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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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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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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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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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August 5, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
BE HONEST. When DeMeco Ryans tore the Achilles' tendon in his right foot last November at NRG Stadium in Houston, you thought there was a very good chance he had played his last down as an Eagle, maybe his last down for anyone. I confess I did, and I've been covering professional football for 32 years. The man Chip Kelly calls "Mufasa" had just suffered his second Achilles' injury in five years (he tore the left one in 2010). He was 30 going on 31. You can count the number of thirtysomething NFL linebackers who have made successful comebacks from Achilles' injuries on your fingers.
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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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August 26, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a four-year contract extension Monday. Coach Chip Kelly insisted at the beginning of training camp that Kendricks would not be traded, and this represents a major commitment to him. Kendricks' deal is worth $29 million with $16.4 million guaranteed, according to a league source. Kendricks, 24, joined the team as a second-round draft pick out of California in 2012 and started each of the last three seasons. His future with the Eagles appeared uncertain after the team acquired Kiko Alonso and re-signed DeMeco Ryans, creating a logjam at inside linebacker.
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August 26, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
APPARENTLY, not only can we write Mychal Kendricks' name in ink, we won't have to cross it out any time soon. "Mychal Kendricks is not going anywhere. You can write that down in ink, not pencil. He's not going anywhere," Chip Kelly told us as training camp opened, three weeks or so back. There'd been speculation, with Kiko Alonso coming from Buffalo in the LeSean McCoy trade, and DeMeco Ryans getting a new deal this spring, that Kendricks might be traded. His rookie contract would be up at the end of this season.
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August 23, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The most anticipated moment of the Eagles' preseason could come Saturday if Sam Bradford is behind center for the first offensive snap of the Eagles-Ravens game. Although coach Chip Kelly has not officially confirmed that Bradford will play and start on Saturday, Bradford said he expects to play and he has taken first-team snaps during practice throughout the week - including Friday's walk-through. Kelly was not made available for comment on Friday. Bradford's passing ability should be clear in the game.
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August 20, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LINEBACKER Kiko Alonso returned to the practice field after a two-week concussion absence, but Alonso's work was limited, as was access to him afterward. "He'll be running around. He's kind of coming on," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said yesterday, before the team took the field for a light workout. "We'll ease him back in. He's missed a few things . . . I think mentally he's good, but he has been out for two weeks. So he'll go through agility drills and maybe a little 7-on-7 . . . He should be good to go by the end of the week.
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August 20, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kiko Alonso returned to practice Tuesday, two weeks after the Eagles linebacker suffered a concussion that kept him inside the team facility during most of training camp. Alonso, the promising linebacker acquired in the LeSean McCoy trade with Buffalo, was only a limited participant, but he stayed after practice to run sprints. Coach Chip Kelly said the Eagles plan to "ease him back in" because Alonso "missed a few things" since he was hurt Aug. 4. Alonso does not believe he's far behind.
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August 14, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Linebacker DeMeco Ryans did not practice Wednesday, the first training camp workout he has missed while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. "Just taking a little rest," Ryans said. He did sound not concerned, and a maintenance day is not unusual at this point in training camp for a 31-year-old who is coming off a major injury. The Eagles were thin at inside linebacker Wednesday, even though they are deeper at the position this year. The top three players on the depth chart were all out or limited.
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August 11, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
While DeMeco Ryans wheeled through the halls of the NovaCare Complex on a scooter last November, the linebacker sounded confident he would return in time for training camp. His future appeared uncertain because of the second ruptured right Achilles tendon in his career, but Ryans said he knew the recovery process and did not doubt the timetable. The Eagles have had seven training camp practices, and Ryans has not missed one. He is nine months removed from the injury and is mixing in with the first-team defense and slowly working his way back to his old self.
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August 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CAN THE Eagles' third outside linebacker - the top sub - be as big a part of the defense as Brandon Graham was last year? Graham played 43 percent of the defense's snaps and notched 5 1/2 sacks. With Trent Cole gone and Graham now a starter, the top candidate as Graham's replacement is already down for the season, Travis Long having torn his right ACL. The Eagles will have to rely more on someone like 2014 first-rounder Marcus Smith or Brandon Hepburn, a practice-squad inside linebacker last season.
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August 5, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
BE HONEST. When DeMeco Ryans tore the Achilles' tendon in his right foot last November at NRG Stadium in Houston, you thought there was a very good chance he had played his last down as an Eagle, maybe his last down for anyone. I confess I did, and I've been covering professional football for 32 years. The man Chip Kelly calls "Mufasa" had just suffered his second Achilles' injury in five years (he tore the left one in 2010). He was 30 going on 31. You can count the number of thirtysomething NFL linebackers who have made successful comebacks from Achilles' injuries on your fingers.
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