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Eagles News: Philip Rivers to the Titans, Marcus Mariota to the Chargers?

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/16/2015.

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What they're saying: Chargers to trade Rivers for Mariota? - PhillyVoice
Rivers for Mariota is an interesting scenario, and one that makes sense for the Chargers, but I don't see how it makes much sense for the Titans. The Titans might be the worst team in the NFL. They have nothing. Seriously... Without looking up their roster, name five Titans. Is a team with nothing going to build around a 33 year old QB? By the time they get enough good players around him, there's a pretty good chance Rivers will begin to decline. The only way this makes any sense at all to the Titans is if the coaching staff and front office are content to improve their win total by showing improved (although empty) short term results to prolong the lifespan of their jobs. But this isn't how you win a Super Bowl.

Rivers Blockbuster In the Making? - Sports on Earth
There is at least one scenario where all three teams can get what they want at a reasonable price: The Chargers send Rivers to the Titans. The Titans send the number two pick to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the number 66 pick to the Chargers. The Eagles send Sam Bradford, the 20th overall pick, and a 2016 first round pick to the Chargers, plus pick number 84 to the Titans.

Draft Daily: FSU WR Greene a Mid-Round Target? - Birds 24/7
When watching Greene, two things stand out: his hands and his route-running. At times, he made opposing defensive backs look flat-out silly. Greene has experience lining up both outside and inside. His playing style reminds me more of a seven-year veteran than a guy who's going to be a rookie next season.

Phillip Dorsett, Devin Smith would best complement Eagles receivers Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff -
One thing is clear — the Eagles, even after losing Maclin, plan to keep Matthews as their slot receiver. One reason is that Matthews didn't learn all of the outside receiver position's routes last season, and only knows the slot position. Another? He was arguably the best slot receiver in the NFL last season. Matthews, who finished with 67 catches for 872 yards and eight touchdowns, trailed only Green Bay's Randall Cobb in catches, yards and touchdowns from the slot position.

Eagles Draft Preview: Would Birds take another running back? - The 700 Level
Except one can assume nothing with Kelly, whose views as head coach and personnel chief are not always conventional. Nobody saw any of the aforementioned moves coming, either, so you probably shouldn’t sleep on the possibility that one of Philly’s eight 2015 draft picks will be used on a ball-carrier. The Eagles may not need another back right now, nor has the team shown much (any?) interest in rushing prospects, at least in the form of individual workouts or official visits. Then again, for as much talent as the team has stockpiled at the position, there’s not so much long-term stability that we couldn’t make a case for another.

Maclin's replacement? Bill Polian high on Ohio State's Devin Smith - CSN Philly
The Eagles need a receiver to replace Jeremy Maclin. They need a receiver to stretch the field. Ohio State’s Devin Smith would be a fit. "He's got big-play ability," ESPN analyst and former NFL executive Bill Polian said in a conference call Tuesday. "I really think wherever he's drafted he's gonna come in and make a team and play pretty well."

Second Year Big For 2014 Class -
The 26th pick in last year's draft had a tough first year. He was expected to take some time to develop, anyway, and with the added burden of playing outside linebacker and then moving inside due to the rash of injuries and then moving again to the outside stunted Smith's development even more. The hope is that all of that outside-inside-outside classroom work pays dividends this season. Smith has a lot of work to do to challenge for playing time after seeing very little time as a rookie. He's likely to stay on the edge and see if he can challenge Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham and earn the coaching staff's trust to get some reps.

Aaron Hernandez found guilty of 1st-degree murder - SB Nation
A Massachusetts jury found the former Patriots tight end guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd in June 2013.

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