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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/23/2015.

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Eagles offseason positional previews: CB - PhillyVoice
The NFL began tracking forced fumbles as an individual stat in 1991. Since then, Charles Tillman has an absurd 41 forced fumbles, which is seventh in NFL history. And he's a freaking corner! The top 12 players in career forced fumbles are to the right. It's basically Tillman, the best pass rushers of the last few decades... and Brian Dawkins. Tillman has only played 10 games the last two seasons, and his game is in decline. He may retire. However, his style of play is an absolutely perfect fit for what the Eagles value. He's big, he's physical (obviously), and he makes plays. The Eagles often don't expect their rookies to play immediately, and if he can still play, Tillman could potentially buy them a year for a rookie to get up to speed.

Ryan Day To Leave Boston College For Position With Philadelphia Eagles - BC Interruption
Under Day's tutelage, Andre Williams became the school's first-ever 2,000+ yard rusher last season en route to a Doak Walker Award and a trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist. This past season, Day helped Tyler Murphy become the all-time single season leading rushing quarterback in ACC history (1,179 yards). BC finished 20th and 15th nationally in rushing over the last two seasons. The passing game ranked 114th last season and 124th this season. He helped implement two drastically different offenses last year with a very traditional run heavy offense, and this season with a option offense.

Some DB Talk - Iggles Blitz
One of the questions I’ve been throwing at various people in Mobile is whether Cary Williams will take a pay cut or not. He’s due $8.1M this year and clearly isn’t worth that. While it might be nice to let him go entirely, there is an argument to bringing him back for one more year at a reduced rate. No one I’ve talked to has a good feel for Williams and what he’ll do. He is a very proud guy so you can see him rejecting a pay cut and telling the Eagles to just cut him. But Williams is also a smart guy (off the field). He may realize that the offer from the Eagles will be about as good as what he might get on the open market. Plus, he wouldn’t have to move, change teams and learn new systems. If his family is happy in Philly, Williams just might be willing to stay and play for less.

A Different Side Of Marcus Smith - Birds 24/7
Asked if he thinks Smith can rebound and be a productive player, Mauldin said: "I have no doubt at all because Marcus is a hard worker. He’s gonna do what he has to do to get on the field. I was talking to him up in California. He was saying, ‘Just watch, bro. Just watch. You’re gonna see me on the field a lot more, not on the sideline next year. Just be on the lookout for me.' I was like, ‘I don’t doubt you at all because I’ve played with you so I know what you’re capable of.'"

Senior Bowl: Pauline's Day 3 Risers - PE.com
Bryce Petty/QB/Baylor – Thus far, Petty has proven that he's little more than a product of Baylor's high-octane passing offense and has struggled to make scouts believe he offers legitimate NFL talent. He never distinguished himself above the group of mediocre quarterbacks on the North squad and finished his week of Senior Bowl practices by throwing a pair of interceptions on Thursday.

Eagles size up edge rushers at Senior Bowl workouts - Inquirer
Despite a disappointing rookie season, the verdict is still out on Marcus Smith, the Eagles' top draft pick in 2014. But the team may decide it has seen enough already and shy away from him as a long-term starter at outside linebacker. The Eagles could even keep him inside, where he was moved for most of last season. And if the Eagles don't bring back Trent Cole or Brandon Graham, there will be a glaring need for a starter opposite Connor Barwin. They would likely address it through free agency. But Chip Kelly and company may consider one of the many possible edge rushers in the first two rounds of the draft as a plug-and-start answer. Could they possibly swing early and hit a foul ball again?

THE CARVER MOBB - SB Nation
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