September 6, 2013 |
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
April 12, 2013 |
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)
September 8, 2012 |
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.