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If he's so good, why wasn't Jordan Matthews a first round pick? - Philly.com
He's not undeserving. Matthews' play has certainly been worth the recognition, as has his work ethic and overall approach to the game. It's just that the volume of praise has been more than ordinary since the Eagles' media contingent is so abnormally large and Matthews' encouraging play has been so obvious. Because so much has already been written about Matthews, a common question that has emerged is, "If Matthews is so good, why wasn't he a first round pick?"

No need to worry yet about Foles - Inquirer
If Friday night's game counted, Nick Foles' two interceptions in one quarter would have been as many as he tossed last season. It didn't count. Now take a deep breath.

Foles, First-Team Offense Struggles - Birds 24/7
Foles finished 6-of-9 for 44 yards and a pair of picks. The first one came on the team’s first possession. Facing pressure, Foles’ pass intended for Ifeanyi Momah floated and was hauled in by safety Ryan Mundy. Earlier on the drive he wasn’t able to locate a wide-open Jeremy Maclin streaking down the field, and was nearly intercepted on a pass over the middle intended for Brent Celek.

10 observations from Eagles-Bears - CSN Philly
Not an auspicious debut for Matthews, the rookie second-round pick. He had three drops in all. The first one was a tough catch, the next two are catches he has to make. Matthews finished with four receptions for 14 yards with a long of five. I’ve always said wideout is the toughest position for rookies to come in and shine. Matthews has all the tools, and I think he’ll be fine, but it’s not going to happen immediately.

Chip Kelly Update: The Boy King Dilemma - Fishduck
Chip loves having Boykin in the slot but wants taller outside corners to deal with the Dez Bryants and Calvin Johnsons of the world. Philadelphia’s beat reporters are constantly speculating that Boykin won’t accept that, hinting strongly that he would leave Philadelphia when his rookie contract expires in two years. They hint so consistently that you have to suspect that Boykin (or perhaps his agent) is telling this to reporters "off the record" — in other words, the reporters get the information but aren’t allowed to say who told them.

The Case for Matt Barkley - The 700 Level
This time last year, there were people who actually believed Matt Barkley might be the quarterback of the future in Philadelphia. It was an outlandish claim even back then, being that Barkley tumbled all the way into the fourth round—usually a sure sign a player is not intended to represent the direction of an entire franchise. That noise was out there, though.

NFL executives furious officiating czar allegedly rode Cowboys party bus - SB Nation
A video that appears to show the NFL head of officiating partying with the Cowboys executive vice president has other NFL executives furious.