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Eagles News: JaCorey Shepherd is close to being fully cleared to return to football

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/22/16.

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Podcast Recap: Shepherd Updates His Rehab -
Shepherd credited defensive backs coach Cory Undlin for keeping him involved in meetings and film study. The rookie was comfortable enough to offer his thoughts on what he saw on tape from other teams' offenses and receivers. The former Kansas Jayhawk said that his knee "is doing good right now" and that he's "actually pretty close to being able to be full-go, being fully cleared."

Eagles unlikely to draft offensive line help at pick No. 8 - PhillyVoice
In speaking with a variety of NFL people, one thing that NFL talent evaluators generally agree on is that the 2016 NFL Draft has exactly one elite offensive line prospect, Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who is not expected to make it anywhere near pick No. 8 and could very well be the No. 1 overall pick. After that, there is a small cluster of offensive tackles who are in the next tier. It appears that most evaluators believe that Stanley should be rated similarly to Michigan State's Jack Conklin and Ohio State's Taylor Decker. Asked if the Eagles were likely to feel the same way, one remarked, "If they know what they're doing." He added that typically, there isn't a huge variance in opinion from team to team about the top players in the draft each year.

Howie Speaks - Iggles Blitz
It sure feels like Roseman is selling the idea of taking a RB early, possibly at #8. There are a couple of different possibilities here. First, he’s saying this to lay the groundwork with Eagles fans and the media so that if the team does take Ezekiel Elliott 8th overall there won’t be a huge backlash about how RBs are easy to find and that’s a huge reach. Or maybe Roseman is sending a message to the teams who draft after the Eagles that Elliott is a legit target. Why? If any of them covet the star RB, maybe they’ll be willing to move up. There is a lot of logic to the Eagles moving back a few spots and adding a 2nd round pick.

Are Eagles really interested in Ezekiel Elliott? - Inquirer
It should be noted that Roseman didn't technically say anything about the first round. There just aren't as many running backs being chosen that early anymore. In the last five drafts, only five have gone in the first round. In the previous five, there were 17 running backs taken within the first 32 picks. But if "high picks" is to be interpreted as the first three rounds - Roseman was right about 1,000-yard rushers over the last decade. Of the 68 running backs to eclipse the benchmark, 50 were drafted in the first three rounds. The other 18 were chosen in rounds 4-7 or were undrafted.

Why Eagles should take Vernon Hargreaves -
Why Hargreaves? Three different scouts said he's the best cover corner in the draft and all agree he's a top 10 pick. Top cover corners are not easy to find and in a pass-first league and in a division that includes Dallas' Dez Bryant, the Giants' Odell Beckham and Washington's DeSean Jackson, you need top cornerbacks.

Eagles Wake Up Call: NFL League Meeting Primer - Birds 24/7
We’ll talk to Doug Pederson for an hour on Wednesday morning, and we’ll also have access to Kelly during that 7:15-8:15 time slot. Jeffrey Lurie reportedly said he’d likely address the media at some point, although there isn’t a timetable for that. There’s a lot we’d like to cover with the Eagles owner, who hasn’t spoken publicly since hiring Pederson, including the personnel executive search. Roger Goodell, meanwhile, will hold a press conference around noon on Wednesday.

Doug Pederson: Purge has 'never been about Chip Kelly's guys' - ESPN
"It's never been about Chip Kelly's guys," Pederson told the NFL Network on Monday. "To me, it's about the Philadelphia Eagles and how can we better our roster and better our football team? I feel like with Howie Roseman and myself, we've been able to do that this offseason. "We're always going to look to better your team. If you're not, you're not moving forward. I don't look at it that way. I just look at it as Philadelphia Eagles and players that we bring in or lose. You're going to lose them anyway."

At owners meetings, Eagles shift focus from free agency to draft - CSN Philly
The Eagles were certainly busy once free agency kicked off on March 9, but now the slowed-down pace in noticeable. The last moves they made were to re-sign Nolan Carroll and bring in receiver Chris Givens. Roseman said the owners meetings are when teams naturally tradition their focus to the draft. Now, the discussions with agents hinge more on fit, rather than strictly money. He likened it to the post-draft process, when teams try to lure undrafted players to their teams.

Nick Fairley set to meet with Patriots - PFT
Nick Wagoner of was on a flight to the owners meetings in Florida on Monday when he saw Fairley, who told him he was on his way there as well. Fairley’s reason for heading to Boca is not for a condo board election, but for a visit with members of the Patriots organization. Fairley has also been on the radar of the Jets, Eagles and Saints in the last couple of weeks. He told Wagoner that he is also still talking to the Rams about a possible return to the organization for a second season.

Our 10 favorite things about this year's NFL coaches photo - SB Nation
You know who doesn't have prime seating right in the center? Former Eagles coach Chip Kelly. We catch your drift, Eagles.

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