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The Philadelphia Inquirer leaves ILB Najee Goode off their 53-man roster projection.

The Eagles are stacked at inside linebacker, with three starting caliber players in Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso. They also used a third-round pick on Jordan Hicks and have a solid reserve in Brad Jones. So although Goode is a valuable piece, he's on the bubble for now. That will change quickly if Ryans' rehab from an Achilles' tear goes slower than expected or Kendricks ends up traded.
May 25 - 10:15 AM

ESPN Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan says it seems "almost 100 percent certain" that Nelson Agholor will start Week 1.

There's plenty that still needs to be sorted out in the Eagles' wideout corps. Will Josh Huff take Riley Cooper's outside role? Will Jordan Matthews move outside more, letting Agholor or Miles Austin come into the slot? Who will be the primary receivers in two-wide sets? But thanks to versatility and need, the one constant will be Agholor, the first-round rookie who is right there with Amari Cooper for fantasy's No. 1 redraft wide receiver.
May 25 - 8:15 AM

Eagles RT Lane Johnson participated in the Randy Couture/Jay Glazer MMA Athletics program this offseason.

The program is gaining a reputation among linemen for helping with both conditioning and the hand-to-hand combat that goes on in the trenches. Johnson, already one of the game's premier right tackles, figures to only get better in his third NFL season. Philly's offensive line has fallen behind Dallas', but remains among the best units in the league with Johnson, dominant left tackle Jason Peters, left guard Evan Mathis and center Jason Kelce.
May 25 - 7:45 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer mentions third-year TE Zach Ertz as a candidate to "end up leading the Eagles in receiving" this season.

Beat writer Jeff McLane acknowledges this is contingent upon Ertz earning more playing time after he played only 50 percent of Philly's 2014 offensive snaps. The Eagles' wideout corps is largely unproven, and Ertz's pass-catching chops were never in doubt. At very least, Ertz needs to become a bigger part of the Eagles' red-zone offense after scoring only three TDs in 2014.
May 24 - 1:47 PM

Eagles WR Josh Huff is expected to open training camp as the team's No. 1 kickoff returner.

Huff was floated as a breakout candidate at wide receiver before the draft, but the chances of that happening all but evaporated when the Eagles selected Nelson Agholor 20th overall. As a rookie, Huff averaged a robust 29.6 yards on 14 kick returns, including a 107-yard touchdown in Week 12 against the Titans.
May 24 - 1:41 PM

Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia expects Jordan Matthews to play "a lot more outside" this season.

Opinions vary among Eagles beat writers on where Matthews and Nelson Agholor will line up, but Kapadia has Agholor listed as the team's top slot receiver. This will be settled over the summer. Both players can play inside and outside. At 6-foot-3, 212, Matthews projects as the superior red-zone option to Agholor (6'0/198) and will be a better bet to score touchdowns in 2015.
May 20 - 9:34 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer expects Ryan Mathews' carry count to be in the mid-100s this season.

It feels like a bit of a high projection if everyone stays healthy. The Eagles have averaged 407.5 running back carries per season in two years under Chip Kelly. DeMarco Murray's workload will be scaled back off his absurd 392 carries with Dallas last year, but he's still a great bet for 270-290. Darren Sproles will mix in for 40-50. That leaves around 80-100 carries for Mathews, giving him handcuff value only.

Although Howie Roseman oversaw the 2013 draft, Matt Barkley was reportedly a Chip Kelly pick.

The Barkley pick was widely laughed at when it was made and nothing has changed since then. Unable to drive the football and lacking athleticism, he's not long for the NFL and a wasted fourth-rounder by Kelly. The Philadelphia Inquirer projects Tim Tebow as the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback this year behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
May 18 - 11:35 AM

Eagles OLB Connor Barwin said second-year OLB Marcus Smith has put on "15 pounds" this offseason.

"Physically, he looks different. He gained 15 pounds, he put on a lot of muscle," Barwin said. "He's one of the stronger guys on our defense now. He took the offseason and did what he needed to do, which was get bigger, stronger." Smith lacked the functional strength to compete last season, with former Eagles assistant coach Tra Thomas comparing his body to that of a "high school athlete." Smith apparently took that criticism to heart. Chip Kelly has basically said he did not want to draft Smith, but with Trent Cole now in Indianapolis, Smith may be able to carve out a role in the outside linebacker rotation.
Source: CSN Philly
May 16 - 10:22 AM

Philly Mag's Tim McManus believes Tim Tebow has a "real shot" to win the No. 3 quarterback job in camp.

With G.J. Kinne transitioning away from quarterback, Tebow's competition for the No. 3 role will be the underwhelming Matt Barkley. Barkley is a better quarterback than Tebow, but Tebow would bring some versatility and short-yardage ability to a roster spot which was wasted last year. Tebow could stick on the roster if he avoids falling on his face during training camp.
May 16 - 10:13 AM

Eagles signed No. 84 overall pick ILB Jordan Hicks to a four-year contract.

Hicks was a surprise third-round pick, as the Eagles are already well-stocked at inside linebacker in the form of Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso. But Kendricks is expected to either be traded before the season or walk after 2015 as a free agent, and both Ryans/Alonso are coming off major injuries. Hicks may have to play earlier than expected.
May 14 - 12:20 PM

Former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo remains confident in Sam Bradford.

It's notable because Bradford's poor play and injuries in St. Louis essentially cost Spags his job. "Trust me when I tell you he’s got all the skills," said the current Giants defensive coordinator. "I know he's going to do great things [in Philadelphia]." Michael Vick, Nick Foles and even Mark Sanchez were all statistically productive in Chip Kelly's scheme. If Bradford can find his peak form and sustain health, he's a great bet for top-12 fantasy QB status this season.
May 14 - 9:33 AM

Eagles signed No. 191 overall pick CB JaCorey Shepherd to a four-year contract.

A former receiver, Shepherd changed positions and quickly emerged as a lockdown corner for the Kansas Jayhawks. The problem, however, is that he may not have the size/athleticism to translate to the NFL. He ran a 4.65 40, and stands in at 5-foot-11, 199 pounds. Shepherd will have to catch Chip Kelly's attention on special teams before he gets a shot on defense.
May 12 - 3:54 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer confirms Riley Cooper "isn't guaranteed a starting spot" after an abysmal 2014 season.

Cooper was PFF's No. 110-rated receiver last year, amongst 110 qualifiers. (That's dead last.) He only graded positively as a blocker. In two-tight end sets this season, the Eagles will have Brent Celek and Zach Ertz on the field with Jordan Matthews and first-round pick Nelson Agholor at wideout. As a No. 3 receiver, the Eagles should be willing to take their chances with Josh Huff, Miles Austin, or even undrafted rookie Devante Davis over Cooper at this point.
May 10 - 4:44 PM

Eagles coach Chip Kelly called first-round WR Nelson Agholor an "inside, outside guy."

Though he is expected to take the lion's share of Jeremy Maclin's role, Agholor is a more versatile player who should line up in the slot more often than Maclin did last season. That should free up second-year WR Jordan Matthews to spread his wings more on the outside. Though the Eagles lack a true "No. 1" receiver, the receiving corps should allow Kelly to be more creative this season.
May 9 - 10:36 AM

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