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Greg Cosell's NFL draft preview: QB Marcus Mariota's pro transition (Shutdown Corner)
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
The question about Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is how he’ll transition to the NFL. Mariota, like all quarterbacks from spread college offenses, is a bit more of a complicated projection. The game he played at Oregon will not be the same game he plays in the NFL. There will be a three-step, five-step, seven-step drop foundation he’ll need to learn. Even if the Philadelphia Eagles and former Oregon coach Chip Kelly end up drafting Mariota, it will be a different game for him than he's used to. Mariota was very comfortable in Oregon offense. He understood and executed the concepts at high efficiency with great confidence. But does he have to run that offense in the NFL to be successful? Mariota’s mobility and ability to make plays outside of structure will help him early in his career, but he will face the same issue all scheme-based spread quarterbacks ultimately must deal with: Can he become a refined pocket quarterback with the subtle nuanced traits that are demanded to play consistently over time? We don’t know that yet, and neither do the NFL teams studying him. What we can do is look at Mariota’s skills from his college film and see what he does well and what he needs work on. Everyone knows Mariota has great running ability; his athletic ability really isn’t in question. But let’s look at three areas that will be important to him in his NFL transition, and the things he does well and things he’ll need to work on (and remember, all NFL draft prospects come in with things to work on , Mariota can improve in every area that needs work): Mechanics One thing that stood out is an excellent ball position on his drop. He has a quick compact delivery that at times was reminiscent of Dan Marino’s delivery. He has light feet on his drop and set. He‘s a real quick-twitch athlete, and as such he can extend plays and create. Mariota is a little bit of a short-armer on intermediate throws. There was not a lot of arm extension. Some deeper intermediate throws lost energy on the back end. His interception to Stanford’s Alex Carter is a great example. You can see the play at 35 seconds on this clip:
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Report: Eagles could sign Tim Tebow if they can trade Matt Barkley (Shutdown Corner)
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
It's all happening. It appeared that the Philadelphia Eagles were just doing a little tire kicking and hood lifting when they brought in Tim Tebow for a workout the other day and then let him leave town without signing him to a contract. But NBC 4 sports anchor Dianna Marie Russini of Washington D.C. is reporting that there's actually a good chance of Tebow becoming an Eagle if the team can find a trade partner to ship out No. 3 QB Matt Barkley. Sources with the Eagles say they are trying to trade Matt Barkley. If he is traded, I'm told there's an "80% chance" they'll sign Tim Tebow — Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 17, 2015 Right now, Sam Bradford is the Eagles' starter, Mark Sanchez is the backup and his old friend Tebow could be the very intriguing No. 3. Barkley has not flourished in a limited sample size in Eagles head coach Chip Kelly's offense, so it appears that they are trying to find a new home for the quarterback they spent a fourth-round pick on two years ago. Eagles have let teams in need of a quarterback know that Barkley is available. It helps that both Barkley and Chip Kelly have the same agent — Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 18, 2015 We admit, we're a bit skeptical about the 80 percent likelihood thing (what does it hinge on?), and also this: Why wouldn't they just sign Tebow now? NFL teams frequently carry four or five quarterbacks on an offseason roster prior to training camp. It's not like that would hurt their leverage in trading Barkley, a one-time top prospect who fell suddenly after a mediocre senior season. We're certainly keeping an eye on this report and this possibility, of course, that Tebow could be back in the NFL again. If there's a coach who goes against the grain and perhaps could take advantage of Tebow's unique skill set, it's Kelly. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
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Silva's Pre-Draft Top 150 (Rotoworld)
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
Evan Silva takes a preliminary stand on the Top 150 non-rookies for the 2015 fantasy football season.
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Report: Eagles bring in Tim Tebow for workout (Shutdown Corner)
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
Could Tim Tebow be making his long-awaited return to the NFL? According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter , Tebow is working out for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. Tebow, who has been working as a college football commentator for ESPN, hasn’t been in the league since he was cut by the New England Patriots in August 2013. Before his short stint in New England, Tebow was drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Denver Broncos. He played in nine games and made three starts as a rookie, throwing for 654 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions while also running for 227 yards and six scores. Tebow began the 2011 season as Denver’s backup behind Kyle Orton, but was inserted into the starting lineup after the team’s 1-4 start. Though he completed only 46.5 percent of his passes, Tebow threw for 1,729 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions and added 660 yards and six scores on the ground and led the Broncos to a division title (with an 8-8 record). Tebow then led the Broncos to a playoff win over the Steelers in the wild-card round by throwing for a career-high 316 yards and hitting Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in overtime. The Broncos were blown out by New England 45-10 the following week. Following the season, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets after the Broncos signed Peyton Manning. The Jets mainly used Tebow in a wildcat role and released him after the season. New England then signed him a few months later, but he was released during the team’s final cuts. Now, nearly two years later, Tebow may get another shot with Philadelphia. This is only a workout of course, so nothing may come from this. Still, it’s always intriguing to see Tebow’s name back in the news. He’s a unique athlete. Maybe Chip Kelly has a plan to put Tebow’s skills to good use. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Tebow is working out at quarterback .  Update: The workout is done. Tim Tebow has come and gone from Philadelphia. Team is not planning to sign him at this time. We'll see if anything changes. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2015 - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper
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Panthers sign free agent S Kurt Coleman to 2-year deal (The Associated Press)
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
Kurt Coleman made it clear he's coming to the Carolina Panthers looking for a chance to be an NFL starter again. The five-year veteran safety signed a two-year contract with the Panthers on Monday, the team announced. Coleman started 27 games for Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012, but has only three starts in the last two seasons with the Eagles and Chiefs. Coleman said capturing a starting role is ''absolutely, without a doubt'' his goal when the Panthers open offseason workouts in about a month.
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NFL Draft Needs: Eagles (Rotoworld)
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
Evan Silva and Josh Norris discuss the Eagles' draft needs and offer options for each of their selections.
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NFL Draft Needs: Eagles (Rotoworld)
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
Evan Silva and Josh Norris discuss the Eagles' draft needs and offer options for each of their selections.
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Chuck Bednarik, Eagles icon of toughness, has died at age 89 (Shutdown Corner)
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
One of the toughest players of the NFL's generation of yore, Chuck Bednarik, has died. He was 89. The former Philadelphia Eagles great and Pro Football Hall of Famer died Saturday morning following a brief illness at an assisted living facility in Richland, Pa., according to the team's official website . The iconic two-way player, who played both center and linebacker at 233 pounds for the Eagles from 1949-62, helped define a generation.  "With the passing of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles and our fans have lost a legend," Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "Philadelphia fans grow up expecting toughness, all-out effort and a workmanlike attitude from this team and so much of that image has its roots in the way Chuck played the game. "He was a Hall of Famer, a champion and an all-time Eagle. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this time."
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Eagles say Hall of Fame linebacker and center Chuck Bednarik has died at 89 (The Associated...
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eagles say Hall of Fame linebacker and center Chuck Bednarik has died at 89.
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Free Agency Risers & Fallers (Rotoworld)
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
Evan Silva examines players who've gained and lost fantasy value during the NFL's Free Agency Period.
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Stock Watch: Free Agency (Rotoworld)
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Raymond Summerlin examines the value of Carlos Hyde, DeMarco Murray and other fantasy stars following a busy first week of free agency.
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Owners shoot down most replay proposals (The Associated Press)
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015
PHOENIX (AP) -- NFL owners shot down nearly every video replay proposal brought to their meetings Tuesday, while approving six safety rule changes.
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Wednesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Kendall Pollard scored 17 points, and the Dayton Flyers used every bit of their home-court advantage on Wednesday night, rallying for a 56-55 win over Boise State in the First Four.
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Wednesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Kendall Pollard scored 17 points, and the Dayton Flyers used every bit of their home-court advantage on Wednesday night, rallying for a 56-55 win over Boise State in the First Four.
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