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Eagles News: Changes might be coming to the NFL Combine

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NFL ponders changes to tests given at annual scouting combine - USA Today
Is this the end of the NFL combine as we know it? National Football Scouting Inc., which runs the combine, is establishing a committee of league executives, scouts, coaches, athletic trainers, team physicians and others to review all phases of the annual event starting this week in Indianapolis, according to company president Jeff Foster. The NFL’s operations department also is involved in the review process, which will include periodic checkpoints through April’s draft and beyond, Foster said – a sign of increased interest at the league level in a possible overhaul amidst evolving technology and sports science.

NFL Combine positional previews: Linebackers who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
In terms of what the Eagles already have in place, Jordan Hicks will almost certainly start in the middle for the Eagles, with Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso the best current options to play OLB. Meanwhile, it has been speculated that DeMeco Ryans could be a potential cap casualty. At a minimum, the Eagles could use some extra linebacker depth, especially if they part ways with Ryans. As far as Schwartz's preferences at LB, your guess is as good as mine. Still, here are five linebackers competing at the 2016 Combine that might make sense for the Eagles.

Eagles Combine Prep: Defensive Backs - Birds 24/7
A year ago, the Eagles knew a revamping of their woeful secondary was in order. Nate Allen, Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams were all let go. Byron Maxwell was paid big money, Walter Thurmond came in and moved to safety, Nolan Carroll was given a starting corner job, and three cornerbacks were drafted. Fast forward a year. Maxwell didn’t perform the way the Eagles had hoped; Carroll missed the final five games of the season due to injury, while supposed nickel corner JaCorey Shepherd missed the entire year; and Rowe’s future position is still unclear. Thurmond played very well, but he might leave in free agency.

Eagles Stay or Go Part 11: Mark Sanchez to Darren Sproles - CSN Philly
Smith hasn’t done anything to prove he can play in the NFL. Nothing. And I’m not sure he fits into Jim Schwartz’s defense. The new coaching staff is going to take a long look at him once they get him in the building. It might just be time to move on, though. For any front office, it's tough to swallow this and admit failure, but with a new coaching staff, they can't just protect Smith because he was a first-round pick. If his play in the offseason doesn't warrant a spot on the roster, the team needs to cut him.

Paxton Lynch might be a good 'reach' with 13th pick - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles’ offseason strategy is still shrouded in mystery, especially as it concerns the quarterback position. One clear picture emerged while talking to Mel Kiper Jr. on Friday. ESPN’s draft expert made an interesting point while talking about Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. Lynch is being projected as a late first-round, early second-round pick at this point. Would that mean the Eagles would be reaching if they took Lynch with the 13th pick in the first round?

Unofficial Visit: Eric Striker -
From the Journey To The Draft Podcast, Alex Smith catches up with Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker and talked about all of the fun and the awkwardness that goes along with the Senior Bowl and what he will bring to his future NFL team ...

Why haven't the Eagles and Fletcher Cox gotten a deal done yet?  -
The Eagles and Roseman wagered quite a bit of money on the fact that Johnson and Ertz will both have good years in Doug Pederson's offense next season and that it was better to pay them now then pay them later. Well, Cox back playing in his more natural 4-3, under coordinator Jim Schwartz, could have a monster year. And he's going to get paid like one. Either now, or later, that's up to Roseman.

Cam Newton is also the NFL's MVP of style - SB Nation
Every piece of this outfit is more outlandish than the last. The shoes appear to be sparkly emojis, that's Pharrell's hat, and the MC Hammer shirt? Cam Newton for president.

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