie). Before Marsh’s third season, the Eagles signed a pair of starting cornerbacks in free agency (Cary Wiilliams and Bradley Fletcher). As a result, Marsh found himself on the outside of an overcrowded secondary and was waived during the final roster cutdown. But after a brief stint with the Cincinnati Bengals, Marsh found himself back on the Eagles last November. Now, after an offseason that saw the Eagles beef up the depth at cornerback with the signing of Nolan Carroll II and the drafting of Jaylen Watkins, Marsh once again faces an uphill climb.

New year, similar situation for Eagles' Kinne - CSN Philly
Once again, G.J. Kinne has a spot on the Eagles' roster that won't exist when the regular season begins: The fourth quarterback. Last offseason, Kinne participated in OTAs and training camp with the Eagles but was always going to be the odd man out after Nick Foles, Michael Vick and Matt Barkley. He spent the season on the practice squad. Vick isn’t around anymore, but Mark Sanchez is, leaving Kinne in the same uncomfortable position of fighting for a spot that he knows will be difficult to acquire.

LeSean McCoy among 11 unstoppable players - Gil Brandt,
McCoy has great feet and quickness and is very shifty and elusive, as evidenced by his ability to induce 53 missed tackles -- the most among running backs -- last season. He has excellent vision, and Chip Kelly's system is the perfect fit for his talents. Based on his 2013 campaign, in which he gained 2,146 total yards (1,607 rushing, 539 receiving) and scored 11 total touchdowns, McCoy belongs firmly in the discussion about the most unstoppable backs in the NFL.

Lawrence Taylor, Dan Marino among top 20 players of the 1980s - Eliot Harrison,
18) Reggie White: If he had played more than five years in the '80s, or if the Eagles had enjoyed more success with him, he would be ranked much higher. Still, 81 sacks in five years?!

32 things to think about before NFL training camps start - SB Nation NFL
Eli Manning has never been an injury risk for the Giants, but he isn't as young as he once was and he is coming off an ankle procedure that caught the public off guard. The team is hoping that Ryan Nassib, a fourth-round pick in 2013, can become a reliable backup option, but he still has a lot to prove after minicamp.