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Americans Evenly Divided on Super Bowl; Brady a Lightning Rod - PPP
Our look at the most and least popular Quarterbacks in the NFL finds that....they're the same person. 23% say Tom Brady is their favorite QB to 16% for Peyton Manning, 13% for Aaron Rodgers, and 11% for Cam Newton. Brady has even more support when it comes to who people's least favorite QB is, with 29% to 10% for Tim Tebow with no one else in double digits. We still throw Tebow in our polling because he's such a lightning rod and despite not actually having played in the NFL in 3 years he comes out as the 5th most popular QB in the league at 7%, ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, and Drew Brees. That's thanks largely to Tebow finishing in a tie for second place among Republicans at 16%, behind Peyton Manning's 20%.

Quarterback notes from the NFL Combine - PhillyVoice
Media covering the NFL Combine are not permitted to watch the actual drills on the field. We are restricted to a concourse area of the stadium which serves as a huge work area for media across the country. The field itself is blocked off by curtains on the other side of a glass partition. Therefore, we essentially see what you can see on TV at home. However, a handful of reporters were brought into the stands for an hour or two today to watch the second group of quarterbacks (alphabetically from Hogan to Woodrum) work out, myself included. That group would of course include Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch. Obviously, there is no defense on the field, so there's only so much you can really glean from this type of setting. Still, here's what I saw.

Eagles have a lot of unanswered questions - Daily News
Who's the quarterback? What sort of a coach is Doug Pederson? Will the defensive personnel really fit better into Jim Schwartz's 4-3 setup? Is there reason to think Howie Roseman will be any better at running personnel after being sent off to sit a corner for a year? Is this a team that underachieved at 7-9 in 2015, or did Chip Kelly seriously deplete the roster's talent level, plunging the organization from the outer edges of contention to ground-up rebuilding?

More on the QB Shuffle - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles want to bring back Sam Bradford, at the right price. They want to draft a QB, whether one of the Big 3 or a player from the next tier. The rest of the league will play a part in both situations. As I’ve covered before, I’m not sure how much of a market there will be for Bradford. Some teams want rookies. Other teams have their eyes on other veterans. I think this will keep Bradford’s price in a reasonable range. That doesn’t mean the deal is a slam dunk or will be easy.

Mike Mayock: Paxton Lynch Is A ‘Project’ - Birds 24/7
The most likely scenario, it seems, in which the Eagles draft a quarterback in the first round is if Sam Bradford doesn’t return, leaving Philadelphia without a clear-cut starter next season. However, according to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, the quarterback the Eagles would likely select at No. 13 overall, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch, probably isn’t prepared to immediately start. "They're rebuilding him from the ground up. He's never been under center in his life. He's got a lot that he's got to learn," Mayock told reporters at the NFL Combine on Saturday. "He's working hard at it, and when he gets his footwork lined up the correct way, that arm strength is elite. It's really cool. But that's a work in progress. I still think he's a first round pick, but he's a little bit of a project. He's a year or two away."

2 new Eagles position coaches praised at combine - CSN Philly
"Coach Wilson, we were together for two years," USC nose tackle Antwaun Woods said. "Great guy, taught me a lot of football. Not only football, he taught me a lot about life. Just learning from him, asking him for advice to this day. He’s taught me a lot." Wilson coached Woods for the past two seasons, the two most successful seasons of Woods' college career. Wilson was fired by USC, along with three other coaches, when new head coach Clay Helton took over this offseason. Wilson quickly found a new job with Missouri, but left when the Eagles offered him the same gig.

DeMarco Murray still wants to return to Cowboys, but he’d need to take less - PFT
Assuming that Eagles running back DeMarco Murray wants out of Philly (he does) and that the Eagles are open to trading him (they reportedly are) and that the Cowboys are interested in a reunion (they could be), there would be only two impediments to a deal. First, the Eagles and Cowboys would have to work out agreeable terms of compensation. Second, Murray would have to revise the five-year, $40 million contract he signed a year ago.

D-Linemen Don't Disappoint In Indy - PE.com
1. DE Charles Tapper, Oklahoma - Tapper had a workout which made scouts say, "Wow!" He weighed 271 pounds and ran the best 40 time of any defensive lineman, timing 4.59 seconds. His mark was faster than the time recorded by almost a dozen receivers. Tapper translated that speed into position drills as he looked incredibly athletic in everything he did. Fluid moving in every direction, Tapper was quick-footed during the bag drills and showed great balance. Later, he was effortless when participating in linebacker drills. Expect Tapper’s draft grade to improve almost a full round.

2016 NFL Draft Outlook - JSonline
Paxton Lynch - Fourth-year junior. "There's stuff he doesn't see but, boy, is he a great athlete for a big guy," one scout said. "He's got good feet and can make all the throws." His NFL passer rating of 93.5 included 110.6 in 2015. "Big production in a lot of games, so-so in some others," another scout said. "Pretty good athlete for a big kid. Excellent size. He's got a big ceiling. It's a weird group of quarterbacks. None of them are just ready-made and none of them show consistency. They're good, solid starters. None of them are Pro Bowl-caliber type quarterbacks. I would take (Jameis) Winston and (Marcus) Mariota over these guys. No question."

Led by Kirk Cousins, 2016 class of free-agent QBs is deep, fascinating - ESPN
Bradford failed to develop in Philadelphia, posting the league's third-worst Total QBR (41.8) while continuing to struggle throwing downfield. Bradford is the inverse of Cousins, a player whose only statistical strength is his propensity for avoiding interceptions, and even that's driven by how short his typical pass travels in the air. Over his career, Bradford's typical throw has gone 7.4 yards in the air; the only regular quarterback who has thrown shorter passes over that timespan is Alex Smith.

Carson Wentz continues proving doubters wrong - SB Nation
The North Dakota State quarterback keeps checking off boxes with the measurables to be an NFL quarterback.

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