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Eagles News: Cleveland reporter thinks Browns could make another run at Sam Bradford trade

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/30/2015.

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Five Eagles who need to step up in 2015 - PhillyVoice
And yet, I've heard that some within the Eagles organization think that Huff may have more upside than Matthews. (That's not a slight on Matthews, who unquestionably has a higher floor than Huff). That thinking may come as a surprise to some fans, who watched Huff make a myriad of rookie mistakes in his first NFL season. However, at times, Huff showed that he can be an explosive player, breaking tackles and getting yards after the catch. For example, watch him weave through the Dallas defense on this impressive catch and run.

Will the Browns make another run at Sam Bradford or pursue Marcus Mariota? Hey Mary Kay! -
I think the Browns are fully prepared to start McCown this year, but they will continue to look for chances to upgrade the position. I think they'll try to trade up to draft Marcus Mariota, and I also think they could make another run at Sam Bradford on draft day.

Three Leftovers: Kelce Working With Bradford - Birds 24/7
Kelce is one of the Eagles players who stays in the Philadelphia area and works out at the NovaCare Complex in the offseason. That means he’s already had a chance to get a first impression of new quarterback Sam Bradford. So what does Kelce think? "I've been meeting with him and going over things," Kelce said. "I think he's a guy that comes off as very cerebral, very smart, very quick. He's had a lot of bad luck in his career as far as injuries are concerned and as far as... I don't want to throw any offensive lines under the bus, but I think he's much better suited now with us. I think that he has a good chance to be very successful in this offense." As for the draft, Kelce said he doesn't think the Eagles will make a move to land Marcus Mariota.

So Far, So Good - Iggles Blitz
Obviously judging the offseason centers around how you assess the Sam Bradford trade. If you think this is doomed to fail and a complete waste of time and resources, you are going to be down on the offseason. I’m keeping an open mind with the Bradford deal. That’s the guy Chip wanted. They talked to the Rams off and on for a month. This wasn’t a casual decision. I’m trusting Chip on that one.

Ex-coach Heupel talked Sam Bradford out of quitting - Inquirer
"I didn't want to come back," he'd told the Post-Dispatch, and the reason that he didn't follow through on his thoughts about retiring, that he was still available for the Eagles to acquire in that blockbuster trade for Nick Foles, was that Heupel persuaded him to stick it out. "It was one of those moments where, after all the time and energy and passion that he poured into rehabilitating himself in the first injury, you feel like you're snakebitten," Heupel said in a phone interview. "You don't know when, if, or how your body is going to respond and what your next opportunity is. You're really just in a lot of limbo. Sometimes, I think, just having a voice from an outside perspective is something that can be valuable."

25 Random Points: Bradford, SEPTA, Noel and much more - CSN Philly
It’s pretty clear Kelly is expecting big things this year from Josh Huff, and I’m very curious to see how the second-year pro does with a full healthy preseason. He’s fast, physical, tough — he just needs to put it all together and grow up a little bit. In his senior year at Oregon, Huff was 62 for 1,140 with 12 touchdowns and six 100-yard games. Huff could go either way. His inconsistency and lack of maturity could lead him out of the league in a year or two. But he could be a stud. Will be interesting to watch him develop throughout the summer.

Fan-Demonium: Offseason Plan Review -
The offseason is far from over, but enough has happened that we can start to make some assessments. Chip Kelly won't tell us exactly what he wanted to accomplish, but we can figure some things out by looking at what he's done. The offense will be more physical. This is primarily a shift in how the Eagles will run the ball. LeSean McCoy, the franchise's all-time leading rusher, is gone. Kelly hasn't come out and said it publicly, but it sure seems like he wanted physical, downhill runners. That's exactly what he got when the team signed DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. They attack the line of scrimmage.

Kiper: Washington’s interest in Mariota could be genuine, could be attempt to elicit trades - Washington Post
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has no shortage of opinions on college football’s top prospects and the teams most likely to pick them. When it comes to quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Washington Redskins, Kiper could see two scenarios playing out when the draft gets under way April 30. Given the injuries that have cast doubt on whether Robert Griffin III will ever thrive in Jay Gruden’s offense, Kiper said he could see Washington using its No. 5 pick on the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

Which NFL team is going to draft Marcus Mariota? - SB Nation
This is the easy connection, given that head coach Chip Kelly coached Mariota at Oregon. Kelly has also been proactive in bringing in the players he wants, including some of his former Oregon players, and has full control over the roster. That's still a tenuous link. The Eagles traded a whole lot for quarterback Sam Bradford (most believe they overpaid) and it would cost an awful lot to move up from No. 20 overall to whatever it would take to get Mariota. It seems so unlikely, but so has everything else the Eagles have done this offseason. Kelly's made this franchise as fun to watch in the offseason as it is on Sundays in the fall.

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