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Eagles News: Sam Bradford extension to come before training camp?

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Eagles' failure to add quality offensive line help the last two offseasons could be disastrous - PhillyVoice
Beyond the starters, the Eagles lack quality depth. The top three backups are Matt Tobin, Andrew Gardner, and David Molk. Tobin is a player the Eagles like, but he was hampered with injuries and did not play well in seven starts in 2014. Gardner, who is aging in his own right at 29, is on his sixth team in the pros, and was just as ineffective in 2014 as Tobin. Molk was an adequate backup for Jason Kelce, but is really only a center who can play guard in an emergency.

Will Eagles sign Sam Bradford to an extension soon? NFL insider says ... -
"Now that the Mariota stuff is behind us, they want him to be their starter for years to come. They want to extend his contract," ESPN NFL insider Adam Caplan said Sunday during an appearance on my radio show along with Joe Staszak on 97.5 FM The Fanatic. "I don't have a timeline. It's not a big deal. I just think that they know where his knee is on its recovery. They're comfortable with it. Obviously, they'd like to see more of him. I don't get the feeling, checking in with them, that it's that big of a deal to them. I think they're motivated to do something. I think they will. I wouldn't rule out an extension by training camp or even well before that."

Bradford-Kelly Combo Hits Field For First Time - Birds 24/7
"If you want to play with the odds as we want to play, it’s got to be with a quarterback situation and then the only way you’re going to get a quarterback is you got to be really not very good so you finish in the top 1-2 in the draft. If we’re not very good and we finish with the top 1-2 in the draft, I don’t think I’m going to be here, so we better find another way to find a quarterback. And that’s what we did with Sam."

NFC scout's opinion of Eagles' draft - Daily News
What follows are the opinions - the opinions - of an NFC personnel executive about the Eagles' six draft selections. First, an overview: He loved the selections of first-round wide receiver Nelson Agholor and second-round defensive back Eric Rowe, really, really loved them. But he hated the third-round selection of linebacker Jordan Hicks (way too high).

5 questions left unanswered after Eagles' draft - The 700 Level
The Philadelphia Eagles appeared to have a solid draft. Of course, we won't know for at least a year or two how the prospects will pan out. However, it seems as if every player the club selected has a reasonable chance at contributing in the NFL, a feeling you don't necessarily get every year. That being said, the Eagles only came away with six players total, and while that went a long way toward filling holes and rebuilding depth, several issues went unaddressed entirely. Granted, every team in the league has its share of weaknesses or concerns, but some teams have more or greater questions than others.

A dozen observations from the Eagles' draft - CSN Philly
Sure sounds like Kelly plans to start Eric Rowe’s career at corner. He called him a "big, physical, press corner" and complimented Utah for moving Rowe outside last year. On Saturday, Kelly told CSN’s Derrick Gunn that Rowe would "start [off] probably outside at corner because it’s easier to transition from cornerback to safety." Rookie DBs have struggled in recent years to make an immediate impact. It’s an increasingly difficult position to master right away. The Eagles will see Matt Ryan, Tony Romo and Drew Brees within the first five weeks of the season. I’d expect Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond to start with Rowe subbing in for nickel packages, with Thurmond moving inside to his natural slot position. (This assumes, of course, that Boykin isn’t on the team).

A Post-Draft Look At The Eagles -
Now that the dust has settled from the pre-draft hype and a weekend of personnel additions, let's look at the reality of the Eagles as Phase Two of the offseason begins at the NovaCare Complex.

Hacking the NFL Draft - SB Nation
I've allways been a HUGE fan of the NFL draft and now after spending a week in Chicago let me just say Im a fan for life. Its the ultimate meritocracy, where good players in theory should get picked higher then the bad ones. However let me just say that Im concern about a potential trend: The La'el Collins effect. Collins may of just figured out a way to disrupt the NFLs drafting policys. And I have to hand it to him, its a very smart, if devilishly conniving way to make a mockery of the leagues selection process.

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