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The Linc: The Eagles have a big shopping list, and it could include Kenny Stills

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Eagles' offseason to-do list - Philly.com

The positions on the Eagles roster that caused griping on barstools, talk radio airwaves, and online comment sections were relayed to Howie Roseman last week as team needs: wide receiver, cornerback, running back. Roseman nodded as each position was mentioned before quickly interjecting.

"I wasn't nodding toward the positions," Roseman said. "I was just nodding toward the question."

Roseman understood that what he says is dispersed around the NFL, and he doesn't "want to give the answers to the test to anyone."

Of course, there was 16 games' worth of evidence showing what the Eagles need.

Mailbag: Dolphins WR Kenny Stills makes a lot of sense for Eagles - ESPN

That doesn’t mean the front office will avoid signing stopgaps altogether, but it does suggest to me that the significant investments will be in young, ascending players that will be in their prime when the Eagles are ready to truly contend.

Stills (6-foot, 195 pounds) seems to fit the bill.

The 24-year-old out of Oklahoma had 42 catches for 726 yards and nine touchdowns for the Dolphins this season. A fifth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2013, Stills was traded to Miami for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick prior to the '15 season and has proven to be an asset for the Miami offense, particularly this season. The Eagles are in desperate need of a receiver that can stretch the field, and that happens to be Stills’ specialty. Possessing sub-4.40 second, 40-yard speed, Stills averaged 17.3 yards per catch in 2016 -- good for third in the NFL behind DeSean Jackson (17.9) and Chris Hogan of the New England Patriots (17.9).

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker recently wrote that the wideout’s production “may price Stills out of Miami.”

Eagles, Jaguars lead worst-to-first candidates for 2017 season - NFL.com

I don't think the Cowboys will win 13 games again in 2017. Dallas was 3-3 within the NFC East, with the Eagles playing them to overtime in Week 8 (and winning the meaningless regular-season finale). Going back to 2011, only four teams have gone from worst to first -- and all four came from the NFC East. So why buck the trend? The Eagles have a good, young quarterback in Carson Wentz, who bounced back nicely from a mid-season valley, and a promising coach in Andy Reid-disciple Doug Pederson, while Fletcher Cox, Jordan Hicks and Brandon Graham anchor a strong defense. The top-notch front office, headed by Howie Roseman, has eight draft picks coming up, including one in the top 20. Give them more speed at running back and receiver and look out.

Carson Wentz is a border collie, and other Eagles-as-dogs - Philly Voice

The following exercise can only be described as a complete, possibly fatuous stretch of the imagination. That doesn't mean it's not fun and interesting to consider.

With the NFL Playoffs set to begin this coming weekend, pet insurance company Petplan has compiled a list of some of the league's top stars with comparisons of their characteristics to different dog breeds. National Dog Show host and former football publicist David Frei made the picks.