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Eagles News: Mel Kiper says Jordan Matthews can be an elite receiver

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/29/2015.

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A look at the prospects Chip Kelly visited at Michigan State, Utah and LSU - PhillyVoice
Rowe started at CB for Utah this season after playing his first three seasons at safety. If the Eagles see Rowe as a CB at the next level, he has the long frame at 6’1, 205 and physical nature against the run that they have prioritized. If they view him as a safety in the NFL, he has versatility to cover receivers, which enables them to stay in their base defense against three WR sets. Initially, I thought Rowe would be a better fit for the Eagles at safety, but after an impressive showing at the Combine, he may very well have the athleticism to be a CB in the NFL.

Slowly the Dream Fades Away - Iggles Blitz
Is it time to completely give up on Marcus Mariota as an Eagle? If not, it sure seems the time is drawing closer. The Bucs and Titans have checked him out. That’s pick #1 and #2. Now the Skins (5th), Jets (6th) and others are taking a long look. The Chargers are interested. The Browns too. Possibly the Rams. As I thought when all the Mariota talk started months ago, if he is truly a top QB prospect, teams ahead of the Eagles will want him. It would make for a great story to have Mariota get reunited with Chip Kelly, but reality is a great dream killer and that’s what seems to be happening here.

Kiper: Eagles ‘Hit The Jackpot With Matthews’ - Birds 24/7
"If Matthews continues to develop, he's an elite receiver, he's a number one," Kiper gushed. "They hit the jackpot with Jordan Matthews, he should've been a one. We talked about that, if you flipped Matthews with [first round pick Marcus] Smith, it would have been a little bit better. Chip took exception to that, but that was my feeling. Matthews should've been a one and Smith shouldn't have been a one."

Can Sam Bradford thrive under Chip Kelly? - Inquirer
Sam Bradford never finished better than 18th in the NFL in completion percentage in four seasons with the Rams, and yet, when Chip Kelly was asked what separated the quarterback from Nick Foles, he said "overall accuracy." The numbers don't support the Eagles coach's claim. Bradford's 58.6 career completion percentage is three points lower than Foles' 61.6 mark. But numbers don't always tell the full story, and it's clear that Kelly has calculated the difference he expects his offense will have on the success of Bradford following this month's trade with St. Louis.

Greg Cosell's NFL draft preview: QB Marcus Mariota's pro transition - Yahoo
Mariota, like all quarterbacks from spread college offenses, is a bit more of a complicated projection. The game he played at Oregon will not be the same game he plays in the NFL. There will be a three-step, five-step, seven-step drop foundation he’ll need to learn. Even if the Philadelphia Eagles and former Oregon coach Chip Kelly end up drafting Mariota, it will be a different game for him than he's used to.

Pete Carroll: Chip Kelly has proven 'he knows what he's doing' - CSN Philly
"I think the people in Philadelphia should be very excited about the changes that are coming," Carroll said this week at the owners meetings. "Maybe they can't see it — the vision is not clear to them. Chip knows what he's doing. It's going to be interesting to see." As someone in the same situation as Kelly, Carroll, the head honcho of player personnel in addition to coach in Seattle, pointed to Kelly's record for a strong vote of confidence.

Five Eagles to watch this year - The Morning Call
OLB Travis Long. Adding to the complication of Marcus Smith clearly not being ready to play at this level in 2014 was the knee injury at the end of a great training camp that landed Long on the injured reserve list before the season began. Long seemed destined to play as many snaps as Graham, if not more. If he comes back strong this summer, Kelly and his staff might be able to exhale just a little, because even after the 49 sacks the defense produced last season, pass rushers are like pitchers. You can never have too many.

Journey To The Draft: Finding The Fits -
This week on the Journey To The Draft Podcast presented by AAA, Chris McPherson, Bo Wulf and Fran Duffy explore the depths of the draft class to find the best fits for the Eagles and NFL Network's Charles Davis unveils a new mock draft pick for the team.

The Next Bridgewater? - The MMQB
Teddy Bridgewater was nitpicked extensively before the 2014 draft but he quieted the critics in a standout rookie campaign. Will the Vikings QB's success pave the way for a similar QB in the '15 class? Plus notes on Rex Ryan, drug tests, more

Why NFL free agency could be the death of your team - SB Nation
Many fans get insanely excited about free agency, but they need to pump the brakes.

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