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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/7/2015.

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Eagles Offseason Outlook: Tight End - Birds 24/7
Celek is 30 years old and certainly does not provide the same threat as a receiver that he once did. But it's impossible to overstate how much Kelly loves him. This is still a run-based offense, and Celek is the best blocking tight end on the roster. He carries a $5 million cap hit, which doesn't seem unreasonable. In other words, I don't think he's going anywhere. Many (including yours truly) thought Ertz would take a bigger chunk out of Celek's snaps last year. Ertz will have to continue to improve his run blocking to earn Kelly's trust. But his role should continue to expand in his third season.

Jeremy Maclin bet. Jeremy Maclin won. Now Eagles must pay him - CSN Philly
Maclin made a big gamble last year. The wide receiver was coming off ACL surgery. He had a coach he had never played for and a new offense (to him) that he had never played in. That is a dodgy situation. It would have been so easy and safe for him to take the multi-year deal he said the Eagles offered him. It would have been for less money long-term, and no contracts in the NFL are ever worth what they appear on the surface, but it would have come with at least the promise of future employment. Maclin balked. Maclin bet. Maclin won.

2015 NFL Draft: Q&A with UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley -
On Kelly offering him a scholarship out of high school...
It was amazing. Great coach. I got to meet him a couple of times. A good friend of mine, Dion Jordan, we played together in high school. It really came down to between Oregon, Washington and UCLA...Chip Kelly has turned that program into something so special.

Anatomy Of A Play: Split Zone -
One of the Eagles' favorite versions of the 'Inside Zone' run scheme is the 'Split Zone'. What makes it a 'Split Zone' run? Eagles Game Plan analysts Ike Reese and Ross Tucker give you the scoop in our Anatomy Of A Play ...

Inspirational tweets with Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews - The 700 Level
Jordan Mathews came to the Philadelphia Eagles with lofty expectations having been drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Birds fans were stoked about the Vanderbilt product's 6-3 size. He finished his rookie campaign with 67 catches for 872 yards including 8 TDs. That puts him in rare company for Eagles rookie pass catchers. Birds fans may have also noticed how Matthews is keeping busy and motivated this offseason: with little 140-character inspirational quotes. Let's check out what he's had to say over the last week or so, it's pretty much a mix of Illmatic, HOV, and the bible.

Redskins letter to fans lists four key players. RGIII isn’t one of ‘em - Washington Post
You’ll notice there is one prominent position — and one prominent player — not included in that nucleus. (Quarterback and Robert Griffin III, FYI.) Which means the team is now promoting Joe Barry more than the guy who once seemed poised to be among the most popular players in franchise history.

How Tom Brady got surgical with the Seahawks defense to win Super Bowl MVP - SB Nation
New England lined up, identified the matchups they wanted, then exploited them.

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