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Another top 10 QB list, but this one tailored specifically to the Eagles -
Quarterback rankings are all the rage in the NFL media world these days. And some of it is even pretty good, like ESPN's Mike Sando's piece, which rated QBs on a tier system, based on feedback from NFL personnel. If you subscribe to ESPN's Insider offering, it's a good read worth checking out. In my time as an NFL blogger, I learned the following extremely complicated formula, which many media outlets have mastered.

Can Nice Guys Finish First? - Iggles Blitz
Kelly has put together a roster of likable guys. While that is a good thing, it only works if the players can win. I don’t want a team of choirboys if they lose games and can’t compete for a title. I want the best football team possible. It is great when a team is made up of good guys and wins, but winning is the bottom line.

Braman’s Long, Hard Road to Philadelphia - Birds 24/7
Bryan Braman was born to be a professional athlete. His maternal grandfather, Ivan Cecil Braman, stood at 7-4 and weighed 365 pounds. His mother, Tina Braman-Fields, was an elite sprinter in high school in which she was part of a four-girl state champion track team and held the 100 meters school record. That’s why it’s no surprise Braman is a 6-5, 241-pound "athletic freak" as described by many of his teammates. When he was in high school, his track and field coaches expected him to be an Olympian before he chose to pursue football. On the gridiron, he routinely ran around offensive linemen untouched to tackle ball-carriers in the backfield.

2014 Comeback Player of the Year Candidates -
After tearing his ACL in camp last offseason, Maclin missed the entire 2013 season. Reports out of Eagles camp are that Maclin is not only back to full health, he is actually feeling faster and better than ever. The absence of DeSean Jackson will only increase Maclin's value as the offense shifts to maximize his skill-set. Even when Jackson did play alongside Maclin in 2012, Maclin had superior statistics in almost every major category. Maclin led the Eagles in receptions, targets, yards and touchdowns at that time. The sixth-year receiver now has a chance to show what he can do as the undisputed top guy. His 69.11 ADP has him drafted as the 29th WR. With value like that, a healthy Maclin is a bargain. Maclin may be the strongest contender for Comeback Player of the Year. The 2009 first-round pick is my prediction to win this award at year's end.

It's Not About Rankings For Foles -
It's all the rage in the media during this slow period in the NFL: assembling rankings of players and stirring debate. The ranking of quarterback Nick Foles has certainly been a topic of conversation in and around Philadelphia ...

How the NFL’s Top Receivers’ Stats Would Change If They Played With Average QBs | FiveThirtyEight
Interesting look at the effect of particular QBs on the stats of receivers.

Judge gives preliminary approval to NFL concussion settlement - SB Nation
Judge Anita Brody signed off with preliminary approval of the league's concussion settlement with former players.

Robert Griffin III is a bad influence on Johnny Manziel - SB Nation
Johnny's found himself in hot water again, but let's put blame where it's due.

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