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DeSean Jackson may find himself in high demand - PFT
Washington receiver DeSean Jackson has been sending mixed messages about whether he wants to return to Philadelphia or stay where he has been for the last three years. However, Jackson may have more than two options when the market opens in 18 days. Current chatter in league circles is that Jackson will be generating strong interest as free agency approaches. Despite being 30, he’s still one of the fastest players in the league — capable of breaking a game open and otherwise stretching a defense in a way that allows others to operate in the underneath area.

Listen to BLG on SportsRadio 94WIP - SoundCloud
BGN Radio’s John Barchard and BLG talked Eagles on WIP last night. We talked about the Connor Barwin trade rumors and more.

Eagles Mailbag: Eagles shouldn’t be afraid to double-dip at cornerback - BGN
In case you missed it, I answered your Eagles questions.

Grocery shopping: Five college players to watch who could interest the Eagles in the 2017 NFL Draft - PhillyVoice
In 2016, Zay Jones had ridiculous numbers, catching 158 passes for 1746 yards and 8 TDs. Those numbers always felt massively inflated due to East Carolina's pass-happy spread offense, as ECU attempted 554 passes this season, seventh-most in the country. This was not the first time an ECU receiver put up huge numbers. For example, in 2014 Justin Hardy caught 121 passes for 1494 yards and 10 TDs. The Atlanta Falcons ended up taking Hardy in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After watching Jones all week at the Senior Bowl a month ago, I am no longer concerned with whether or not he can play (he most certainly can).

Words Matter - Iggles Blitz
Every offseason I have to write a piece on how confusing this time of the year can be. You have to know who to trust and you have to read things very carefully to understand whether they are reporting something or just speculating. The biggest issue has to do with sources. Some people get a lot of info from agents. The problem there is that agents have agendas. If they offer legit news, the item will still have a positive slant for their client. Other times the agent is lying and trying to generate rumors about their client. Good writers can usually tell what is legit and what isn’t, but there are times when even a veteran writer will go with a errant report.

Lawlor: Eagles Resolved Key Issues In 2016 - PE.com
Think back to a year ago. There was a lot of mystery with the Eagles. Doug Pederson was the new head coach, but no one knew what to make of him. Howie Roseman was back in charge of personnel. He had spent a year away from that role and fans were not sure what to expect from him. There were some rosters questions as well. The Eagles had no quarterback. Sam Bradford was a free agent. So was Chase Daniel. Carson Wentz was a draft prospect. The Eagles didn't have a top-10 pick in the draft. Fletcher Cox and the team were talking about an extension, but weren't close on terms. The overall roster was in a state of flux in the transition from the Chip Kelly era. There were going to be major scheme changes on both offense and defense. Overall, there was a lot of uncertainty.

Are the Eagles a Stable Franchise? - Philly Football Talk
The Eagles are in a bit of a holding pattern right now, but they could certainly take off next year, with a leap from Wentz, and vaunt up this ranking. I also think that Joe Douglas being here is going to create even more stability. I really don’t believe that the Eagles want to let Douglas leave anytime soon and me thinks that he is the reason they haven’t filled that GM position just yet. He just has to prove himself with this upcoming draft/free agency and I think they hand that GM job to him. They’ve put a lot on Douglas’ plate and I really think Jeff and Howie plan on him being around for a long, long time. After years of chaos, I think the Eagles are close to being back to ultimate stability. Wentz helps, but it’s a change in organizational philosophy as well. They’ve invested heavily in the draft, with bringing in Douglas, and I believe that Howie and Co. have learned the downsides of building through free agency. Howie is tired of band-aids and so are we.

Roob's 25 Random Points: Eagles' wide receivers, Flat Earth Truthers, Mondo Cozmo and more - CSN Philly
Getting back to free agent wide receivers … was just thinking who’s the best UFA wide receiver the Eagles have signed since Irving Fryar 20 years ago? Kevin Curtis? James Thrash? Consider this: Since 1973, Eagles wide receivers have had 36 seasons with 50 or more catches. Only six of those 36 have been courtesy of wideouts the Eagles signed as free agents (Charles Johnson (1), Curtis (1), Thrash (2), Fryar (2)). Safe to say Fryar is the only true impact wideout signing the Eagles have made since the inception of free agency in 1992. The Eagles have landed Mike Quick, Fred Barnett, Calvin Williams, Jason Avant, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin in the draft and Miles Austin, Jeff Graham, Steve Smith, Michael Timpson, Rueben Randle and Chris Givens in free agency. See a pattern?

The NFL’s best cornerbacks versus each route type in 2016 - PFF
Best CB defending the go route in 2016 (min. six targeted routes); Dre Kirkpatrick, Bengals. Dre Kirkpatrick defended the go route as well as one can possibly do it in 2016. He was targeted nine times on such routes without allowing a catch, and he intercepted two passes (tied for most in NFL). He had the lowest QB rating against, with a 0.0, 39.6 points lower than if a QB just threw an incomplete pass every time. Kirkpatrick was used in multiple coverages when stopping the go route: five times he was in man coverage, either cover-1 or cover-2 man, and four times in zone, twice in cover-6, once in cover-4, and once in cover-3. Both of Kirkpatrick’s interceptions came in zone coverage, while in man he broke up one of five passes with another being incomplete due to an underthrow.

Cutting Jeremy Maclin is an Awful Idea - Arrowhead Pride
Look... I don’t know how to say this, but you’re wrong. You’re just... wrong. Did Maclin have a rough year? Yes. Was he clearly struggling mentally early in the season after some personal tragedy struck? Yes. Did he then suffer a groin injury that lingered for quite some time (OUCH)? Absolutely. But the most important question you should be asking is this: after all the crap, was Maclin looking like himself down the stretch? And there is only one answer to that: absolutely, positively, beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt, YES.

Jeff Triplette resigns as NFL Referees Association president - SB Nation
Triplette has been the head of the organization for more than a decade, but will be stepping out of the role in 2017.

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