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Eagles News: Why Byron Maxwell fits Philadelphia

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Eagles 2015 offseason, in stick figure form - PhillyVoice
In case you haven't been following the Eagles over the last couple of months, or you plan on going into hibernation until after the NFL Draft, here's the Eagles' 2015 offseason in its entirety, in stick figure form, for your convenience.

All-22: Why the Eagles Will Target Byron Maxwell - Birds 24/7
Maxwell, meanwhile, fits the bill of what Kelly and Billy Davis want in their corners. He's 6-0, 202 pounds with extremely long arms (33 1/2-inches). He's 27, has experience playing outside and in the slot and has been a productive starter on the best defense in the league. And then there's scheme fit. The Seahawks were primarily a single-high defense, playing a ton of Cover 3 and Cover 1. The same can be said for the Eagles. That should make it easier for Kelly and company to project how Maxwell might fit here.

Herremans Out - Iggles Blitz
What happens at RG? Allen Barbre, Matt Tobin and Andrew Gardner could take over the spot for 2015. Barbre is the best of the trio, but is an older player. There is something to be said for giving Tobin a full-time shot at the job. He is a good run blocker, but needs work on his pass protection. The Eagles could go after someone in free agency, but that seems unlikely with a lot of money already going to the OL. They could take an OL early in the draft. They were likely to take an OL or two in the draft anyway. Now, the rookie would have a chance to compete for a starting job.

Eagles Offseason Overview: Wide receiver - Inquirer
I think the Eagles would be more inclined to take a receiver in the mid-late rounds, a developmental receiver that would be ready to step into Cooper’s outside spot in 2016. Georgia’s Chris Conley (6-2, 213, 33-3/4-inch arms) probably improved his stock with a ridiculous showing at the combine – a 4.35-second 40-yard dash and a 45-inch vertical leap – but he was a prospect I liked prior. He didn’t put up spellbinding numbers in college, but Georgia’s offense was run-based and Conley still averaged 18.3 yards a catch as a senior.

Marcus Smith, Year 2: How Does He Fit? -
Do the Eagles see Smith coming off the edge in his second year? Will he be ready to challenge Barwin, an All-Pro player last season, and Cole, the relentless veteran, for playing time? Did the time Smith spend at inside linebacker last season when the Eagles were ravaged by injuries, benefit him enough for the Eagles to consider moving Smith inside?

Eagles free-agent targets: S Antrell Rolle - CSN Philly
My first thought: Hey, he’d be an upgrade over Nate Allen. And he probably would, but probably not that much. If the Giants are willing to let him go than the gas is probably empty in Rolle’s tank. The Giants are usually good about letting veterans walk at the right time -- Justin Tuck, Kenny Phillips, Steve Smith, Kevin Boss. The Eagles found that out the hard way, signing Smith and Phillips on separate occasions after each was released. They shouldn’t make that mistake again.

NFL VP: Changing PI to 15-yard penalty a possibility -
Defensive pass interference enforcement is a topic to watch in the wake of the Lions' controversial playoff loss to the Cowboys. Vincent suggested an alternate solution to replay that would make PI a 15-yard penalty rather than a spot foul. There's concern that making pass interference reviewable would undermine game officials, who have to make difficult calls in real time.

What happens to the NFL Combine's fastest players? - SB Nation
Doesn't anyone love speed anymore, sprinting for the sake of sprinting? Of course they do, but since Al Davis left this earthly realm almost four NFL Drafts ago, 40 times just don't attract the same level of attention for individual players, not after becoming synonymous with Oakland's myriad draft busts over the years. Speedsters are still a hot commodity, even if front offices are outwardly less impressed with track stars. How have those guys fared in the draft over the years? Are teams less drawn to 40 times than they used to be? For some insight on the fate of the fastest players in the draft, we went back to 2006, digging into the numbers for the 15 players with the fastest 40 times in each draft, a total of 135 players. Here's what we learned.

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