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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/1/16.

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Thurmond rejected big offers as he ponders retirement -
Walter Thurmond sits as one of the top remaining free agents. The defensive back could have a home already if he wanted. Thurmond, 28, has turned down offers of $4 million-plus per year as he ponders retirement, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday. That Thurmond has garnered offers of more than $4 million isn't surprising. In his first year moving to safety, Thurmond played exceptionally well for Philadelphia. He and Malcolm Jenkins formed one of the top safety duos in the NFL.

Eagles big board: Ranking the top college prospects from 1-8 - PhillyVoice
There's isn't much to dislike about Wentz's game. He's big and sturdy, he has a great arm, a quick release, he's surprisingly athletic, and very smart. Even if you dock him for playing at a lower level in college, Wentz operated in an offense that had pro-style concepts, prompting some to believe he's more pro-ready than other quarterbacks who played in more remedial offenses at a more competitive college level. The presence of Bradford and Daniel would allow Wentz to make the jump to the NFL without immediately being thrown to the wolves. He would also be tutored by a quarterback-focused coaching staff that includes Doug Pederson, Frank Reich and John DeFilippo, as well as Daniel, who has previously played a helpful sidekick role to Drew Brees and Alex Smith.

Draft Daily: Wentz Has the Highest Upside At QB - Birds 24/7
Accuracy. That’s one of the first things I noticed as I watched Wentz’s film from last season. He did a good job of not just getting his receivers the ball, but getting his receivers the ball and helping them extend the play with where he placed his passes. One completion I liked was in the FCS championship game in January when North Dakota State crushed Jacksonville State. It was just a seven-yard gain (with no yards after the catch), but Wentz threw the pass to the receiver’s back shoulder, where the defender couldn’t make a play on the ball.

Depth for the OL? - Iggles Blitz
He also might challenge for the LG spot. Right now it would seem Allen Barbre, Matt Tobin and Andrew Gardner are going to battle for that role. Wiz has more starting experience and natural ability than any of them. I’m sure Wiz is looking for a chance to start as much as anything. The Eagles can offer him a chance to prove himself, but clearly it would just be a chance. There will be competition and the team will go with who wins the job. No one is going to be promised anything. None of them deserve that.

Eagles turning up the heat at QB spot - The Intell
So a QB is coming, there is no doubt about that, and starter Sam Bradford will have to deal with that. The two-year contract he signed right before free agency began in early March is easy to get out of after one year, since most of the money the team will pay him is front-loaded into this upcoming year. He probably won’t be traded between now and the start of the season — not after Pederson has talked about how much he wanted Bradford to return and then anointed him the starter. Should a trade happen now, the coach would lose any credibility he has already earned from the players inside the locker room, not to mention how angry some of those players would be after publicly stumping to bring back Bradford. Pederson likes creating competition, and the quarterback spot is no different.

Jeffrey Lurie, Geno Smith, Carson Wentz and the Eagles hunt for a quarterback -
The Eagles, like in 2013, are out on the road, trying to figure out what to do with a top-10 pick, the combined result of missing the playoffs and a trade from No. 13.  Also like 2013, owner Jeffrey Lurie has decided to join them, getting in on the scouting at the same time the team is making its way through the top quarterback prospects in the draft.  This is the first time Lurie has come on a scouting trip since 2013, when the team worked out then-West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. His last trip before that was to see then-Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb in 1999.

Five Eagles with the most to prove in 2016 - Morning Call
Nelson Agholor - Their 2015 first-round draft pick struggled early, suffered an ankle injury and then never could catch up. The highlight of his season was a 53-yard touchdown catch, the only one of his career, in a victory over Buffalo on Dec. 13. He'll likely be the "X" receiver (split end) more often than not in Doug Pederson's offense. So he'll have every chance to prove himself again after catching just 23 passes as a rookie

Meet The Prospect: Kenneth Dixon -
There is plenty to like about former Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon. The 5-10, 215-pound first-team All-Conference USA selection last season has a nose for the end zone. Dixon was briefly the all-time leading touchdown scorer in FBS history with 87 before Navy's Keenan Reynolds surpassed him by one in his last game. On the ground alone, Dixon crossed the goal line 39 times in the past two seasons. Dixon has been a consistent threat in his college career. He had at least 900 rushing yards in each of his four seasons on campus, topping out at 1,299 in 2014. He finished with a school-record 4,480 rushing yards for his career. As a true freshman, Dixon broke Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk's NCAA freshman records for total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and points scored.

Doug Pederson to "turn the keys" of defense over to Jim Schwartz - Inquirer
I wanted to find a defensive coordinator that I could trust; sort of that head coach on defense," Pederson said. "He's been that head coach, obviously, but now he's a guy that you can turn the keys over to him and say, 'Hey, this is your deal, because my focus is going to be more on offense.' "I'm intrigued by his philosophy. This spring, as we start diving into the Xs-and-Os with our players, I'll get a little more involved with what he's doing on that side of the ball. Being in this position now as a head coach, it allows me to bounce around and see that side of the ball a little bit more, because I really haven't, as you know, being a coordinator, you're focused on offense. So this really gives me that ability to really understand his style and gives me that freedom in the spring to do that."

2 of the 2016 NFL Draft's top QBs are from small schools. History shows that's no worry. - SB Nation
Carson Wentz's and Paxton Lynch's alma maters shouldn't be reasons not to draft them.

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