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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/17/16.

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Peter King: Eagles Could Win 12 Games -
The NFL schedule was released on Thursday and the annual exercise of guessing how many wins each team will get began immediately. The Eagles finished in second place in the NFC East last season with a 7-9 record, but one national analyst thinks that the team could be in position for a bounce-back campaign. "I think if the Eagles have a good draft and they protect (Sam) Bradford and he is what he was drafted to be, the Eagles could win 12," said Peter King of The MMQB on the Eagles Live podcast with Dave Spadaro. "Of course, if that doesn't happen they could also win seven, so that's what this division is."

Random Eagles thoughts: Who will the Rams select at pick No. 1? - PhillyVoice
Unfortunately, the Rams are claiming they don't yet know who they will be taking, which is absurd, as surely any team trading six picks for the top spot would know exactly who they want. There are a number of reporters who say it will indeed be Wentz. There are other reporters saying it's Cal's Jared Goff. I have no inside information on this one, But I would lean toward the Rams taking Goff for two reasons. Goff is widely regarded as the more "pro-ready" quarterback. He had 37 career starts at Cal, and has attempted at least 500 passes in each of the last three years. Wentz, meanwhile, had 23 career starts in college and just 612 total pass attempts.

Presence - Iggles Blitz
Presence is also a key quality with successful NFL QBs. I remember being at the Senior Bowl in 2012. Both Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins had the presence of starting QBs. This is a mixture of confidence and awareness. You want to be confident, but not arrogant. You also know you’re "The Man". That means treating others around you a certain way. QBs are leaders by default. They run the huddle. They have all eyes on them, whether on or off the field. Good QBs have presence, where they come across as natural leaders and being comfortable in the spotlight. Carson Wentz passed this test in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.

Jordan Matthews' infectious personality rubbing off on Eagles - Morning Call
One word that most captures the essence of the rebuilding process going on with the Philadelphia Eagles now is "relationships." They're doing everything they can to strengthen the ones already in place and make as many new ones as they can in an effort to make everyone within the building feel strongly connected, for better or worse. One player who most captures the importance of relationships within the team is third-year wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Matthews bonds with everyone instantly, and his proficiency in this area almost certainly will be instrumental in anything they hope to accomplish.

Wake-Up Call: What the Eagles’ Draft History Tells Us - Birds 24/7
While Reid valued his lines above nearly all else, he made quarterback the top priority upon arrival. Without the selection of McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick in ’99, much of the success that followed would not have been possible. His protege is apparently looking to follow suit, but the Eagles’ offer to move up to the No. 1 spot (presumably for Carson Wentz) was withdrawn before Tennessee dealt the pick to the Rams. Now, they must determine whether Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch fit the bill of franchise quarterback, and if it’s worth the price to move up to ensure they land one of them. Every draft is unique, and the Eagles’ top-rated players are likely at a number of positions from QB to corner to maybe even running back. But if we’re simply playing the odds here, past behavior suggests that a lineman at 8 is a solid bet.

Eagles had nothing to do with the Rams-Titans trade - ESPN
Don’t let the change in the facts change the narrative. The Philadelphia Eagles have been very interested in selecting a quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft. They still are. There is a temptation to paint the Eagles’ QB-related activities as some kind of smoke screen. By appearing interested in a quarterback, the logic goes, the Eagles created urgency for other teams to do whatever necessary to move up and assure themselves of a shot at Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. That urgency led the Los Angeles Rams to trade a bonanza of draft picks to Tennessee to move up to No. 1. And that will help the Eagles by making another high-rated player available when they draft with the No. 8 overall pick. Sounds good, but it doesn’t really make sense.

Should Eagles trade Fletcher Cox? Are you crazy? -
This just in, Cox is already good. He's the Eagles best player on either side of the ball. He's only 25 years old, which is not much older than some of the players in the draft. And now, back in a 4-3 defensive scheme, he's only going to get better. You don't trade players as good as Cox, you find other good players and build around him. And you pay him.

Eric Rowe could be defensive key after starting final month of 2015 season - Inquirer
The Eagles’ cornerback depth chart is unsettled, but it’s likely that Rowe will be one of the starters. The 2015 second-round pick started five games as a rookie after Nolan Carroll suffered a season-ending injury on Thanksgiving. In a down season for the Eagles, Rowe’s final month was one of the bright spots. After the Eagles traded Byron Maxwell in the offseason, the team has a hole at cornerback. They re-signed Carroll and added Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks. They can also draft a cornerback later this month. But Rowe is the most promising player in the secondary, and a job would seem to be his to lose this summer. "I can’t say I’m going to be the starter because we have a lot of new guys, they brought Nolan back," Rowe said. "There’s going to be real good competition."

PA Attorney General’s Office Taking 2nd Look At Assault Case Involving LeSean McCoy - CBS Philly
Pennsylvania Solicitor General Bruce Castor says the Attorney General’s Office is reviewing District Attorney Seth Williams’ decision, 12 days ago, not to file criminal charges against LeSean McCoy, his companions, or anyone else in a February bar brawl that left two off-duty Philadelphia police officers hurt. "I think it’s completely accurate to say LeSean McCoy and anyone else allegedly involved in this incident are not totally cleared," Castor told Eyewitness News, explaining that he and AG’s office investigators had visited Central Detective Division, speaking with detectives there, examining evidence, including videos, on which the DA had based his decision.

Rams could still get their man, and get some picks back - PFT
A potentially more viable deal could happen if the Rams decide they want Goff, since this would open the door for the Eagles (who reportedly covet Wentz and who reportedly were talking to the Titans about a move to No. 1) to engineer a deal that would allow them to take Wentz at No. 1, the Rams to take Goff at No. 2, and the Browns to stockpile more of the much-needed scratch-off lottery tickets that may or may not become quality NFL players.

NFL teams should think twice before drafting a wide receiver in the 1st round - SB Nation
The first round of the NFL draft has produced some very good receivers over the years, but the smart teams find their receivers in the rounds after that.

The BGN NFL Draft Party T-Shirts Are Here! - BGN
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