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Eagles News: Howie Roseman says DeMarco Murray wants to be in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/6/16.

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Howie Roseman: DeMarco Murray wants to return to Eagles- -
"My takeaway from my last conversation was, he wants to be here," Roseman said. "This is a place he wants to have a tremendous amount of success at similar to his time with Dallas. I think sometimes we forget, a year at this time he's coming off the NFL offensive player of the year. That's a tremendous accomplishment to be able to do that and we're not talking about five or six years ago, we're talking about last year."

Paxton Lynch threw the fastest football on the radar gun at the 2016 NFL Combine - PhillyVoice
Lynch finishing at the top of this list is not at all a surprise. Neither is Carson Wentz finishing near the top. Jared Goff finishing second at 58 MPH fast was surprising. I would not have expected him to finish second, as his arm strength on tape is not as good as Wentz's.

Eagle Eye: It's A Subpackage League -
When fans think of defensive schemes, the primary way to describe their favorite team is as a 4-3 or as a 3-4 defense. That being said, most fans also understand that subpackages with extra defensive backs are the way of today’s NFL world. What does that mean? It means that the days of just being a 4-3 or a 3-4 are all but gone. Last season, the Eagles' defense was in nickel (five defensive backs) or dime (six defensive backs) 65 percent of the time. Their opponents, believe it or not, were in subgroups for 90 percent (!) of the time. The Eagles' offense rarely saw team’s base defenses because of how they played. While that may be an extreme, it’s clear to see that the NFL is a subpackage league. Why? Because with the game being so focused on matchups, defenses need to have answers for everything an offense can throw at them.

Sam Bradford can win with Doug Pederson -- just ask Alex Smith -
Anybody who's followed Bradford's first six years in the NFL knows he looked extremely comfortable in the same West Coast offense that first-year head coach Doug Pederson is installing this offseason. Anybody who's followed Pederson realizes that he built a productive relationship in Kansas City with Alex Smith, another quarterback who had plenty to prove after injuries, inconsistency and an assortment of coaching changes plagued his career. There's no question Bradford remains a work in progress after an underwhelming season with Chip Kelly. There's also little doubt that judging him off 2015 isn't entirely fair.

Marvin Jones, George Iloka could be on Eagles' radar - ESPN
Brandon Brooks has played on both sides of center during his four seasons with the Houston Texans. He has played more at right guard, which would allow him to play alongside a rookie right tackle if the Eagles draft one. The 6-foot-5, 343-pound Brooks was drafted in the third round in 2012 with a pick that originally belonged to the Eagles. The Texans sent their third-round pick and DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles for their third- and fourth-round picks. The Eagles selected Nick Foles with the pick they received from the Texans.

Ford: Boring may suit the Eagles - Inquirer
If there was an undercurrent of dissatisfaction among the general public - and there is always an undercurrent of dissatisfaction in Philadelphia - it was because keeping Sam Bradford with a two-year contract that short-circuited a spin of the free-agency wheel represented a move that was slightly boring. Eagles fans saw Bradford for a season, albeit in the funhouse mirror of Kelly World, and the team went 7-7 in his starts. Whatever he was in the odd circumstances he found himself, Bradford was not a magic button for success. There aren't any, of course, but people like to look for them, anyway.

Doug Pederson gets vocal, shows influence in Bradford deal - CSN Philly
Apparently, Roseman listened to what Pederson had to say about Bradford. "I think that having played the position, understanding the position, having coached the position, it makes a big impact with the people you talk to in the organization," Pederson said. "They want your opinion, they want you to voice your opinion. And with this situation here, I think it was key that they understood where I was coming from in order to get Sam signed." Both Pederson and Reich, the team's new offensive coordinator, had lengthy careers in the NFL, mostly as backup quarterbacks. They spent time studying Bradford and determined he would be a good fit in the Eagles’ new offense.

Terrell Suggs arrested in Arizona, according to report - SB Nation
Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was arrested early Friday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. and released with a citation, according to TMZ. Suggs, 33, was reportedly at a Scottsdale bar at the time of the arrest and has made the Ravens aware of the incident. The team released a brief statement on Friday saying it is aware of the situation and "looking into it." Scottsdale law enforcement confirmed to TMZ that Suggs was booked at 2:03 a.m. before he was released at 3:21 a.m. Later on Friday morning, Suggs said on Instagram that it was a suspended license that led to his arrest.

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