August 20, 2014 |
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.
October 21, 2015 |
DeMeco Ryans was having his best performance of the season Monday night before he left the Eagles' 27-7 win over the Giants in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Ryans did not return in the second half. "I could go back in, but I wasn't going to be all the way 100 [percent]," Ryans said. "We'll see how it goes [this week]. " Ryans, the Eagles' veteran inside linebacker, played a bigger role with Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks out of the lineup. He had an interception and a fumble recovery.
November 20, 2015 |
DeMECO RYANS won't be an All-Pro this year. He won't lead the league in any major categories. If you were to make a list of the most productive players on Bill Davis' defense this season, he'd probably rank outside of the top five. But DeMeco Ryans will be on the field on Sunday, and that alone is an achievement to consider. It was a little over a year ago that Ryans planted on the turf at NRG Stadium after intercepting a pass from Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and felt his Achilles' tendon ripple up through his right calf.
October 22, 2015 |
THE PLAY that turned the game looked really improbable, like, "How'd he do that?" to the naked eye. Slowing down the replay still didn't make it ordinary. The Eagles trailed, 7-0, and it was about to get worse, Giants' first-and-10 at the Eagles' 23. Giants tight end Larry Donnell, the game-winning-touchdown-catch hero of his team's thrilling victory over the 49ers the previous week, had both strong hands around the Eli Manning pass, and he seemed to have Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans boxed out. Ryans was trying to reach in, over Donnell's left shoulder.
September 15, 2012 |
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.
August 27, 2015 |
NEITHER BILL DAVIS nor DeMeco Ryans can guarantee that Ryans and his repaired Achilles' tendon will be 100 percent by the time the Eagles open their season Sept. 14 in Atlanta. Davis, the Eagles' defensive coordinator, didn't say so, but this uncertainty might have played at least a small part in the team's decision to sign Ryans' inside-linebacking understudy, Mychal Kendricks, to a four-year, $29 million contract extension on Monday. "You know, I don't know. Those are tough injuries to get 100 percent," Davis said yesterday, when asked about Ryans' timetable.
October 21, 2015 |
THEY NEEDED something. The Eagles, reeling from punch after punch from the visiting Giants, had been robbed of their first hope; an offensive pass interference flag picked up because the pick the Giants ran came within a yard of the line of scrimmage. They had forfeited a third-down stop because Connor Barwin jumped offsides, but just barely. The defense needed rest, and recovery. They needed some things to go right. They got them. They got them from Mufasa. Over.
December 28, 2013 |
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.
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.
March 20, 2012 |
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.