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Eagles News: Greg Lewis thinks Nelson Agholor will make a big jump in Year 2

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Eagles WRs coach Greg Lewis: Philly 'is like my second home' - CSN Philly
The other player that seems poised to improve in 2016 is Agholor. The Eagles' first-round pick in 2015 had limited production in his rookie season, but he has apparently been on his new coach's radar since before Lewis was hired. "Honestly, I wanted to get Agholor down in New Orleans when I was down there last year," Lewis said. "He was the best interview, the smartest … and then you turn on his tape and it's remarkable. "Last year, he had some injuries that he dealt with and it slowed him down some, but the athletic ability, the tools are all there for him to take. I think he's going to have a big jump from last year."

NFL Combine positional previews: Defensive ends who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
At Eastern Kentucky in 2015, Spence had 11.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries, even with opposing offenses game planning specifically to stop him. Spence was dominant at the Senior Bowl, displaying a myriad of pass rush moves, and disrupting in the backfield with regularity. To note, some had previously thought Spence to be limited in his pass rush repertoire, but that's not was I saw in Mobile. If teams are comfortable with his character concerns, he'll easily be a first round pick. Spence's talent is worthy of the 13th overall pick, but the Eagles are already stacked with good players at DE. Still, I wouldn't rule it out completely in a trade-down scenario, as a pick of Spence could signal a trade of Barwin.

One Man’s Trash - Iggles Blitz
The Lions cut LB Stephen Tulloch and S James Ihedigbo. The Rams cut DE Chris Long, MLB James Laurinaitis and TE Jared Cook. Should the Eagles be interested in these guys? Players get cut for different reasons. Some for age. Some for cost. Some due to injuries. Some due to poor fit after a scheme change. Some just can’t play anymore. Just because a guy is cut doesn’t mean he’s no longer any good. Think about the Broncos. Peyton Manning was cut by the Colts. Evan Mathis was cut by the Eagles. DeMarcus Ware was cut by the Cowboys. They don’t win the Super Bowl without those 3 players.

Five free agents who could really help the Eagles - Morning Call
WR Alshon Jeffery Could be a pipe dream because of cost, but he clearly would be the best on the market if the Chicago Bears allow him to get that far. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has 252 receptions for 3,728 yards and 24 TDs in just 51 career games for the Bears. That includes being a part-timer as a rookie who only played 10 games and started four. The way last season unfolded with rookie Nelson Agholor suffering through a rough year, a proven performer opposite Jordan Matthews would really give the Eagles quarterback, whoever that is, a chance to succeed right away under coach Doug Pederson, particularly if they add the following two players.

Fan-Demonium: The Domino Effect Up Front -
New head coach Doug Pederson has to get better play from the offensive line in 2016. The first order of business for Pederson was deciding what to do from a coaching standpoint. He retained offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, which I think was a smart move. The line struggles of 2015 were due to talent and injury issues, not coaching. I think Pederson showed good confidence in keeping Stoutland around. Too many new coaches clean house. They only want new assistants. I think a smart coach will see the value in continuity and keep some staff members if they do a good job. Stoutland was worth keeping.

Wide receivers might be tough for Eagles to find - ESPN
Agholor was a rookie and had to deal with an ankle injury that kept him out of three games. That partly explains his ho-hum 23 receptions for 283 yards and one touchdown. Huff, who was on the field for 536 offensive plays, caught 27 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles can hope that trio continues to develop together. They might also want to add a wide receiver, either via free agency or in the draft.

What are the Eagles going to do with Nolan Carroll, Eric Rowe? -
In 2014 his first season with the Eagles the former Miami Dolphin showed enough versatility that he was used in the nickel as a slot corner, in the dime as an extra linebacker and in one game actually lined up wide as a defensive end. Carroll is a good player, who the Eagles should think long and hard about signing to a new deal before the free agent market opens. If they do, then the next question is what to do with Eric Rowe. Undlin is one of the few people in the league who likes Rowe better as a cornerback than as a safety. And while the rookie handled himself well in those final five games of the season in place of Carroll, most scouts and coaches still think his more natural position is at safety.

10 Players Who Could Surprise in NFL Free Agency - The MMQB
Don’t be surprised if Iloka scores one of the 10 biggest contracts in free agency this year. Safeties are increasingly valuable in today’s NFL, and he’s one who can play centerfield or in the box. He also has experience as a corner from his days at Boise State, though he’d have to be used unexpectedly and sparingly in this capacity. At 6’4", 225 pounds, and with arms so long he can practically tie his shoes without bending over, Iloka has the innate physical traits to be elite.

The 49ers' turnaround begins with surviving the offseason - SB Nation
Their first step toward a bounce-back 2016 season is getting through the offseason without a lot of drama.

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