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Eagles News: Jaylen Watkins has gained weight to play safety

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Draft prospects that check the Eagles' boxes, WR edition - PhillyVoice
Conley is a size-speed freak who wins contested catches. He was under-utilized at Georgia because of their dominant run game, but NFL teams will know what he can do.

Watkins Prepping For Shot At Safety - Birds 24/7
The coaching staff wanted Jaylen Watkins to add some weight and muscle mass this offseason, so that’s what he did. The second-year defensive back finished the season around 194 pounds. Thanks to an increased weight-lifting regimen and change in diet, he reported to NovaCare looking a little more rocked up and weighing in at 200 pounds. How much of that was done with the safety position in mind? "A lot of it," he said during a conversation with Birds 24/7.

Pick 20 - Iggles Blitz
Perriman is interesting. He goes 6-2, 212 and ran sub-4,3 at his Pro Day. He put up tremendous numbers at UCF and would give the Eagles the vertical threat they don’t have right now. Perriman fits the Eagles offense because of his ability to work the middle and produce RAC yards as well as go deep. He is okay as a run blocker. That needs work, but there is enough there that I don’t think Chip Kelly would be down on him.

Early Birds: Could Mychal Kendricks be traded? - Inquirer
It was a "scheduled" vacation, according to a source close to linebacker, but who plans a trip exactly when his team is officially starting its preparations for the coming season? Answer: a disgruntled player or one who knows he could be traded.

Eagles Draft Preview: Plenty of wide receivers for the taking - The 700 Level
Philly’s receiver situation may not be as desperate as some are making out to be, but there’s little doubt it will be a priority. The Eagles have cast a wide net this offseason, looking into numerous prospects who will be taken over the course of the first round. The only question is how long will the Birds wait to snag one?

Roob's 25 Random Points: All about the NFL draft - CSN Philly
But all that said … as of now, the Eagles don’t have a quarterback who can win a Super Bowl. I would have given Nick Foles one more year to really know what you have or don’t have, but he’s gone. I don’t know if Mariota ever will win one, I tend to doubt it, but I know Bradford, Sanchez and Tebow won’t. The Eagles aren’t winning anything until they have an elite quarterback. Mariota is the only QB who is potentially elite who is even conceivably attainable. I don’t think it’s impossible, but I doubt it will happen.

'He's Like A Little Brother To Me' -
The NFL is a brotherhood, but few have a relationship like the one Ryan Mathews and Seyi Ajirotutu share. Teammates at Fresno State, then in San Diego with the Chargers, they are together again as Philadelphia Eagles. "It's a blessing," says Mathews ...

The next best quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft - SB Nation
Grayson does a great job of sticking in the pocket even in the face of pressure. He's not afraid to hang in there, climb away from the rush and keep his eyes downfield the whole time. He's used to operating under center and in play-action with his back to the defense, and the Colorado State offense asks him to throw on bootlegs fairly often. On those plays, he throws well on the move, both to the left and to the right. He's smart -- there were multiple instances where instead of throwing the ball into a well-defended window, he instead throws the ball away. He's not a burner like Marcus Mariota, but he's relatively athletic for the quarterback spot and can escape pressure if he needs to.

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