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Five positions to begin to watch at Eagles OTAs - PhillyVoice
Second round pick Eric Rowe also has experience playing safety, but Chip Kelly said he'll start off at corner initially. This is the correct move, in my opinion. While the safety position has been a major problem area for the Eagles for more than a half decade, the more important position is corner, and it's not as if the Eagles don't have major issues there as well. If Rowe doesn't pan out at corner, you always have the option to move him to safety, but the reverse transition is harder.

Maxwell: We're Going To Do Big Things Here -
"I'm starting to get adjusted to Philadelphia. I love this city. I love the people around here. It's cool," Maxwell said. "I think we're going to do big things around here."

Philly Fans (and Media) and the Fear of Something New - Crossing Broad
But, to many, people who embrace the risks are Kool-Aid drinkers or apologists or don’t know enough about the sport, as if you have to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the dead-ball era to want to win. The Flyers have been stagnant, the Sixers have been goal-less, the Eagles hit a wall, and the Phillies have been tumbling down a steep hill, hitting every bump along the way. But instead of really looking at the Sixers’ post-Iverson era or the Eagles’ lack of Super Bowl wins, it’s just: Different is bad. Nerds don’t belong in sports. It’s all a Ponzi scheme. Chip is just going back to college anyway. They’re all frauds*.

LJ at LT - Iggles Blitz
As for the future, Lane Johnson is talented enough to take over for Jason Peters at LT. Johnson is a terrific athlete and has worked hard to become a good pass blocker. Johnson played both LT and RT in college so moving to the other side wouldn’t be completely foreign to him. The Eagles have the flexibility to think of Johnson as the LT of the future or to keep him at RT and draft someone else for LT. Maybe the Eagles take a guy that is 6-7, 330 and doesn’t have great feet. Plug him in on the right side and slide Johnson over. Or maybe they find a guy that is 6-5, 300 with great feet. Put him at LT and keep Johnson right where he is. That flexibility is a huge asset when planning for the future.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On Matt Barkley’s Future - Birds 24/7
Going into Year 3, you'd think Kelly and the coaches would have a good idea about what they have in Barkley. If they had faith in him after his rookie season, they wouldn't have gone out and signed Mark Sanchez. If they thought Barkley really developed last year, same thing: they probably wouldn't have been so aggressive in bringing Sanchez back. But the truth is that going into 2015, the best-case scenario for Barkley is that he'll win the No. 3 quarterback job behind Sam Bradford and Sanchez. It's possible that Tim Tebow beats Barkley out for that spot and Barkley doesn't make the roster.

Cody Parkey not in favor of PAT rule change, but confident heading into second season with Eagles -
"Definitely not in favor of it," Eagles kicker Cody Parkey said to NJ Advance Media on the rule changes, "but I'm not going to sit back and sulk on it." Parkey, who made all 54 of his extra-point attempts last season, said although he doesn't like the changes, he understands them.

The NFL Statistical Crystal Ball: What 2014’s Numbers Can Tell Us About 2015 - Grantland
Interesting look at some outlier numbers from last year that could see some teams regress to the mean this year. The Eagles don't actually show up in any of the extremes last year (they did in 2013 however).

Does age matter in the NFL? - SB Nation
The two teams with the oldest projected offensive starters (Broncos, Patriots) are probably the two of the NFL's best teams, but you'll also find a couple of Super Bowl hopefuls (Packers, Seahawks) at the bottom of the list among the youngest teams in the league. And right in the middle of the pack you have another consensus top-five team (Colts), sandwiched between a couple likely playoff-bound squads (Ravens, Cardinals).

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