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Eagles News: Sam Bradford can be a star in Philadelphia

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Bet on it: Sam Bradford will be Philadephia's next big sports star - PhillyVoice
Now let’s apply some basic logic to this situation. Bradford will be back with Shurmur, in an explosive offensive system designed by Chip Kelly, with a reliable offensive line and a deep backfield including Ryan Matthews, Darren Sproles and the top runner in the game, DeMarco Murray. Yes, his receivers are young, but Zach Ertz is already one of the best tight ends in the league. In his first five seasons, Sam Bradford has demonstrated that he can be an elite NFL quarterback, and there is no reason – other than the obvious health concern – to believe he won’t reach new heights with Kelly and Shurmur and Murray on his side this season.

Success and Failure - Iggles Blitz
One of the things that fascinates me is that some guys who are legitimate draft busts were still great players in college. I wrote about Jaiquawn Jarrett and Freddie Mitchell in the piece. Mitchell was incredibly good at UCLA. In his Junior season he was 77-1494-9. And that is playing in a pro style offense, not the spread attacks that boost numbers today. Mitchell played in 63 NFL games and had 5 TD catches. How does a guy go from one extreme to another? That’s the beauty of the NFL.

Early Birds: State of the Roster: Inside Linebacker - Inquirer
Kendricks is back after going through the pre-draft process and draft weekend with his name in trade rumors. If the Eagles don’t trade him, they have a talented linebacker who made the defense better when he was in the lineup. Kendricks had 62 tackles and four sacks in 12 games last year. He is one of the quickest players at his position and can be used in different roles. The knock against him is that he’s shorter than the Eagles usually want at the position (6-0, 240 pounds) and might be a better fit as a 4-3 outside linebacker. But Kendricks has proven he can play in any scheme and he’s productive at his size. If Kendricks and Alonso are the linebackers, that’s a good combination. However, three is a crowd.

Memorial Day Reading: Rebuilding Year? - Birds 24/7
The former Eagle and U.S. Representative believes that we should reserve judgment on Chip Kelly until he's had the chance to build the roster in his vision, and has no issues with his decision to "hit the reset button" prior to Year 3. But Runyan cautions that said transition might be a bumpy one at first.

Chip Kelly Profiled In Sports Illustrated -
"The first time you meet him, you know he's smart … He's a quick thinker. He changes gears so fast: He can be talking about one thing and then changing to something else in a beat. But he's also a real good listener. And it doesn't take long to realize he thinks differently. You're like, Who is this guy?" "I know that Chip's doing it his way … He knows what type of team he wants, and he knows in his mind how he's going to get to that point. That's what I respect."

Source: Eagles hire veteran West Coast scout Marty Barrett - CSN Philly
There could be some staff reshuffling done by vice president of football operations Ed Marynowitz, who heads the scouting staff. The Eagles, as of now, are without a college scouting director and southwest scout after firing former director of college scouting Anthony Patch and southwest area scout Brad Obee after the draft.

Bears release Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest - SB Nation
Following Ray McDonald's arrest Monday morning for allegedly physically assaulting a woman holding a baby, the Chicago Bears have decided to sever ties. The announced the release of the veteran defensive lineman Monday afternoon.

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