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Eagles News: Birds could open 2015 season at New England Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/3/2015.

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What can the Eagles learn from the Patriots? - BGN
In case you missed it.

Eagles only mock draft, version 1.0 - PhillyVoice
Could the Eagles find a way to use Thompson creatively if he were to be available at 20? On the one hand, this will be the Eagles' third year in Billy Davis' scheme, so they'll be much further along than they were two years ago. On the other hand, we're talking about a defense here that didn't even have a dime package until last offseason. Still, the way I see it, Thompson is simply too athletic to pass on even if he may not have perfect measurables for any specific position in the Eagles' scheme. Just go get him and watch him make plays.

Patriots will open season on September 10 - PFT
With the 2014 season in the books, it’s time to peek ahead on the calendar to the official return of the NFL in September. This year, it gets started on Thursday, September 10. The Patriots, as the defending Super Bowl champions, will be hosting the first game of the season. The options, beyond the AFC East rivals (Jets, Dolphins, and Bills), consist of the Steelers, Eagles, Washington, Jaguars, and Titans.

The Eagles and the Super Bowl - Iggles Blitz
There were a couple of players on the field that the Eagles might have some interest in. CB Byron Maxwell of SEA and FS Devin McCourty of NE should be primary free agent targets if they hit the market. I think Maxwell will, but McCourty won’t. The good news is that neither guy had a great game. They didn’t make any mistakes, but also didn’t make any game-changing plays. When that happens, it changes the market for a free agent. Both McCourty and Maxwell are going to get big deals. The price for Super Bowl heroes is just more expensive.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Seahawks/Pats Free Agents - Birds 24/7
CB Darrelle Revis - The Patriots have the option of keeping Revis but he comes with a $20 million price tag and a $25 million cap hit. The 29-year-old helped turn New England's secondary into a strength this season. He was the fourth-highest rated corner in the game, per Pro Football Focus, and finished with two interceptions and 14 passes defensed. S Devin McCourty - McCourty was another strength of the defensive backfield. Revis called him "probably the best safety I’ve been around in all my years." The 27-year-old former cornerback has played in 77 of a possible 80 games since being selected by the Pats in the first round in 2010. He had five tackles in the Super Bowl.

Is it getting harder to win the Super Bowl? - The 700 Level
Parity. It’s been one of the driving forces behind the growth of the NFL over the past decade-plus. It’s the feeling that in any given season, almost every team in the league has a shot at playing in and winning the Super Bowl. But if the past two years serve as any indication, there isn’t as much parity in the game as there used to be. There were no fluke teams in the big game, or even the conference finals. Instead, the most dominant contenders have consistently advanced, with few exceptions. Do recent trends mark a shift away from parity? Does it take a more complete football team to hoist the Lombardi Trophy than it did even a few years ago?

The Big Question: What To Make Of Rumors -
Actually, I would say that I prefer free agency and trade rumors to mock drafts, because, as Chris said, whatever information is out there is being linked for a reason. It might be, and likely is, misinformation more than anything, but at least there are motivations to suss out. With mock drafts, it’s just people blindly throwing darts against the wall for clicks. If you mock it, they will click it.

2015 NFL draft prep: Top 25 prospects 1.0 - CSN Philly
Waynes is a thin, rangy corner who has the athleticism, awareness and instincts to be a lockdown corner, but he has to be more effective with his hands and disciplined in his play. He tends to freelance a bit, and that will get him in trouble in the NFL. However, he can be a difference-maker and has the potential to be special.

Marshawn Lynch didn't get the ball because he doesn't talk to the media - SB Nation
Well I guess were all Monday Morning Quaterbacking this thing and pointing fingers at anyone with a butthole and a pulse. I've heard people blame Pete Carrol. I've heard people blame Darrell Bevell. Heck, Ive even heard people blame global warming probably. (By the way isnt it ironic how scientists think cant predict todays weather but they think they can acurateley predict centurys of recorded temperatures from the past?) This was not about a potental contract coming for Lynch. This was not about making Russel Wilson look good. This was about one thing pure and simple: if Marshawn Lynch had treated the media better he would of got the ball.

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