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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/22/2015.

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Rigorous Workouts Push Driven Johnson -
For four days a week and five weeks in the offseason, Lane Johnson arrived at his workouts 90 minutes early ready to get his butt kicked. "All in" isn't aggressive enough to describe how much Johnson wanted to defeat the physical and mental challenge of a lifetime.

Agholor and Bradford - Iggles Blitz
Bradford missed all of 2014, but I posted the numbers anyway just so you could have some perspective on how the WRs fared with other QBs. The biggest takeaway from this is that the Rams simply didn’t have much talent at WR. Britt was far and away the most talented pass catcher, and Bradford didn’t even get to work with him last year. Agholor gives Bradford a receiver with a good combination of size, speed and skill. He has the speed to stretch defenses vertically, which most of the receivers above couldn’t do. Agholor has outstanding RAC skills, which most of the guys above lacked.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reduced Role For Cooper? - Birds 24/7
Chip Kelly thought enough of Cooper to reward him with a five-year, $22.5 million deal last offseason, and the coaching staff went to great lengths to defend him when hit with question after question about the former fifth-round pick's production in 2014. While Cooper blocked well (a necessity in this system, Kelly believes), it's hard to imagine the head coach walked away satisfied with the overall output he received from No. 14.

Early Birds: State of the Roster: Offensive line - Inquirer
Manhart (6-4, 298) and Coccia (6-3, 302) are small-school prospects that the Eagles targeted. Manhart played left tackle at Nebraska-Kearney and is listed at guard. He's a good athlete, which the Eagles like in their linemen.  Coccia is a center from New Hampshire who played in a version of Chip Kelly's offense in college, so he’s used to the tempo. His best chance of making a roster is in the Eagles' scheme. The Bethlehem native and long-time Eagles fan is the only true center in the group.

James Franklin has a 'man crush' on Jordan Matthews - CSN Philly
Penn State football coach James Franklin has a man crush on Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews — and he's not afraid to admit it. "I love Jordan," Franklin said in an appearance on Comcast SportsNet's Philly Sports Talk Monday. "I've had a man crush on Jordan for a long time. I told the Eagles' organization that when they were thinking about drafting him."

Four Downs: NFC East - Football Outsiders
Malcolm Jenkins will return to start at one safety position, but Nate Allen signed with Oakland in free agency. To replace him, the Eagles did… uh… nothing. They did not add a safety in free agency. They did not make a trade. They did not take one in the draft. They didn't even add a pure safety as an undrafted free agent. At the time of this writing, here is a full list of pure safeties on Philadelphia's roster, besides Jenkins.

New K-State Ring of Honor Inductees: Bishop, Nelson, Scott, Sproles - Bring On The Cats
Sproles was a Heisman Finalist in 2003, and his name still strikes terror into the hearts of Oklahoma Sooner fans after he shredded their defense in the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game. Holder of the school's all-time rushing record and single-season all-purpose yardage record, Sproles has since gone on to a decade-long career in the NFL with San Diego, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.

6 NFL coaches on the hot seat in 2015 - SB Nation
Seven teams have new head coaches going into the 2015-16 NFL season. Which teams could be looking for a new coach after the coming year?

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