While signing running back DeMarco Murray may have been the biggest move the Philadelphia Eagles made this offseason in the media’s eyes. Some believe that cornerback Byron Maxwell will be the team’s x-factor for the upcoming season. Head coach Chip Kelly “broke the bank” for Maxwell’s services and hopes for him to take the Eagles’ secondary to the next level after an embarrassing year in 2014. But despite all these moves, are the Eagles truly a better team heading into the 2015 season than they were last year? All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Why Byron Maxwell Is Philadelphia Eagles’ Most Underrated X-Factor in 2015 – Cody Swartz of BleacherReport.com
"Chip Kelly spent the offseason molding the Philadelphia Eagles into the group of players that best fit his organizational philosophy. He traded away All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, swapped quarterback Nick Foles for oft-injured Sam Bradford and failed in re-signing wide receiver, Jeremy Maclin.He made a series of splashes, whether it was signing ex-Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to a $42 million deal, signing free-agent cornerback Byron Maxwell to a massive contract and even signing ESPN favorite Tim Tebow to compete for the No. 3 quarterback spot."
Fan-Demonium: Did The Eagles Improve? – Tommy Lawlor of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"When an NFL season comes to an end in January (or February for the two best teams), the coaching staff and front office have to make changes. Established players will be lost. There will be veteran additions and a new set of draft picks and rookie free agents. The team also has to judge which players are descending and ascending. There is one simple goal at the end of all of this – get better.The Eagles have had a wild offseason. They made some moves that no one saw coming and others that everyone expected. At the end of it all, are the Eagles a better team? Let’s talk about each position and think about the changes that were made."
Is adding Sam Bradford bad for Eagles? – Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com
"The folks at Football Outsiders projected records for NFL teams this week. We covered that in a post earlier this week.But there was something we missed. Part of the reasoning for projecting the Eagles to go 9-7 was the arrival of Sam Bradford:“But we do have to penalize the Eagles for introducing a new quarterback to their system, which usually means an offensive step back, all other things being equal.”That’s an interesting point, and certainly, there are variables that affect the performance of any new quarterback. Often, a new quarterback being introduced to a lineup is a rookie, for example. That means not only a different person behind center, but a player who needs to learn the intricacies of playing in the NFL."
Malcolm Jenkins: Every move is to make team better – By CSNPhilly.com Staff
"The Eagles’ secondary has been a revolving door this offseason.Out went Nate Allen, Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. In came Byron Maxwell, Walter Thurmond and a slew of draft picks.Malcolm Jenkins is the only remaining starter, and despite the roster turnover, he’s confident in Chip Kelly’s personnel decisions."
The Most Intriguing Rookie Storylines at Philadelphia Eagles’ OTAs – Andrew Kulp of BleacherReport.com
"Now that the newest members of the Philadelphia Eagles have had a couple of weeks to settle in, it’s time to catch up on the latest buzz surrounding the class of 2015.Unfortunately, the most intriguing rookie storylines in Philly tend to focus on expectations as opposed to progress, as the Eagles have not yet allowed media access at workouts. That being said, there’s still plenty to discuss, especially seeing as these kids are only just beginning to get acclimated to life in the NFL."
Here’s an interesting picture, projected Eagles’ starting quarterback Sam Bradford and Los Angeles Clippers star power forward Blake Griffin actually played basketball on the AAU team in high school.
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