August 12, 2013 |
Riley Cooper started Friday night's preseason opener against the New England Patriots nine days after video surfaced of the wide receiver yelling a racial slur at a June concert. This was Cooper's first time in front of a big crowd - he was on his four-day absence when the team held an open practice at the stadium Monday - and there were no noticeable signs of disapproval from the crowd or the opposing team. Cooper caught a 19-yard pass from Michael Vick in the first quarter and received loud applause for the positive play.
August 4, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Training camp is for trying out new things. The Eagles are experimenting with a different way to relay plays to their defense, especially when an opponent switches to the hurry-up offense. "We're not huddling as much as we did last year," linebacker Casey Matthews said Friday. "Last year we huddled and the [middle linebacker] would be the only one looking for the call. This year, with offenses going at such a quicker pace, we're all just looking at the call.
November 4, 2014 |
The Eagles placed inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans on injured reserve Monday, ending the season of the defensive captain after Ryans ruptured his right Achilles tendon Sunday in a 31-21 win over Houston. The Eagles signed safety Chris Prosinski to fill Ryans' roster spot. Ryans, 30, is one of the team's most valuable players. He made the defensive calls and was a consistent contributor in the middle of the defense. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho will replace Ryans. Matthews took Ryans' duties in the fourth quarter Sunday.
September 23, 2014 |
The Eagles needed three linebackers to replace Mychal Kendricks in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Washington Redskins. Emmanuel Acho started at inside linebacker, Casey Matthews played, and Marcus Smith saw his first action of the season. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis and inside linebackers coach Rick Minter devised a plan that used all three in different situations. "I know [the plan] was to rotate Casey and Acho in there - keeping those guys fresh - and we thought about in passing situations when we moved Marcus in there that he can give you some help in some nickel situations," coach Chip Kelly said.
September 19, 2014 |
Mychal Kendricks did not practice Wednesday because of his calf injury, and the Eagles are preparing for the possibility that their starting inside linebacker could be sidelined Sunday against Washington. "He's day-to-day," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "I have a plan for either one, and obviously without him practicing today . . . we'll have the other guys get the reps. Toward the end of the week, we'll have a better feel. " The Eagles are looking at Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho as potential replacements.
November 28, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will get a CT scan today to assess his healing left collarbone, a source close to the situation told the Daily News yesterday. The source said it will be hard to say how Foles is healing until the scan, but he is feeling markedly less tenderness every day, and his strength is improving. The source said there is no reason, before the scan, to think Foles' healing will take longer than 6 to 8 weeks. Foles broke his left collarbone Nov. 2 at Houston.
October 29, 2012 |
Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks was benched for the first drive of Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Andy Reid said it was for "disciplinary reasons," and Kendricks confirmed it was because he was late to a meeting on Friday. "I had to be accountable," Kendricks said. "I let my team down. " Casey Matthews started at strong-side linebacker in Kendricks' place. He watched from the sideline while the Falcons went on a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Kendricks entered the game on the second drive, when he was charged with a critical pass interference on third and 7. That gave the Falcons a first down, and they capitalized by scoring a touchdown.
October 14, 2014 |
After a week of questions about whether inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans would play Sunday night against the New York Giants, Ryans started and fortified the middle of the Eagles defense. Ryans was questionable after leaving last week's win over the St. Louis Rams with a groin injury. The linebacker was limited in practice throughout the week. But Ryans has not missed a game since he arrived in Philadelphia in 2012. Coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday, "If there is one guy that I wouldn't count out of anything, it would be DeMeco.
October 6, 2014 |
CHIP KELLY loves versatility in his players. It's why the Eagles keyed in this offseason on signing Malcolm Jenkins, who starts at free safety and serves as the backup nickel cornerback, instead of a higher-priced free-agent safety. It's why Jeff Maehl and Casey Matthews, players whose main contributions come on special teams, made the Eagles' roster. Chris Polk also is an Eagle because of his versatility. Undrafted out of the University of Washington, Polk signed as a rookie before the 2012 season with Andy Reid as coach.
August 12, 2014 |
PLAYERS WHO can be pretty sure they're going to make the Eagles' 53-man roster for the start of the regular season: LeSean McCoy. Nick Foles. Jason Peters. Trent Cole. David Molk. Yes, David Molk. The guy wearing Danny Watkins' old No. 63 jersey became the Birds' backup center when Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery late last week. Starter Jason Kelce and Molk now are the only centers on the team, though one probably will be added, given that two is a really small number on a 90-man training-camp roster.