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Eagles News: Landon Collins doesn't fit Philadelphia's scheme

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

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Expect big numbers out of Jordan Matthews in 2015 - PhillyVoice
It was previously somewhat unclear if Matthews' role would be expanded, seeing as the Eagles are quirky about who plays where. (See: Brandon Boykin riding the bench in favor of Bradley Fletcher). But the thought of Matthews standing on the sidelines while Riley Cooper, Josh Huff, or Miles Austin are on the field makes no sense whatsoever. Jeremy Maclin was the Eagles' volume catcher last season, hauling in 85 passes, or 18 more than Matthews, who finished second on the team. Maclin's volume-catcher role will now likely go to Matthews.

Draft Daily: Alabama S Collins an Unlikely Option - Birds 24/7
When it comes to playing safety in Billy Davis' scheme, the two most important skills are being able to play single-high and being able to cover man to man. The Eagles like to stay in their base 3-4 on early downs, which sometimes requires safeties to cover slot receivers or pass-catching tight ends. And Davis uses a lot of Cover 1 and Cover 3 - both coverages that require a deep-middle safety to play center field. Based on what I saw and what those with access to game tape have noted, Collins is not a scheme fit. Covering man to man and playing single-high are his weaknesses, not his strengths. Remember, Davis' ultimate goal is a mirrored defense. The Eagles don't play with a free safety and a strong safety. They have their safeties play sides.

Mychal Kendricks 'not too sure' what Eagles bringing in Kiko Alonso means for his future -
What does it mean for me? I'm not too sure," Kendricks said on the NFL Network. "But I know that I will just do what got me here. That's all I can do is just do everything that is asked of me and play my butt off." The Eagles moving on from Kendricks would be surprising, but it would also be right in line with the mass exodus of players brought to Philadelphia by former head coach Andy Reid.

State Of The Roster As Draft Nears -
Are the Eagles finished in free agency? I don’t think so. This is the time of the year when teams sign players who fit roles, who compete for roster spots and who are likely to sign one-year contracts in a situation that may give them a chance to really prove what they can do in favorable situations. Austin is a great example. He was on his way to a 60-plus-catch season in 2014 in Cleveland before suffering a lacerated kidney and missing the final four games of the year. Austin knows that he’s in an offense that is favorable, that he’s going to get a lot of reps in the training sessions and that he will be given every chance to be healthy and stay that way in the sports science program the Eagles offer. Austin knows the Eagles want depth and that they offer a chance to earn playing time. He’s in a good spot. Others may find reach the same conclusion between now and the draft. There is still some quality on the streets.

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Sarah Thomas becomes NFL's first female referee - SB Nation
The NFL is set to hire its first full-time female official, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Sarah Thomas, a Mississippi native who Wilson said has been a finalist for an NFL position previously, has officiated Conference USA games in the NCAA for nearly a decade. She has also officiated during NFL camps and the preseason previously

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