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November 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Casey Matthews arrived at Lehigh University for the Eagles' 2011 training camp atop the depth chart at middle linebacker. A rookie fourth-round pick who entered the league during the NFL's work stoppage, Matthews did not yet know the defense, his teammates, or his coaches. Amid a frenzied free-agent signing period that produced the ill-fated "Dream Team," the Eagles chose the untested rookie to man the middle of their defense. The experiment lasted three games before Matthews was demoted.
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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.
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May 17, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 13, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 27, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last season, in the Eagles' season finale against the Cowboys, Casey Matthews did not play a single snap on defense. He had been moved from inside to outside linebacker before the season but played sparingly throughout the year. By the final game, which decided the NFC East crown, Matthews was only on special teams. A year later, circumstances have changed considerably. Not only is Matthews back inside, but he will start against the Cowboys on Thursday in the Eagles' biggest game this season to date, and he will likely play every snap at the "Mike" linebacker spot.
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October 26, 2014
Mychal Kendricks was listed as questionable on the Eagles' Friday injury report for Sunday's game at the Arizona Cardinals. Kendricks has a calf injury and has already missed four games. He was limited at practice this week and several of his teammates said on Thursday that they didn't expect the starting inside linebacker to be ready by Sunday. Kendricks declined to be interviewed by reporters this week. Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho and Marcus Smith have been splitting Kendrick's snaps in his absence and will likely rotate against the Cardinals opposite DeMeco Ryans.
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November 15, 2014
THE PICK I THINK THE Eagles will score points Sunday, in whatever weather. If I could convince myself they would handle Aaron Rodgers and stop the Packers every now and then, I'd take the Birds to win. But I can't quite get there. I want to. I don't think the Packers, outside of Rodgers, are real special, especially on defense. There will be holes to run through and receivers getting open. But for that to matter enough, the Eagles will have to get the ball and keep it, develop some offensive rhythm.
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September 5, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles added two more players to their practice squad, signing offensive lineman Isaac Remington and safety Keelan Johnson on Tuesday. The team still has one of eight practice squad spots to fill. Remington (6-foot-6, 305 pounds) spent training camp and the preseason with the Eagles. He was an undrafted rookie defensive lineman, but toward the end of camp he was switched to the offensive line. Coach Chip Kelly has stressed having versatile players on his team. Remington played for Kelly at Oregon, as did three former Ducks on the Eagles' 53-man roster - safety Patrick Chung, linebacker Casey Matthews, and wide receiver Greg Maehl.
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August 31, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles linebacker Travis Long tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the preseason finale Thursday night, and his season is likely over, NFL sources said. Long, who tore the ACL in his right knee as a senior at Washington State, was expected to make the 53-man roster. The Eagles had been touting his development since he spent last season on the practice squad. The outside linebacker was cross-training at inside linebacker and played there in the last two preseason games.
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November 19, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY ARE ALL too familiar now, the names used to indict Eagles general manager Chip Kelly. Evan Mathis should still be on the offensive line. Jeremy Maclin should still be catching passes. At this point, maybe you wish Shady was still here, too. Nick Foles? Ah, not so much. But here are some names often overlooked, names that might have as much, or even more, to do with why the Eagles have lost three games this season by a total of six points. James Casey. Chris Polk. Casey Matthews.
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September 1, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
YOU WANT this defense to be real. Why? Because coordinator Billy Davis is a good guy and his resources have been significantly less than Chip Kelly's on offense since the pair landed here two seasons ago. Because defensive leader Malcolm Jenkins is a superb young man and a fine safety. Because, in defensive end Fletcher Cox, nose tackle Bennie Logan and middle linebacker Mychal Kendricks, you have a young and unholy trinity of personality, perseverance and pain, precious pain.
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May 8, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
MAYBE LESEAN McCoy is right. Maybe Chip Kelly is a racist. Maybe he isn't. To paraphrase Proverbs, if the purposes of a man's heart are like deep water, then Chip Kelly's pool is as opaque as onyx. Nobody can figure out why Kelly likes guys with bad knees, much less whether Kelly prefers players who need more sunscreen. One reality: If Riley Cooper had been cut after his racist remark surfaced in 2013, then Kelly's profile would be different. However, Cooper's retention and subsequent contract extension are more owner Jeffrey Lurie's issue than Kelly's.
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March 16, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ATLANTIC CITY - We're all about the page views these days, so this story probably should say that MARCUS MARIOTA DID NOT DENY HE REMAINS IN CONTACT WITH CHIP KELLY when Mariota appeared at the Maxwell Awards news conference yesterday. Even more shocking, when asked, MARIOTA CONFIRMED THAT IT REMAINS THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE THE EAGLES WILL STILL ATTEMPT TO ACQUIRE HIM! Furthermore, the Daily News has learned that the large body of water located on the other side of the boardwalk from the Tropicana Hotel and Casino WOULD SEEM TO BE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.
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March 8, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles still do not have a new deal for Jeremy Maclin or Brandon Graham, and the agents for both players are free to formally begin negotiating with other teams when the legal tampering window begins at noon on Saturday. Maclin and Graham are among the seven Eagles set to become unrestricted free agents Tuesday, when the new league year begins. Free agents can sign anywhere at that point, and a flurry of activity commences once the clock strikes 12 p.m. that afternoon. After a busy three-week period that included releasing veterans Trent Cole, Todd Herremans, Cary Williams, and James Casey - along with the blockbuster LeSean McCoy trade that will be processed Tuesday - the Eagles appear poised to be big spenders in free agency with around $49.5 million in salary cap space.
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March 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles added their first free agent of the offseason Monday by signing inside linebacker Brad Jones, a 28-year-old, six-year veteran who was released by the Green Bay Packers last month. Jones, 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, signed a two-year contract and will provide depth at a position that sorely needs it. The Eagles will return starters Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans, although Ryans is coming off his second ruptured Achilles tendon. Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews were the top reserves last season, and Matthews is a pending free agent.
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February 22, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Mychal Kendricks and Eric Kendricks played together at Hoover High School in Fresno, Calif., before Mychal starred at Cal and become a second-round pick and Day 1 starter with the Eagles. Eric did not follow his brother to Berkeley, instead going to UCLA, where he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker last season. Now that Eric is one of the top linebackers in the NFL draft, there's a chance that the brothers could be teammates again. "That'd be crazy," Eric said Friday at the NFL scouting combine.
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February 20, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - On these endless frigid days and nights, the remote possibility of Marcus Mariota again chucking footballs for his old college coach Chip Kelly is the only thing that is getting many Eagles fans through the winter. Well, that and Mr. Yuengling. I'd love to have some good news to report to them on that subject from the NFL Scouting Combine. But alas, a Marcus & Chip Reunion Tour continues to appear to be nothing more than a pipe dream. Please stop emailing me trade suggestions that you somehow think would entice the Tennessee Titans to part with the second pick in the draft so that Kelly can swoop down and gobble up The Son He Never Had. Trust me, packaging their first- and second-round picks this year and their first-round pick next year along with Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, Casey Matthews, Marcus Smith, Cary Williams and Howie Roseman will not get it done.
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December 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than seven months after the Eagles invested a first-round pick in Marcus Smith, the team still does not know what position he will play in the future. "I'm not positive right now," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Tuesday. "I would say outside [linebacker] first, but I still think the jury's out on him. " A defensive end at Louisville, Smith was drafted as an outside linebacker, where he played during training camp and the preseason. The Eagles moved Smith to inside linebacker after Mychal Kendricks was injured in Week 2. They kept him there throughout the season before he returned to the outside on Tuesday because of Trent Cole's broken hand.
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December 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Mychal Kendricks' teammates were asked to give his No. 1 attribute, they talked about his athleticism. When defensive coordinator Bill Davis spoke of the Eagles linebacker, he focused on his versatility. Kendricks' athleticism and versatility are tied together, and help explain the blossoming he's had in his third season. But when asked to explain his improvement, which reached its zenith Sunday against the Seahawks, Kendricks focused on his mental state, which he said has become less anxious.
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