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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/21/2015.

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NFL Combine notes: Ameer Abdullah is going to destroy on his team interviews - PhillyVoice
During his Combine interview with the media, some reporter asked him a random question about Patriots RB Shane Vereen. Abdullah was armed with a great answer. "I watch a lot of his film to help myself out with route running," said Abdullah. "He runs the best option route in the NFL right now. He does a good job of stemming the linebackers, snapping them off, and using his head (demonstrated a head juke) to get separation, (and he has) outstanding hands."

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Petty And the System - Birds 24/7
Similar to players like Mariota, the transition to the Eagles system might be a bit easier for Petty, whereas other teams have to do a little more projecting and would have to account for a significant learning curve. "Honestly, it’s got to be hard for them to diagnose and project anybody really, because anything can happen," he said. "For me, the best way I can say it is you’re going to guy who is passionate about football, loves football, loves to learn, loves to absorb. I think that’s what is hard to find on paper."

Mariota out to show he can adapt to any NFL system - Inquirer
If Marcus Mariota does not reunite with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia, he'll likely play in an offense that is different from what he experienced at Oregon. That team might even huddle. This is fine with Mariota, who sounds as if he does not want to be considered a system quarterback.

Futures: The Inner Game and the 2015 Class - Football Outsiders
During a routine conversation with colleague and friend Sigmund Bloom, I passed along a thought that guest Eric Stoner and I discussed during our review of UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley's tape: What if Hundley and Marcus Mariota swapped programs? For those who dismiss Hundley out of hand, it won't matter much. However, I believe that kind of dismissal of the UCLA passer is a huge mistake. Stoner pointed out that Jim Mora's regime did not allow Hundley to adjust plays at the line of scrimmage. There were no checks to runs or changes of blocking schemes versus pressure. There were often drops accompanying blocking schemes that actually demanded Hundley to retreat beyond the proper fit of the pocket design. Combine these issues with a struggling offensive line and Hundley dealt with more significant obstacles than Mariota in the passing game.

T Fisher, TE Williams Among Friday's Risers - PE.com
T Jake Fisher, Oregon: Fisher was the biggest winner from the offensive line group Friday morning. He was surprisingly athletic, posting a 40-yard dash time near five seconds flat as well as a short shuttle mark of 4.33 seconds, one of the best from the offensive line group. Later, he looked smooth moving around the field and showed terrific balance and body control.

There's A Rumor About Some Sort Of Dez Bryant Video - Deadspin
Dez Bryant will soon be a free agent, after the receiver failed to agree to a new contract with the Cowboys. Why would the team be so hesitant in locking up one of the best pass-catching threats in the league? If you believe rumors, Bryant did something on video that's bad, but no media outlet's actually found the video yet. [...] Florio also said the Cowboys were afraid this "incident," if released to the public, would have a "Ray Rice-type of an impact." But there aren't any details of what Bryant did. It's all quite vague and weird.

Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon and the return of the 1st round running back - SB Nation
There hasn't been a running back taken in the first round of the draft the past two seasons, but two players could change that trend this year.

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