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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/21/2015.

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Eagles chat with Jimmy Kempski - PhillyVoice
Some good nuggets in here.

Back to Bradford - Iggles Blitz
Why Bradford over Foles? Bradford at his best is better than Foles at his best. Forget about the 2013 stats, we’re talking about actual performance. Foles doesn’t have the same kind of arm or accuracy. He doesn’t throw as well from the pocket or on the move. We do know Foles can thrive in this offense with the right guys around him. Kelly obviously thinks Bradford can do even better, but that is a projection. That’s the risk.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Did Chip Rush the Foles Trade? - Birds 24/7
I think the question depends on how you look at Chip Kelly's motivation to make the deal. If you think he wanted to unload Foles, then I agree with you. The timing was a little strange, especially when you consider what Kelly said afterwards. "We didn't talk about anybody else," Kelly said. "St. Louis was the only thing that we dealt with with Nick."

Barwin: Plan To Finish Career In Philly, ‘We’ve Improved’ From Last Year - CBS Philly
Connor Barwin has only been in Philadelphia for two years, but he quickly has become one of the city’s favorite athletes. From riding SEPTA, to his charity work, to his 19.5 sacks in midnight green, to his candid and intelligent interviews, Barwin is very likable. The 28-year-old Pro Bowl linebacker recently had his contract re-done, a reward by the Eagles, guaranteeing Barwin’s entire salary this season ($6.4 million), plus $3 million in 2016. Barwin says he wants to finish his career in Philly.

5 teams who could trade for Eagles QB Matt Barkley - NJ.com
Seattle Seahawks: The obvious connection is Pete Carroll, the former USC coach, who recruited Barkley. The other factor is the current backup to Russell Wilson is being decided by a battle between B.J. Daniels and R.J. Archer. Who? Exactly.

The Sproles Factor In Eagles' 2015 Plans - PE.com
Darren Sproles is the Eagles' Swiss Army Knife. "You can use him," head coach Chip Kelly said last week, "in a million different ways." That sounds great, doesn't it? And it opens up all kinds of possibilities for the versatile Sproles ...

Was 2013 or 2014 the real Nick Foles? Quarterback says ‘Both’ - The 700 Level
Nick Foles’ departure from the Philadelphia Eagles was quiet, in the sense that so much of the focus here has been on Sam Bradford, Marcus Mariota and Chip Kelly. It’s kind of funny how quickly a quarterback who started 25 regular-season and playoff games over three seasons with the Birds—a player who had his share of supporters—became an afterthought.

On Andre Waters and Chris Borland - Daily News
Nearly a decade before the 49ers' Chris Borland walked away from football on his own terms, Waters helped launch the national conversation about the sport when he stepped onto the deck of his pool with a .32-caliber Smith & Wesson and pulled the trigger. In the years that followed an expert's claim that a lifetime of blows to the head had reduced the 44-year-old Waters' brain to that of an elderly dementia patient, the conversation took the shape that these things often do. We trained our cannons of moral indignation on the easiest targets and blasted away, all the while implicitly proclaiming that we were shocked - Shocked! - that such a violent game would carry commensurate consequences. It was the NFL's job to ensure we were watching a humane sport, regardless of what it said about our own humanity that such a delegation needed to be made.

Nick Foles: Ram Tough - The MMQB
Blindsided by a trade to St. Louis, the former Eagles quarterback is already embracing his new team, his new coach and a new offensive system. Does he have what it takes to be a franchise QB without Chip Kelly’s innovation?

Have the Eagles done enough to unseat the Cowboys in the NFC East? - SB Nation
The Eagles have been the most active NFC East team this offseason. How much have they improved, and have the Cowboys done enough to stay ahead?

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