November 11, 2014 |
The first thing Emmanuel Acho did, after he learned that DeMeco Ryans had ruptured an Achilles tendon last Sunday, was to assess what the injury meant for Emmanuel Acho. This was not at all a selfish thing for him to do. It was natural and practical and essential. Since the start of the 2013 season, Ryans had played more than 1,700 snaps for the Eagles as one of their starting middle linebackers and as the man who best represented the defense's beating heart. Over the same period, according to the scouting and statistical firm Pro Football Focus, Acho has played 157 defensive snaps.
November 4, 2014 |
DeMECO RYANS officially went on injured reserve last night with a torn right Achilles' tendon, his roster spot taken by just-signed safety Chris Prosinski. That means the Eagles are prepared to go with what they have at inside linebacker the rest of the way - Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho and first-round rookie Marcus Smith, the trio that got the Birds through the Mychal Kendricks injury absence. Prosinski might take Matthews' special-teams reps, with Matthews' role in the defense increasing drastically, but otherwise there is no help coming for an ILB corps that was the team's must vulnerable unit when training camp began, and since has suffered a succession of injuries, starting with Travis Long (knee)
December 8, 2013 |
The Eagles' success in punt coverage could be summed up with two words: Donnie Jones. But crediting the punter for all of the unit's accomplishments would be slighting how much of a role players like Brandon Boykin, Colt Anderson, Kurt Coleman and James Casey have contributed on special teams this season. As the Eagles prepare for a huge game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field, the punt-cover team is third in the NFL in return average allowed (a lowly 5.5 yards)
September 4, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY really had us going, didn't he? All that "May the best man win" stuff. All that "Every job is open for competition. " And then, after the blood was let, there were zero surprises on Kelly's first Eagles roster. Zero. Kelly, early in training camp, listed co-starters at quarterback, when one guy fit his offense like a New England accent fits in Philly sports (there's a lot of that going on these days). Making Michael Vick watch Nick Foles run Kelly's read-option scheme would be like making Kelly put his best receiver and his most professional player, Jason Avant, at safety for a day. Avant, all along clearly the only choice in the slot, should drop two passes just to get even . . . but then, Avant lacks that sort of malice.
November 8, 2013 |
CASEY MATTHEWS thinks his brother is playing this week, he said yesterday. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy would venture only that Clay Matthews "went through the normal reps" in yesterday's practice, when McCarthy spoke with Philadelphia-area reporters in an evening conference call. "We'll see how the week goes," McCarthy said. Told of Casey's opinion, McCarthy said: "That's pretty good information. " Clay Matthews, the Packers' four-time Pro Bowl linebacker, one of the NFL's most recognizable stars, broke his right thumb Oct. 6 against the Lions and underwent surgery.
October 15, 2014 |
CHIP KELLY said he wasn't relieved yesterday when he heard Darren Sproles had suffered a relatively mild left MCL sprain, which might or might not keep Sproles out of the lineup for a week or 2 after the Eagles come back from the bye. Kelly said he'd talked to his change-of-pace runner, receiver and punt returner after Sunday night's trouncing of the Giants, and Sproles "didn't seem like it was anything big . . . he was walking fine and there was...
December 7, 2014 |
TRENT COLE remembers maneuvering his way around a pile of linemen, trying to find a path to the ballcarrier. Seven Eagles defenders had clashed with Seattle's offensive front at the line of scrimmage, Philadelphia's 15-yard line. Initially, the Seahawks' first-down running attempt didn't appear as if it would amount to much of anything. Maybe a yard. "Everybody was up and the pile was moving," Cole recalled this week of the 2011 play. "And how come this man comes popping up out of the pile with God-dang 15 people on him?
November 11, 2014 |
MARK SANCHEZ won his first start as an Eagle, yet the quarterback was largely irrelevant on a low-stress, bask-in-the-glow kind of night, one dominated by Bill Davis' defense – and by the Carolina Panthers' haplessness. Halftime of last night's 45-21 Eagles victory arrived with the home team ahead, 31-7, even though the offense could claim only one solid scoring drive. The Panthers turned it over three times in the first 28 minutes, one of them an interception Bradley Fletcher ran back for a touchdown.
September 22, 2011 |
The Eagles' linebacker shuffle may be hand designed specifically for Sunday's opponent - the New York Giants - defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said. Rookie Casey Matthews , moved from middle linebacker to weak-side, isn't convinced. "They said that. I guess we will see how it turns out," Matthews said Thursday. "If you have success with it I'm sure it will stay. I'm going like it's permanent. " The moves, implemented first at practice on Wednesday, have Jamar Chaney replacing Matthews in the middle, Moise Fokou filling Chaney's spot at strong-side, and Matthews taking over for Fokou.
August 21, 2011 |
Andy Reid is sticking with one rookie and going with another. Despite criticism that Casey Matthews wasn't up to the task of being the starting middle linebacker after his rocky outing in Thursday night's preseason game against the Steelers, the Eagles coach stuck with the rookie at Saturday's walk-through. The Eagles' entire starting linebacker crew, in fact, did not change after the 24-14 loss in Pittsburgh. Jamar Chaney stayed at strong-side linebacker and Moise Fokou was still at weak side.