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May 9, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles are close to hiring Bears scout Joe Douglas to head their personnel department, NFL sources told the Inquirer on Saturday. The announcement is expected Monday. Douglas, who has been the Bears' director of scouting for the last year, interviewed with the Eagles on Thursday. He previously spent 15 years as a Ravens scout. Douglas will report to Howie Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, and head the scouting department. The Eagles suspended their search for Roseman's second in command in January in the hope they would have a larger pool of candidates to choose from after the draft.
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May 7, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Before Halapoulivaati Vaitai begins playing for the Eagles, the rookie offensive lineman will have a nickname. Howie Roseman did not even attempt saying "hal-lah-poo-lee-VAH-tee," instead calling the team's fifth-round pick "Big V. " It's a nickname that Eagles fans might need to remember. Vaitai, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle from Texas Christian, is an intriguing prospect whom the Eagles will try to develop at tackle. He also was a player the Eagles considered trading up to acquire before he slipped to the No. 164 pick.
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May 7, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, STAFF WRITER
NFL history is filled with terrific stories about undrafted players who went on to become superstars and Super Bowl winners. One of them - Kurt Warner - was even a Super Bowl MVP. This, of course, would be a good time for the Eagles to find one of those hidden gems. Having used their first-round selection on a quarterback (Carson Wentz) they hope sits and learns this season and having made just one selection (offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo) in the first four rounds on a player who might actually help them this season, the Eagles desperately need to hit on one of the 16 undrafted free agents they officially revealed Thursday.
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May 5, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
ON A COUPLE of different occasions this offseason, Howie Roseman has said that a looming spike in demand for quarterbacks factored into the Eagles' conversations as they decided whether to pay the price the Browns were asking in exchange for the No. 2 pick, which the Eagles needed to draft the quarterback they desired. The line of argument goes something like this: In addition to the usual uncertainty that a handful of teams face at quarterback, a slew of longtime fixtures at the position are in the stage of their careers where any season could be their last.
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May 5, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
JOE DOUGLAS, described by a source close to the situation as the "top candidate" to direct Eagles personnel under Howie Roseman, is scheduled to interview for the job Thursday, and could be officially hired very quickly after that. An NFL observer who knows Douglas well called him "a worker bee" Wednesday - a well-regarded scout who keeps a low public profile, and wouldn't mind reporting to Roseman, the former general manager restored to power by team chairman Jeffrey Lurie at the end of the 2015 season.
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May 5, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles' strategy to manage their quarterback situation for 2016 sounds wonderful in theory, as long as you ignore the phony promise at its core. Their theory is this: Once Sam Bradford wises up and realizes that the franchise will not trade him and that he has no leverage to force it to, he will have no choice but to report for training camp. At that time, the Eagles will, as head coach Doug Pederson told reporters after last week's NFL draft, "welcome [him] with open arms. . . . He's the leader of this football team.
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May 5, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Nelson Agholor was one of the least productive wide receivers in the NFL last season. No receiver with as many routes run averaged fewer yards. And only eight receivers with as many targets had a worse DYAR ranking (defense-adjusted yards above replacement), as calculated by the advanced statistics website Football Outsiders. There will be more on that information later, but even if numbers were taken out of the equation, Agholor's season wouldn't score high on the eyeball exam.
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May 5, 2016
In the Agenda, the Daily News examines a major issue of the day in Philadelphia sports. We frame the question and look at it from multiple angles, bringing you opinions from a sports staff unmatched in its experience. The Agenda runs every other week, only in the Daily News. Les Bowen What the heck. Three games. To give an answer that's more than a blatant guess, I'd have to know what's going to happen with Sam Bradford. If Bradford is gone when the season starts, and it's Wentz and Chase Daniel, my estimate goes up. Maybe way up. The Eagles' plan to keep pressure off Wentz, let him learn while Bradford plays, is a good, prudent one. It might not be workable, if Bradford continues to not be interested.
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May 5, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
THE BIGGEST variable in how soon Carson Wentz plays quarterback for the Eagles might be what happens with Sam Bradford. But surely Wentz will have a say in this, as well. Ryan Lindley, the currently unemployed NFL quarterback who prepped Wentz and Jared Goff for the Scouting Combine and the draft, out in Irvine, Calif., says he doesn't think Wentz will require a long apprenticeship. "I think Carson can get going right away," Lindley said earlier this week. "It doesn't hurt to have some time to learn, but he's got such an amazing football mind . . . You can say what you want about the level of the talent that was around him, but the football knowledge - his football IQ, what he was asked to do - rivals what a lot of people do in the NFL. He was handling protections, doing all that stuff that you don't see many guys do in college.
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May 4, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
The Eagles released safety Jerome Couplin and wide receiver Freddie Martino on Monday. Couplin, 24, was signed by the Eagles off the Detroit Lions' practice squad in December 2014. He made eight appearances last year before he suffered a shoulder injury in November and landed on injured reserve. Martino, 24, appeared in one game in 2014 with the Atlanta Falcons. He signed with the Eagles in August 2015 and was on the practice squad. - Marc Narducci
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