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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/23/16.

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Mel Kiper Jr.: Jack Conklin has 'defensive line mentality' - ESPN
"Because of that, he could be a heck of a right tackle. For the Eagles, I think Conklin is no worse than (pick) 15 to 25. That’s the worst-case scenario. So if you’re picking at 13, that’s where the Eagles are. "At 14, I had him to Oakland at one point because they need an offensive tackle like Conklin. And then I looked at the Eagles and said, 'Can the Eagles really pass him up?’ I don’t think they can. I looked at a D lineman for the Eagles, but I went with the offensive tackle. I don’t see Conklin getting past 14. That’s the lowest he could possibly go."

NFL Combine positional previews: Cornerbacks who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
The Eagles already spent significant resources on bigger corners, and it appears that they may have a good young player in Rowe. Since Jim Schwartz has already gone out of his way to note that he will scheme to his players' strengths, it would stand to reason that he will try to let his corners often be physical in press coverage at the line of scrimmage. If we're making the leap that Schwartz does indeed build his scheme to fit the big corners the Eagles already have in place, it would then make sense that the Eagles continue to target bigger corners. Is that oversimplified thinking? At 6'1, 209, Bradberry would be another bigger, physical corner to add to the mix.

Another Keeper - Iggles Blitz
From a schematic standpoint, Jenkins offers value because of his versatility. He can play in the box, deep or in the slot. He plays the run well and has good cover skills. You can pair Jenkins with a big Safety who is a good run defender or with a smaller guy who specializes in coverage. That kind of flexibility is very helpful in today’s NFL, where finding good Safeties seems to be so difficult. Speaking of who to pair Jenkins with, he did say he would love to have Walter Thurmond back. We’ll have to wait and see how that situation plays out. Thurmond seems to want to test the market. He also might want to move back to CB, a less physically demanding position than S.

Eagles were smart to extend Malcolm Jenkins - Inquirer
In retrospect, it was a bargain. Jairus Byrd (six years, $54 million), Donte Whitner (four years, $28 million), T.J. Ward (four years, $22.5 million) and Antoine Bethea (four years, $21 million) received more in the 2014 offseason, and not one of those safeties has been as good and certainly not as reliable. Jenkins was solid in his first season with the Eagles but elevated to another level last season and played in his first Pro Bowl. He went as an alternate, but he was slighted without the initial nod. He has become one of the more versatile safeties in the NFL and has clearly been the Eagles' best safety since Brian Dawkins left in 2009.

Eagles Combine Prep: Defensive Linemen - Birds 24/7
With the transition from 3-4 to 4-3, there are more spots to be filled on the line, but there are also more players — namely Connor Barwin, Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham — who will likely be classified as linemen. That said, Cedric Thornton’s future is uncertain at best, and there are very few signs pointing toward Marcus Smith or Taylor Hart deserving playing time next season. Those two were products of the Chip Kelly regime, projects he was unwilling to give up on. Doug Pederson shouldn't have the same problem. And that means there could be space for depth on the defensive line, which, in a scheme with shades of wide-nine techniques, certainly wouldn't be a problem.

Here's an Eagles to-do list, with Fletcher Cox at the top - NJ.com
3. Let quarterback Sam Bradford test the market and see what happens: If you listen closely to what is being said about Bradford nationally, it isn't very encouraging. Sports Illustrated doesn't list him among the top 40 free agents. ESPN's John Clayton told NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks that Bradford should get the same deal as Nick Foles. So why should the Eagles bid against themselves for him? The Eagles should wait to see what Bradford is really worth on the open marke. It might be cheaper than they think. And if it isn't, wish him the best. It's only Sam Bradford.

Jenkins' Deal Another Positive Step - PE.com
The defense changes in 2016 for the Eagles with Jim Schwartz overseeing the operation, but the requirements are still going to be similar: Tackle well, cover receivers, find the football and stay on top of the mental game. Keeping safety Malcolm Jenkins as the leader of the secondary now and for years to come is an important piece of the puzzle ...

NFL Combine storylines: Eagles in Indy; prospect watch - CSN Philly
The 40-yard dash isn't nearly as important as everyone builds it up to be, but it is fun. And every year, we try to figure out which guy has a chance to break Chris Johnson's record of 4.24. If anyone breaks the record this year, Adidas will pay them $1 million if they break the record wearing their shoes. Here are a few names to keep an eye on: TCU WR Kolby Listenbee, Southern Utah CB LeShaun Sims, Ohio State WR Braxton Miller and Notre Dame WR Will Fuller. I think any of those guys has a chance to run the fastest time this year in Indy.

A position-by-position guide to the NFL scouting combine - Sports On Earth
As the NFL draft process gets rolling with the 2016 scouting combine, we break down the class position by position, highlighting the top prospects, the potential rising stars and those especially under the microscope this week in Indianapolis.

This is the one player your favorite NFL team has to cut - SB Nation
Lane Johnson is likely the left tackle of the future for the Eagles. The question is just whether that future is now or something the team will continue to shelf. The 34-year-old Peters isn't the player he once was and struggled with injuries in 2015, but is still a quality starter for Philadelphia. A quality starter might not be enough to warrant keeping Peters on the roster, though, when the Eagles can save more than $8.7 million by designating the veteran offensive tackle as a post-June 1 cut.

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