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The Big Question: What Is The Top Priority? -
To piggyback off the idea of looking at the eight teams that played this weekend, look at the 16 starting cornerbacks. How did they each come into the league? Three were first-round picks, one was a third-round pick, one was a fourth-round pick, a whopping five were fifth rounders, one was taken in the sixth and the last five went undrafted altogether. Meanwhile, just over half (nine of the 16) are playing with their original team. The Patriots, by the way, started a pair of free-agent acquisitions in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. I think the Eagles will have plenty of chances to add talent to the secondary and, somehow, they will do just that. I’m sure I’m telegraphing this, but a quick look at the quarterbacks reveals a different use of resources. Five of the eight quarterbacks who played this weekend were drafted in the first round, one in the third, one in the sixth and one was undrafted. Again, I believe that Nick Foles is well-suited to lead the Eagles back to the top of the NFC East and I think it’s likely that he’ll be the guy. But to be pedantic, we know the secondary will look different in 2015. We don’t know whether the quarterback will change or not. That’s why it’s the biggest question of the offseason.

Where the Eagles' season went wrong, part II: Big plays allowed - PhillyVoice
In many ways the Eagles' defense was good in 2014, especially the front seven. But all it really takes is to have one glaring weakness to wreck all the good, as noted by defensive coordinator Billy Davis after the Eagles' loss to the Redskins Week 16.

Looking At Maclin’s Value - Birds 24/7
Maclin has made it known that he wants to remain in Philadelphia. He likes the city, likes the organization, likes the system, and would prefer to end his career with the same franchise that selected him with the 19th overall pick back in 2009. To that end, it's unlikely his representation will be unreasonable in negotiations with Howie Roseman and company. But that doesn't mean he'll come cheap. The 26-year old bet on himself by taking a one-year deal last season coming off ACL surgery. He followed that up with a career year, putting himself in a position to cash in. Mutual interest aside, if the Eagles want to keep him, they are going to have to pony up.

2015 NFL draft prep: 10 targets for the Eagles - CSN Philly
Rollins is one of my favorite prospects in the draft, and given the state of the Eagles' cornerback situation with Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, he would be a welcome addition. A four-year starter on the hardwood for Miami (Ohio), Rollins just completed his first year of college football as a fifth-year senior. Prior to this past season, he hadn’t played football since his senior year in high school. He’s still developing his overall game, but he proved to be a quick study, dominating the MAC and earning Defensive Player of the Year after amassing 72 tackles and seven interceptions. Rollins’ physical approach and natural ball skills make him an intriguing defender who could line up at cornerback or safety at the next level.

Will Ohio State's Cardale Jones enter 2015 NFL Draft? He could be solution for Eagles at QB if so -
Marcus who? That is the kind of game Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones had on Monday night in his team's 42-20 win over Oregon, capturing the first ever College Football Playoff championship, and outshining the quarterback everyone else came to see, Oregon's Marcus Mariota. With Eagles head coach Chip Kelly on the sideline watching, the third-string quarterback went 16 of 23 for 242 with one touchdown, adding another 36 yards and another touchdown on the ground.

Eagles' Barkley learned from Unbroken's Zamperini - Inquirer
For coaches, players and fans, the final month of the 2014 Eagles' season was difficult to endure. But Matt Barkley, better than most, was able to put it all in perspective. The backup Eagles quarterback, after all, had learned how to survive suffering from one of the world's leading authorities. In 2009, while a Southern Cal freshman, Barkley met and befriended Louis Zamperini, the ex-Olympian whose almost unimaginable World War II horrors were the basis for the phenomenal best-seller Unbroken.

MMBM: Joe Flacco was too Elite and it cost him the game - SB Nation
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