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Eagles News: Rodney McLeod wants to be like Brian Dawkins

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Eagles safety Rodney McLeod says he and Malcolm Jenkins can be best in the NFL -
A graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School, the same alma mater of former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, McLeod says that he sees a lot of similarities in his game and another Eagles legend; Brian Dawkins.  "When I get out on the field, I'm just a different guy than I am off the field," McLeod explained. "Obviously I've watched Brian Dawkins and guys like that coming through Philadelphia. It's something that I want to be a part of. Hopefully I can get to somewhere where those guys are today."

The Eagles are filling roster holes - BGN
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What are the Eagles options at pick No. 8? - PhillyVoice
While the Eagles just spent mega-bucks on a pair of quarterbacks in Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, they still don't have an ideal long-term answer at the position. They are still candidates to draft a quarterback to develop for a year or two, which would put the young buck in the best position possible to succeed.

Daniel Excited To Get To Work -
As Chase Daniel stepped up to the podium for his turn with the media, the quarterback’s excitement couldn’t be missed. If it somehow was, one need only look at his Twitter account to state the obvious. He and his wife, Hillary, even moved up their flight to Philadelphia, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the Eagles’ organization. Now in the City of Brotherly Love for the next three years, Daniel is ready to get to work and reunite with Doug Pederson, whom he credits, along with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, for allowing him to grow over the past three seasons while backing up Alex Smith.

Meet the New Guys - Iggles Blitz
Doug Pederson stumbled through his PC. There is no way to sugarcoat that. It wasn’t good. He was trying to give honest answers, which I do appreciate. Still, he just didn’t have the presence of a man who is running things. I know the offseason is more about the GM than the coach, but the coach still needs to project a kind of control and confidence that makes you think everything is good. Pederson had a rough day. I thought he was very good with the media down in Mobile and hoped that would help him to find a comfort zone. Didn’t happen today.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: McLeod’s Mentality - Birds 24/7
s is the gamble with any free agent signing, it's impossible to say with certainty how McLeod will perform in Philadelphia. But we do know he's durable — he played in all 64 of the Rams' games the last four seasons since he entered the NFL — and although he was primarily a free safety over the top, he can also play down low in the box. But again, it seems to be his mentality that separates him. "When I get out on the field, I'm just a different guy, honestly, than I am off the field," McLeod said. "Just my physicality, I'm able to be fearless out there. Even though my size — a lot of people wouldn’t say I’m that big, but I just go out there and be fearless, and try to make plays on the ball."

Top 10 moves from busy start to NFL free agency - Sports on Earth
2. Eagles trade CB Byron Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso to Dolphins Details: Eagles receive No. 8 overall pick; Dolphins receive Maxwell, Alonso and No. 13 overall pick Though not a signing, the trade that sent off two of former coach Chip Kelly's biggest acquisitions made a significant impact on the NFL landscape. Not only did Miami saddle itself with Maxwell's burdensome contract, but the deal also pushed the team to release four-time Pro Bowler Brent Grimes. Now, the Eagles have added significantly more cap space -- a necessary asset for their restoration -- while the Dolphins have voluntarily made their roster older, which is generally not the best way to build a team.

Pederson on Murray trade: 'I wasn't going to stand in his way' - CSN Philly
"The talks really began to escalate at the NFL combine," Pederson said. "Everybody is in one location, things began and people had interest in him and he felt like it was an opportunity for him if he wanted to continue his career to move on and help another organization. I wasn’t going to stand in his way of allowing him to go somewhere and play."

Osweiler Sets the Market - The MMQB
The Eagles’s sell-off of Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins was shrewd, as it (1) moved tens of millions of future dollars for Maxwell off of their books, and (2) allowed them to move from 13th to 8th in the draft to select a blue-chip player they have likely targeted. However, their gifting of Murray to the Titans for the bargain basement price of switching fourth round picks was a "ham sandwich" trade if there ever was one. Murray will certainly be better than he was in Philadelphia, although not the player he was in Dallas.

DeMarco Murray says he’ll be happy with any role in Titans’ offense - PFT
"I think every player wants to touch the ball, and I think the more times you touch it the better off you become, and for me, that’s kind of how I’ve been throughout my career," Murray said. "I’m not someone to come here and say, ‘I need 20 carries, I need 30 carries to make some positive things happen.’ Whatever they tell me to do, that’s what I’m going to do. Whether it’s 10 carries or 30 carries, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. Whatever it takes to help this team out."

The Eagles gave themselves a chance to land a difference maker in the NFL Draft - SB Nation
One of the players the Eagles should be in position to pick is Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. He is by far the draft's top player at his position because he's a complete running back. Elliott has the speed, size and elusiveness coveted in a running back, but it's his blocking and pass catching that makes him arguably the draft's best skill position player. After trading DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, the Eagles need a lead running back and Elliott would fit.

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