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Eagles News: Christian Hackenberg is being connected to Philadelphia in mock drafts

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/15/16.

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Eagles only mock draft, version 4.0 - PhillyVoice
Having said the above, there's little doubt Hackenberg has a strong arm, and the ball comes out quickly once he decides to let it rip, with little effort. Hackenberg has also had some excuses made for him, namely that head coach James Franklin's offense was garbage, as was the offensive line. Some team will see Hackenberg's tools and think they can coach him up. With two former quarterbacks and three former/current quarterback coaches on their coaching staff, the Eagles are a logical pick to be that team. This is a very real scenario if the Eagles don't take a quarterback with the eighth overall pick. Sorry.

A Defense to Believe In - Iggles Blitz
When you look at the projected starting lineup, this is the most confident and excited I’ve been about an Eagles defense in a while. The team has legit playmakers at every level of the defense. Think about how strong it is up the middle. You have Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Jordan Hicks, Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. Is that an impressive group or what? I'm not saying this group will challenge Gang Green any time soon. CB is a question mark right now. Eric Rowe and Leodis McKelvin could play well, but there are no guarantees. We need WLB Mychal Kendricks to bounce back in a big way. He has the talent to do that, but there are no guarantees. The team also lacks an elite pass rusher off the edge. Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham are good, but Reggie White was on a completely different level. Still, this is a young, talented defense that has a lot of potential.

Chase Daniel: ‘I Don’t View Myself As A Backup Quarterback’ - CBS Philly
"I don’t view myself as a backup quarterback and I think that I’d be lying to you if I told you that I signed this just wanting to be a backup quarterback," Daniel told Howard Eskin on Monday’s 94WIP Morning Show. "But I also understand that there’s a true healthy competition in everything that we do." Daniel, an undrafted 29-year-old quarterback out of Missouri, spent the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs playing under head coach Andy Reid and team’s ex-quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson. Pederson was hired to be the head coach of the Eagles this winter.

Eagles Free Agency: The Second Wave - Birds 24/7
The Eagles are still relatively thin at corner despite signing Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks to deals. You can perhaps pencil Eric Rowe and McKelvin in at the starting outside spots for now, but they need to arm themselves with more talent before this offseason is up. The team has remained in contact with Carroll throughout this process. A return to Philly seemed shaky at one point last week, but he left his visit to Dallas without a deal. At last check, the Eagles and Dolphins appeared to be the front-runners. As we've already seen, free agency is very fluid and things can change quickly. This whole process might have been somewhat complicated by Carroll's injury situation. He is recovering from surgery on his fibula and expects to be ready for OTAs.

Howie Roseman steering Eagles back toward stability - ESPN
Chip Kelly's reconfiguration of the Philadelphia Eagles last year felt more drastic because Kelly was shipping out established players as part of creating a new culture around the team. As it turns out, however, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman's 2016 response to Kelly's 2015 makeover will wind up creating even more change to the Eagles' lineup. And Roseman is not done yet.

The Recruiter: Jim Schwartz Means Business -
When asked why they chose to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks and Nigel Bradham all gave the same answer. The three former Bills wanted to be part of the scheme that enabled them to finish the 2014 regular season as the No. 4 defense in the league. They wanted to reunite with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Under Schwartz that season, those players all had career years. Bradham finished second on the team with 100 tackles, Brooks notched a career high in tackles and McKelvin came up with four interceptions. Statistically, they all excelled and that’s what each player is hoping to get back to in 2016.

Brandon Brooks on his contract; Rodney McLeod emerges from undrafted ranks; Ron Brooks hopes for bigger role - Inquirer
Brooks, who graduated from Miami (Ohio), has been taking graduate classes at the University of Houston to earn a master’s in business administration. Although he maintains an interest in finishing his studies, Brooks is now going to wait until his NFL career is complete. "At this point in time, signing a new contract, honestly, what I think I’m going to do is defer until I’m done, focus 100 percent on football and do that," Brooks said. "I can always go back. School will be there. I continue to read the paper and keep myself up to date with current affairs."

Mark Sanchez to Denver, Giants' Risks, Believing in Sam Bradford | The MMQB with Peter King
The "quarterback competition" buzz around the Chase Daniel signing seems a bit off. You have to get a quality backup behind Bradford due to his injury history (and you have to pay to get a quality backup). But working under Doug Pederson for the next two years, Bradford absolutely has a chance to be one of the best dozen or so quarterbacks in the NFL.

DeMarco Murray takes "full responsibility" for Philly fallout - PFT
"Things didn’t work out," Murray said during a Thursday appearance on 102.5 The Game in Nashville, via Terry McCormick of "I look in the mirror and don’t blame anyone. I take full responsibility of it. I just try to move on and work hard and try to make the best of the opportunity I’m given."

NFL health and safety official acknowledges link between CTE and football - SB Nation
A high-ranking NFL official has finally admitted a link, though he didn't say much else.

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