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Eagles News: History suggests Philadelphia should trade up in the NFL Draft

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Eagles draft day options: To trade up, trade back or stay put - PhillyVoice
On the surface, the "trade up" group was by far the best. Cox is a dominant player, Graham has developed into a solid starter, Maclin is a middle-of-the-road "No. 1 receiver," and Andrews was an absolute force at RG before his career unraveled. The only real bust there was McDougle. ... In 2016, it seems far more likely the Eagles will trade up than trade back. After the Eagles moved up from 13 to 8 in a trade with Miami, Eagles quasi-GM Howie Roseman made it clear that the Eagles saw a dropoff in talent after the top 10 players.

How Chip Kelly is a liar - Daily News
Reporters following the presidential campaign of Donald Trump no longer bother to point out when Trump lies. He lies so often and so outrageously about so many things -- silly things, such as attendance at rallies and performance in polls -- that the exercise has become both redundant and exhausting. Those reporters now know what it’s like to cover Chip Kelly. You might love Kelly, and you might love Trump, but regardless of your politics, their pathological lying has become as automatic as breathing.

Draft Notes: Klieman on Wentz, Gruden’s QB Camp - Birds 24/7
"Our offense is very similar to an NFL-style offense. We’re in a huddle, he has the keys to the car, he’s making all the adjustments, all the checks at the line of scrimmage. We’re not looking over to a big picture of Scott Van Pelt or somebody else to make the change of the call," Klieman said. "He’s under center, so he’s doing a lot of the play-action stuff and the 5- and 7-step drops. I know that we worry about it at the college level when we take a high school quarterback that’s only been in the shotgun, well take it up another level of going from college to the NFL when a college guy has to take it under center, I know that there’s concerns. And that’s something that Carson is ahead of the game because he’s been in that style of offense."

Taking A Look At WR's Big Picture Here -
Here is what Pederson thought about Agholor prior to the 2015 draft: "I liked him. He was a receiver that I studied," Pederson said on Wednesday. "I thought he had a great skill set -- size, strength, speed, smart kid, sharp. All of the things that came true when I had a chance to talk to him and just introduce myself to him this spring. I'm looking forward to working with him." A strong improvement from Agholor would go a long way toward making this receivers group formidable. He struggled as a rookie in an offense that didn't give him many opportunities to make plays down the field, and a sprained ankle suffered in the win over New Orleans stunted his growth. A new offense, a change of scenery in the coaching staff and some competition in the room could be what nudges Agholor to a major improvement in his second NFL season.

2016 NFL Draft: There's no Odell Beckham in this draft -
While this year's class lacks a Beckham, or an Amari Cooper, the Oakland Raiders' first-round pick in 2015, there are four to five potential first round picks. "Good group overall, not great,'' another NFC scout said. "I don't think you'll see any of them go top 10, or maybe even top 15. But once the first one goes, you'll see a run start. That's how it usually works.''

Doug Pederson aims to find team unity by splitting his time - CSN Philly
"Exactly," Pederson said. "And the thing for me is spending time on the defensive side, spending time with special teams. Showing the players that you’re not just stuck on offense. That’s something that I can take away from Coach (Andy) Reid, because he could do it that way. Embracing both sides of the football and uniting the football team that way."  Spending time with the defensive side of the football isn’t something Pederson has done in the past. He was a quarterback during his playing days and all of his jobs as a coach in the NFL have been on offense. So figuring out how to allocate his time might be a case of trial and error.

Report: Patriots out on Nick Fairley, expected to sign with Saints - PFT
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Fairley is expected to sign with the Saints, who met with Fairley last week. Rapoport reports the Patriots are out of the running for his services and presumably the Jets and Eagles, who also showed interest, have fallen out of the running as well.

The 5 NFL free agent signings who will benefit most from the change of scenery - SB Nation
With the Titans, Murray goes to a team that's solid on the run blocking and that has invested in the offensive line during free agency, and will likely add to it further with the first pick in the draft. Plus, they have a young, franchise quarterback looking to take the next step. That means Murray will get more than his fair share of carries to take the load off of Marcus Mariota, but he'll also benefit from the team closing in and trying to focus heavily on the offense. Whether he'll approach 2,000 yards like he did in Dallas is anybody's guess, but this change of scenery was sorely needed after just one dismal season with Philadelphia.

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