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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/5/2015.

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Eagles mock draft roundup: The experts are predicting (surprise!) defensive backs - PhillyVoice
In 2014, the Eagles gave up the third most pass plays of 20+ yards in NFL history. They finished 32nd against the pass in 2013, and 31st in 2014. Naturally, the experts believe the Eagles will be looking for defensive back help in the first round of the NFL draft. Here's who they have earmarked for the Birds.

Understanding the Offseason - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles must spend their first 3 picks on defense!!! They just have to. Anyone who saw that defense this year knows the only answer is to load up on defense. Right? Wrong.

Eagles Offseason Outlook: Wide Receiver - Birds 24/7
If they did that with Cooper, I've got to think they'll take the same approach with Maclin. He's a hard worker who showed in 2014 that he can be a No. 1 receiver in this offense, and Maclin passes the #culture test. He deserves to get paid, and I think the Eagles will open up their wallet to bring him back. As I mentioned in the above section, I don't see Cooper going anywhere. The question is: Will his role change in 2014? As of now, my guess is no. For the past two years, the organization has done everything in its power to defend Cooper and shield him from criticism. I don't really know why they've opted to go that route, but the evidence is there.

Jack of All Trades: A Comparison of Connor Barwin and Tyson Coleman - Fishduck
It was March 2013 and new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had a problem. The 3-4 defensive scheme he brought from Oregon needed a versatile left outside linebacker. In his search, Kelly found the man who would become the centerpiece of his defense: Connor Barwin. Meanwhile, in Eugene, Ore., a safety-turned-linebacker named Tyson Coleman waited for his moment behind veteran Boseko Lokombo. His patience paid off in 2014, and he became the starting left outside linebacker as a redshirt junior. While starting at a demanding position, Coleman embraced his role during the Ducks’ championship run.

How far are Eagles from Super Bowl contenders? - CSN Philly
The odds would suggest that the Eagles aren’t all that much different or worse than those teams. In a recent CSNPhilly.com poll, we asked the internet-going public (always a careful and rational arbiter) how far the Eagles are away from the Pats and Seahawks talent-wise. The options were "very far away," "not very far away," and "right there with them." "Not very far away" won by a healthy margin. "Right there with them" came in a distant third — even though those are pretty much the same thing. Voters were either confident in the Eagles or confused by the question. Or both. The internet is an inexact science.

Up Front, The D-Line Is Just Getting Started - PE.com
Veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans has been a big help to defensive end Fletcher Cox as the young lineman has seen his three-year career fill with success and laudation. After Cox's first year in the league, he moved from defensive tackle in a 4-3 alignment to 3-4 defensive end. Ryans told Cox to embrace the change in position; Cox did, and he said it helped him immensely. He started all 16 games in his second year. In the offseason leading up to this past campaign, Ryans imparted more advice on the promising young defensive end. He told Cox to tell himself, and make it clear to opponents, than nobody could block him. That mindset would allow him to become an unblockable force on the line.

Falcons owner admits 'embarrassing' use of fake crowd noise - SB Nation
Falcons owner Arthur Blank admitted his team pumped in artificial crowd noise during home games, saying the situation was "beyond embarrassing."

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