April 12, 2013 |
The Eagles sent running back Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday for linebacker Emmanuel Acho. Though they had hoped to get a late draft pick for Lewis, the Eagles acquired a young linebacker for a player who probably would have been released. With LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, and a healthy Chris Polk at running back, coach Chip Kelly deemed Lewis expendable. Acho, a 2012 sixth-round draft pick out of Texas, spent last season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He suffered a meniscus (cartilage)
August 2, 2011
BETHLEHEM - Casey Matthews wasn't taken in the first round of the April draft, or the second, or even the third. He was selected by the Eagles with the 19th pick in the fourth round. A total of 115 players went off the board before him. Yet, when the Eagles opened training camp last week, Matthews was doing something that very few of those 115 guys taken in front of him were doing. He was running with the first team. When the 4 1/2-month lockout ended last week and the linebacker out of the University of Oregon reported to the NovaCare Complex to pick up his playbook before heading up to Lehigh, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo called him into his office and informed him that he was going to be taking the first-team reps at middle linebacker.
May 17, 2011 |
Oregon needed a play. Casey Matthews set about making one. Down by eight, with less than five minutes to go in college's national championship game, desperately needing the ball back, Matthews came flying at Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. With his long hair falling across his shoulder pads, who could watch and not think of his older brother, Clay Matthews III, a quarterback-hunting linebacker with similar locks? Those with longer memories might recall their father, Clay Matthews Jr., a four time Pro Bowler.
September 13, 2011 |
It's the day after your first NFL game. Your team has won. The defense that you anchor in the middle surrendered just 13 points, and every Monday morning middle linebacker thinks you're overmatched. Half believe you should be given some time - but not much. The other half believes you should be benched immediately. Casey Matthews, welcome to Philadelphia. "I take it with a grain of salt," Matthews said Monday, fresh off the Eagles' season-opening 31-13 win over the Rams.
April 21, 2012
DEMECO RYANS - A two-time Pro Bowler, Ryans was acquired to be the answer to the question that has long loomed over middle linebacker. He has the pedigree, but has to bounce back from a down season in 2011. JAMAR CHANEY - After a fast start as a rookie, Chaney had a rocky 2011, starting at the strong side and then moving to the middle early in the season. He struggled at times, and will have to move back outside with Ryans in town. BRIAN ROLLE - Rolle was probably the team's most effective linebacker last season, and showed impressive power for his size.
August 25, 2011 |
Who: Eagles vs. Cleveland Browns What: Third exhibition game When: Tonight, 7:30 Where: Lincoln Financial Field TV: 6ABC Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM), WIP (610-AM), ESPN (97.3-FM) 5 THINGS TO WATCH TONIGHT VS. THE BROWNS: 1. Deeefense: Has to look less clueless than last week in Pittsburgh. This will be interesting, with the "ones" scheduled to play three quarters. Lotta talk last week about how the players are still feeling their way through the new scheme.
August 24, 2011 |
CASEY MATTHEWS said Juan Castillo called his defense together recently to say how proud he was that the unit is coming together. "We definitely noticed it this week. I think we've made more strides than in the other two, of just being more comfortable with each other," Matthews, the Eagles' rookie middle linebacker, said yesterday. Matthews and Castillo, both new to their jobs, have come under intense scrutiny since last Thursday's 24-14 preseason loss at Pittsburgh, the first half of which ended with the Birds trailing 21-0.
August 20, 2012 |
The second preseason game will be the best chance to watch the core players on the Eagles, because the starters will play from a half to three quarters against the New England Patriots on Monday. The starters are scheduled to play all three quarters, but coach Andy Reid said he would adjust based on what he sees. "I'll just get a feel," Reid said. "We'll just see how it all rolls and go from there. " Once starting quarterback Michael Vick is removed, rookie Nick Foles will play the rest of the game.
August 28, 2012 |
The Eagles waived undrafted cornerback Cliff Harris on Sunday, one day after they cut 10 players and a day before the roster needed to be reduced to 75 players. Harris was an intriguing prospect who was once an all-American at Oregon before he was kicked off his college team after several off-field incidents. Coach Andy Reid said Harris was the only player cut on Sunday because the Eagles could not reach him on Saturday. The Eagles are deep at cornerback, and the early release will allow Harris to catch on with another team.
January 18, 2013 |
Curtis Marsh had been following the Eagles' coaching search the last two weeks, checking for the latest updates on the interview process. That's why the Eagles cornerback was surprised when he learned Wednesday that Oregon coach Chip Kelly would be his next coach. Surprised, and excited. "I thought he was going back, like the reports said," Marsh said. "But when I heard the reports come out [Wednesday] morning, I was excited. " That's a sentiment echoed by a number of players.