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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/18/16.

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Brandon Graham eager for 2nd Reid era with Doug Pederson - CSN Philly
With the NFL draft just a few weeks away, Graham was asked his thoughts on who the Eagles should draft. After saying that he preferred a player who can help right away, Graham said he would want Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott if given the choice.

Eagles 2016 NFL Draft preview: Quarterback - PhillyVoice
The presence of Sam Bradford and Chase 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. Would Wentz help the 2016 Eagles? Probably not, but who cares? Forget 2016. Go get the guy who can be your answer at the most important position in sports for the next decade.

Top 10 Talk - Iggles Blitz
I’m just not sure I can see Chip Kelly wanting to spend a Top 10 pick on a small school QB. I know Trent Baalke is the GM and controls the draft, but I’m not sure he would force an early QB on a coach who wasn’t totally in on the pick. There is also the question of trying to get immediate impact. Do Baalke and Kelly have the job security to draft a player who wouldn’t be likely to help them this season? It might seem crazy to imagine Wentz falling all the way to 8, but this is a strange draft class at the top. Usually you don’t have so many teams that are set at QB. If the Eagles feel strongly about Wentz and want to make sure they get him, they should either talk to CLE, SD or JAX about moving up. This is where Howie Roseman will need to have a good feel for what the other teams will do.

Eagles' Jordan Matthews ready for expanded role - Inquirer
Matthews said he'll get more one-on-one coverage and won't be limited to mostly crossing patterns and maneuvering between players in the middle of the field. He also could be on the field for a higher percentage of plays this season. Matthews took 79 percent of the offensive snaps last year, but he was often on the sideline when the Eagles went to two-receiver formations. Matthews expects to stay on the field in those packages this year because he can play on the outside. "At the end of the day, my biggest thing is I'm just looking to be on the field more," Matthews said. He later added, "I'm working toward being on the field the entire game. That's where I feel my role can be."

If The Eagles Move Up, Who Is It For? - PE.com
There are obviously some key factors. The Eagles aren't going to move up unless there is a player they really want. If the Rams take that player with the top pick, there would need to be some other player that the Eagles covet. This could be purely a quarterback situation. Let's say the Rams take Carson Wentz. The Eagles would then need to feel strongly about Jared Goff to move up for him. You don't just make that move to get "a quarterback." It has to be a player the team has rated very highly and someone the coaches really believe in.

Who calls the shots in all 32 NFL draft rooms? - ESPN
This is a question that has vexed Eagles fans for many years, which suggests it is a deliberate tactic by a team happy to operate in as much secrecy as possible. This year, there is clarity. Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations, calls the shots. With a title that long, he'd better.

Roster Reset recap: Four power teams reign in NFC - NFL.com
Contenders - Philadelphia makes the biggest leap of this group in free agency after a boffo free agency period. It boasts a defensive roster that has talent at all three levels. If the team can get Sam Bradford (or Chase Daniel) playing at a league-average quarterback level, they can be back in the playoffs.

Ranking the Chicago Bears 2016 schedule from easiest to hardest - Windy City Gridiron
Bears fans think the Eagles game will be their easiest one.

NFC East Roundup: How Rams Trade Impacts Cowboys - Birds 24/7
With just 11 days to go until the draft, let’s take a look at what’s going on around the rest of the NFC East.

2016 NFL mock draft: Only local prospects allowed - SB Nation
Like the Ravens, the Eagles' choices in the top 10 aren't great. There's chatter the Eagles could trade up to No. 2 and grab whichever quarterback the Rams don't grab, but in this mock draft, neither of those prospects are options anyway. So the Eagles get their quarterback at No. 8, instead, even if he's not the ideal choice. I'm sorry for this one, Eagles fans.

The BGN NFL Draft Party T-Shirts Are Here! - BGN
COME TO THE BGN DRAFT PARTY! Our good friends at ATLS. Apparel (@ATLSapparel) have done such a great job with these shirts. 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. RSVP to the BGN Drafty Party by **clicking here**.

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