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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/27/16.

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Joe Walker, Byron Marshall aim to make Philadelphia Eagles roster - Addicted to Quack
With the first round of rookie mini camp in the books, I took a look at two former Oregon players and their quest to make the league. 7th round draft pick Joe Walker, and undrafted free agent Byron Marshall both aim to make the Philadelphia Eagles squad this year. I got the chance to ask a few questions with fellow SB Nation writer Brandon Lee Gowton. Check out Bleeding Green Nation for the flip side of the Q&A where Matt Sexton and myself answered a few questions about Joe Walker and his chances of making the Eagles.

Eagles spent the most guaranteed money in the NFL on undrafted free agents - PhillyVoice
With a dearth of early picks and a roster that lacks quality depth at a number of positions, it became crucial that the Eagles hit on their later picks, as well as some undrafted free agents. Speaking after the draft, Howie Roseman was asked what their approach to the undrafted free agency portion of the draft was this year. "Aggressive," he said. "We were extremely aggressive." Howie wasn't lying. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Eagles spent more in guaranteed money on undrafted free agents than any team in the NFL, and by a wide margin.

Connor Barwin talks music, our 'gnarly city,' and more - Inquirer
"People love, and are passionate about, sports," Barwin says. He's stoked to be playing for aggressive new Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz - Barwin calls him "the man" - who has shifted Barwin from outside linebacker to defensive end in his 4-3 defensive scheme. "And people love, and are passionate about, music. And that's me. That's who I am. And it's a lot of people. The more I get immersed in the Philadelphia music scene, the more people I meet who are die-hard Eagles fans. To me, this is a way to unite music and sports and allow them to work together to make a difference."

All-22: What Rodney McLeod Brings To the Eagles - Birds 24/7
Former teammate Chris Long called him an "all around really good player," while one NFC West senior scout told the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane that McLeod is "super smart," a "really good tackler" and someone who "takes away reads from the QB." McLeod’s new partner on the back end, Jenkins, doesn’t disagree. "I’ve watched him on tape before he even got here, and he’s a young player that’s very instinctual, very sudden and explosive out of the post as a deep player," Jenkins said. "He’s also somebody who knows football, is pretty smart, can control his side of the field. So that actually frees me up; I don’t have to control the whole defense. You got somebody else that’s barking out orders, too, so it’s fun."

In Year 2, Hicks Takes Charge Of Defense - PE.com
Jordan Hicks accepts the challenge, and it’s a large one, as the middle linebacker of a defense that will play with a downhill mentality 180 degrees opposite of what the Eagles defense did in 2015, his rookie season. The Kid sure has been asked to grow up in a hurry in the NFL …

Howie Roseman calls Chip Kelly tenure a 'humbling experience' - FOX Sports
"Last year was, for all of us, a humbling experience. For myself, being in a much different role for that year and just getting a chance to step back and learn about some of the things that I did as a young GM and some of the things that other people around sports were doing. Getting a chance to travel and visit with teams in the NBA and Major League Baseball and the NHL and going to Europe and visiting with EPL teams, talking with past GMs in the NFL who were successful. It was a great learning experience for me because there's a lot of things that I would like to have back."

DeSean Jackson a no-show at Redskins' OTAs - CSN Philly
DeSean Jackson isn't taking part in voluntary team workouts, and the Washington Redskins don't seem to care. Jackson was the only healthy player not at Redskins Park this week for the first organized team activities of the offseason. But teammates and coach Jay Gruden brushed off Jackson's notable absence, saying the veteran wide receiver knows how to get prepared.

These are now Howie Roseman's Eagles - NJ.com
Now what happens next is crucial. Roseman's rebuilding of the roster, commitment to certain players, hiring of Pederson, especially the hiring of Pederson, and trading for Wentz will define him and the team for years to come. If it works and the Eagles return to power in the NFC, Roseman will be the happiest man in the NovaCare and be rewarded with not only the success of the franchise, but the accolades of his peers around the league. Should it fail and the Eagles, without a first-round draft pick in 2017 and a second-round draft pick in 2018, flounder at the bottom of the conference, then Lurie has to put his loyalty and friendship aside and fire Roseman.

Tony Romo leads the list of NFL players under pressure to stay healthy for 2016 - SB Nation
Tony Romo and Jason Pierre-Paul have a lot to prove next season, and most of it has to do with remaining healthy.

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