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Eagles News: Chip Kelly and Andy Reid react to Philadelphia’s Super Bowl win

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Andy Reid, Chip Kelly say it was fun watching Eagles win Super Bowl without them - Daily News
Kelly mentioned a host of coaches and players. “They played their asses off,” he said. “I’m really happy for them.” Reid deemed the “Philly Special” fourth-down touchdown pass from Trey Burton to quarterback Nick Foles late in the second quarter “a heck of a call.” Watching, was he surprised Pederson didn’t take the field goal? “No, I wasn’t, because he’s an aggressive play-caller. I watched him all year, I watched him when he was with us. I was proud of him for just knocking that one out,” Reid said. “I think the quarterback went over and said, ‘Let’s run it right here.’ They were on the same page, which makes it even more impressive.” Kelly didn’t have the same feel for Pederson’s play-calling, but he noted that when he was coaching at Oregon, he tried to recruit Burton as a quarterback, so he wasn’t shocked to see him throwing. “It was a hell of a call at a hell of a time,” Kelly said.

Jalen Mills is campaigning for the Eagles to acquire the Honey Badger - BGN
The Cardinals have a big decision to make on Tyrann Mathieu’s contract this offseason. If the Honey Badger is still on Arizona’s roster on March 14, $19 million of his salary becomes guaranteed. This looming decision has not been lost on the player, who recently tweeted something cryptic about gambling on himself. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was also asked about Mathieu’s option at the NFL Combine on Wednesday and he was non-committal about picking it up.

If the Eagles trade Nick Foles, is Nate Sudfeld ready to be the No. 2 QB? - PhillyVoice
Still, Sudfeld’s accuracy was good, his arm strength looked worthy, there were no obvious issues with mechanics, and he was much more mobile than anticipated. Should the Eagles trust Sudfeld enough to be the No. 2 in Philly next year if they trade Foles? I believe that he is talented enough to win games with the Eagles’ excellent supporting cast around him in the event Wentz does not return in time for Week 1.

Coming Back? - Iggles Blitz
Robinson had the best season of his career and proved to be a natural at playing the slot. He struggled mightily in the spring, but found a home in the summer and played a big part in the Eagles Super Bowl season. He picked off 4 passes and broke up 18 more. Robinson tackled well and added a sack. His highlight moment came in the NFC title game when he picked off Case Keenum and ran the interception back for a TD. The problem with Robinson’s performance is that he was so good that it seemed he had played himself out of the Eagles price range. He is 30 years old and played for the league minimum last year so it makes sense for Robinson to want to get one final big deal.

Optimistic View Of Eagles’ Roster Outlook -
If you walk into the NovaCare Complex and go up the stairs, through a short hallway with historical photos of the franchise’s past on the walls, take a left at the atrium, and then a right after another short hallway, you would walk directly into the office of Howie Roseman ...

PFF Draft Board: Top 100 players for the 2018 NFL Draft - PFF
25. Ronald Jones II, USC – running back. USC’s Jones had the highest overall PFF grade in the entire nation in 2017 (92.4), a mark that is also tied for the highest single-season grade posted by any back in this class over their college careers. Jones isn’t the receiving threat that Barkley is, with just 40 targets over the past three years of play, but his carries are something special and he is, to an extent, the antithesis of Barkley’s running style, as he usually maximizes what his blockers provide for him.

Eagles Stay or Go — The other backup quarterback - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The trivia question is this: What quarterback has the highest career completion percentage in NFL history with at least 20 attempts? The answer, of course, is Nate Sudfeld, who went 19 for 23 against the Cowboys in his only NFL game. The Eagles liked Sudfeld enough that they didn’t hesitate to move him up to No. 2 behind lookalike Nick Foles when Carson Wentz got hurt. They preferred Sudfeld to signing a veteran, and that speaks volumes. I have a feeling Sudfeld will be around for a while.

Eagles’ draft breakdown by position group - The Athletic
Draft likelihood: Very high. Though the Eagles are unlikely to use their first-round pick on a linebacker, Roseman has thrown more darts at the linebacker position over the years than at any other position. Eight total linebackers matches cornerback for Roseman’s most-picked position. With the position group very much in flux — it’s unlikely that both Bradham and Kendricks return — and Pederson’s call for improved special teams play, expect the Eagles to add at least one linebacker through the draft. Just don’t expect it in the first round.

With the Dak-Zeke tandem renewed, can the Cowboys contend in 2018? - ESPN
A lot of skepticism. The troubling part last season was Prescott’s performance during Elliott’s six-game suspension. I liked Prescott a lot as a rookie -- he had terrific poise -- but he stumbled in 2017. However, the Cowboys’ struggles were about more than just Elliott’s absence; they showed how reliant not just Prescott but also the entire offense was on Elliott. They need more from the receiver position to make this attack more multi-dimensional. Prescott and Dallas’ offense just weren’t good minus Elliott. In six games without him, Prescott threw five touchdowns and seven interceptions (as Dallas averaged 18.3 points), compared to 17 touchdowns and six picks when Elliott played (and 24.4 PPG). It’s really hard to know the direction Dallas is headed.

What do all of those NFL Combine drills actually tell us? - SB Nation
On their own, 40 times and shuttle runs are just numbers, but when combined with a player’s film, personnel departments can learn a lot. Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains.


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