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What they're saying about the Eagles

Haven't done one of these roundups in awhile so here's a look at what the national media are saying about the Eagles:

What they're saying about the Eagles

Free agent-to-be Nick Cole could be targeted one of the Eagles´ division foes. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Free agent-to-be Nick Cole could be targeted one of the Eagles' division foes. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Haven't done one of these roundups in awhile so here's a look at what the national media are saying about the Eagles:

Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com thinks the Cowboys might go after Eagles unrestricted free agent Nick Cole:

Cole can play both guard positions and even center. He's younger -- turns 27 in July -- and while the team does have fourth-round pick David Arkin, the Cowboys haven't done a very good job developing offensive linemen in the past. So who knows if Arkin can play? Cole can not only replace Kosier, who turns 33 in November, but there's a chance he can take over for Leonard Davis at right guard. The Cowboys have been frustrated with Davis' play in the past -- he was even benched during a game last year -- but did return and finished 2010 strong. In a pinch, Cole can fill in for center Andre Gurode. Cole started one game at center in 2010. The interesting thing about Kosier is the amount of years he would want on a new contract. Do you give Kosier a three-year deal where he'll be 35 at the end of it? Or go for a younger product in Cole?

Cole was never good or consistent enough to make the Eagles want to keep him on the field here. But he'll be only 27 in July and has 34 starts under his belt (including the playoffs). His versatility should allow Cole to stay in the league for years to come if he can stay healthy.

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Dan Graziano of ESPN.com rates Lehigh the best training camp venue in the NFC East:

The bucolic setting offered by the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., is the most training-campy site in the division. It's far more peaceful than the Cowboys' traveling training camp show. It's homier and more comfortable than the more urban campus of the University of Albany, where the Giants train. And it's just plain nicer than the Redskins' training camp site, which is, sadly, the same as their in-season practice facility. Lehigh offers the Eagles an annual chance to escape for a few weeks to a place they can bond as a team and hear themselves think -- everything training camp should be.

I haven't been to the other training camp sites, but I will definitely be bummed if there's no trip to Lehigh this summer, which is looking more and more likely with each passing day. Training camp is one of my favorite times of the season. I'm not a beat writer so I still work out of the philly.com office for much of the year. Lehigh is a great chance to get away, and it allows me to get a feel for for the players and the team. Not sure what the environment will be like if camp is held locally.

NFL.com's Pat Kirwan thinks Philadelphia would be a good home for Vince Young:

“I’ve felt, all along, that Young needs a year to disappear and not be stuck in a lineup on a bad team where he would struggle,” Kirwan said. “To me, the best place for him to go is Philadelphia once Kevin Kolb is traded. Let’s see if Michael Vick’s newfound preparation skills will rub off on Young.”

The truth is that Philadelphia would be a good home for most quarterbacks if you're looking at it from the players' perspectives. Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg have great reputations for working with QBs. But I don't know that Young makes sense from the Eagles' perspective. They might need someone who brings a little less drama if/when Kevin Kolb is dealt.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post goes inside the playbook, taking a look at the Eagles' Hi-lo concepts. He explains how Reid likes to get the ball to playmakers inside the numbers and the hash marks. Bowen also diagrams three specific route combinations.

Yesterday, I linked to a couple pieces from Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com. One had the Eagles showing interest in Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor and another speculated that they could be interested in Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington.

Caplan also explained why he thinks the Birds won't go after Nnamdi Asomugha:

There’s no question that the Eagles will sign a veteran cornerback capable of starting, but don’t look for them to spend huge dollars on the position. The team believes that third-round pick Curtis Marsh should be ready to push for a starting job by year three, and the team remains high on second-year cornerback Trevard Lindley. This team figures to sign a veteran capable of starting for at least a few years while the younger cornerbacks are still being groomed.

He added that the Birds could be interested in Bengals cornerback Jonathan Joseph and Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison as well.


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