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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/11/16.

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Ryan Mueller took a long, mulch-laden path to become Eagles FB - CSN Philly
This offseason, with his football future in question, 24-year-old Ryan Mueller went back to a business he first entered when he was 13. He began to mulch. Mueller, who was cut from the Chargers’ practice squad last November, desperately wanted to make a return to the NFL, but wanted to have a backup plan too.  And the spring is just too valuable for a landscape business to miss. So in between training, looking for NFL jobs and preparing for his second Kansas State pro day in as many years, the out-of-work football player formed Mueller Landscape Services, LLC, and got to work. He hired 15-20 high school players from Kansas City, made 3,000 fliers and began to pass them out.

Would the Eagles trade up to pick No. 8 just to trade right back down? - PhillyVoice
Dismissing the idea of the Eagles trading up for Wentz would be completely dismissing the idea that the Eagles have an eye toward a long-term answer at the most important position in sports. The short-term money paid to three quarterbacks on the roster is irrelevant if you think you've just drafted the future face of your franchise. Furthermore, the deals the Eagles completed with Curry, Ertz, Lane Johnson, Malcolm Jenkins, and Brent Celek were done because the Eagles feel that they are core members of the franchise who they could lock up at bargain dollars before they hit the free agent market. Those deals have absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with the Eagles' draft strategy.

Understanding the Odds - Iggles Blitz
There is a lot of confusion when we talk about QBs. For some reason, many people seem to think there isn’t that much difference in the guys in the Top 10 picks and those that will go later in the draft. I understand that we all love sleepers and underdogs, but QB is a spot where you go big. You may think a 5-star restaurant is overrated and prefer the mom ‘n’ pop diner down the way. Chances are, I’d agree with you. When it comes to your lawyer or your doctor, you want the guy from Harvard. You want the guy with the fancy office and the huge reputation. You don’t shop around for a sleeper or underdog.

Let's Get Real About The QB Prospects -
It is fun to study up on a player who is going to be a mid- or late-round pick and fall in love with him as a sleeper-type prospect. I get that. History says that player is probably going to fail. He might succeed, but the odds are overwhelmingly against it. One of the problems is quarterback development. There aren't enough reps to get the backups the amount of work they need. This is especially true for the No. 3 guy. A backup linebacker can get on the field on defense or special teams. He gets a lot of chances to impress the coaches. A quarterback is limited with his opportunities. It is also tough on the coaches. They would love to put a lot of time and attention on the backups, but end up focusing on the starter the vast majority of the time. I hope the Eagles are able to land one of the top quarterbacks. If the Eagles can't pull that off or decide to go elsewhere, there are some non-first-round prospects I do have interest in.

NFC East Roundup: Draft Day Trade Possibilities - Birds 24/7
Here are a few links to keep you caught up with the Eagles’ division rivals as they put the finishing touches on free agency and prepare for the draft.

I liked Procise when I watched him play. Then when a personnel man compared him to Duce Staley because of his running style and receiving ability, I was sold.

If Boyz II Men singer's hate for Chip Kelly was an album, it'd go platinum - FOX Sports
Contrary to his image as a member of Boyz II Men, singer Shawn Stockman is a hater, not a lover —€” when it comes to Chip Kelly. Not a big surprise since the group hails from Philly, where Kelly wore out his welcome in just a couple years. But no, Shawn says he's actually a Niners fan, and "unfortunately we took on the Eagles' burden." "He's not a player's coach," Shawn said. "He's shown that."

Bruce Arians says football is 'being attacked' by moms - SB Nation
In March, Bruce Arians said parents are "fools" if they won't let their kids play football. On Friday, he said "it's not dads, it's moms," keeping kids away from the game.

The BGN NFL Draft Party T-Shirts Are Here! - BGN
Our good friends at ATLS. Apparel (@ATLSapparel) have done such a great job with these. This isn’t just some low quality t-shirt that will be useless after one wash, these are 100% ring-spun cotton. Not only durable but super soft and comfortable. It’s a great buy for $20. These will only be around for a very limited time, so make sure to grab as many as you can before Monday, April 18th at 12:00 noon ET. If you are attending the draft party at Nick’s Roast Beef on Cottman, you can pick up your t-shirts the night of the party. Make sure you bring your ID and your receipt, you can not pick up you t-shirt without these two things.

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