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Most-improved offensive skill players by position last season - PFF
Moving from Chip Kelly’s inside zone to Mike Mularkey’s “exotic smashmouth” proved to be an absolute game-changer for DeMarco Murray. From Dallas to Philadelphia to Tennessee, the running back hasn’t been a stranger to changes in scenery. Not only did Murray run the ball more aggressively, but his pass blocking improved, as well. He allowed just four QB pressures across 115 pass-blocking snaps. Running behind one of the league’s best O-lines with an emerging quarterback will continue to help Murray, and he may find even more success next season if the Titans can add some playmaking wide receivers.

Tony Romo, Carson Wentz and the 'graying of the quarterback position' - ESPN
Desperation is the default state for any NFL team without a franchise quarterback, so it’s no surprise that the Philadelphia Eagles felt the urgent need to land one last offseason. Their anxiety was compounded, though, by the realization that competition for quality QBs was about to skyrocket. In studying the state of affairs across the league, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and the rest of the Eagles brass recognized there was “a graying of the quarterback position in the National Football League.” Many of the top signal-callers are in their twilight, they observed, and it won’t be long before they exit the game. When that happens, the talent pool will shrink and the demand will go up.

Film breakdown: Eagles have work to do with newly acquired OG Chance Warmack - PhillyVoice
In the Titans' Week 1 game against Minnesota, it seemed clear that the Vikings saw something of Warmack on tape that they were looking to exploit. In that game, Warmack kept lunging at his target with his weight out in front of him, leaving him off-balance. As a counter, Vikings defensive linemen were easily able to side-step him, while continuing to pull him forward and out of the play.

Updated Depth Chart - Iggles Blitz
One of the disappointments last year was the DL. Connor Barwin and Bennie Logan are great guys and they were easy to cheer for, but neither of them fit the new system nearly as well as I thought they would. I wasn’t expecting dominance, but they combined for 29 starts and just 7.5 sacks. It would be one thing if they were getting tons of attention by blockers, but that wasn’t the case. Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox were the guys teams had to gameplan for. Sacks aside, Logan only had 5 TFLs and Barwin struggled vs the run.

Howie Roseman's Eagles drafts: hits, misses, and lots of deals - Inquirer
The Eagles had just traded their franchise quarterback and handed the reins of the team to his young backup. They had cleared tens of millions in salary cap space by releasing several veterans - a few were prominent former Pro Bowlers. But the Eagles didn't spend extravagantly in free agency. Instead, their new baby-faced general manager engineered a series of trades that were, if anything, ostentatious. The year was 2010 and Howie Roseman had just been given the keys to the Eagles' personnel department. Head coach Andy Reid still reigned supreme, and Joe Banner still had great clout over the direction of the franchise. But the then 34-year-old Roseman entered that year's draft with something to prove.

Chalk Talk: Timmy Jernigan's Impact -
Fran Duffy digs through the archives and shares his thoughts on new Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan from when he came out of Florida State in 2014.

What do Eagles' additions mean for Dorial Green-Beckham, other wide receivers? - CSN Philly
Dorial Green-Beckham is big but he plays small. He's fast but plays slow. His routes are sloppy. He doesn't play special teams. His effort is suspect. And, basically, he was just a giant waste of potential in 2016. No more excuses this year. Green-Beckham arrived in Philadelphia during training camp last summer as the return for reserve tackle Dennis Kelly. When things appear to be too good to be true, they usually are. Meet DGB. There were reasons the Titans were willing to part with their second-round pick after just one year, and those reasons became more evident as his year in Philly played out. And he's frustrating because there is clearly potential there; he has talent!

Three possible late-round draft values for Eagles - Allentown Morning Call
Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Eagles drafted another quarterback this year, and Dobbs could be the most intriguing prospect as a sixth- or seventh-rounder. At 6-3 and 215 pounds, a year in their sports science program could do him wonders and make his body a lot sturdier.

Greg Cosell's NFL Draft Preview: WR Mike Williams is a top prospect, with one important question - Yahoo
When you watch Clemson receiver Mike Williams on film, it’s easy to see a conventional NFL “X” receiver, with the size, strength and the ability to make contested catches. There’s a significant question about Williams, and that’s whether he can present a vertical dimension as a deep threat in an offense. Williams is roughly the same size as Julio Jones (almost 6-foot-4, 218 pounds), but Williams isn’t as explosive. When teams evaluate Williams they’ll have to make a determination about his ability to be a vertical threat. If teams don’t think he can do that, then he he’ll have to fit certain schemes.

What grade do the Ravens get for the Timmy Jernigan trade? - Baltimore Beatdown
At first, I was pretty shocked when I looked at the return the Ravens were getting for trading Jernigan and the 99th overall pick to the Eagles. All the Ravens received was the 74th pick. My knee jerk reaction was to give this trade an E, at best, but when looking deeper into it, the trade may have actually been a pretty smart move for Ozzie Newsome and his staff. Thus, my grade for the trade, now that I’ve given it time to settle, is a C+. Why a C+? It comes down to a couple of main points.

Derek Barnett is one move away from NFL greatness - SB Nation
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White says the Tennessee pass rusher could end up being one of the most productive in the draft this year, with just one more move in his toolkit.


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