October 2, 2015 |
The Eagles still do not have the full inside linebacker combination they envisioned when the season started, but the news is getting better about Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso. Kendricks was a full participant in practice Wednesday and is on track to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Alonso is in Florida rehabbing his left knee injury. He had arthroscopic surgery and is expected to return in about a month, according to a league source. That would mean Alonso does not need surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, which would have cost him the season.
September 29, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two weeks ago, it looked like the one and only member of the Eagles' 2015 draft class with any shot to make an impact this season was going to be their first-round pick, wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Cornerback Eric Rowe, their second-round pick, struggled in the preseason and opened the season buried deep on the depth chart. His only action in Weeks 1 and 2 came on special teams. That didn't figure to change. Same with their third-round pick, inside linebacker Jordan Hicks, whose chances of getting many defensive snaps behind Mychal Kendricks, Kiko Alonso and DeMeco Ryans seemed somewhere between slim and none.
September 29, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - While his play suggested otherwise, Eagles rookie inside linebacker Jordan Hicks admitted to a serious case of butterflies before making his first NFL start. The nervousness didn't last long, as Hicks had a team-high 10 tackles, along with a fumble recovery and an interception, during Sunday's 24-17 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. "I was definitely nervous before the game," Hicks said. "All of that goes away as soon as the first snap happens and it is time to go. " Hicks' performance was a continuation of his play last week when he had seven tackles in a reserve role during the Eagles' 20-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
September 25, 2015 |
LET'S GET this out of the way: Right now, DeMeco Ryans is not a great football player; but then, he always will be a great football mind. He essentially cost the Eagles the first three points the Cowboys scored Sunday . . . and, by dint of will and wit, he twice saved a touchdown. Early in the drive, he should have tackled Joseph Randle for a loss on second-and-4. He was torched on a second-and-7 play that put the Cowboys at the 1. Then, he got burned in the end zone. Still, the Cowboys had to settle for three.
September 24, 2015 |
The Eagles started this season with a three-man inside-linebacker rotation, but it could be down to one this week. Kiko Alonso is out for at least Sunday's game against the New York Jets with a knee injury and his status for the season was unknown. Mychal Kendricks is trying to make a quick recovery from a hamstring injury, and defensive coordiator Bill Davis said he has an "outside shot" of playing Sunday. Both players attended practice Tuesday and watched from the sideline. Neither would comment after practice.
September 22, 2015 |
JORDAN HICKS, the third-round rookie linebacker from Texas, didn't really picture himself chasing down and sacking Tony Romo with 9 minutes and 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter of yesterday's Eagles loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Hicks had played strictly on special teams in the season opener in Atlanta. With DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks manning the two inside linebacking positions, there weren't any snaps for the rookie. Until Alonso suffered an injury to his repaired left knee, and Kendricks pulled up lame with a left hamstring strain, within a few minutes of the first half yesterday.
September 19, 2015 |
Kiko Alonso joked with tight end Zach Ertz that he has some of the best hands on the Eagles. Ertz didn't believe Alonso. The Eagles have wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs who can catch the ball. A linebacker does not usually surpass them. Then Alonso made a one-handed interception while falling backward to prevent a touchdown in the Eagles' loss on Monday, and Ertz needed to reconsider. "He goes out and makes a play like that," Ertz said, "and it's hard to ignore.
September 18, 2015 |
THE QUESTION was about the Eagles' defensive scheme, specifically its culpability in Monday night's 26-24 loss in Atlanta. DeMeco Ryans flashed that 'tweener smile of his, simultaneously friendly and condescending, and spit this out: "It has nothing to do with the scheme," he said. "It never matters what kind of scheme, what kind of calls you have . . . No matter what scheme you're in. It's all about players making plays. " Which is interesting, because the narrative about Bill Belichick's genius and chicanery is that he schemes to beat whoever he's playing that week.
September 2, 2015 |
YESTERDAY WAS officially "hey, don't worry, it's just preseason" day down at the NovaCare Complex. You could see this one coming. Reporters spent Saturday night and Sunday exclaiming over Sam Bradford's perfect evening and the Eagles' 38.3 points per preseason game offensive juggernaut. By yesterday, as the fan base started tuning up its tailgating fleet for Santa Clara and Super Bowl 50, it was time to balance the scales and delve into perceived problems. But the starters began the day with a full two-week gap yawning between them and the season opener, Sept.
August 29, 2015 |
The Eagles waived injured linebacker Emmanuel Acho with a thumb injury that required surgery, according to a league source. The move was not yet official, but Acho's locker was cleaned out Thursday. Acho, 24, spent parts of the last two seasons with the Eagles. He started two games in 2014 and played 23 percent of the defensive snaps. Acho was in competition for a backup-linebacker job. He even added some outside-linebacker responsibilities to help his chances. The Eagles are expected to keep Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso, and Jordan Hicks.