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Caplan: 'Pessimistic' that Evan Mathis will be an Eagle this fall - PhillyVoice
It takes a long time for an offensive line to get good at blocking blitz pickups, stunts, twists, etc. The Eagles' offensive linemen will have logged no significant amount of time playing with the guys next to them. That's a problem. Not to mention, you're looking at a downgrade from last year to this year at LG, RG, and your first two backups off the bench.

A Stronger, Faster DeMarco Murray? -
Running back DeMarco Murray's 2014 workload has been well documented. The NFL's rushing champion had 80 more attempts on the ground in the regular season than any other running back. That doesn't include his 57 receptions or 48 total touches in the playoffs. How does he feel going into the 2015 season? “Amazing” was the word Murray used as a guest this week on The Rich Eisen Show. "I feel stronger, faster than I have ever felt in my life," Murray said thanks to the Eagles’ sports science program as well as his own work ethic.

Fritz Pollard chairman: Chip Kelly encourages diversity - CSN Philly
So while LeSean McCoy’s rants about Kelly's whitewashing the Eagles’ roster were taking another trip around the national headlines, the Eagles were quietly assembling the most diverse front office the team has likely ever fielded. McCoy probably didn’t notice, but the Fritz Pollard Alliance did. “I know they’re doing an excellent job in terms of adding diversity,” said John Wooten, chairman of the Alliance, which works hand-in-hand with the NFL to, according to its website, support a more diverse and inclusive league.

OL Update - Iggles Blitz
I would still love for things to work out. Mathis is a good player and a fun personality to have as part of the team. No more reports on possible trade destinations at this point. The Eagles have a mandatory mini-camp coming up. It will be interesting to see if Mathis shows, and what the Eagles do with him if he does report. Will he run with the starters or would they line him up with the backups? If Mathis is on the team, he will start. No one questions that. But the team could want Allen Barbre and Matt Tobin to continue getting reps with the starters in hopes of building up some chemistry. We’ll see.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: No Odd Man Out At ILB? - Birds 24/7
There are several ways this thing could play out. One, the team could still part ways with Kendricks. Two, one of the three linebackers could get injured, and it becomes easy to decide who to play. Three, they all rotate, but someone is unhappy. Or four, the coaches figure out a way to play all three and keep everyone happy. Davis, Chip Kelly and company will continue to say it's a good problem to have. And maybe that'll end up being the case. But it also could be bad problem to have come September if one of the linebackers is upset about playing time.

Eagles wideout Riley Cooper better than you think - Daily News
Receivers coach Bob Bicknell is Cooper's most articulate defender to date. Bicknell somewhat testily stressed that game tapes consistently showed that Cooper's committed route running and his outstanding blocking, especially in the running game, added value hidden from the uneducated eyes of the common man.

N.J.'s Mike Trout weighs in on his beloved Eagles: 'It's going to be an interesting year to watch' -
"I think the biggest thing is for Bradford to stay healthy," Trout said. "He's a good quarterback. It's just if he gets hurt, he's not playing. It's going to be interesting, but Tebow and [Mark] Sanchez — I'm curious to see what Chip will do with them. You never know what you're going to do with Tebow, so it's going to be fun."

OT Anthony Davis retires at 25, 4th 49er to retire this offseason - SB Nation
One of the best right tackles in the NFL reportedly decided to call it a career.

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