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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/22/2015.

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Day 2 NFL Combine preview: Running backs to watch who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama (6'2, 226): Yeldon has a rare size-speed combo. It will be interesting to see what he runs at the combine at 6'2, 221. My bet is that he impresses. The biggest negative for Yeldon is that he's a fumbler. He fumbled three times his freshman season, five times as a sophomore, and twice as a junior. For his career, he has lost seven fumbles, and that's at a level of football where opposing defenses aren't quite as good at ripping the football out as they are in the NFL. That has to be a concern for a team that turned the ball over 36 times in 2014.

Saturday Combine Stuff - Iggles Blitz
Chip Kelly loves athletic QBs with big hands. You know he’s got to be fascinated by Hundley. With Mariota quickly fading into the distance, it is important for the Eagles to have other options. I’m not a fan of taking Hundley at 20, but it is a possibility. We’ll have to wait and see how much Kelly likes him.

Mariota Shows Off Wheels At Combine - Birds 24/7
Marcus Mariota said his goal was to run a sub-five 40 at the Combine. He fell a little short of that, but still impressed with the fastest time (4.52) amongst all quarterbacks who ran Saturday. Chip Kelly was dialed in.

Pauline: White, Winston Shine At Combine - PE.com
RB Duke Johnson, Miami: Johnson turned in one of the best Combine performances from the running back class. His 40-yard dash time was a solid 4.53 seconds, then he took it to another level in drills. Johnson was quick-footed in cone drills, never losing momentum when he needed to change direction and showed a terrific burst when the ball was in his hands. His pass catching skills also stood out.

Devin Smith on Jeremy Maclin: 'He’s one of my favorite receivers' - CSN Philly
Devin Smith grew up admiring Jeremy Maclin. Who knows? Maybe this fall he’ll play across from him. Or replace him. Smith is one of the most exciting receivers in the draft, a legit big-play threat who doesn’t just have track speed but can really track a deep ball.

Could CB Marcus Peters Be A First-Round Option For Eagles? - Daily News
Under normal circumstances, the Eagles probably would have no shot, short of a fairly significant first-round trade-up, of drafting Marcus Peters. Peters is considered the second best cornerback in this year’s draft, behind only Michigan State’s Trae Waynes. Srictly on talent, he’s a top 10-15 pick. Strictly on talent. But there are "character’’ questions about Peters. Last November, the 6-0, 198-pound defensive back was dismissed from the University of Washington’s football team by first-year head coach Chris Petersen after a series of confrontations with the coaching staff.

Philly native Strong hopes to impress at NFL combine - Inquirer
When Jaelen Strong's name is called after his selection in the NFL draft, the wide receiver will be identified as an Arizona State product. But he's from Philadelphia, and the West Catholic alumnus takes "huge pride" in representing the city. "It's just hard to make it out," said Strong, who is from the "uptown" section of Mount Airy. "You've got to be on the right path. You've got to stay focused because it's easy to veer off and get caught in the wrong situations." Strong could be the second Philadelphia native in three seasons to be selected in the first round.

Is Michigan State CB/WR Tony Lippett the next Richard Sherman? - SB Nation
The rare two-way player wants to be a receiver in the NFL, but teams are intrigued by his potential as a cornerback.

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