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Kempski's Corner: Bold Prediction for the NFC East - Philly.com
On today's Kempski's Corner, Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski and Pat Gallen discuss how the Eagles stack up against the rest of the NFC East and predict where they will finish.

Hitting Time - Iggles Blitz
This is a huge opportunity for some players. Lives can change, good and bad. Back in 2011 some guy named Evan Mathis emerged as a starting OL after practicing well. Other players struggle and that can be the beginning of the end for them. This could be a young guy like Ifeanyi Momah or a veteran like Felix Jones. I’d love to tell you that a lot of borderline players will look great for the Eagles and the summer will be nothing but good news. We know that’s not how things work. You don’t mind some bottom of the roster guys struggling. You get worried when veterans that had key roles don’t play well.

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations - Birds 24/7
All spring, I've wondered who the fifth QB has been at camp. He isn't in uniform (in some ways, he looks like a ball-boy), yet he can really throw the ball and seems like he knows exactly what he's doing. Per the Inquirer's Jeff McLane, it's Pat Shurmur's son, Kyle, who has committed to play QB at Vanderbilt. Now it all makes sense.

Buzz Bissinger doesn't know Nick Foles, but we probably do - Arizona Desert Swarm
Maybe Foles does act like a one-dimensional football robot built by the culture of America's favorite sport. Yes, he grew up in the state most well-known for it, and Bissinger, a sports-writer and sports-hater, is probably attacking Foles from this premise. To me, Foles' success is tied to the fact that he's consciously worked to become the stereotypical quarterback success story. Being a robot is the reason he's found so much success.

Eagles' D wants to take next step, be best in NFL - CSN Philly
No more of the "first year in a new system" we heard so much last year. No more "first year under Billy Davis" or "first year in a 3-4." No excuses this year. No rationalizations. It’s Year 2 now, and the Eagles’ defense needs to be better.

Marcus Smith practice review: Rookie linebacker moves up to second team for Eagles - NJ.com
For the first time since being drafted with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Smith moved up from his spot on the third team, taking reps opposite outside linebacker Brandon Graham with the second team. Although head coach Chip Kelly likes to move his players around, seeing Smith move up is a positive sign for how the rookie is taking in the complex 'jack' linebacker position he is learning.

Donovan McNabb: Nick Foles should be ready for boos - The700Level
I'm not sure I agree with McNabb here. Are the expectations *that* high on Nick Foles? He obviously put up fantastic numbers last season and became known as a guy who will take care of the football, but I don't think anybody has penned him in as a future Hall of Famer or even one of the elite QBs in the NFL. That's not saying he can't turn into one but I don't think expectations are through the roof.

A Virtual Tour Of The Eagles' Nest - PE.com
On Friday morning, Eagles president Don Smolenski led a tour of the revitalized Lincoln Financial Field to give some members of the local media a first-hand look at the new stadium upgrades. Eagles fans will get their first glimpse at the Eagles’ nest in person on Monday at the Open Practice, but many of them followed along on Twitter for a virtual tour. In case you missed it, here are the highlights of what you can expect to see when you walk into Lincoln Financial Field in 2014 …

It May Not Matter How Much Young Talent NFL Teams Have | FiveThirtyEight
The St. Louis RamsBuffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings combined to go 18-29-1 last season. This season, those three teams rank highest in Football Outsiders’ annual ranking of franchises according to the amount of under-age-25 talent on hand.  Should fans of those teams start planning for the Super Bowl in a few years? Is there evidence that teams ranked highly in such "young talent" indices see dividends on the field?

Daily Win: Running backs in the 2000s were amazing and overdrafted - SB Nation
It's 2000s week, so let's take a look at the most meaningful running backs of the 2000s, who also helped to overvalue the running back position.