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A Kolb Nugget And A RFA To Watch

Ed Thompson of typed up a column highlighting seven different nuggets from the world of the NFL and two of them involved the Eagles.

The first involved quarterback Kevin Kolb. Thompson noted that of the 11 total quarterbacks selected in that year's draft, Kolb – the third quarterback taken in that draft - is the only one who is a lock to start for his team in 2010. The first quarterback taken, JaMarcus Russell, was released by Oakland last week. The second quarterback, Brady Quinn, was traded earlier this off-season from Cleveland to Denver, who then used a first-round draft pick on Tim Tebow.

The only other quarterback with a chance to start is Buffalo's Trent Edwards, who had previously been the starter after being selected in the third round of that year's draft. Remember that Buffalo has a new head coach in Chan Gailey.

Now, one of the many discussions that takes place shortly after the draft is whether any of the rookie free agents have a legitimate chance to make the team. Looking at the Eagles' current roster, players like Pro Bowl strong safety Quintin Mikell, center Jamaal Jackson and linebacker Akeem Jordan were all rookie free agents.

Thompson highlighted five defensive rookie free agents who have a chance to impress and one of them signed with the Eagles - cornerback David Pender of Purdue.

"The Eagles grabbed the former three-year starter out of Purdue. Although he needs to work on his man-coverage skills, Pender is a smart, athletic player who could contribute right away on special teams," Thompson wrote.

Pender had 129 tackles and three interceptions while breaking up 33 passes, which is the second-most in school history. In 2009, Pender had 40 tackles, 14 passes defensed, 13 pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble and a blocked kick. At 6-0, Pender is tied with Geoff Pope as the tallest cornerback on the roster.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:50 a.m., May 10

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