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Eagles News: Philadelphia loves to draft Senior Bowl players

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Eagles draft more players competing at Senior Bowl than any other team - PhillyVoice
The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., is an annual football event that has grown in popularity over the last few years, as fan interest in the NFL Draft has become nearly as popular as the actual NFL season itself. It is an all-star game featuring college football's best senior draft prospects, occurring this year on Saturday, Jan. 30th. But the real appeal of the Senior Bowl to NFL personnel people and NFL media is the week of practices leading up to the game, with the first practice kicking off on Tuesday. Senior Bowl week should be of particular interest to Eagles fans, as the Eagles have drafted more players competing at the Senior Bowl since 2010 than any other team in the NFL.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: If Not Bradford, Then… - Birds 24/7
Ideally, the Eagles would grab a stud quarterback in the draft to pair with Pederson like they did in Andy Reid's first year with Donovan McNabb. Find an inexpensive vet to play the role of, well, Pederson, groom the young quarterback, and allow the coach and QB to grow side-by-side as the team develops into a contender. Problem is, the Eagles are picking 13th, not second, and there's certainly no guarantee that they'll hit on a quarterback like they did with No. 5.

How will Eagles' Pederson put his own mark on the West Coast offense? - Inquirer
The Chiefs, under Reid, incorporated more spread plays to utilize quarterback Alex Smith's athletic skills. They had zone-read, read-option, and package plays, which gave Smith run or pass options after the snap. Just as Kelly was open enough to integrate pro-style passing concepts into his offense, Reid cribbed ideas from the college game, where so much of Kelly's philosophy was developed.

Draft Talk Begins - Iggles Blitz
One thing I am excited about is now finding 1-gap defenders for the Eagles. Penn State star Carl Nassib could be an excellent fit at DE in Schwartz’s 4-3. He loves high-motor guys with great length. That’s Nassib. Someone like DT Sheldon Day of Notre Dame (6-2, 285) could make sense. He would have been a tweener for the 3-4, too light for NT, too short for DE. Now, Day could be an excellent fit for a DL that needs some depth. In recent years, there just weren’t as many DL who fit what the Eagles wanted to do. Now that is completely different. Every guy who can shoot a gap and blow up a play in the backfield becomes a potential target.

Roob's 25 Random Points: Bizarre yet fascinating week for Eagles - CSN Philly
I don’t get Lurie’s continued refusal to discuss Roseman’s role. I get that he doesn’t want to go into great detail about the new personnel hire, but how does it hurt to at least explain the front office structure that will be leading the franchise over — presumably — the next few years. Will the new hire have final say or will he answer to Roseman? This is kind of an important question to answer, and sharing the structure with fans in no way would compromise who Lurie is able to hire for the job. I know one thing — if the new personnel hire does have final say and answers to Lurie and not Roseman, and is a respected, experienced, legit NFL personnel guy, it would make me feel much better about the next few years and the Eagles' chances of becoming the kind of team that can go on a deep playoff run. Remember deep playoff runs? It’s been a while.

Players Whose Roles Could Change In 2016 -
Does Jordan Matthews stay in the slot? He's one of the biggest slot receivers league, something that Chip Kelly wanted, and while Matthews certainly offered a lot of production, he also took some tremendous shots in the middle of the field. Does Matthews move outside? Do the Eagles use more motion with him and try to work him into free space? Stay tuned. Matthews is a hard-working player and he could be a real focal point of a passing attack that could look quite a bit different.

Don't be so sure the Eagles are going to get rid of Riley Cooper -
Howie Roseman returning to power also increases Cooper's chances of returning. To start, Roseman was general manager when Cooper was drafted, taking the receiver out of Florida during his first year on the job. The fact that Cooper comes from Florida is also worth mentioning, as Roseman is a big believer in SEC players, and graduated from Florida. Roseman has also financially showed his support for Cooper, handing the receiver a five-year, $22 million contract back in 2014.

Draft Notes - The Scouts Notebook
NDSU star Carson Wentz missed most of the 2015 season due to a wrist injury, but he returned to start in the FCS title game and led the Bison to a commanding 37-10 victory over Jacksonville State. Wentz didn’t post great numbers (16-29-197 with 1 TD, 2 INTs). He was rusty, to be sure. Still, it was good to see him on the field making some impressive throws and helping his team to win. Wentz had some really good moments. He was accurate on some short, quick throws. His timing was off down the field, but that’s to be expected when you miss so much time. Wentz showed off his athleticism by running for a TD. If you just watch him, you can see that he looks the part of an NFL QB  in terms of size, athleticism, mechanics and other physical traits. He will also be in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. Really excited to see him.

Realest man in DC compares blizzard reaction to people thinking Washington would make the Super Bowl - SB Nation
This DC resident is the realest dude in the city. While everyone is hunkered down weathering the snowpocalypse, he's walking around in a big fuzzy hat and dropping knowledge about the city. He likened Washington's NFL playoff berth to everyone assuming the team would make the Super Bowl, the city shutting down in the snow and didn't even bat an eye when the reporter didn't even want to step out of the car to interview him.

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