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August 20, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE THEMES of this summer's Eagles camp have centered around injuries and rules. Who can practice and, more importantly, who can't. Who can touch who and when and where. A year ago it was all about the breakneck pace of Chip Kelly's offense and how it would most certainly break some bones in the process, especially those who would play on his overtaxed defense. But then the season played out, the breakdown of bodies did not occur, and the themes shifted to Kelly's employ of the mysterious "sports science," which as far as anyone on the outside can discern, is a pseudo phrase for no more tacos.
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September 15, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Throughout the preseason, DeMeco Ryans faced questions and criticism about what appeared to be lackluster performances. A 28-year-old, the two-time Pro Bowler endured accusations that he is past his prime and is in decline. These theories were exacerbated when other linebackers started taking his snaps in practice and a dose of buyer's remorse appeared near. So after last Sunday's 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns, when Ryans was perhaps the Eagles' best player on the field with nine tackles - and three for losses - while playing 60 of the Eagles' 62 defensive snaps, Ryans had his chance to say "I told you so. " He could have smiled and strutted and insisted that he was right all along when he implored that he'll be fine come the regular season.
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September 19, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took until the ninth game last season before an Eagles linebacker recorded a sack. DeMeco Ryans needed all of two games to notch his first sack of the season. Linebackers accounted for only three of the Eagles' 50 sacks last season. The low number had something to do with the defense dialing up fewer blitzes. But with the way Ryans and rookie Mychal Kendricks have covered the field in the first two games, it's safe to assume the linebackers will increase that number this season.
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March 20, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now we know why the Eagles weren't casting lines to Stephen Tulloch or Curtis Lofton. They were fishing for a bigger score. And they pulled him in Tuesday night - Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans - and on first impression the Eagles looked like they bagged a big one. All they had to give up was a fourth-round draft pick and a swap of third-round picks with the Houston Texans to get the 6-foot-1, 250-pound Ryans. On the surface, the acquisition plugs what were gaping holes on the Eagles defense last year.
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December 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Earl Wolff was sitting at his locker at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday afternoon, his back to everyone, his head hanging low, when out of the corner of his eye he saw DeMeco Ryans enter the room. A rookie safety, Wolff is nursing an injured right knee and has missed four of the Eagles' last five games. Though he had practiced Thursday, he still felt so sore that he worried whether he'd be healthy enough to suit up Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, for the game that will determine whether the Eagles reach the playoffs.
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May 24, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
DeMECO RYANS manned the middle of the Eagles' defense for the first time Tuesday, standing in a shaft of light beaming from the heavens that followed Ryans about the NovaCare field, as unicorns frolicked and celestial choirs . . . OK, it really wasn't all that dramatic. Just a guy in short pants and a helmet, wearing jersey No. 59, looking a little bigger than your typical Eagles middle linebacker, at 6-1, 237. Rookie strongside starter Mychal Kendricks stood on one side of Ryans (confirming what had been whispered)
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April 6, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
One year ago, when the Eagles acquired DeMeco Ryans, the narrative from the first day was that Ryans fit better in the Eagles' 4-3 defensive scheme than the 3-4 defense the linebacker played in with the Houston Texans. One year later, the Eagles must change that narrative. Former coach Andy Reid, who cited Ryans' fit in the 4-3, was fired. Chip Kelly arrives with a new defensive scheme that will likely include elements of the 3-4. Ryans appears be one of the players hurt by the coaching change, and the Eagles are due to pay $6.6 million to a defender who might not be as effective - or on the field - as much as he was last season.
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September 24, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like most great leaders, DeMeco Ryans doesn't want credit. He doesn't want bouquets of praise for turning the Eagles defense around. The middle linebacker doesn't believe he's the missing piece to make the wide-nine work. And despite being called "Cap" or "Coach" since high school days, Ryans doesn't think much about why others follow his lead. "There's no magic tricks," Ryans said last week. "For me, I just go out there and be myself and try to do things the right way, so guys if they see me doing it the right way then they'll be more prone to listen to what I'm saying.
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October 5, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The Pittsburgh Steelers won't just be getting a couple of key players back from injury Sunday. They'll be getting their defensive mystique back. People are intimidated by safety Troy Polamalu, despite that cuddly persona he has created for endorsements. People are downright afraid of linebacker James Harrison, who spends too much time in commissioner Roger Goodell's office to do any endorsements. The Steelers have other good defensive players, but Polamalu's ferocity and Harrison's borderline personality disorder are at the heart of the team's success.
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June 12, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly was like a box of Cracker Jacks in his first offseason as the man in complete charge of the Eagles' football decisions. Day after day, it was surprise, surprise, surprise. To many observers, the trades of Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy probably ranked highest on the "I-can't-believe-he-just-did-that" scale. To others, it might have been the decision to let top receiver Jeremy Maclin walk away as a free agent. Less publicized and barely scrutinized was the decision to give veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans a contract extension even after the team had added highly touted inside linebacker Kiko Alonso in the trade that sent McCoy to Buffalo.
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June 5, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BILL DAVIS can tinker more now. It's too early to worry about who starts where in his base defense, the Eagles' defensive coordinator said yesterday, but Davis does see, with, say, three top-notch inside linebackers, some interesting variations. Davis is just trying to get everybody healthy and in sync, he said, with DeMeco Ryans coming off an Achilles' and Kiko Alonso coming off an ACL, while learning a new scheme. But ultimately, adding Alonso to ILBs Ryans and Mychal Kendricks, not to mention ex-Packer Brad Jones and third-round rookie Jordan Hicks, "expands our ability to play with more packages," Davis said.
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June 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mychal Kendricks is still on the Eagles and still practices with the first-team defense, two realities that had been in question at times this offseason. The questions came after Kendricks endured almost two months of trade rumors, during a spring when the Eagles have not revealed how they will sort out their logjam at inside linebacker. For now, nothing has changed for Kendricks. But he enters the last year of his contract with more uncertainty about his role and his future than any of his previous three seasons in Philadelphia.
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June 4, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
TRADE RUMORS, the lack of a contract beyond 2015, the acquisition of a young star who plays his position, and the re-signing of a veteran who also plays his position. So, Mychal Kendricks, how was your offseason? On a damp Tuesday on the second day of June, Kendricks pulled off his helmet after an Eagles workout, flashed that smile that singer Rihanna is so smitten with and stated that this was all part of being a football player. "Questions are asked, but at the end of the day everyone's motives are to make this team as best as possible," said Kendricks, a former second-round pick heading into his fourth season.
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June 1, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE INSIDE linebacker position in the middle of the Eagles' 3-4 defense was arguably the most inconsistent group on the roster last year. That isn't necessarily an indictment of the results, but more or less a mention of the injuries and lack of depth that ravaged the bunch. Now, it appears the middle of the Eagles' defense is the defense's strongest suit. When coach Chip Kelly unloaded franchise-leading rusher LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for 3-4 inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, the position got a whole lot stronger, and a whole lot deeper.
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May 31, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kiko Alonso thought he was in proper shape. The Eagles' new inside linebacker also thought he remembered what a Chip Kelly practice was like from his time at Oregon. But two years away from Kelly with the Buffalo Bills was long enough that Alonso still needed to adjust to the Eagles' practices this week during organized team activities. "I knew what to expect, but I definitely thought I'd be more in shape, but I was wrong," Alonso said. "I remember when I was in Buffalo, I was like I can't imagine going against the Eagles and that pace.
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May 30, 2015
The Eagles practiced Thursday with 85 of their 90 players participating in most drills during the third session of organized team activities. Safety Earl Wolff and linebacker Marcus Smith joined quarterback Sam Bradford as the players who were limited by injuries. Guard Evan Mathis has skipped the offseason program, which has been voluntary to date. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor, the team's first-round pick, was absent because of an NFL Players Association event. Wolff is recovering from a knee injury that affected him throughout last season.
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May 1, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
ON MOST DAYS of the year, the following analogy might be too convoluted and abstract to make any sort of sense, but today is the first day of the NFL draft, and the great thing about the NFL draft is that you can say pretty much anything you want about it without fear of sounding nonsensical, because somebody will always sound more nonsensical than you. So . . . A thought experiment: Add Robert Griffin III to last year's Eagles team, but take...
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April 29, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
What they have: If NovaCare sports science is all it's cracked up to be, the Eagles have no needs here, with Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Najee Goode all returning. But every one of those guys suffered a serious injury last season, and somehow, Kendricks' name keeps popping up in trade rumors. Kendricks hardly helped put that speculation to rest by skipping the first optional OTAs. He ended last season as a rising star, probably the Birds' second-best defensive player, behind Fletcher Cox, but at 5-11, 240, Kendricks is yet another Andy Reid-era draftee who probably would not have fit the Chip Kelly regime size criteria, so . . . What they need: Depends on who all stays healthy and whether Kendricks actually gets traded.
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April 1, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
This article has been corrected. An earlier version said the Eagles' seven new players missed an average of 12 games last season. Chip Kelly continues to hand out money to players with extensive injury histories. The Eagles agreed to terms Monday on a one-year contract with wide receiver Miles Austin and extended and restructured linebacker DeMeco Ryans' contract through 2016. The oft-injured Austin has to pass a physical Tuesday before he can sign a deal that is worth $2.3 million and with $700,000 in incentives, an NFL source said.
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