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Eagles News: Tim Tebow's game is "special"

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/21/2015.

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Eagles age inventory, Part II: Offensive line - PhillyVoice
When you have the oldest projected starting offensive line in the NFL, and three starters over the age of 30, it would probably be a good idea to re-load with some youth along the OL to prepare for the imminent decline of those players. However, over the last three years, the Eagles have drafted the fewest offensive linemen in the NFL, with just one. The NFL average during that span is 4.125 drafted offensive linemen per team. Over the last two years, the Eagles are the only team in the NFL not to have drafted an offensive lineman.

How rule change could help make Tim Tebow the NFL’s first two-point specialist - New York Daily News
“His game is unique. It’s special,” Decker said. “He can do a lot of different things. I don’t know what their role for him is going to be…. What I learned when I was in Denver is that we built our offense around what he did well. We put in read-options. We put in some things that made him successful… ran him out of the pocket. If you want him to be ‘The Guy,’ you build your offense around him.”

Is the O-line Okay? - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles didn’t draft an offensive linemen this year. Or last year. Normally that might not be a huge deal, but the Eagles have the oldest OL in the league. And they released starting RG Todd Herremans in the offseason. Clearly this is not an ideal situation. Some critics say the Eagles neglected the OL. How is Sam Bradford supposed to stay upright, let alone play well, if he doesn’t have good blocking? I don’t think everyone gets the overall situation.

Depth Chart Projection: Eagles Defense - Birds 24/7
This is easily the toughest group to sort out on either side of the ball. What we know: The Eagles traded LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso. Hence, they must like Kiko Alonso. They not only held on to DeMeco Ryans, but gave him an extension. Hence, they must like DeMeco Ryans. They reportedly have not had talks to extend Mychal Kendricks, and there have been multiple rumors suggesting that he's on the trading block. Hence... well, you get the picture.

Early Birds: State of the Roster: Wide receivers/Tight ends - Inquirer
Agholor has to show he can make the transition to be mentioned as a possible starter, but the guess here is that Kelly will move his receivers around more frequently. Jordan Matthews ran 92.4 percent of his routes out of the slot last season as a rookie. Agholor and Matthews could rotate inside and out if Riley Cooper (or Josh Huff or Austin) was to handle most of the outside responsibilities on the other side.

The Big Question: What's Your Rule Change? -
This is one I've been advocating for years -- allow all 53 players to be active on game days. I just don't understand the inactive rule that allows 46 players to be in uniform on game days. I've been told, as I've asked around for years, that it helps balance the playing field if one team is healthy and another has some players nicked up. I say to that: Tough beans!

Football Fates: Adrian Peterson to Dallas, Robert Griffin III to Houston, and Other NFL Destinies We Want to See Fulfilled - Grantland
Fletcher Cox to the Dallas Cowboys and Mychal Kendricks to the Minnesota Vikings: I’ll always remember the 2015 draft for what didn’t happen, and what didn’t happen is Chip Kelly trading away his entire team. NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported before the draft that teams considered Cox and Kendricks available, which isn’t all that tough to believe. Both were part of Andy Reid’s last draft class in Philadelphia, and in terms of X’s and O’s, they aren’t perfect fits in Bill Davis’s defense. Here’s the thing, though: They’ve both been great in spite of that.

5 veteran players who shake up the NFL - SB Nation
There's not much question as to Bradford's arm talent, but those injuries have kept him from answering the other big questions about his development: Can he read defenses effectively enough and get the ball out quickly enough to progress? Again, if there's anywhere Bradford could answer that second question, it's in Philly. Kelly has developed a reputation for designing quarterback-friendly passing schemes, and pairing with Bradford's former coordinator Pat Shurmur should ensure that play calls cater to Bradford's strengths. Additionally, Kelly and Shurmur appear committed to the run game, having acquired DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews after dealing LeSean McCoy, so the offense won't be solely on Bradford's shoulders.

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