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Eagles News: Nelson Agholor already looks really good

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Tale of the tape: A statistical look at DeMarco Murray vs LeSean McCoy - PhillyVoice
Murray's 71.8 percent career first down conversion rate in 1-3 yards-to-go situations is outstanding. I always felt that McCoy was underrated as a short-yardage runner, and the difference between McCoy and Murray isn't great, but McCoy is simply not on Murray's level on short yardage plays. Murray has also been a more effective runner in the red zone.

Eagles Practice Observations: Agholor impresses; Bradford more mobile; Kiko and Kendricks together - Inquirer
Nelson Agholor continued to make a strong impression. It should be noted that receivers tend to have the upper hand during spring workouts when defensive backs are restricted, but you can often see whether rookie receivers have at the very least the skills to compete at this level. Agholor clearly does. He’s fast. Not DeSean Jackson fast, but he’s gets down the field in a hurry. He’s athletic. He made several catches when he out-jumped a defender. And he appears to run crisp routes.

Signs Of Encouragement For Bradford - Birds 24/7
During a seven-on-seven period at Monday’s practice, Sam Bradford set up in shotgun, dropped back, surveyed the field and lofted a ball down the right seam. It was a beauty, hitting Zach Ertz in stride over the outstretched arms of inside linebacker Najee Goode. The spring has featured several updates on Bradford's left knee, and that will continue throughout the summer. But Monday offered encouraging signs as Bradford participated in more of OTAs than he had up to this point. "Everything the past couple weeks has gone exactly how we wanted it to, and I think we’re gonna keep going with the plan," Bradford said afterwards.

The Vision Comes to Life - Iggles Blitz
There is still more work to be done. Sam Bradford might be the answer at QB, but is far from a sure thing. Even if Walter Thurmond starts at FS and plays well, he and Malcolm Jenkins will be 28 by the end of the year. The Eagles need some young players to step forward there and prove to be viable depth. Earl Wolff, Jaylen Watkins, Jerome Couplin and Ed Reynolds offer potential. There are young OL to develop. And so on.

Marcus Smith returns to Eagles practice in limited role, hopes to 'spark games' in 2015 -
Even after missing time, Smith's aim is to have a significantly larger impact than the 68 snaps and zero defensive tackles he posted in 2014. "I just think my impact will be kind of like the role that Brandon Graham was last year," Smith said following Monday's practice. "I want to be that guy that comes in, sparks a game. You have to start somewhere and I feel like that's my way of getting into a starting role some day."

No longer a QB, G.J. Kinne transitioning to WR for Eagles - CSN Philly
Yes, G.J. Kinne has played wide receiver before. As a freshman. In high school. During the preseason. For a week. "My dad (and coach) wanted me to start out at receiver because he was new to town, I was new to town, I was a freshman on varsity, and he was like, ‘Hey, this is tough, a 14-year-old playing varsity quarterback,’" Kinne recalled.

A New Day, A New Voice For The QBs -
Day's challenge now is getting the most out of the Eagles' quarterbacks starting with Sam Bradford, who was acquired in a trade this offseason. "You're excited because this is a guy you know is really, really talented. You just want to get around him, get to know him a little bit, get to know what he's all about, what makes him tick and try to get him better," Day said. "What a great opportunity, him coming here into this offense, coming off a couple of injuries to come in and have a breakout year. Just being a part of it and trying to be able to help him every day. It's an exciting opportunity."

Jeremy Maclin gives Chiefs the receiver weapon they've been missing - SB Nation
Jeremy Maclin is Kansas City's X-factor -- a player whio could get them over the hump in the AFC West.

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