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NFL rookie betting odds - PhillyVoice
For the gambling degenerates out there, with the draft over and done with, you can bet on which rookie will win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, along with a number of other prop bets. Canada-based is providing those odds, and Eagles rookie WR Nelson Agholor is included in a number of them.

How Asante Samuel Still Helps The Eagles -
The Eagles traded Samuel over three years ago. Through a series of moves, the Eagles have turned a seventh-round pick into a future third-round pick.

Brian Who? - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles took Boston College DL Brian Mihalik in the 7th round. Brian who? For the first 3 years of his career, Mihalik was a backup. He started his whole Senior season, but got off to a slow start. The coaches challenge him (and the whole defense) to step up. Mihalik played his best football down the stretch. The Eagles picked him based more on potential than production. Mihalik was an awkward fit in BC’s 4-3 defense. He looks awkward playing in space. I saw multiple games when he was running free to the QB and couldn’t hit him. The QB was able to make a simple move and Mihalik didn’t have the agility to adjust and finish the play. But then…there are some plays when you see really good things from Mihalik.

Rowe’s First Impression Of Chip - Birds 24/7
When Eric Rowe entered the hotel room in Mobile, Ala. last January, he was greeted by seven Eagles representatives. This was part of the interview process at the Senior Bowl. Players practice during the day and meet with teams at nights. One of the faces staring back at Rowe was Chip Kelly. And Rowe didn’t exactly feel warmth from the Eagles head coach. "When they were really asking me questions, he would just lean back in his chair just writing down everything I said," Rowe recalled. "And I was like, 'What is he writing? Am I saying something wrong?' He didn’t even budge a smile at me. I tried to crack a joke, just nothing. I was like, 'Man, this guy’s tough.'"

Eagles top pick Nelson Agholor driven to keep improving - Daily News
TEE MARTIN, USC's wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, summed up the Trojans' Nelson Agholor, now the Eagles' first-round rookie: "The moment is never too big for him." That was easy to believe yesterday afternoon at NovaCare, when Agholor met with reporters after his first rookie-camp practice, in which he wore Harold Carmichael's No. 17 jersey.

Despite slow 40 time, JaCorey Shepherd sees fast track success - CSN Philly
JaCorey Shepherd knows he’s not the fastest man to lace up football cleats. He also knows the near 4.7 he ran at his pro day isn’t reflective of his highest gear. Shepherd lasted all the way to the sixth round of the draft last week, where the Eagles selected him 191st overall, the first of two corners picked by Chip Kelly in that round. He probably would have been been drafted earlier if not for the slow 40 he clocked.

The next Wes Welker: Finney, Harris among top undrafted free agents -
Even in another deep receiver class, it's hard to believe no team spent a draft pick on Davis. He caught 87 passes and scored 12 times for UNLV in 2013; a wrist injury limited him to 34 and four, respectively, last year. The 6'3", 220-pounder is an extremely tough cover, because he boxes out DBs and adjusts when the ball is in the air. Think DeVante Parker or Jaelen Strong—Davis is not as dominant as those players, but he offers a similar skill set with less agility.

The NFL Draft Shell Game - Grantland
Chip Kelly quietly subverted a lot of our expectations during this year’s draft. Of course, some of that might have been because the Titans weren’t interested in any sort of Godfather offer for Marcus Mariota, but after a wild free-agency period, Kelly didn’t do anything so dramatic in the draft. He used his first-round pick on Nelson Agholor, and while Agholor is yet another Pac-12 player on Kelly’s roster, the 6-foot-0 pass-catcher isn’t exactly the sort of mammoth wideout he usually seeks out. Kelly didn’t deal any of the veterans he was rumored to have on the block, like Evan Mathis and Mychal Kendricks. And while he traded up here to grab Utah cornerback Eric Rowe, Kelly really didn’t do anything that stands out as particularly egregious or value-ignorant. He was on the other end of one of the draft’s best trades, which I’ll get to later on. He went after well-regarded players with his first three picks without obviously reaching for a player who would have likely been available two or three rounds later. If you’re looking for signs that Kelly’s tenure as head of personnel in Philly won’t be a disaster, the 2015 draft is one.

Jon Stewart sums up every NFL fan's true feelings about DeflateGate - SB Nation
Jon Stewart devoted eight delightful minutes of television to laughing with Gronk and at Tom Brady before arriving joke that pretty much explains how we look at DeflateGate.

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