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Eagles News: Chip Kelly is building around the run game

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Eagles paying heavy attention to WR, CB, and OLB: Five more pre-draft visits to analyze - PhillyVoice
Are nine edge rushers going to be taken in the first 51 picks? Considering pass rushers are a valuable commodity in the NFL, it's certainly possible, but it would mean that an edge rusher was taken every 5.7 picks. The Eagles re-signed Brandon Graham to a long term deal to pair with Connor Barwin, so they have their starters in place, but have almost no depth behind them. And it's not the worst idea to load up on players who can get to the QB.

Draft Daily: Utah DB Rowe Will Intrigue Eagles - Birds 24/7
There are aspects of Rowe's game that make me wonder whether the Eagles might see him as a nice option at safety, a position they've struggled to fill over the years. The Eagles want three things out of their safeties: the ability to play man coverage; the ability to play single-high; and the ability to stop the run. It seems reasonable to project that Rowe would be able to do one and three on that list. He already has cornerback experience and is very good against the run.

Super Bowl, Here We Come - Iggles Blitz
Biggers and Ajirotutu are nice depth signings, but that’s about it. One of the exercises I like to do is jotting down a depth chart. Look at a projected 53-man roster as well as a 90-man unit. Certain areas jump out as weak. That was certainly the case with WR and DB prior to yesterday. That isn’t to say Biggers and Ajirotutu are answers. But they could be. The Eagles needed someone to take over for Brad Smith as a WR/STer. Ajirotutu can do just that.

Just like his Oregon team, Kelly's Eagles will focus on run - Inquirer
"Chip wants to be able to establish the run and be able to put people in conflict off of the run game," Casteel said. "A lot of their throwing game is the play-action stuff, at least it was at Oregon. Quarterback-wise, at that level those guys are paid a lot of money, and you have to protect those guys."

Eagle Eye: Analyzing The Draft's RB Talent -
Let’s lead off with Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon, one of the more forgotten backs in this draft class that’s loaded with talent. A three-year key contributor to the Crimson Tide’s backfield, Yeldon didn’t shine among the backs at the Combine (actually, he was average to below average in almost every test in Indianapolis), but he consistently displayed the patience and full-field vision to succeed in that type of scheme.

Johnny Manziel? Marcus Mariota? Discussing the latest Eagles' rumors in weekly mailbag -
The truth is no one really knows besides Kelly, as he has looked into the possibilities of moving up. It depends on where Mariota falls, and how interested other teams are in Bradford. The obvious key is the Tennessee Titans. If they take Leonard Williams, a defensive tackle out of USC, the Eagles' chances skyrocket. I would put the Eagles' chances at Mariota, if Williams goes No. 2, at right around 55%.

LeSean McCoy’s sour-grapes routine is getting sad - The 700 Level
Ultimately, these are harmless comments, but they reek of resentment. And truth be told, they’re not even accurate. Murray—the league’s reigning rushing champion—isn’t a star? Byron Maxwell is certainly getting paid like a star. The Eagles restructured Connor Barwin’s contract coming off a star-making performance in 2014. And Kelly made a strong effort to keep star receiver Jeremy Maclin, but simply wasn’t willing to overpay. I wouldn’t expect McCoy to be happy or agree with the thinking that led to his exodus, but surely he must realize a combination of football and business decisions were behind the move. The Eagles added a promising, young linebacker and space under the salary cap as a result of the deal. They brought in running backs Kelly believes are a better fit for his offense.

Eagles ticket sales lifer Leo Carlin retiring after 53 years - CSN Philly
Legendary Leo Carlin, the Eagles' last remaining link to its last championship season, will retire at the end of April, the team announced Wednesday. Carlin, who joined the Eagles during the 1960 season as a part-time ticket office employee, spent 53 years with the franchise under five owners.

Find the perfect quarterback for your NFL team - SB Nation
The Chargers have worked out the Oregon star, and there have been rumors connecting them to the athletic signal caller. Mike McCoy was, as you may remember, the offensive coordinator behind the Broncos' Tim Tebow read-option offense in 2011, including the improbable playoff win over the Steelers. The thought is that he could design a system that could ease Mariota in to the NFL and feature his talents, including his mobility and athleticism.

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