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PFF scouting report: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State - PFF
Blocks better than any back in this class. Highest PFF blocking grade of any RB in the nation this year. As both a pass-blocker and run blocker (not to mention screens), Elliott does the dirty work that goes largely unnoticed until somebody fails with his assignment—he rarely fails on his. Is a monster after contact. One of only two running backs in the class to gain over 1,000 yards after contact this season, and had 105 fewer carries than the other (Derrick Henry). May be the most well-rounded running back to come out in years. Highest overall grade of all backs in the class.

Chip Kelly delusional about his offense in Philly - PhillyVoice
When asked about being evaluated on "per drive" stats versus "per game" (or overall) stats, as well as the fact that his offense was on a downward trajectory since his arrival in 2013, Kelly offered up excuses. "I look at the overall stats," he said. "I also look at where we were from a personnel standpoint. One thing about our first year was that we were extremely healthy. I don’t think we put a player on injured reserve the whole year. We had the same offensive line that played every single game. With the exception of the quarterback position, we had great continuity when that wasn’t the case in year two and year three.

Kevin Turner, Gone But Not Forgotten - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have had some great Fullbacks over the years, but Kevin Turner was my favorite. Sadly, he passed away today at the age of 46. Turner died from ALS, which likely came as a result of head trauma from countless collisions as he used his body to open running lanes for guys like Ricky Watters, Charlie Garner and Duce Staley. Turner wasn’t a 250-pound sledgehammer. He was about 235 pounds, but he was strong, tough and smart. He knew how to block. He used leverage, technique and effort to get the job done. Turner was a good athlete. He averaged 4 yards per carry, high for a FB, and caught 236 career passes for 10 TDs. I loved the creative way Jon Gruden used Turner when he ran the Eagles offense in 1996 and 1997.

Eagles' Doug Pederson will give Jim Schwartz free rein on defense - Daily News
It was clear from Doug Pederson's 69-minute session with reporters at the NFL meetings that Pederson will leave his defense in the hands of coordinator Jim Schwartz, won't try to get involved with how, say, Schwartz deploys his safeties. "I wanted to find that guy I could trust, that head coach of defense," said Pederson, who has gotten high marks around the league for hiring Schwartz, the former Lions head coach. "He's a guy that you can kind of turn the keys over to and say, 'This is your deal.'"

Those bad moves in Philly weren't Chip Kelly's fault, says Chip Kelly - Yahoo
Kelly could have saved everyone a lot of time this week by wearing a T-shirt that said: "Don't ask me, man. I just coached there." Looking back, it was a stance that might have been suspected. But looking forward, it might not bode well for the San Francisco 49ers. Consider that the franchise is already on the doorstep of two pivotal quarterback decisions: What to do with Colin Kaepernick, and whether or not to spend a high draft pick on the position. How that plays out could ultimately be the difference between a successful rebuild or yet another ugly round of divorce court for both Kelly and the 49ers.

Pederson On Kelce’s Step Back, the Offensive Line - Birds 24/7
Pederson described what he saw on film, including how Kelce over-ran some blocks and may have over-thought things. The head coach also explained that "there were times [Kelce] was left on an island," and that different depth levels between offensive linemen opened up space and gaps for defenders to pressure Sam Bradford. Although Kelce struggled on his own at times, it didn’t help him to have Allen Barbre and Matt Tobin next to him. Tobin ranked 76th out of 82 NFL guards in Pro Football Focus’s pass blocking efficiency metric, allowing eight sacks, 11 quarterback hits and 31 hurries. The Eagles signed Brandon Brooks on the first day of free agency to upgrade the right guard position.

2016 NFL Draft: Will Eagles, Giants, or Jets draft Ezekiel Elliott? -
Unless there is another trade into the top 10, or the Cowboys pull the trigger at No. 4 overall, the Eagles will get first crack at the talented Ohio State running back. While the thinking here is the Eagles need more help in other areas (offensive line, secondary), others disagree. "That would be a good pick for (the Eagles),'' an AFC scout said. "I'm not sure they'll do it. I don't know how much they value the running game. But they could do a lot worse than taking that kid.''

20 Eagles observations from NFL owners' meetings in Boca - CSN Philly
News aside, though, I’ve had some people ask me about Pederson’s demeanor. At times, the Eagles’ new head coach seems a little flustered by questions and answers them nervously. Everyone was willing to give him a pass during his introductory press conference, but the nervous answers are still coming. Here’s my theory: He’s a nice guy who wants to try to answer the questions and doesn’t feel comfortable lying to the faces of those who ask, but he also doesn’t want to say the wrong thing. It’s a tough spot. I think he eventually finds a way to look more comfortable and exude more confidence in media sessions.

Don Smolenski Tech Tour -
Eagles President Don Smolenski takes a tour through the NFL's Vision 20/20 event, getting a closer look at the latest technologies from fan engagement to player safety ...

NFL draft: Best, worst top-five picks since 2012 -
9th) Johnson has started 44 games in his three-year career, and he's played left and right tackle. A former high school quarterback, Johnson is a good athlete and very strong. In January, Johnson inked a six-year deal with $35.5 million guaranteed to stay in Philly.

In N.F.L., Deeply Flawed Concussion Research and Ties to Big Tobacco - The New York Times
The N.F.L. played down the risk of head injuries using research that it falsely claimed was comprehensive. A Times investigation also found ties between the league and the tobacco industry.

Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch from a coach's perspective | The MMQB with Peter King
There’s only so much to be learned watching a player on tape. To better understand Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch, NFL personnel men and scouts are asking their college coaches how much responsibility each QB had in the offense. Here’s what they’re hearing, plus more notes

It won't be easy, but RG3 can revive his career with the Browns - SB Nation
Cleveland might have be the best possible landing spot for Griffin. Let that sink in.

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