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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/27/16.

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Oscar-nominated Eagles fan snuck a couple of players into 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - Philly.com
Acord, who is originally from Delaware but has since relocated to the Bay Area, grew up watching Philadelphia sports. His time in California hasn’t dulled his intensity for the Eagles, and he tries make it out to Lincoln Financial Field at least once a year to catch a game. So during his work on "The Force Awakens," when Acord was given the job of doing the sound design and voice for a character named Teedo, he saw his opportunity to sneak a couple of his favorite Eagles players into the global blockbuster. "The language he speaks is inspired by some Thai phrases that I was trying to learn for an upcoming trip to Thailand," Acord said. "For fun, I peppered in a few Eagles' player names and my wife's name as well. You can hear ‘Celek’ and ‘Fletcher’ (as in Cox) if you listen carefully."

If the Eagles draft Paxton Lynch, don't expect him to play anytime soon - PhillyVoice
The phrase "if it's a team where I need to start" really sticks out. It almost sounds like Lynch would prefer to sit and wait his turn rather than play immediately. That's concerning. On the one hand, a little self-awareness isn't a terrible thing, and the team-first stuff is fine and good. On the other hand, you would prefer a quarterback who exudes confidence and thinks he can play. Lynch is a very unfinished product. To begin, he ran the Wing-T offense in high school, which means that he didn't throw very often, and when he did, he wasn't exactly running anything close to a pro-style offense. At Memphis, Lynch essentially learned what worked for him and his offense through trial and error.

Some Hints - Iggles Blitz
After watching Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman speak at the Combine, I get the feeling the Eagles will be at least somewhat active in free agency. I wasn’t sure how they would approach this offseason. The Eagles were burned by aggressive offseasons in 2011 and last year so I wondered if they might take a conservative approach. That would also keep money available for deals with Sam Bradford and Fletcher Cox. At the same time, I think there is pressure on Roseman and Pederson to do well this year. All coaches and GMs want to win, but there are times when they know developing young talent and building for the future makes sense. I think the Eagles organization feels there is enough talent that this team can compete right away (also helps playing in a less than awesome division).

What's all the fuss over the Sam Bradford saga? - CSN Philly
To borrow a line, what’s all the fussing for? Bradford was better in the second half of last season than he was in the first, but he’s still the same guy who underachieved for most of his career after being the first overall pick. He’s still the same guy who’s been an injury risk for most of his time in the league. The idea of Bradford taking meetings and picking his spot is kind of crazy. NFL.com had him ranked as its 23rd-best quarterback last season. That put him behind such superstars as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tyrod Taylor, Alex Smith, and Teddy Bridgewater, and just one spot ahead of Brian Hoyer, a guy Texans fans would happily mash into a recyclable cube if they had a trash compactor big enough to do the job. And yet NFL.com also ranked Bradford 14th on its list of the top-20 free agents. That’s not an endorsement of Bradford, it’s a statement on the dearth of passable passers.

Ron Jaworski: Being Chip Kelly's defensive coordinator is 'worst job in NFL' - NJ.com
Ex-Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is now in San Francisco, but that haven't stopped him from being one of the most talked about topics on Philadelphia sports radio. Speaking on 97.5 The Fanatic, NFL analyst Ron Jaworski had some strong words about those who have to work on Kelly's staff. "The worst job in the NFL," Jaworski said," is being Chip Kelly's defensive coordinator."

Who On Roster Is Flying Under Radar? - PE.com
Bennie Logan was having a really nice season in 2015 until he suffered a high-ankle sprain/calf injury late in the year. Logan missed the final two games and the run defense suffered. Now Logan will play in a 4-3 scheme and he and fellow tackle Fletcher Cox (and Beau Allen and Taylor Hart and Brandon Bair, etc) will be asked to get up the field and penetrate to the football. Logan is big and powerful and he should fit into the system nicely. He and Cox could form a potent inside tackle combination.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Hackenberg’s Advantage - Birds 24/7
Quarterbacks came and went for several hours at the NFL Combine on Thursday to address the media. While their backgrounds and styles of play varied wildly, they all shared one sentiment: it’s a tough transition from college to professional football. But one quarterback, Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, identified one advantage he thinks he has over others."I’ve dealt with a lot of NFL-type situations as far as adversity," Hackenberg said. "Handling a lot of things; handling a shorter deck. We were playing with 43 guys on scholarship my freshman year. I played in a pro system my freshman year. Understood it really well and picked it up quickly and was able to roll with it."

Mike Mamula wasn’t the Combine stud-turned-bust you’ve heard - PFT
Workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine begin today, which means you’re going to hear about Mike Mamula. And a lot of what you’re going to hear will be wrong. Some of the wrong information about Mamula was reported on NFL Network this morning, where Mamula was labeled the way he’s always labeled, as a lousy football player who became a Top 10 pick only because he was a Combine "workout warrior" and then busted in the NFL.

You can’t have ‘tiny Burger King hands’ if you want to be an NFL quarterback - SB Nation
The size of a quarterback's hands became THE issue du jour at the combine Thursday. Why are NFL execs so obsessed with the size of a man's hands?

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