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Eagles News: Chip Kelly is very thorough at pro days

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/8/2015.

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Chip Kelly's Oregon Duck bias is extreme, but common: A look at some other NFL-college biases - PhillyVoice
As we all know by now, if you played at the University of Oregon, there's a pretty good chance Chip Kelly is going to draft you, trade for you, or sign you off the street. He is then going to make up the guest bedroom all nice and sweet for you and let you live with him. The Eagles "only " currently have eight former Oregon Ducks on their roster (they've had more), all of whom Kelly brought in since he became head coach a little more than two years ago. That doesn't even count Jeff Maehl, who is an exclusive rights free agent, and is likely to be back with the team. The Eagles' eight Ducks account for 23.5% of the total number of former Oregon players currently on NFL rosters.

Shady’s Feelings Got Hurt - Iggles Blitz
Kelly was trying to be protective of Shady. Ugh. Kelly didn’t want to say something negative about his former player so he focused on the financial side of things. In Kelly’s mind, that was taking the high road and being supportive. If Kelly goes out there and talks about how Shady dances too much, that’s going to open a can of worms. Players don’t like to leave a good situation. I don’t blame Shady for not being thrilled with things. It’s just funny to hear Kelly is anti-star. Something tells me he’d take Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson in the blink of an eye. I doubt Kelly would see JJ Watt is a guy he wanted nothing to do with. Kelly wanted to change things. Shady wasn’t part of that plan. It just happens.

Draft Daily: Why Jake Fisher Makes Sense - Birds 24/7
Last month,'s Gil Brandt said he thought he knew the Eagles' pick at No. 20. He sealed his selection in an envelope and gave it to a colleague to be opened on April 30th. Recently, a friend asked me to predict the prospect Brandt was talking about. My guess? It's Fisher.

Questions at safety highlight Eagles' gamble in not re-signing Nate Allen -
Defending Nate Allen is no easy task. To say Allen was not a fan favorite during his five-year career with the Eagles, which ended this past offseason, would be an understatement. Some of it was deserved, as Allen never learned not to bite on underneath routes, and was burned for it. A good portion of the hate thrown his way is over the top, however, as he was far from the secondary's biggest problem last season.

Apparently, Chip Kelly is uniquely thorough at Pro Days - The 700 Level
What wasn't typical was the research conducted by a scout from the Eagles. Klemko called it a "Chip Kelly special." "After bench press and before on-field workouts, an Eagles scout went the extra mile and asked linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil if he could measure the circumference of his knees, ankles and wrists." And, apparently, Kelly's interview process extends into academia. At least it did at Michigan State's Pro Day.

Ajirotutu, Biggers: Pieces Of The Puzzle -
Every piece fits into a very complicated puzzle. And in the cases of wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu and defensive back E.J. Biggers, what you see on the surface isn’t necessarily what the Eagles expect to get in 2015 ...

Word on the Birds: Best offseason moves -
On today's Word on the Birds,'s Pat Gallen and Dave Spadaro of analyze the new additions to the team and discuss LeSean McCoy's comments about Chip Kelly.

Where does Shane Ray fit in the NFL? - SB Nation
Shane Ray has the skills and the motor to succeed at the next level. But retired NFL defensive end Stephen White see another weighty issue that could be a problem for Ray in the NFL.

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