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Stoutland Thrilled With State Of O-Line -
There has been a narrative in some circles that the Eagles are preparing to release some of their veterans, notably center Jason Kelce. That isn’t the case. The Eagles plan on Kelce starting at center. They have Jason Peters at left tackle (“He had the best year last year since I’ve been coaching him,” Stoutland said of Peters. “He’s been fantastic.”) They have Lane Johnson at right tackle. They have Brandon Brooks at right guard. They have an open situation at left guard and players like Seumalo, Allen Barbre, Wisniewski, and Warmack will compete for the job.

The report about trading Malcolm Jenkins seems like total bullcrap - BGN
From late last night.

Alshon Jeffery Can Help the Eagles' Offense Take Flight - numberFire
Since entering the league in 2011, only DeSean Jackson has a higher yards per reception mark than Smith's 17.0 career average. That's a vertical element the Eagles desperately need. Philadelphia ranked 29th in the league with just 39 receptions of 20-plus yards last season. With Smith opening up the deep part of the field, Jeffery has a chance to truly do some damage all over the field. Both players add some much needed versatility to an offense that saw Wentz rarely succeed when passing beyond 15 yards.

What has the rest of the NFC East done in free agency so far? - PhillyVoice
Because they are in even worse salary cap shape than the Eagles, the Cowboys have been quiet, at least in terms of free agent signings. For some reason, with their limited financial resources, they decided to pay former Eagles CB Nolan Carroll $10 million ($4 million in the first year) on a three-year deal. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have lost a number key contributors. In fact, they have lost six players who played at least 500 snaps last season.

Sielski: With Eagles, Smith out to show he's the same speedster he's always been -
Smith had run the 40-yard dash at the 2011 combine in 4.41 seconds. He'd had a terrific season in 2013 with the Baltimore Ravens: 65 receptions, 1,128 yards. He'd caught 11 touchdown passes the following season. He had made his mark in the NFL through his speed, through his ability to "take the top off a defense" (in the football parlance of our times). But his reception total has fallen every year since '13, and over two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers - including one under Chip Kelly - he caught just 53 passes. And he turned 28 in January, which isn't old in the NFL but isn't exactly young, either. And at that Friday news conference, there, in so many words, was the question that all elite athletes resent even if they don't admit it: So, you still got it? "Absolutely," Smith said. "You want to race? We can go do it."

A Closer Look to What Alshon Jeffery Brings to the Eagles - Philly Football Talk
After the poor performance by the receiving corps in 2016, Howie Roseman and the Eagles’ Front Office knew they needed to bring in talent for their young QB. First, they brought in Torrey Smith from the 49ers and overshadowing that move was the signing of Alshon Jeffery on a 1-year deal. Jeffery brings a much-needed threat at the wide receiver position for this Eagles team. Outside receivers Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham combined for 72 catches for 757 yards and each were nearly out produced by the 3rd string tight end Trey Burton who had 37 catches for 327 yards. Jeffery alone had 52 catches for 821 yards in 2016 while playing with 3 different starting quarterbacks (Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer & Matt Barkley) and in 3 less games.

Taking a look at Eagles 1st round CB options - EaglesWire
Tabor is exactly the kind of corner the Eagles need. He can play the nickel as well as hold his own on the outside. Yes, he ran a slow 40-yard dash (4.62 seconds) at the Combine. Yes, he can be ‘grabby’ from time to time, but the bottom line is he’s a baller. Aggressive corners have a home in Jim Schwartz’s defense. Tabor can follow the path of fellow Florida cornerback Joe Haden by running a much better time at his pro day.

Up against cap, Howie Roseman 'comfortable' with Eagles going young at corner - CSN Philly
There also needs to be space for the team's incoming draft class -- a draft class that will be under serious pressure immediately. Jalen Mills appears to be destined for the slot. That leaves the Eagles with no outside corners with NFL experience on the roster. But that's OK. Roseman recalled the 2004 Super Bowl squad, which featured Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown at corner. Both were drafted in 2002. Roseman's thinking is that if you draft the right players, you should be able to rely on them early on. "I think we look back to 2004, certainly not comparing this team to that Super Bowl team, but we went into that year with Lito and Sheldon, [who] hadn't started," Roseman said. "There were some of those same questions. We would be comfortable if that's how it turned out. Again, we've got a long period of time before we play a game, before we report to training camp. We're going to look at every option to try and improve this team, but certainly, we'd be comfortable if that's how it shook out."

BGN Radio Bonus: Barch & Seltzer Invade The Evening Show with Jon Marks -
John Barchard & James Seltzer joined 94WIP's Jon Marks in studio last night to discuss the Jeffery, Wentz & a lot more.

NFL painkiller lawsuit filings portray team doctors as willfully negligent - SB Nation
The NFL and NFL teams have been screwing up science for a long time. It took the league more than a decade to admit the link between football and CTE that Dr. Bennet Omalu published in 2005. Last year, the New York Times found that an NFL committee omitted at least 100 concussions from a database it used to downplay the prevalence of head injuries. Later, the Times found that the NFL was perpetuating unsubstantiated claims that a youth football safety program reduced injuries.

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