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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/4/16.

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Thoughts on Sam Bradford Resigning With The Eagles - Football Perspective
I’m using NY/A instead of ANY/A because NY/A is a better predictive stat and less sensitive to outlier plays, and that arguably hurts Bradford in this analysis. He did post a 102 in ANY/A+ in 2013 because of an excellent interception rate, but the biggest criticism of Bradford is that he doesn’t take enough risks, as he generally throws very short passes. His average pass traveled just 7.04 yards downfield in 2015, which ranked 31st out of 34 qualifying quarterbacks. He ranked 34th out of 37 passers in this metric in 2013, 22nd out of 32 in 2012, 10th out of 33 in 2011, and 30th out of 31 in 2010. As a result, yes, Bradford does throw fewer interceptions, but I don’t think that’s a sign of anything other than conservative quarterback play.

Eagles one of first teams to meet with Memphis QB Paxton Lynch at NFL Combine - PhillyVoice
The two teams noted as having met with Lynch first are interesting, in that their quarterback situations are similar in a way. The Saints do not have a long-term answer at quarterback. Drew Brees is 37-years old, his career is winding down, and he is in the final year of his contract. The Saints are going to have to eventually replace him. The Eagles, meanwhile, just signed Sam Bradford to a two-year deal that they will be able to escape after one if they so choose, which is a clear indication they are not sold on Bradford as a long term solution at quarterback. Both Brees and Bradford will be their teams' starters in 2016, but it's anyone's guess thereafter.

Howie Roseman: 'We're not forgetting about' Fletcher Cox - CSN Philly
Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said Thursday the Eagles still consider signing Cox to a contract extension a priority and said they still have money available under the cap to get a deal done. "We’ve got a lot of our to-do list checked off," Roseman said. "There’s still more. "We talked about Fletch, he’s still on our to-do list, there’s no question about that. We’re not forgetting about that or him."

Continuity - Iggles Blitz
This is still a marriage of convenience. The Eagles needed Bradford and he needed them. But this situation does make sense beyond that and both sides can feel good about the deal. There are no guarantees that things will work as both sides want. Life in the NFL has a way of ruining the best laid plans of mice and men. The key here is that this isn’t some shot in the dark with little hope of success. Bradford should be a good fit for this offense. And there is real value in bringing him back to build on the chemistry he developed with Zach Ertz, Jordan Matthews and others.

Doug Pederson And the Fullback Factor - Birds 24/7
Like many turn-of-the-century relics — the flip phone, dial-up internet, and Blockbuster, to name a few — the fullback has fallen by the wayside across the NFL. Fewer teams still use the bruising position. But Doug Pederson? Well, Kansas City liked using fullbacks the past three seasons, and the Chiefs frequently relied on Anthony Sherman. Per Pro Football Focus, Sherman was on the field for 550 rushing snaps during his three years while Pederson was the offensive coordinator, while running the ball just five times himself.

10 thoughts on Eagles re-signing Sam Bradford - NJ.com
Bradford is a hot topic among Eagles' fans and media, but make no mistake about it -- his teammates wanted him back.  Bradford earned his teammate's trust over the last few weeks of the season, and after so much instability at the position, bringing back the same quarterback will be a very popular move in the lockerroom -- something that matters a whole lot more than what the media or fans think.

NFL free agency: Top targets for every team | Sports On Earth
Eagles: Haloti Ngata, DT - Philly was 32nd in rushing yards allowed last season. It needs to try something new up the middle of the defense, and while Ngata may not have a long-term future, the Eagles are spending like they're in win-now mode as it is.

Owens fires back – just via Twitter – at Marvin Harrison - PFT
First, newly elected Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison had some sharp words for Terrell Owens. Then, Owens took to Twitter with a pretty sharp comeback. "Shots fired," Owens wrote atop a tweet that quoted Harrison Thursday afternoon, adding some fancy laughter emojis for effect.

NFL teams are finally taking notice of the NCAA's most productive quarterback - SB Nation
The NCAA's most productive quarterback in 2015 is emerging at just the right time.

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