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QB Intrigue Continues - Iggles Blitz
The problem with picking 20th in the draft is that you are at the mercy of those picking ahead of you. While some writers and draft analysts make a case for Marcus Mariota falling, that seems less likely with every day that goes by. I wouldn’t even bet a half-full can of lukewarm PBR that he gets anywhere close to pick 20 at this point.

Wake-Up Call: Offseason Outlook At Safety - Birds 24/7
Help, it seems, is going to come from the outside unless a surprise candidate emerges. Jaylen Watkins is at least worth keeping tabs on. When the Eagles took him in the fourth round of last year's draft, he was billed as a player that could potentially man one of the safety spots. In terms of body type he looked much more like a slot corner than a safety this past season, however, and would have to undergo a pretty significant offseason transformation to get into character.

2015 ECV Expected Outcomes: NFC East - Over the Cap
As a reminder, the percentages listed in the second column represent the likelihood that the team will keep the player under contract for the 2015 season.  Also, keep in mind that ECV has no idea whether or not the player is talented, valuable, or healthy (Eli Manning being the best example below).  ECV also does not consider the salary cap situation of the team.

The Big Question: What Needs To Improve? -
I agree that the defense probably faces more personnel questions this offseason, as you guys have highlighted. With inside linebacker and the secondary, not to mention the mix of advancing age and free agents at outside linebacker, there are plenty of questions as to who will play for the Eagles defense in 2014. On offense, we’ve talked about not expecting a change at quarterback, which really only leaves wide receiver and perhaps offensive line as areas of personnel change. But in terms of improving the overall play of each unit, I think the Eagles’ 2015 fate depends much more on the offense climbing back to join the league’s elite offenses.

Could Josh McCown visiting Buffalo Bills lead Mark Sanchez back to Eagles? -
Sanchez doesn't seem to be a realistic option to start next season, but that doesn't mean the Eagles wouldn't be wise to sign him before he hits the open market. As the potential signing of McCown shows, veteran quarterbacks are slim picking this offseason, and Sanchez is likely the best of the bunch.

Eagles can take page out of Polian's new book - Inquirer
WHEN PUSH came to shove, Jeff Lurie did the smart thing, he handed the personnel reins to Chip Kelly, saying something like, "If I want to drink the champagne, I've got to let you pick the grapes." And then he did a dumb thing. When he snatched those personnel reins out of Howie Roseman's hands, he offered a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Which is straight out of Mary Poppins, and why do I think Jeff Lurie is a big fan of Mary Poppins?

Chip Kelly’s cloak and dagger act alienating Eagles fan base - PhillyVoice

32 Teams, 32 Cost-Cutting Moves - SportsOnEarth
LeSean McCoy's efficiency dropped across the board in 2014. He ran for nearly 300 fewer yards and 1 yard less per carry than the year prior despite an almost identical workload. He also saw his touchdown total slashed by over half. That doesn't mean he isn't in the Eagles' plans, however. The team could reduce his cap number by converting his 2015 base salary into signing bonus.

Mayock talks Winston vs. Mariota, NFL Draft  - SB Nation
The first really lengthy answer came when Mayock was asked about which quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be looking at with the top pick in the draft. It's no secret that Jameis Winston of Florida State and Marcus Mariota of Oregon are the top two guys, but they both have their concerns. Mayock said that he didn't envy the Buccaneers' decision-makers at this point. He agreed that there's a consensus top two quarterbacks, but that there are "contrasting issues with both of them." He noted that Winston throws "too many interceptions," but that the real issues are off the field. He said that Winston was the face of the Florida State franchise and "that didn't stop him from making bad decisions."

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