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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/17/2015.

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Eagles offseason positional previews: TE - PhillyVoice
The Eagles struggled getting yards after the catch in 2014, and could use more weapons who can make things happen once they get the ball in their hands. To the right, note the Eagles' wide receivers and tight ends with at least 10 receptions last year and their average yards after the catch. (Those numbers are unimpressive, just FYI). In 2014, Paul filled in for an injured Jordan Reed, and played well. He caught 39 passes for 507 yards, although he managed just one TD. But the stat that stands out is that he averaged 6.8 yards after the catch. Paul has NFL experience both at WR and TE, which makes him the kind of versatile threat that Chip Kelly and Co seem to value. He is also a special teams contributor, which is a prerequisite for any reserve.

Restoring the Beast - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles need the NFC East to be better. Playing in a soft division doesn’t help you. Think about the 1980-1991. The Skins and Giants won 5 Super Bowls in that stretch. Dallas played in 3 NFC title games and made the playoffs a few other times. The Eagles played in one Super Bowl and had a historically good defense at the end of the period. Those teams pushed each other to be great. If you could have a great season playing against that kind of competition, you were going to be ready for the playoffs.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What Will the Big Move Be? - Birds 24/7
I think the biggest personnel move, then, comes at either safety or corner. Darrelle Revis is expected to hit the open market. He'll cost a pretty penny (He's making $12 million this season) but has the ability to change the entire dynamic of the secondary. Byron Maxwell and Antonio Cromartie are two other potential options that make some sense. At safety, New England's Devin McCourty seems to be the cream of the crop assuming he's allowed to test free agency. None of the these players will come cheap, but my guess is they invest in the back four after getting burned by it this season.

Eagles will have cornerback, safety options early in draft - The 700 Level
Ironically, even though Peters and Ekpre-Olomu are regarded as two of the best, they may be the least likely to wind up in midnight green. Peters was dismissed from the team this year and enters the draft with the dreaded "character issues" label, while Ekpre-Olomu’s listed height of 5’10" would seemingly present an issue for his size-obsessed head coach.

Eagles Stay or Go Part 5: Graham to Johnson - CSN Philly
Really a key signing for the Eagles. Linebacker is already shaky, with the futures of DeMeco Ryans (Achilles) and Trent Cole ($10 million salary) up in the air. He’s improved so much at linebacker and he’s only going to get better. Graham has to be an offseason priority.

Eagles Stay or Go results 2014 - Philly.com
After a solid start, the Eagles season ended earlier than expected, leaving fans with an extended offseason to ponder the future of the franchise and its players. Last week, The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane offered his opinions on which players should remain on the roster, and which should be gone, and we gave you, the reader, the same opportunity. The votes are in - at least 9,800 voted - and many want to see a similar, albeit tweaked, squad suiting up for the Eagles next season.

The 10 Types Of NFL Quarterback - FiveThirtyEight
Comparing each quarterback’s distribution of game-by-game QBR can be done using a density curve, which is used to estimate the fraction of a player’s performances that occurred in a given interval — in this case, the probability that a quarterback had a QBR of a specific number in any individual game. We looked at the 45 quarterbacks with at least 10 starts in the past two years or 50 career starts since 2006, and found that the quarterbacks stratified into 10 categories.

2014: Eagles In The Community - PE.com
Most fans typically only see the Eagles organization once a week, on the field as they battle with another team, but the truth is that the Eagles are much more than that. As important as winning is on the playing field, it’s just as important to win away from the field in the local community as well. As we venture into 2015, let us first take a look back at the impact made in the community by the Eagles this past year. While this list highlights some of the more notable community endeavors, the Eagles community outreach goes above and beyond these select items. To see a complete list of the Eagles’ community efforts, follow us on Twitter at @EaglesCommunity…

Aaron Rodgers is pretty fly for a white guy - SB Nation
Championship Sunday is upon us, and all eyes are being turned to Seattle where the Green Bay Packers and Seadderall Seahawks will matchup in a NFC Championship for the ages. Matter fact I call them the Seattle SeaFawkes because there a bunch of Anonymous guys who facemasked and basicaly hacked the rulebook last year.

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