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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/15/17.

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The Four NFL Teams That Will Bounce Back in 2017 - The Ringer
The Eagles ended the season in last place of the NFC East with a 7–9 record, but finished with a whopping plus-36 point differential. That was not only better than two teams that finished ahead of them in the division (the 8–7–1 Redskins at plus-13, and 11–5 Giants at plus-26), but outpaced the 12–4 Raiders (plus-31), the 10–6 Dolphins (minus-17), the 9–7 Titans (plus-3), the 9–7 Lions (minus-12), and the 9–7 Bucs (minus-15). This meant that Philly ended the year 2.21 Pythagorean wins below expectation — despite being dealt the second-toughest schedule in the NFL, per DVOA.

13 players the Eagles can get rid of to save cap space - BGN
The Eagles can save at least $20 million.

Facebook Live Chat With BLG & JB - BGNRadio.com
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Thoughts on 12 'other' free agent wide receivers and their fit with the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Quick was still recovering heading into the 2015 season, as he had to wear a yellow beanie over his helmet for training camp so his teammates knew they were not allowed to hit him hard. He did not play until October, and had just 10 catches for 102 yards with no TDs on the season. In 2016, Quick bounced back to some degree with 41 catches for 564 yards and 3 TDs, all of which were career highs in a God-awful offense. Doug Pederson has noted his preference for bigger receivers, and Quick could be a low-cost No. 2 target in free agency, as in a second guy they sign after a legitimate difference-maker.

Some RB Talk - Iggles Blitz
Lacy is talented. He is a big, power runner who would be interesting to pair with Sproles and Smallwood. Lacy is very physical and that’s something Mathews brought to the offense last year. It would be good to have a physical presence in the run game. This would be a complete roll of the dice. Lacy might not work out at all. But you only try this on a cheap, one-year deal. You see if you can catch lightning in a bottle.

Previewing the Eagles' offseason: Running backs - Philly.com
Wendell Smallwood could become the primary ball carrier, or he could just share duties with Sproles and whomever. I don’t think we saw enough from the rookie to rule out that possibility. My sense is that he projects more as a No. 2, but the Eagles might have higher expectations for their 2016 fifth-round draft pick. Smallwood rushed 77 times for 312 yards (4.1 avg.) and one touchdown last year. We didn’t see much of him as a receiver (six catches for 55 yards) even though he was effective in the passing game in college. Smallwood needs to improve his blocking, though, if he wants to be on the field consistently on third downs. Sproles was well ahead of him in that regard.

Five moves each NFC East team should make this offseason - ESPN
Sign DeSean Jackson. It's a good story, of course, but it just makes sense for the Eagles to bring back Jackson, their former star wideout, given their offensive needs. Carson Wentz ranked 26th in passer rating on "deep" passes of 16-plus yards downfield, and while coach Doug Pederson installed a relatively conservative scheme for his rookie quarterback, the Eagles desperately need some speed to scare teams off pressing the line of scrimmage while providing Wentz with a big-play weapon downfield.

4 under the radar WR prospects for the Eagles - EaglesWire
Williams is one of the most consistent wideouts when it comes to catching the football. He has a special feel for when to attack the ball on contested catches. His reliable catching ability would be a plus for Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense. Despite his size, Williams is a legitimate threat on the outside. He works at the line to get a release without being jammed and runs precise, smooth routes. Williams is able to generate yards after the catch and plays with an edge, finishing plays like a running back at times.

A look through 10 possible free-agent WR targets for Eagles - CSN Philly
At 28, Britt is coming off his first 1,000-yard season in 2016 just in time to hit the market as a free agent. Britt had some off-the-field troubles early in his career but seems to have moved past that. He posted highs in receptions and receiving yards last season and is a pretty good deep threat. For the Eagles: Sure, Britt should be on their radar. He can stretch the field some and is somewhat of a proven commodity, although they shouldn't expect the type of season he had in 2016 again.

Could Eagles' Chase Daniel solve Jets' never-ending QB dilemma? - NJ.com
So maybe it's time for Maccagnan to think outside the box. Could the Eagles' Chase Daniel be the perfect guy? Maybe. From a talent perspective, Daniel is about average. He's accurate with an OK arm. He won't ever wow you, but doesn't make the back-breaking mistake to cost a game. He has been in the NFL eight years, but attempted just 78 passes. He's a journeyman backup who wants a chance to start. He's tailor-made for new coordinator John Morton's (expected) offense.

Quarterbacks And Coaching Win In NFL - PE.com
Quarterbacks and coaching. The NFL proved once again on Sunday night in Super Bowl LI that the winning formula includes a high level of performance by the quarterback, in this came the incomparable Tom Brady, and the ability of the coaching staff to maximize talent and make the correct in-game adjustments ...

The Dallas Cowboys Didn’t “Luck” Into Dak Prescott; They Did Their Homework - Blogging The Boys
Lol, sure.

Which NFL players are getting the franchise tag in 2017? - SB Nation
Yet the Washington brass still seems indecisive about whether to lock up Cousins, which would cause his cap number for the upcoming season to take off even more, and with three of the most lethal weapons in Cousins’ arsenal (DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Vernon Davis) hitting free agency, Scot McCloughan and company need to make a decision sooner rather than later. But again, if the two sides can’t get a deal done, the franchise tag will certainly be an option again for Washington, which used it last season on Cousins.

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