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October 29, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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 3d-and-7.
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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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July 28, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Brandon Boykin and Damaris Johnson have the early edge as the Eagles' punt and kick returners, coach Andy Reid said Friday. "Obviously we brought Boykin in to do that, so he's right there at both kick and punt," Reid said. "We know he can do both. He does have more kickoff than he does punt. Johnson has done it, so we're kind of leaving him in there right now as the primary punt guy. " The Eagles drafted Boykin in the fourth round out of Georgia. Johnson is an undrafted rookie from Tulsa.
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July 26, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - It's coming soon: pads, real hitting, competition against NFL veterans fighting for jobs and roster spots. Mychal Kendricks, the rookie Eagles linebacker who already projects as a starter on the strong side, is looking ahead with a mix of eagerness and anxiety. "Getting anxious, a little excited. Nerves kicking," Kendricks said Tuesday on the second day of training camp, one day before veterans report and just a handful of practices before he puts on pads for the first time in the NFL. "Whenever you're nervous, you always play better.
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September 23, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' linebacker shuffle may be 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.
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August 20, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles still believes the quarterback competition is open, even though it appears that Michael Vick has taken a lead in the pursuit of the starting job. "I'm going to keep working," Foles said. "My mind-set stays the same. My work ethic stays the same. My ultimate goal, always, is to play. Not going to change anything. " Practice was closed to reporters on Sunday, but Foles said the quarterbacks continued to split snaps. The players are off on Monday, when the coaching staff will meet and determine how to split the quarterbacks - and whom to start - in Saturday's third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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September 6, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES' special teams were really bad last year, so maybe Chip Kelly saying yesterday he used special-teams play as his criteria for keeping backups at several positions is a good thing. On the other hand, starters get hurt. Some of these guys are going to have to play more than on special teams. At that point, we'll see whether Kelly's philosophy - hardly unusual in the NFL - works out in the long run. Asked what extent playing for him at Oregon factored into keeping reserve wideout Jeff Maehl and reserve linebacker Casey Matthews, Kelly said: "None.
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March 22, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Omar Gaither, Stewart Bradley, Joe Mays, Akeem Jordan, Chris Gocong, Will Witherspoon, Jamar Chaney, Casey Matthews, Jeremiah Trotter 3.0 . . . DeMeco Ryans? Have the Eagles finally found, after five seasons of impostors, their savior at middle linebacker? After the Eagles bagged Ryans in a trade with the Houston Texans on Tuesday, reaction from the team's fans has been overwhelmingly positive. Much of the excitement has to do with Ryans, of course. But underneath it all has been the blue-collar city's desperation for a savior at the most blue-collar of positions.
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September 6, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nate Allen will be the Eagles' starting strong safety, coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday. Allen's spot was the last one in question entering Monday's season opener against the Washington Redskins. The move did not come as a surprise, since Allen started each preseason game and was expected to win the job. Allen, a second-round pick in 2010, has not developed into the player the team expected. This season could be his final chance to prove himself to the Eagles. He beat rookie Earl Wolff, a fifth-round pick, for the top spot.
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August 12, 2013 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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