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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/27/17.

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Kyle Williams - Rotoworld
The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci considers DT Kyle Williams' roster spot "extremely vulnerable." Especially if the Bills keep Tyrod Taylor, they will have to make some cap-saving moves. Turning 34 in June, Williams carries an $8.3 million cap number and would save the Bills $6.8 million if released. Williams would make a lot of sense in Philadelphia as a replacement for impending free agent NT Bennie Logan. Williams had a monster year under Eagles DC Jim Schwartz with Buffalo in 2014, dominating as both an interior pass rusher and run defender.

What is the Eagles' biggest offseason need? - BGN
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NFL Combine preview: Guard prospects who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
As of today, February 26, guard is not a need. However, with the Eagles almost certain to free up a significant amount of cap space, players like Jason Kelce and Allen Barbre could be on the move. Additionally, it is expected that Stefen Wisniewski will walk in free agency. That will open up some holes along the interior of the Eagles' offensive line. If Kelce is indeed among the cuts/trades, Seumalo would be an obvious replacement at center, and the Eagles will need to find help at guard, regardless of whether or not the aging Barbre survives cap casualty season.

Lawlor: Why The Combine Really Matters -
It is important that the Eagles find the right players this year. Adding Carson Wentz last year was a huge move, but the challenge now is to surround him with talent. Getting the right quarterback is critical, but football is a team game. One player isn't enough. Just look at the Colts. Andrew Luck is a franchise quarterback. That organization has been unable to build around him. They haven't had a good offensive line in Luck's five years. They haven't finished in the top 20 in rushing. They haven't had a top-10 defense. The Colts go as far as Luck takes them.

Important Week Ahead - Iggles Blitz
Indy will be crazy this week. You will have all 32 coaches, every GM/team executive and every agent in the book all together in one spot. There will be all kinds of talks, in regard to contracts, free agency and trades. The Eagles have a lot of talking to do. They need to see if they can trade Mychal Kendricks, Jason Kelce and/or Connor Barwin. They need to talk to Bennie Logan’s agent. They should feel out the agents for the top WRs and CBs so they can start to make realistic plans for free agency. There will also be a coin flip so we can find out if the Eagles will pick 14th or 15th. My free advice is to choose tails.

The Book on Draft Prospects, According to Mike Mayock - The MMQB
“This is as good and as deep a class as I’ve seen in a draft in several years—with the exception of quarterback and offensive line. Running backs and tight ends, top end and depth are outstanding. Tight ends—I haven’t seen a group like this in years. Wide receivers, very good. Defensively, it’s unbelievable. The edge rushers … we haven’t seen a group like this in a long, long time. You’ll be able to get a starting edge rusher in the fourth round that last year or most drafts you’d compare to an edge rusher in the second round. Cornerbacks and safeties, it’s the best I’ve seen in 10 years, at least.”

Ford: Eagles need to first win the roster game - Inquirer
If the Eagles are going to get moving quickly in the right direction, they have to make sure they aren't sending good players out the door this time for the sake of expediency. And they have to hit on the incoming free agents and, especially, on those draft picks from the second and third days. Recently, the haul has been skimpy. Jordan Matthews and Jordan Hicks were second-day selections, as was Isaac Seumalo. (And Rowe.) Jalen Mills and Beau Allen arrived on the third day. If you want to throw in Wendell Smallwood and Halpouliovaati Vaitai as third-day finds, go ahead. It's not a long list, however.

NFC East 2017 offseason preview: Needs, fits for Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Redskins - CBS Sports
Most important this offseason is the quest to surround quarterback Carson Wentz with more playmakers as running back Ryan Mathews is not expected to return. They do like the upside of Wendell Smallwood. Expect the Eagles to pursue receivers, while also seeking to upgrade at cornerback, where Leodis McKelvin was released and Nolan Carroll will be a free agent.

Reception Perception: Mike Williams & Completing the Story of the Unseen - The Fantasy Footballers
Mike Williams has long had the intrigue of NFL Draft evaluators. As a sophomore in 2014, Williams posted over 1,000 receiving yards and showed he was a big play maven, averaging 18.1 yards per catch. Unfortunately, he couldn’t sustain that momentum as a serious neck injury cost him the remainder of his junior season after just two catches in his first outing. Williams elected to return for his senior season and culminated his collegiate resume with 98 catches, 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns on way to Clemson snagging the National Championship trophy. The appeal to Williams is easy to see on the surface as he’s built like the prototypical No. 1 X receiver. The Clemson wideout is listed at 6-foot-3 and over 220 pounds. He was used as a such in his collegiate career, as well. Williams lined up outside on a whopping 97.9 percent of his snaps taken over the six games sampled for his Reception Perception evaluation.

Nick Mangold released by Jets after 11 seasons at center - SB Nation
Prior to an injury-filled 2016, Nick Mangold missed only four games in his first 10 years with the Jets.


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