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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/28/17.

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Alshon Jeffery joining Eagles may have biggest impact on NFC East - ESPN
Tim McManus, Philadelphia Eagles reporter: The Eagles picked up the top receiver on the market by inking Alshon Jeffery to a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $14 million. Suddenly, Carson Wentz goes from having arguably the worst outside receivers in the NFL to being armed with a legitimate No. 1 in Jeffery on one side and a deep threat in Torrey Smith (he signed a 3-year, $15 million deal) on the other. While the Giants' (Brandon Marshall) and the Redskins’ (Terrelle Pryor) receiver acquisitions are significant, no move changes the dynamics on offense quite like the one for Jeffery. He will provide a reliable target for Wentz, shielding off defenders and flying high for catches in the red zone, and will help create spacing for receiver Jordan Matthews and tight end Zach Ertz on the inside.

These 12 Local Philly Podcasts Will Improve Your Commute, and Your Life - Thrillist
Hey, look! Our podcast, BGN Radio, made this list.

Rumor: Eagles gave Carson Wentz a list of 8 wide receivers to study - BGN
Interesting. We know at least a couple names who are on the list.

Joe Mixon a perfect fit for Eagles' offense, but would they consider drafting him? - PhillyVoice
As a football player, Mixon is everything the Eagles need in a running back. It's perhaps also worth noting that they haven't won a playoff game since the 2008 season, and Eagles fans are running thin on patience. Lurie made a controversial splash in 2009 when he added Vick. Would he do the same with Mixon?

Pederson: Offense Adds Key Pieces - PE.com
PHOENIX - Doug Pederson is excited, and he should feel that way. The Eagles added to the offense in free agency with the signings of wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, along with guard Chance Warmack and quarterback Nick Foles. That side of the ball, potentially, has gotten a whole lot better ...

Bowen: Don't expect much insight when Eagles owner Lurie speaks to the media - Daily News
So here we are, back in Arizona, scheduled to meet late Tuesday afternoon with Jeffrey Lurie, the first session with the Eagles' chairman since last year's NFL meetings. There was a time, if you dig far enough back into the archives, when Lurie frequently spoke, in formal and informal settings, attempting to set the narrative for his franchise. But the chairman has been an infrequent and - to borrow a phrase from English class - unreliable narrator the past few years.

Biggest questions still facing Jeffrey Lurie, Doug Pederson and Eagles - NJ.com
Will Kelce be back: One of the biggest questions on the roster centers, no pun intended, around Jason Kelce. The veteran center's status on the roster has been up in the air for weeks, as the Eagles have appeared to make move-after-move to prepare for his departure from the team. If he can't give a firm commitment to Kelce being on the roster in 2017, it might be time to finally start counting the days until Kelce is sent packing.

Roob's 25 Random Points: Christian McCaffrey, Jonathan Rado, Dylan Ennis & more - CSN Philly
I have to say I'm intrigued by McCaffrey and the possibilities he presents. Especially in this offense. Are there risks drafting a slightly undersized running back in the first round? No question. But there are risks drafting any of these guys. As a rule, I just don't like first-round running backs. The shelf life of the average running back is so short these days. Backs take such a beating and incur so many injuries and are generally done somewhere around 27 or 28 years old. So to take one in the first round, you really better have a high level of confidence that this is the guy. It's so rare for running backs to produce consistently, year after year, and that's what you need from a first-round pick.

NFL Draft: 2014 Eagles, Browns may have laid groundwork for Lions to trade down in 2017 - Pride of Detroit
Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton helps us revisit a draft day trade that could give us better insight into what the Lions could get in return for their pick at 21.

13 best things from the NFL coaches photo in Phoenix - SB Nation
The NFL owners meeting is going on in Phoenix and, as is tradition, the coaches of the 32 teams lined up for a picture. It’s quite possibly our favorite part of the meetings every year. Bill Belichick, for a second consecutive year, was absent from the photo. Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase was as well.

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