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2017 NFL Mock Draft as voted by SB Nation - BGN
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Most-improved defensive players by position last season - PFF
Nigel Bradham, Philadelphia Eagles. 2015 season grade: 39.2, 2016 season grade: 86.5. Another case of changing scenery, Bradham’s 2016 season with the Eagles was very impressive. Like Riley, his 2015 campaign featured below-average play across the board. Bradham played the most snaps in his career (989), while remaining consistent defending the run and in pass coverage. Particularly shining in coverage, he allowed only 0.80 yards per snap in coverage (third among 4-3 OLBs). On top of this, Bradham racked up 24 run stops, compared to only 14 in 2015.

Joe Mixon's Past Poses NFL Franchises with a Uniquely Troubling Dilemma - B/R
If the video of Joe Mixon wasn’t bad enough, the question around the NFL these days is almost equally daunting. What if there’s more? Mixon, the star running back from the University of Oklahoma, is considered by many NFL people to be the best running back available in the draft. But a video of him punching a woman in July 2014 all but assures that he will not be drafted in the first round, and at least four teams have already taken him completely off their board.

Greg Cosell's NFL draft preview: Dalvin Cook has good NFL skills, but might not be a foundation back - Yahoo
You’ll see a lot of comparisons between now and the draft between LSU‘s Leonard Fournette and Florida State‘s Dalvin Cook, because they’re considered the top two backs in this year’s draft. I wonder if that’s the wrong comparison. Perhaps the better comparison for Cook is Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. Cook isn’t an NFL foundation back, like Fournette is. He doesn’t possess the power needed to be a foundation back, in my opinion. That doesn’t mean Cook won’t be a good NFL player, I just don’t think he’s the type of back you run your offense through.

Eagles asked NFL to schedule them for back-to-back games in Los Angeles - PhillyVoice
"Looking at the schedule and looking at where we're going, one of the proposals was to try to stay out on the west coast twice, for two games," said Doug Pederson at the NFL Annual Meetings. "We'll see next month when it comes out if we were able to get that."

Breakfast With Doug - Iggles Blitz
As simple and obvious as that sounds, I think there is real value in Wentz knowing he’s the starter. He will work with the first unit all spring and summer. He knows to carry himself as the leader of the team. He knows he has to be ready, mentally and physically. When you are third on the dept chart, things are more complicated. You don’t want to step on any toes. You have to be somewhat deferential. You also find yourself throwing a lot of passes to guys that will be washing Jimmy Bama’s car a few months from now. Being the starter changes your mentality and places you in the best environment.

Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins visits Congress to push criminal justice reforms - Philly.com
Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins traded his shoulder pads for a notepad Thursday as he and three other NFL players met with members of Congress to urge them to make the criminal justice system more fair and to focus on improving the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities. For some of them, the issue was personal.

Eagle Eye: What To Watch For At Wideout - PE.com
Ever wonder what you should be looking for when evaluating the best NFL wide receivers? Former NFL scout Matt Williamson joins Fran Duffy to talk about the most important traits needed to succeed in the NFL on this week's Eagle Eye In The Sky Podcast.

What's next? 10 predictions for Eagles, NFL Draft 2017 and next season - NJ.com
Long will have an impact on defensive end Vinny Curry, the presumed starter next season. Curry might end up starting, but Pederson wouldn’t commit to Curry getting the majority of snaps opposite defensive end Brandon Graham. Long should split time with Curry, and with his ability to play defensive tackle as well, the Eagles can move him all over. The result? Look for Long to play plenty of snaps next season — and perhaps even more than Curry.

With future tethered to Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson not in complete control of QB - CSN Philly
"It's always the head coach and the quarterback, right? At this level?" Pederson said. "So I think that answers it. The ... success of Carson, then we all have success." That seems to be pretty true. For now, though, Pederson simply doesn't have any control over Wentz, who has worked with private quarterback guru Adam Dedeaux this offseason. While Pederson didn't come out and say it on Wednesday, it would be understandable if he wasn't too thrilled about the idea of Wentz's working with a private quarterback guru on mechanics. Coaches normally like to be in control of everything -- in this case, Pederson is completely powerless. What changes does he expect to see in Wentz's mechanics upon his return to the NovaCare Complex in April?

TBT: Is this Eagles drive the worst in NFL history? - For The Win
The results of the drive? Two official plays, -30 yards and one botched punt on SECOND DOWN!?!?! You know when you’re punting on second down that things have gone horribly wrong.

Would 2016 first-round QBs have same value this year? - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. is confident Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch would all be first-round picks if they were in the 2017 NFL draft.

10 of the top observations from NFL coaches at the owners meeting - SB Nation
Making them wait: On the flip side, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson arrived a couple of minutes early for his 7:15 a.m. chat. Other head coaches did, too. The rest of them sat and let it rip. Pederson stood for a bit, sat down for a bit, reminded everyone his time started at 7:15 a.m., watched his watch, and literally did not commence until exactly 7:15 a.m. It was a stupid moment.

Why Is Colin Kaepernick Still Looking for a Job? - The MMQB
The theories are hotly debated: He’s being blackballed for his protests. He’s not an elite QB. Football isn’t a top priority. His mobile style of play isn’t in vogue anymore. The truth: there’s no simple answer

What it’s like to live with a national symbol - California Sunday
Andres Ayure, a Coast Guard lieutenant, has lived in Dutch for just over a year. On his third day in Alaska he’d decided to hike up Mount Ballyhoo, a gorgeous, sweeping mountain on the edge of town. On his way down, a juvenile eagle decided he or she didn’t like the look of Ayure in his American Eagle hoodie and dive-bombed him more than ten times — scaring him to death. “I was like, ‘No way. Third day in Alaska. I didn’t want to come here, and now I’m going to die by the hand of an eagle. This is B.S.’” Ayure barely escaped. When he patted the front pocket of his sweatshirt he realized he’d lost his phone and his keys while ducking and sliding away from the bird’s talons. He looked back up the mountain, just in time to see the eagle fly off with his phone.

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