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10 of the most underrated players in the NFL - Sports On Earth
Who are the most underrated players in the NFL over the last decade or so in the NFL? It's a question worth examining after two of the players up there -- Matt Forte and Heath Miller -- found themselves in the news recently. (Note: Brent Celek!)

Philly FOP prez claims D.A. showing McCoy 'preferential treatment' - CSN Philly
McCoy is being investigated for his alleged involvement in a bar brawl at an Old City night club that sent two off-duty police officers to the hospital. Law enforcement sources and people familiar with the investigation called it unusual that the District Attorney would meet with McCoy or his legal team before issuing arrest warrants. FOP president John McNesby, a vocal and continued critic of the delay in charging McCoy, went further. “If that’s not preferential treatment,” McNesby said about the D.A.'s agreeing to meet with McCoy and his legal team, “I don’t know what is.” McNesby said he was “bewildered” by the meeting and called it “bizarre.” McNesby likened it to “Mayor Kenney meeting with a local resident about his trash not being picked up.”

NFL Combine positional previews: Safeties who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Thompson is a more traditional safety than Jeremy Cash below (although still versatile) and a ball hawk. Throughout his college career, Thompson had 19 interceptions. He also has great size, at 6'1, 215, and can play in the box. This is one of those players who you'd never take anywhere near pick 13, but he likely won't last until the third round, since the Eagles don't have a second-round pick. Thompson showed well at the Senior Bowl. The only way he'll will become an Eagle is in some sort of trade-way-back scenario, or if he unexpected slips to the third round.

Fixing the Front - Iggles Blitz
While Doug Pederson is a new coach, the Eagles return Jeff Stoutland as the OL coach. And Howie Roseman had a hand in acquiring many of the O-linemen. He drafted Kelly. He signed Gardner and Matt Tobin. That doesn’t mean Roseman loves those players, but he has a feel for them. I think that kind of continuity is important as the team tries to decide which players are worth keeping and which are long shots. All the O-linemen on the roster have at least some potential. The key is finding the few who aren’t just good enough to be fringe players and who might some day develop into good role players (or more).

Key questions await Eagles at Scouting Combine - Daily News
At this point, do the Eagles really have all the information they'd like on every prospect? Is what Pederson wants in a player very different from what Kelly wanted? Currently, Roseman's scouting staff is headed by semiretired former NFL general manager Tom Donahoe, who apparently will go back to being an adviser when Roseman is able to hire a full-time personnel chief. Donahoe will be part of the Eagles' party in Indianapolis, a team spokesman confirmed. It's unclear how much scouting he took part in last season, when his title was "senior football adviser" - Donahoe's name seldom came up during the Kelly regime.

How do Eagles teammates feel about Sam Bradford now? Checking back with his critics - NJ.com
As the season went on, however, those opinions about Bradford changed, and by the end of the season -- when the Eagles were sitting at home during the playoffs without a head coach -- the same teammates who had criticized him now wanted him back, because they had seen growth in his game and his leadership qualities. "Without question. We need him," said a player on offense. "I really hope [he comes back]," said another. "I don't want to rebuild. We can win with Sam," said another.

Eagles Combine Prep: Linebackers - Birds 24/7
With Hicks, Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks all back, along with the possibility of veteran DeMeco Ryans returning, and depth from Najee Goode and Bryan Braman, the midway of the Birds’ defense seems to be nearly fully stocked. Yet, that's exactly what Eagles fans, and writers, thought at this time last season. Then they selected Hicks in the third round, and the rest is 111 Comments.

To Buy, Or Not To Buy, In Free Agency? - PE.com
March 9 is the date that everyone has circled. It is when the 2016 NFL League Year begins, at 4 PM ET, precisely. It is the time when all heck generally breaks loose in the league, much to the fans' delight ...

2016 NFL draft combine preview, 40 times, new coaches, GMs | The MMQB with Peter King
As the NFL descends on Indianapolis for the annual draft combine, a look at five themes that come up every year and how they apply to the draft class of 2016.

These are the top 100 NFL free agents for 2016 - SB Nation
The salary cap is going up, way up, again, and a lot of bad teams have a lot of money to spend. It's going to be a busy spring in the NFL.

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