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My Eagles 'Captain Hindsight' draft - PhillyVoice
Over the last few weeks, many of you have taken exception to my criticisms of the Eagles not drafting any offensive linemen in the last two drafts, despite having the oldest OL in the NFL. A common question I've gotten is "Well Mr. Know-It-All, who would you have drafted instead of the guys they got?" To be clear, for the most part, I think the Eagles drafted good players, but I'll answer that question today. Using the draft picks the Eagles originally had before the start of the draft, I'll select eight players who were available at those spots.

Depth Chart Projection: Eagles Offense - Birds 24/7
One thing I know about Kelly: He believes in making rookies earn playing time. So don't be surprised/alarmed if Nelson Agholor starts out with the second or third team. But given how advanced Agholor seems to be from a mental standpoint, he could be the exception. Riley Cooper's role is one we probably haven't discussed enough here. There's a scenario where the Eagles settle on Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff and Agholor as the top three receivers, leaving Cooper on the sideline. I have to believe that if Kelly watched the 2014 film and decided he didn't want LeSean McCoy or Nick Foles, he also concluded that Cooper shouldn't be a starter. But Huff will have to prove he's a more reliable option in his second year to earn those snaps.

Could Eagles have a top 10 defense in NFL? -
Last season, depending on how you look at it, the Eagles had one of the worst defenses in the NFL. They allowed 375 yards per game, 28th in the league. Of those 375 yards, 264 on average came through the air, 31st worst in the NFL. Their average of 25 points allowed per game was 22nd in the NFL, which isn't anything to write home about. Yet, it isn't hard to see that the Eagles' defense is really close to being one of the best units in the NFL next season.

Early Birds: State of the Roster: Running back - Inquirer
Let’s start with Murray, who is one of the NFL’s best running backs and led the league last season with 1,845 yards and 4.7 yards per carry. Murray did not appear to be the Eagles’ target when free agency opened, although when Frank Gore backed out of a deal and Jeremy Maclin signed in Kansas City, the Eagles had the money to spend and the opportunity to offer. And Murray, one of the elite free agents on the market, is a prize. At 6 feet and 217 pounds, he’s well built and is a skilled one-cut runner.

Which rookie WR will have the biggest impact in 2015? -
This is all about location, location, location. Guys like Amari Cooper and Kevin White might end up having better careers, but USC wideout Nelson Agholor has the best chance to make an immediate splash. A polished route-runner with serious YAC ability, Agholor is a perfect fit for a Chip Kelly offense that's thin at wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin defected for Kansas City in free agency. Agholor's pro-ready tools should allow him to see the field quickly, and Kelly's high-volume approach will put Agholor in a great position to dwarf the production of some of his first-round contemporaries. Jordan Matthews dropped a 67/872/8 as a rookie in Philly's scheme last year. Agholor can be even better.

Thinking Eagles On A Slow News Day -
It is anything but slow at the NovaCare Complex during Phase 2 of the offseason program. The players are working hard on their conditioning as well as their no-pads, no-contact work on the field. The challenge is both cerebral and physical.

Coroner: Adrian Robinson, former Broncos linebacker, died of suicide - The Denver Post
Adrian Robinson, a former NFL linebacker from Temple University who played six games with the Broncos in 2013, died Saturday night in Philadelphia. He was 25. The Philadelphia medical examiner's office told The Denver Post on Monday that Robinson's death has been ruled suicide by hanging.

Everything you need to know about Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft's hug - SB Nation
The NFL commissioner and Patriots owner held each other. Was it tender? And if so, what would that mean?

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