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Eagles News: Carson Wentz draws a comparison to Marcus Mariota

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Eagles DT, former Titan Mike Martin compares Carson Wentz to Marcus Mariota -
New Eagles defensive tackle Mike Martin spent the spring lining up against Wentz after being one of Mariota's teammates with the Tennessee Titans last season and compared the two young signal callers during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I'd say, personality wise," Martin said. "Obviously, I've had a lot of time to talk to Marcus [Mariota], with Carson, both are great guys. Really, just likeable guys who come to work every day. He's got a great attitude.  "I haven't gotten to know him too well yet, but through OTAs I had a few conversations with him and he's a funny dude. He's got a good sense of humor and I'm excited to see how things go for him. He'll have a great career and keeps working the way he works."

Joe Walker - Iggles Blitz
Initially I had my doubts about Walker making the team this year. He felt more like a practice squad kind of guy. I’m starting to wonder now if the Eagles aren’t going to take a chance on him. Walker is young and cheap. There is value in that for a backup LB and STer. Obviously the Eagles need Walker to play at a minimal level to consider keeping him. If he struggles this summer, he’ll be headed to the PS. I think the team wants him to make it so they are more likely to grade on a curve, so to speak.

Eagles Undrafted Free Agents To Keep An Eye On - Birds 24/7
The Eagles’ starting linebacking corps seems to be relatively set: Nigel Bradham on the strong side, Jordan Hicks in the middle and Mychal Kendricks on the weak side. But who are the backups? Joe Walker and Najee Goode seem to be good bets at MIKE and WILL, but it’s very unclear who the third reserve would be. Tavarres seems to be a reasonable projection because of his special teams potential — he told Birds 24/7 he’s looking to model his game off of Bryan Braman — and because he received the second-most guaranteed money among all of the undrafted free agents this year across the league.

NFC East Q&A: Bradford, Wentz and Daniel signings don't scare anyone in division - ESPN
Honestly, it may not be fair, but I don’t get the sense that Bradford really scares anyone. The popular opinion of him seems to be that of a guy who hasn’t lived up to his potential, who’s hurt all the time, and who’s made a bunch of money for not actually accomplishing very much.

A way-too-early projection of the Eagles' 53-man roster 2.0 - CSN Philly
Big changes from the last two spots. In the previous projection, I had Beau Allen and Aziz Shittu making the team. Last time, I left off Martin because I wasn't convinced, but the team thought enough of him to put him in Cox's spot while he was away. Martin doesn't just seem like a lock to make the roster, he seems like the first guy off the bench at DT. And Shittu, the undrafted DT from Stanford, has a shot but missed the spring because of the NCAA graduation rule. During that time, Vaeao impressed the coaching staff. Allen and Taylor Hart just don't seem like scheme fits.

Top 5: Malcolm Jenkins -
Safety Malcolm Jenkins is highlighted in this week's edition of Top 5. Where does his 99-yard interception return fall on the list? Find out ...

Andrew Brandt on Fletcher Cox's megadeal and Von Miller's stalemate | The MMQB with Peter King
As for the Eagles, while Cox secured a predictably strong deal, they maintained precedent and structure that all teams crave: no guaranteed money beyond the first two years of the contract which, of course, transfers all risk back to the player. Teams continue to allocate risk to the player after the "easy gives" of early guaranteed money, even for the best players, hiding behind an antiquated funding rule (teams must fund all future guarantees). Agents, anxious to "hit their numbers" (as well as sometimes succumbing to a player’s cash needs), readily accept these team-friendly structures. The Eagles just secured their best player without worry of a precedent of more than two years of guaranteed money.

Maurice Jones-Drew gained 5 yards 5 years ago and it completely changed the NFL - SB Nation
When Maurice Jones-Drew bulldozed through a couple of Indianapolis Colts defenders for 5 yards and a first down in the final minutes of a Week 17 game on New Year's Day in 2012, it sealed a 19-13 victory for the Jacksonville Jaguars and ended a late rally for the Colts. But if Jones-Drew was stuffed at the line of scrimmage, the NFL might look much different today.

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