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Eagles News: Nolan Carroll says visiting the Cowboys was weird and didn't feel right

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/19/16.

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On 1-year deal, Nolan Carroll aims to prove 2015 wasn't a fluke - CSN Philly
"It was just weird, man," Carroll said. "Being here and playing here and knowing that I’ve played against those guys a few times, it felt weird to be in that facility and see some of those players and guys that I’ve played against. I felt like it wasn’t the fit right now. I felt like my fit was here in Philadelphia."

A deeper statistical look at Chris Givens - PhillyVoice
As we noted when Chris Givens signed in Philly, the Eagles don't have much in the way of receivers who can stretch the field vertically. Givens ran a 4.41 40 at the 2012 Combine and he has a 16.6 yards per catch average for his career. In theory, that gives them a speed guy who can take the top off the defense. Unfortunately, passes targeted for Givens don't consistently find their way safely into his arms. Over his career, Givens has caught just 44.8 percent (107 of 239) of passes targeted for him.

Pick 8, Vol. 2 – An Early Overview - Iggles Blitz
Wentz is a terrific athlete and looks the part of a starting NFL QB. He seems bright and has the personality of a leader and someone you want running your offense. He played in a pro style offense, but I do wonder about the transition from I-AA competition. Physically gifted enough to be a star. I could see the Eagles liking him quite a bit.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Barwin And the Defensive End Rotation - Birds 24/7
"I think I’ll move easily to defensive end," said Barwin, who noted that he started his pro career at the position. "It will mean going forward more than  going backwards, which I think is great. I’ll be on the attack mode the entire game, so I’m very excited. I talked to him — I can play from a two-point stance, I can play from a three-point stance. So I’m excited. We’ll have a nice rotation with me, BG and Vinny Curry at the defensive end position."

The Evolving Picture At Cornerback -
Two players added as veteran free agents and another retained. One young prospect on the mend after missing his rookie season. A second-year player who showed signs of excellence in year one. What, exactly, is the picture for the Eagles at the cornerback positions? ...

Carroll is glad to be staying in Philly - Daily News
"There's no other place like this," Carroll said Friday, two days after signing a one-year, $2.36 million contract with the Eagles. "I've never been a part of a city where they care about the team so much. I care about this city, these players. That's why I came back." After spending his first season with the Eagles as a backup, Carroll won a starting job last year and played pretty well before fracturing his right fibula and damaging ligaments in his right ankle in the Eagles' Thanksgiving Day loss to Detroit.

32 NFL teams' draft needs after first wave of free agency - Yahoo
The de-Chip-ifying process is headlong, as the team seeks to change its identity. The Eagles removed unwanted veteran salaries and poor fits and added draft ammo. They appear poised to switch back to more of the 4-3 fronts that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz traditionally employed. Tackle is more of an issue than guard because longtime left tackle Jason Peters is 34 and could be out of the picture if Philly lands the right replacement. And it would not be a surprise if the Eagles invest heavily in a new running back after adding Murray, who is now a Titan, and Ryan Mathews, who could be moved.

The Giants can afford everything but patience - SB Nation
Under general manager Jerry Reese, the New York Giants have never spent big in free agency. So what fueled this year's $171 million spending spree?

Trust is Faith: The Cult of Sam Hinkie - Complex
A first-hand look at the Philadelphia outcasts who fervently support "The Process" of being the worst team in recent NBA history.

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