July 28, 2012 |
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.
July 26, 2012 |
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.
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.
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.
March 22, 2012 |
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.
September 23, 2011 |
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.
May 1, 2011 |
Few fourth-round draft picks will generate as much fan excitement as Casey Matthews. Then again, few come from the same heritage as Matthews, the Oregon linebacker the Eagles drafted Saturday in the fourth round, 116th overall. His older brother, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III, was runner-up for 2010 defensive player of the year. Eagles fans saw him terrorize the Birds in last year's season opener and the team's finale, a wild-card loss. Casey and Clay's father, Clay Matthews Jr., was a longtime NFL linebacker and four-time Pro Bowler.
September 6, 2013 |
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.
September 5, 2014 |
Here are five keys to defensive success for the Eagles. 1 Malcolm in the middle: The biggest difference between the 2013 Eagles defense that was last in the league in passing and this version is the addition of free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins will take charge of the back end and usher in an era of tackling and coverage consistency - at least, that's the plan. Not sure he really lived up to that billing in New Orleans, but this is a different defense and he says this role is a better fit. 2 What's the rush?