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October 4, 2012 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
BRIAN ROLLE started 13 games at weakside linebacker for the Eagles last season. Coaches considered him a gritty overachiever as a sixth-round draft choice from Ohio State. But Rolle, generously listed at 5-10, lost his starting job in training camp and never really showed his rookie tenacity when demoted to special teams. Two days after allowing the New York Giants to average 36.2 yards on six kickoff returns, the Eagles cut Rolle on Tuesday and brought back Adrian Moten, a linebacker they'd cut in the preseason.
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August 28, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks before the season opener, the Eagles shook up their starting lineup Sunday and promoted Akeem Jordan to first-team weakside linebacker in place of Brian Rolle, the latest move in the team's ongoing linebacker shuffle. Jordan, who has played five years with the Eagles, has started at least one game in each season in Philadelphia and has played all three linebacker spots. He did not know he was competing for the starting weakside spot until Sunday morning, when he was told that he is now a starter.
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August 26, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - When the Eagles defense was at its best on Friday, when it was so aggressive that the Cleveland Browns struggled to even hold the ball, the group appeared as fearsome as it has all preseason. That says as much about the concern presented in the first two preseason games as the opponent Friday, but the Eagles' 27-10 win was at least an auspicious effort from the defense. "With the exception of a couple plays, I thought the ones did a pretty good job," coach Andy Reid said, referring to the starters.
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September 8, 2012 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
There's been a merry-go-round at linebacker for the Eagles over the last few seasons, but the team made efforts this offseason to make it stop with the acquisitions of DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. It might start spinning again on Sunday in Cleveland. Kendricks said Thursday after practice that the coaches had each of the Eagles' six linebackers practicing in various alignments in several packages on defense. "I would expect for all of us to be playing because that's what we're game-planning with," said Kendricks, who is expected to start at the strong side.
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August 29, 2012 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
BY THE TIME Juan Castillo's first training camp began, Akeem Jordan was buried. Buried, but alive. Castillo spent the long lockout of 2011 watching terabytes of video from 2010, analyzing the abilities of the players he would inherit. Castillo was moving from offensive-line coach to defensive coordinator. He was doing so without the benefit of offseason workouts or a full training camp. Castillo needed to ingest information, especially about his remade linebacker unit. Castillo watched 2010, and saw Jordan emerge above a crowd of ordinary linebackers in training camp.
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August 21, 2012
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Coaches always warn players not to look at the numbers in training camp. Focus on doing your job, they tell them, and don't worry about the numbers. But that's easier said than done, particularly for a bubble player like Keenan Clayton, who doesn't need a roster or a depth chart to tell him he could find himself out of a job when the Eagles cut down to 53 players on Aug. 31. Clayton, a 6-1, 230-pound linebacker out of Oklahoma who was the first of the Eagles' three fourth-round picks in the 2010 draft, is listed as the team's No. 3 weakside linebacker behind Brian Rolle and Jamar Chaney.
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October 4, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
ADRIAN MOTEN appeared in only two games with the Seattle Seahawks last season, but picked up an important motto while making a living on special teams: "Not my man. " It's a shame Brian Rolle wasn't familiar with that saying. Or else Rolle, who started 13 games for the Eagles last year at weakside linebacker, might still have a job. Rolle was waived by the Eagles on Tuesday - the latest special-teamer to take the fall - and was replaced by Moten. Rolle apparently wasn't interested in the small details, like kickoff and punt return coverage, which add up to big plays in meaningful NFL games every week.
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September 9, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy Reid confirmed Friday that he will use all of his linebackers, shuffling them in and out depending on the package, when the Eagles open the season Sunday at Cleveland. Since the Eagles traded for DeMeco Ryans in March up until, really, Friday, Reid has said that Ryans is a three-down player. Now he isn't. "I've been very happy with DeMeco," Reid said. "I'm just giving everybody an opportunity. The one thing we've got is experience with play time at positions there. Everybody's going to have an opportunity to get in and do their thing.
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August 28, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE COMES a point in every Eagles season when, with a heavy sigh, the coaching staff acknowledges the fact that it needs Akeem Jordan in the starting linebacking corps again. This year, that time arrived on Sunday, when Andy Reid announced Jordan is now his weakside starter, ahead of Brian Rolle, who this preseason has not played to the level he hinted at down the stretch last year. Reid indicated that if Jamar Chaney hadn't kept tweaking his hamstring, Chaney might be starting instead of Rolle, but with Chaney still not completely healthy, he'll go to Jordan, the 5-year veteran, instead of Rolle, the undersized second-year man. "He's been very consistent, and he deserves the opportunity," Reid said of Jordan, who has been practicing on the strongside this camp, but started his Eagles career at WIL. "He's a battler, that's what he is. I'm not gonna tell you there's anything fancy about him. He's tough and he knows his assignments.
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August 26, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CLEVELAND - When the Eagles defense was at its best on Friday, when it was so aggressive that the Cleveland Browns struggled to even hold the ball, the group appeared as fearsome as it has all preseason. That says as much about the concern presented in the first two preseason games as the opponent Friday, but the Eagles' 27-10 win was at least an auspicious effort from the defense. "With the exception of a couple plays, I thought the ones did a pretty good job," coach Andy Reid said, referring to the starters.
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October 4, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
ADRIAN MOTEN appeared in only two games with the Seattle Seahawks last season, but picked up an important motto while making a living on special teams: "Not my man. " It's a shame Brian Rolle wasn't familiar with that saying. Or else Rolle, who started 13 games for the Eagles last year at weakside linebacker, might still have a job. Rolle was waived by the Eagles on Tuesday - the latest special-teamer to take the fall - and was replaced by Moten. Rolle apparently wasn't interested in the small details, like kickoff and punt return coverage, which add up to big plays in meaningful NFL games every week.
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October 4, 2012 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
BRIAN ROLLE started 13 games at weakside linebacker for the Eagles last season. Coaches considered him a gritty overachiever as a sixth-round draft choice from Ohio State. But Rolle, generously listed at 5-10, lost his starting job in training camp and never really showed his rookie tenacity when demoted to special teams. Two days after allowing the New York Giants to average 36.2 yards on six kickoff returns, the Eagles cut Rolle on Tuesday and brought back Adrian Moten, a linebacker they'd cut in the preseason.
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September 9, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy Reid confirmed Friday that he will use all of his linebackers, shuffling them in and out depending on the package, when the Eagles open the season Sunday at Cleveland. Since the Eagles traded for DeMeco Ryans in March up until, really, Friday, Reid has said that Ryans is a three-down player. Now he isn't. "I've been very happy with DeMeco," Reid said. "I'm just giving everybody an opportunity. The one thing we've got is experience with play time at positions there. Everybody's going to have an opportunity to get in and do their thing.
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September 8, 2012 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
There's been a merry-go-round at linebacker for the Eagles over the last few seasons, but the team made efforts this offseason to make it stop with the acquisitions of DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. It might start spinning again on Sunday in Cleveland. Kendricks said Thursday after practice that the coaches had each of the Eagles' six linebackers practicing in various alignments in several packages on defense. "I would expect for all of us to be playing because that's what we're game-planning with," said Kendricks, who is expected to start at the strong side.
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August 29, 2012 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
BY THE TIME Juan Castillo's first training camp began, Akeem Jordan was buried. Buried, but alive. Castillo spent the long lockout of 2011 watching terabytes of video from 2010, analyzing the abilities of the players he would inherit. Castillo was moving from offensive-line coach to defensive coordinator. He was doing so without the benefit of offseason workouts or a full training camp. Castillo needed to ingest information, especially about his remade linebacker unit. Castillo watched 2010, and saw Jordan emerge above a crowd of ordinary linebackers in training camp.
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August 28, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks before the season opener, the Eagles shook up their starting lineup Sunday and promoted Akeem Jordan to first-team weakside linebacker in place of Brian Rolle, the latest move in the team's ongoing linebacker shuffle. Jordan, who has played five years with the Eagles, has started at least one game in each season in Philadelphia and has played all three linebacker spots. He did not know he was competing for the starting weakside spot until Sunday morning, when he was told that he is now a starter.
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August 28, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE COMES a point in every Eagles season when, with a heavy sigh, the coaching staff acknowledges the fact that it needs Akeem Jordan in the starting linebacking corps again. This year, that time arrived on Sunday, when Andy Reid announced Jordan is now his weakside starter, ahead of Brian Rolle, who this preseason has not played to the level he hinted at down the stretch last year. Reid indicated that if Jamar Chaney hadn't kept tweaking his hamstring, Chaney might be starting instead of Rolle, but with Chaney still not completely healthy, he'll go to Jordan, the 5-year veteran, instead of Rolle, the undersized second-year man. "He's been very consistent, and he deserves the opportunity," Reid said of Jordan, who has been practicing on the strongside this camp, but started his Eagles career at WIL. "He's a battler, that's what he is. I'm not gonna tell you there's anything fancy about him. He's tough and he knows his assignments.
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August 26, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - When the Eagles defense was at its best on Friday, when it was so aggressive that the Cleveland Browns struggled to even hold the ball, the group appeared as fearsome as it has all preseason. That says as much about the concern presented in the first two preseason games as the opponent Friday, but the Eagles' 27-10 win was at least an auspicious effort from the defense. "With the exception of a couple plays, I thought the ones did a pretty good job," coach Andy Reid said, referring to the starters.
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August 26, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CLEVELAND - When the Eagles defense was at its best on Friday, when it was so aggressive that the Cleveland Browns struggled to even hold the ball, the group appeared as fearsome as it has all preseason. That says as much about the concern presented in the first two preseason games as the opponent Friday, but the Eagles' 27-10 win was at least an auspicious effort from the defense. "With the exception of a couple plays, I thought the ones did a pretty good job," coach Andy Reid said, referring to the starters.
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