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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/5/2015.

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More Eagles Draft Talk - Iggles Blitz
YCV, as I’ll affectionately call him here, is a late round or UDFA target. The Eagles are being extremely thorough with their research on ILB prospects. They are talking to Top 50 prospects and guys that won’t be picked. It is really going to be interesting to see who they do pick or sign. It will also be interesting down the road when we hear who they really wanted but missed out on (should that happen).

Huff Breaks Down Chip Kelly’s Moves - Birds 24/7
The offense has been completely re-shaped in Chip Kelly‘s two-plus years at the controls. Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are out (though the intent was to hold onto Maclin). Guys like Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Matthews and Miles Austin were shipped in this offseason, adding to a growing stable of players that have been personally approved by Kelly. What separates "Kelly guys" from those that he has chosen to move on from? What is the method driving these moves? We asked the opinion of Josh Huff, who has been inside Kelly's operation both at the college and pro levels and has an idea for what the head coach values.

Kelly's moves show inexperience, could hurt Eagles' flexibility - Inquirer
The best that can be said about the free-agent contracts Chip Kelly handed out this offseason is that he wants to win now. The Eagles coach identified players he wanted for his systems and made bold moves to acquire them over the last month. But that often meant overpaying when the market suggested he could have gotten free agents such as Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray for less.

2015 NFL Draft: Why I think the Eagles will draft USC WR Nelson Agholor - NJ.com
The NFL Draft is now less than a month away, but that doesn't change that fact that between now and the minute the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially go on the clock, predictions about what the Eagles will do at No. 20 overall won't change plenty of times. As of April 4th, however, I think the Eagles are going to take wide receiver Nelson Agholor with their first-round pick. Why Agholor?

Signings leave Eagles with draft flexibility - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles' signing of Miles Austin this week might make it seem less likely that they will target a wide receiver high in the NFL draft. But I think it might mean the opposite. The draft is in four weeks. The last thing a team wants to do is go into that unpredictable crap shoot with an overwhelming hole on its roster. That leads to drafting for need, which leads to reaching for needs rather than drafting based on your grades. It leads, in other words, to mistakes.

Meet The Prospect: CB Byron Jones - PE.com
Is Byron Jones just a workout warrior? No, but that's a common misnomer following a Combine performance for the ages back in February. The 6-1, 199-pound Jones set a world record in the broad jump with a leap of 12-3, which was eight inches farther than the previous Combine record. He was also one of the Combine's top performers in the vertical jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles. Jones wasn't on the mainstream radar before his exposive outing in Indianapolis because he missed the second half of the 2014 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. A former safety, Jones converted to cornerback prior to his junior season in 2013 and started the final 19 games of his college career there.

Mosher's Mailbag: What are Eagles' draft options at safety? - CSN Philly
Thompson will probably also be gone at 20, but even if he falls to the Eagles, I’m not sure he’s what Chip Kelly is looking for at safety. Kelly wants his safeties to play the post and box interchangeably. There’s no question Thompson can come into the box and knock someone’s head off. Can he drop and patrol center field? It’s not something he did much in college. Right now, it’s a projection.

Rummaging through the NFL free agent bargain bin - SB Nation
Vick is now 35 years old, admitted that he wasn't ready to play at times last year and is turnover prone, but he's highly experienced, mobile and has a better statistical resume than anyone still out there. Vick was brought in to provide competition for Geno Smith last year, but only played in three games, passing for 604 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He still has some tools, though, and depending on some of the systems teams are looking to run next year, could make some sense as a pure backup/mentor option.

‘Madam, I’m Adam': Meet the Reigning World Palindrome Champion - TIME
His name is actually Mark, though his brothers have been known to call him Kram.

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