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Eagles News: Mark Sanchez believes he can start over Sam Bradford

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/7/2015.

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How the rest of the NFC East did in the NFL Draft: Cowboys edition - PhillyVoice
This draft was loaded with talent at the running back position, which was among the Cowboys biggest needs. It was surprising they didn't land one, considering the off-the-radar players they drafted in the later rounds. Overall, I really liked the first two players the Cowboys drafted, but after that... Meh.

Sanchez Believes There Will Be An Open Competition For QB Spot - Birds 24/7
Asked by Breakfast On Broad's Rob Ellis if he still expects there to be an open competition despite the presence of Bradford, Sanchez replied: "Absolutely. That's the way I understand it." Sanchez signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Eagles this offseason that includes $5.5 million in guarantees. There were other suitors, he said, but the veteran QB opted to return to Philadelphia in part because he thought he'd have a shot at the starting gig. "Really just talking with Coach Kelly and knowing I'm coming back with the opportunity to compete for the starting job," he said in explaining his decision. "That was important to me."

More on Agholor - Iggles Blitz
The more I think about Nelson Agholor, the more I like the pick. The Eagles were 6th in the NFL in Yards After the Catch. That sounds good, but they were 5th in the NFL in passing attempts. The high YAC total wasn’t due to skill and efficiency but rather volume. Big plays were down from 2013. There were 80 pass plays that were good for 20 or more yards in Chip Kelly’s first year. That total fell to just 63 last year. That was still one of the better totals in the league, but it wasn’t what Kelly wanted. He covets big plays.

LeSean McCoy shows why he's an ex-Eagle - Daily News
First, it seems we have our firmest evidence yet of why McCoy is no longer an Eagle: He is an awful teammate, perhaps destructively so. McCoy's contention that his former head coach "got rid of all of the good players. Especially all the good black players" is a telling piece of narcissism when you read it from the perspective of players like Jason Peters and Darren Sproles. What he meant as a swipe at Chip Kelly was also a swipe at all of his ex-teammates whom Kelly hasn't gotten rid of.

Message received: Do not mess with Chip Kelly - CSN Philly
It was a powerful statement. As shots fired go, Kelly essentially unloaded an entire verbal clip on Mathis and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. You just don’t hear coaches or front office executives admit aloud that specific players are available for trades. You don’t hear that players have been available for trades for two years. And you definitely don’t hear that players have been available for trades for two years and there is absolutely no interest in them. It doesn’t help the player’s trade value, and it almost certainly serves to anger the employee and create a divide with the employer. There’s no benefit to the coach/front office exec revealing that kind of thing — unless the coach/front office exec’s only aim is to underscore his authority while simultaneously taking a swipe at one of his players.

News, Notes And Things I Think -
In one offseason, the inside linebacker room has been completely bolstered with the additions of Kiko Alonso (trade), Brad Jones (free agency) and Jordan Hicks (draft) to go along with the return to health of DeMeco Ryans, who expects to be on the field for training camp, and Najee Goode. There are options here, of course, but it shouldn't shock anyone to see the Eagles at least think about moving a piece or two around from time to time and help the pass rush. The edge rushers are Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham, with Marcus Smith hopefully stepping up. Travis Long, now healthy, will get a look on the edge. Maybe Alonso runs some blitzes out there. It's really an interesting group to watch. How good can this linebacker group become? It will be a central theme throughout the season.

Rob Gronkowski suggests that you deflate DEEZ NUTS - SB Nation
Game. Set. Gronk.

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