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Eagles News: Philadelphia's roster filled with plenty of old players

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/7/2015.

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Despite 'old guy purge,' Eagles still have a fair share of old guys - PhillyVoice
This offseason, the Eagles released four players over the age of 30: OLB Trent Cole (32), OG Todd Herremans (32), TE James Casey (30), and CB Cary Williams (30). Additionally, WR Brad Smith (30) remains an unrestricted free agent. The four players the Eagles released were all primarily salary cap decisions, but certainly their age and career trajectories factored in as well. Had the Eagles kept the band together, they would have most 30+ year old players in the NFL. As it stands, they are still tied for the seventh most.

Wide Friggin’ Open - Iggles Blitz
If the Eagles miss out out on CBs Trae Waynes and Kevin Johnson, and they don’t like Marcus Peters (possible character issues), I hope they go for Eric Rowe over Byron Jones. I love Jones athletic ability, but Rowe is smarter and more instinctive as a player. I value that in DBs. The more I watch of Rowe, the more he grows on me. He’s not an elite corner or special player, but there is a lot to like about him.

Eagle Eye: Pro-Style Vs. Spread QBs -
Marcus Mariota is one of the biggest names in this draft. Obviously, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has received a lot of buzz in Philadelphia because of his relationship with Chip Kelly, but all signs point to him being a top-two pick in the draft. His combination of football intelligence, accuracy, athleticism, arm strength and decision-making make him very intriguing. All that considered, the big question is whether or not he can translate to an offense where he’s asked to make some of those "pro-style" throws on a consistent basis week after week, drive after drive. With Winston viewed by most as a near lock for the top pick, there’s a lot of intrigue around where Mariota may land, with a number of potential suitors. Where he ends up, and how he is then utilized on his new team, will be one of the biggest stories of the 2015 NFL season.

Draft Daily: Byron Jones On Short List At No. 20 - Birds 24/7
Jones makes sense as an Eagles target on a number of different levels. He fits what they're looking for from a measurables and character standpoint. He has positional versatility, having played both cornerback and safety. And he's a freak athletically. Once Jones refines his technique, there's no telling what his ceiling might be.

How the McNabb trade indirectly brought Sam Bradford to Eagles - The 700 Level
It took a long, winding road to get there, but the conditional 2011 fourth-round selection that Washington packaged with its second in 2010 ultimately became Bradford. First, the Eagles traded back 12 spots in Round 4, acquiring an additional fourth-round pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. The new fourth was then passed to the Houston Texans, in addition to a swap of third-rounders, in exchange for linebacker DeMeco Ryans. The Birds dropped 12 spots in the third to No. 88 overall as a result of the deal, where the team chose quarterback Nick Foles. Foles, of course, was shipped to St. Louis and more picks were flipped in the trade that finally brought Bradford to Philadelphia.

NFL prospect WR Chris Conley details visit with Eagles - CSN Philly
"I left Wednesday for a team visit with the Philadelphia Eagles, and that went well," he wrote. "It was fun, the furthest north I have ever been, and it was really productive. I cannot read into anything because I am meeting with a lot of guys, but it was good to be able to get out, move around, and do something different than just a workout for a change (College teammate) Brandon Boykin was on vacation, but I spoke with him briefly, and I got to speak with (assistant strength coach) Keith Gray, who used to be on the strength staff here at Georgia. He is with the Eagles now, and so I got to spend time with him."

The NFL’s Most Improbable Prospect - The MMQB
Late in spring training, on the Angels’ practice field, Mike Trout, American League MVP and Philadelphia Eagles season-ticket-holder, is telling this wacky story from last September. I’d seen video of a game on the Angels’ TV network from last fall. On the replay, the screen is split. On one side, Trout, in center field for the Angels on a Sunday afternoon, is peering into the Angels’ broadcast booth, 300 feet away. On the other half of the screen, where Trout is looking, is Angels color man Mark Gubicza. They both love the Eagles. Gubicza starts to flap his arms, in the "Fly Eagles Fly" gesture the Philly fans use. Excited, Trout starts to flap his wings too.

MMBM: Marcus Mariota's draft dodging makes him a modern day Jane Fonda - SB Nation
Marcus Mariota became just the latest in a string of players to decide that they were going to literaly skip there first day of work. 90% of life is just showing up- your job, sex, trespassing arraignments, you name it- all you really need to do is show up and youll be fine. But Mariotas working on Hawaiin time and this is a day that will live in infamy.

Citizens Bank Park Concession Review: The Nonuple Burger - The Good Phight
I would so eat this.

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