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May 1, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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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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September 5, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
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?
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August 4, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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August 21, 2011 | By Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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April 12, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles sent running back Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday for linebacker Emmanuel Acho. Though they had hoped to get a late draft pick for Lewis, the Eagles acquired a young linebacker for a player who probably would have been released. With LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, and a healthy Chris Polk at running back, coach Chip Kelly deemed Lewis expendable. Acho, a 2012 sixth-round draft pick out of Texas, spent last season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He suffered a meniscus (cartilage)
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May 29, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeMeco Ryans will turn 30 in July, and he is coming off a season in which he played more regular-season snaps than any defensive player in the NFL. After enduring questions last spring about whether he could be a three-down linebacker in the Eagles' 3-4 defense, Ryans now entertains questions about whether he's on the field too much. Ryans played 1,157 snaps last season - 96 percent of the Eagles' defensive plays. Pro Football Focus, which includes penalties and kneel-downs, determined that he played more snaps than any defensive player in the NFL. But Ryans said he feels healthy and is not going to volunteer to take breathers in 2014.
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October 14, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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