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Eagles News: E.J. Manuel as a Chip Kelly reclamation project?

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/16/2015.

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A look ahead to the 2016 quarterback class: Cardale Jones edition - PhillyVoice
Jones is a monster, at 6'5, 250. He can run around defenders, or over them. He also has a cannon for an arm. He's everything you want in a quarterback from a physical perspective. With that #12 on his back, he looks like a meaty version of Randall Cunningham. However, evaluating his decision-making skills and accuracy is pointless with only three career starts under his belt. We need to see more from Jones to come to any kind of reasonable conclusions on those two attributes.

Is Matt Cassel destined for backup role with the Bills? -
If the Bills end up dangling Manuel for a late-round pick in August, keep an eye on the Eagles as a potential trade partner. After recruiting Manuel at Oregon, Chip Kelly told NFL Network in the lead-up to the 2013 NFL Draft that the former Florida State star was a player he "didn't get a chance to coach but would like a chance to coach." Shortly thereafter, Manuel noted that the Eagles "want me pretty bad." Manuel would make for an interesting reclamation project under Kelly's tutelage if he ultimately flames out in Buffalo.

Kiko Update - Iggles Blitz
Chip Kelly loves takeaways. He’s got to covet a LB that can make a lot of plays in the passing game. Alonso had 4 INTs in his final college season and 4 in his rookie season in the NFL. That’s not just luck. That shows you that he does a good job of playing the passing lanes and that he catches the ball when it comes his way. Some people have asked about Alonso playing OLB. He isn’t going to ever be a full-time OLB in the 3-4. You need players that are in the 255 to 270 pound range. They need to be stout run defenders and good pass rushers. Alonso is an effective blitzer, but that’s different from being a primary pass rusher.

Chip Kelly Update: Reconditioning the Roster - Fishduck
Since our last update, the Eagles have finished their draft and signed a bunch of free agents to complete their roster. They also made some key staffing changes, which helps us understand some of those roster additions. I’m talking about the revamp of the Eagles’ pioneering Sports Science department. Shaun Huls, a very low profile former Navy Seals trainer, got a new job title last week: "Director of Sports Science and Reconditioning" (instead of the previous "Sports Science Coordinator").

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Projecting the Starting Defense - Birds 24/7
There is no clear-cut answer for the safety spot opposite Jenkins. Jaylen Watkins has bulked up some with safety in mind. Jerome Couplin, Ed Reynolds and Chris Prosinski could be in the mix. We'll see where they decide to train Randall Evans. Wolff is coming off microfracture surgery. Can he rebound? Is that lingering knee injury now behind him? I'm guessing Jenkins' partner will change at least once over the course of the year, but I'll say Wolff wins the job out of camp.

What I like and don't like about Sam Bradford as the Eagles' quarterback -
When projecting what Bradford can do in this offense, it is impossible not to compare him to Nick Foles, since Kelly decided to swap the quarterbacks despite Foles being younger, cheaper and having a better track record in the NFL. After spending time watching Bradford, the one area where he is unquestionably better than Foles is his arm strength. This throw, against the Baltimore Ravens, really opens and shuts an argument about Bradford's arm being twice that of Foles. The fact that he makes it while on the run is even more impressive.

Barwin: I'm Excited About Our Potential -
There has been a lot of change this offseason at the NovaCare Complex, but one of the constants has been linebacker Connor Barwin. Success hasn't changed Barwin, who led the NFC with a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2014. After earning Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors for the first time last year, Barwin has been at the NovaCare Complex throughout the entire offseason with a singular mindset - to be even better in 2015.

Learning Eagles' defense, Mihalik feels he'll be a good fit - CSN Philly
Finding two-gap defensive ends is a tall order. So the Eagles went out and got the tallest guy they could find. The Eagles picked Brian Mihalik, all 6-foot-9 of him, in the seventh round of the draft with the 237th pick overall. And why not? Yeah, he’s a project and a long-shot, but at 6-9, 300 pounds with a 4.88 40 time and a 34-inch vertical jump, Mihalik is an intriguing prospect for the Eagles.

The NFL's dirty secret behind the Wells Report - SB Nation
An explanation of the Ted Wells report, and the report that reported on it, FOR MEN.

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