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Eagles News: Sam Bradford and Blake Griffin used to be teammates

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/18/2015.

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Bradford Will Do 'Great Things' With Eagles -
A former quarterback at Oregon and with the Eagles, Feeley said that there is no NFL comparison for Bradford because of "how big he is and athletic he is." Feeley noted that Bradford used to play on the same AAU basketball team as Clippers' All-Star forward Blake Griffin. "You could tell the guy was extremely athletic. Loves the game. Very accurate. Kind of an underrated arm," Feeley said. "You don't realize how hard he can actually throw in order to put the ball at certain times because he makes it look effortless for him." Once healthy, Feeley sees Bradford as a good fit in the Eagles' offense. "He's a big dual-threat guy, more so than Nick Foles ever was," Feeley said

Are The Eagles Better? - Iggles Blitz
He inherited a 4-12 team, but one that had a lot of talent. Kelly decided to try and win with those players rather than tearing everything down. He managed to go 10-6 in each of his first 2 seasons, but Kelly saw the team wasn’t going in the direction he hoped. This offseason he got full control and started to make drastic changes. The biggest issue for Kelly is QB. Andy Reid was lucky enough to get the second overall pick in a year when there were lots of talented QB prospects. He chose Donovan McNabb and they had a lot of success. Kelly had the fourth overall pick in a year where OL filled 3 of the top 4 spots. Good OTs are critical, but they aren’t QBs.

Eagles - and maybe Tebow - could cash in on closer 2-point conversion - Inquirer
Since Chip Kelly became the coach, they are 3 of 8 on two-point conversions. All of those attempts came in 2013; they did not attempt one last season. Eagles kickers have been a perfect 99 of 99 on point-after attempts. However, they are 21 of 24 on field goals between 30 and 39 yards. Under the new proposals, extra points would be similar to a 32- or 33-yard field goal. A rule change could create more value for Tim Tebow. The most famous fourth-string quarterback in the NFL is competing with Matt Barkley to be the Eagles' No. 3 QB. Tebow, at 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds, is built like a fullback and has been an effective short-yardage rusher during his career.

Malcolm Jenkins: Every move is to make team better - CSN Philly
Malcolm Jenkins is the only remaining starter, and despite the roster turnover, he’s confident in Chip Kelly’s personnel decisions. "No one player is bigger than the team, and that’s me included," Jenkins said Saturday at Jahri Evans’ youth football camp. "Every move he makes is to make the team better, so I can live with any decision that he makes because I know that’s where it comes from.

Center Jason Kelce doesn't believe Eagles O-line is short-handed - Morning Call
"I know Matt Tobin and Andrew Gardner can go in there and compete well enough for us to win games. I mean, I think Matt Tobin actually exhibits, on a lot of occasions, some extremely exciting potential. Andrew Gardner is about as good as you're going to get in one of these backup roles. He plays both tackle and both guard positions, and when he played for us last year, he did an outstanding job starting too."

NFC East Roundup: The La’el Collins Story - Birds 24/7
La’el Collins had the most interesting slide in the 2015 draft, falling from first-round lock to undrafted free agent. Robert Klemko of MMQB reports on how he ended up signing with the Dallas Cowboys.

5 bad teams that could make the NFL playoffs in 2015 - SB Nation
Lousy teams don't have to stay lousy forever. These sub-.500 teams could be very good, starting this season.

Come to the Liberty Ballers/RTRS NBA Lottery Party - BGN
Thankfully, there's an excellent way to kill some time while we're all waiting for football to return. Remember the Rights To Ricky Sanchez / Liberty Ballers Lottery Party that took place last year? Well, it's happening again, and you're invited!

Pre-order the Eagles Almanac 2015! - BGN
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