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Eagles News: Byron Marshall came to Philadelphia to be mentored by Darren Sproles

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Byron Marshall excited to get back to football with Eagles, learn from Darren Sproles -
Many players, especially in the later rounds, sometime prefer to go undrafted as it allows them to pick their destination, as opposed to being stuck in one as a seventh-round pick that might not be ideal. For Marshall, the decision to come to the Eagles was an easy one, and it had plenty to do with one player already on the roster -- Darren Sproles.  "I think my style and his style are real similar," Marshall said. "I thought it would be very cool to be able to pick his brain a little bit and see how he works. A guy like that is someone I admire and look up to."

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Post-draft edition - PhillyVoice
The Eagles will be starting one of three quarterbacks in 2016: A below average six-year starter who has never won more than seven games in a season, and has a long history of serious injuries. A backup with 77 career pass attempts. A rookie. The defense has talent, which will keep the Eagles in games, but this team isn't anywhere near Super Bowl contention in 2016. If Carson Wentz develops and turns into the quarterback the Eagles hope he will be, maybe in 2018.

Using Analytics to Project Carson Wentz and Jared Goff - RotoViz
Carson Wentz actually leads Jared Goff by the slimmest of margins, but both are almost mortal locks to meet the success criteria. Paxton Lynch is the only other QB favored to do so from this class.

Eagles have dealt Carson Wentz similar hand as Donovan McNabb - ESPN
There are differences between the 2016 Philadelphia Eagles' approach and the 1999 template they are trying to replicate. But there are also some unfortunate similarities. Carson Wentz will serve as understudy to Sam Bradford at quarterback. That’s right out of Andy Reid’s plan for Donovan McNabb, who had to wait behind veteran quarterback Doug Pederson.

Eagles' switch on defense 'shouldn't be a big transition' - Inquirer
Defensive linemen in Davis' scheme were tasked with two gaps on running downs. They were to read and then react. Schwartz's linemen will primarily be responsible for one gap - and he often wants them to penetrate through that gap as quickly as possible. "It's probably every D-lineman's dream to be in this type of scheme," defensive end Marcus Smith said. "Coach is really putting an emphasis on us to make plays, not stay on blocks. Hit the ball on the way to the quarterback - that's the philosophy. There's really not much thinking."

More Reasons to Like Carson Wentz - Iggles Blitz
QB is the most important position in pro sports, which makes it so crucial to have a good one. The Eagles spent the second overall pick on Carson Wentz because they think he can be a star and the key to the franchise for the next decade or so.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Douglas, Weidl And the Flacco Connection - Birds 24/7
Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl each have some notable names attached to their resumes. Douglas, who is expected to be announced as the Eagles’ new personnel head soon, is credited with scouting players like Ray Rice, Lardarius Webb and Pernell McPhee. Weidl — reported to be reuniting with Douglas in Philly  — is tied to guys like Haloti Ngata, Tyrod Taylor and Torrey Smith. One of their biggest hauls, though,  proved to be a joint venture. Shortly after the Ravens’ Super Bowl win over the Niners in February 2013, Peter King told the story of two Baltimore scouts who made a fateful trip to Newark, Delaware back in 2007 to take a look at Joe Flacco.

Condon explains Bradford’s strategy - PFT
Although Phil Sheridan of says that Condon’s "explanation fits the timeline of events," there’s one flaw in that assessment. Condon appeared in a podcast that posted on May 3, five days after the Broncos drafted Lynch, and Condon reiterated Branford’s position. Unless the interview was taped at least five days earlier, the decision of the Broncos to draft Paxton Lynch didn’t spark the kind of epiphany that Condon’s comments to Smith suggest.

5 questions Eagles offseason didn't answer: Receiver - CSN Philly
Matthews is quite possibly the most underrated player on the Eagles. Yes, dropped passes were a major issue last season, and no, he didn't reach 1,000 yards receiving. Yet had a wide receiver accomplished what he has in his first two seasons during almost any other period, people would be over the moon. In fact, you probably should be anyway.

Douglas, Weidl Named To Personnel Staff -
"It’s imperative to me that we have a player personnel department that is not only top-notch and innovative, but has excellent communication with all phases of our football operations," said Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles Chairman and CEO. "It’s a crucial part of the success of an NFL franchise and it will always be a priority for me. I’m very pleased how thorough and patient we were with the search process that began in January. With the additions of Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl, along with the other changes we have made, we all feel that we will have a strong department of talent evaluators that will work well with all facets of football operations to make the best decisions for our franchise and for our fans."

How Quarterbacks Are Made - The MMQB
"I think what really happens is confidence," says Dr. Kevin Elko, a sports psychologist who has spent the past several months interviewing QB prospects for the Eagles. "A lot of people think that confidence is a gene and that it’s sort of an emotion, but the real answer is a choice that someone modeled and helped you practice."

Ricardo Lockette is expected to retire from the NFL after serious neck injury - SB Nation
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette never fully recovered from the vicious hit he took on special teams last November, and now his career is over. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Lockette will announce his retirement Thursday. He suffered a serious neck injury Nov. 1 when Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath knocked him to the ground while covering a punt. Lockette immediately went down to the ground without moving and was motionless on the field for several minutes before being lifted onto a stretcher. ESPN's Ed Werder says he's no longer able to rotate his head.

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