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Eagles News: Chip Kelly gets what he wants

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/23/2015.

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Analyzing the six Eagles players rumored to be on the trading block - PhillyVoice
That has led some to ponder the idea of simply keeping Alonso, Ryans and Kendricks for depth purposes, but the Eagles are in decent shape at ILB, in terms of depth. Goode will return this season, and the Eagles added Brad Jones as a free agent signing. Kendricks is in the final year of his contract, and if you can flip him for a valuable asset at another position before he bolts in free agency in a year, then go ahead ahead do it if it makes your roster better as a whole. #JimmySays: I would lean toward Kendricks being on another roster Week 1.

Marcus Mariota update: Hope still springs with Eagles - ESPN
"Covered Chip Kelly long enough to know he gets what he wants. And we all know what he wants in the draft. There’s a visor at the poker table."

OLB in the 1st? - Iggles Blitz
Marcus Smith is going to be in the mix for playing time. He had a wasted rookie year, but 2015 is a new year. While he might turn out just fine, you can’t count on that. Bryan Braman is a good STer with some LB ability. Maybe in his second year as an Eagle he’ll get more of a chance on defense. Again though, you can’t count on that. Travis Long is coming off a knee injury. He has been used at ILB and OLB. The staff was high on him last summer, but he was still an unknown commodity.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Five Thoughts On the Schedule - Birds 24/7
It seems like the Birds caught some breaks this year. For example, in Week 9 they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. The Eagles have a bye the previous week, while Dallas faces the Seahawks. They go to Foxboro in Week 13 to take on the Patriots. The Eagles play on Thanksgiving the previous week and get some extra rest, while New England plays at Denver on Sunday night. Is there anywhere that the Eagles got jobbed? Not really. They face the Cowboys at home in Week 2 on a short week, but that's the second game of the season. Washington gets extra rest before the Week 4 matchup (it plays on Thursday night the previous week). And the same goes for the Cardinals in Week 15.

Eagles Draft Preview: Will Philly get its quarterback? - The 700 Level
Count me among the very small minority who are actually excited to see what Sam Bradford can do in the Philadelphia Eagles offense. That being said, over a month after the trade that brought Bradford to Philly was completed, there continues to be endless speculation about the Eagles going after Marcus Mariota in the draft.

Pressure is on Bill Davis to improve Eagles defense - Inquirer
The question is this: Are the Eagles ready to end the city's playoff drought in major sports, which will be at six completed seasons once the Phillies mercifully cross the finish line in early October? While the focus right now is on Tebow and the impossible dream of Marcus Mariota, it needs to be on the defense.

Which 3-team trade with Browns makes sense for Eagles? -
Florio went on to create two trades (on his own, not reported) that might make sense. The trade scenarios don't involve a specific team in the top five picks, like the Tennessee Titans, but just the idea of the Eagles going into the top five. Since it is silly season, and the draft is just nine days away, let's look at those trades and see if they make sense for the Eagles or the other teams involved.

Ranking the Eagles' draft picks since the merger: 2nd Round - CSN Philly
The Eagles have drafted some terrific players in the second round. The top five are each all-time Eagles (although Chip Kelly might not agree with that assessment). They’ve also drafted a big, lousy giant pile of garbage in the second round. The Eagles have been so pathetic in the second round that guys like Nate Allen and Todd Pinkston, vilified by fans, are actually in the upper half of the list. That is scary.

National Glare With Week-By-Week Focus -
This is the night that so many fans celebrate. There is some shape to the 2015 Eagles season now that the regular season schedule is out. We can look at it and pencil in the wins and discuss the matchups and, well, what does it really mean? ...

Clearing up the misconceptions about Marcus Mariota - SB Nation
The Oregon offense may have made things easier for the Heisman Trophy winner, but he has the skills to be an NFL success.

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