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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/7/2015.

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Eagles notes: Chip Kelly kicks off his Pro Day tour, and much more - PhillyVoice
Last offseason, Chip Kelly visited 12 college pro days to get an extra look at some draft prospects. They were, in chronological order: Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Temple, Alabama, Louisville, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Navy, Penn State, and LSU. The Eagles' top two picks were Marcus Smith (Louisville) and Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), who worked out in front of Kelly during that tour. The Eagles also reportedly targeted CB Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech), WR Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU), ILB C.J. Mosley (Alabama), and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama) in the first round, all of whom were also part of Kelly's Pro Day tour. In other words, evidence would suggest that Chip Kelly's whereabouts at Pro Days may mean something, except for when he visits Temple, in which case he simply has nothing better to do.

All-22: What the Eagles Would Get In McCourty - Birds 24/7
Because of all these things, McCourty will be one of the most highly sought-after free agents on the market, and he could even end up back with the Patriots. But a Jenkins-McCourty combination would give the Eagles one of their best safety pairings in a long time. Like every other team, the Eagles will have to prioritize needs. Theoretically speaking, finding quality safety help is more difficult than finding quality corner help. Perhaps they'll decide that shelling out big money for  McCourty is the way to go, even if it means losing out on a big-name corner like Byron Maxwell.

Maxwell, sure to get big money, seems to fit the Eagles - Inquirer
The question is, how interested ($$) are the Eagles? Maxwell is looking for somewhere in the $10-12 million a year range, according to a source close to the situation. Will Kelly want to bid that high for a cornerback who seemingly fits the Eagles' defensive scheme and the coach's size and age requirements, but has only 17 career NFL starts?

Keep Chip Kelly Weird - Grantland
It would be easy to liken Kelly to Spurrier, since they both attempted to stockpile players they once coached in college; if Kelly does wind up drafting Marcus Mariota, then the comparisons between the two will no doubt hit some kind of critical threat level. And this is why, as someone who doesn’t have an allegiance to any NFL team, as someone who loves the NFL but will always consider the college game my first love, I hope Kelly’s plan works in all the ways Spurrier’s didn’t. I hope he manages to spit in the faces of those cranky personnel men; I hope he continues to import the quirkiness and variety and impetuousness of college football to a league that often takes its best ideas from the college ranks. Don’t get me wrong: Pro football (and I’m just talking about the game itself, not the myriad attendant issues surrounding it) is great, but it could be even greater if it learned to stop worrying so much and embraced more unpredictable iconoclasts like Kelly.

Options not great if Jeremy Maclin doesn’t re-sign with Eagles - The 700 Level
Another free agent who’s been tied to the Eagles is Torrey Smith, and as Maclin substitutes go, this might be a reasonable solution for slightly less money. Like Maclin, Smith has good-not-great size and speed. He’s a vertical threat, averaging 16.9 yards per reception for his career, and has a nose for the end zone with 30 touchdowns in four seasons. However, Smith has also been an inconsistent performer for the Baltimore Ravens. He’s cracked the 1,000-yard mark just once, and 2014 produced new career lows for yards (767) and yards per catch (15.7) over 16 games.

Did Howie Roseman see all this Eagles madness coming? - CSN Philly
Howie Roseman did not fade into the background. He has not gone anywhere — except across the NovaCare Complex, but we’ll get to that — and he has most certainly not gone quietly. He is still out there, and he has many opinions. He recently delivered those opinions at a time that was, at the very least, curious. Roseman appeared at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston last weekend. Demotion by promotion or no, his banishment to the business side of the Eagles’ operation didn’t prevent him from discussing various football-related topics. He had quite a bit to say — about the draft, trading up or staying put, free agency, and the value of retaining current players versus the risk of finding new ones.

Jenkins Nominated For Prestigious Honor - PE.com
As quickly as he helped the defense, it can be argued that he was an even bigger difference-maker in the community. On Friday, Jenkins was named by the NFL Players Association as one of five finalists for the Byron "Whizzer" White Award, which annually recognizes players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns. If Jenkins wins the award, he would become the third Eagles defensive back in the last dozen years to receive the honor. Cornerback Troy Vincent won the award in 2003 and safety Brian Dawkins accepted the prize in 2009.

Free-Agent Report Card: Which Teams Made the NFL’s Honor Roll? - Grantland
Eagles - C+ - A year later, the decision to sign Cooper to a five-year, $22.5 million deal with $8 million guaranteed while cutting Jackson seems incomprehensible. Maclin, though, was a bargain on his one-year deal, while Jenkins surpassed what had been an impossibly low baseline for Eagles safeties. And given that the other options were the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tarvaris Jackson, coming away from the quarterback pool with Sanchez as the backup for $2.25 million wasn’t all that bad.

Vic Beasley is the top edge rusher in the 2015 NFL Draft - SB Nation
Before you object, let me tell you who I see when I see Vic Beasley, and I'll bet it hits you like a ton of bricks. I played with John Abraham for a season in 2002 with the Jets. After you look at all these GIFs and videos in this breakdown, go back and watch Abraham's film again and try to tell me I'm wrong. Well, actually let me amend that. Vic Beasley is John Abraham with a little better pass rush technique coming out. Yeah, I said it.

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