November 16, 2014 |
Casey Matthews arrived at Lehigh University for the Eagles' 2011 training camp atop the depth chart at middle linebacker. A rookie fourth-round pick who entered the league during the NFL's work stoppage, Matthews did not yet know the defense, his teammates, or his coaches. Amid a frenzied free-agent signing period that produced the ill-fated "Dream Team," the Eagles chose the untested rookie to man the middle of their defense. The experiment lasted three games before Matthews was demoted.
October 11, 2014 |
Marcus Smith stays off Twitter and Instagram to avoid the criticism he may receive from fans, but he can't always evade his family. "I got uncles that are really passionate about football," the Eagles linebacker said. "They see me do something wrong in the game, they'll send me a text and try to correct it. Sometimes I don't text back. " Smith is already under enough pressure. Drafted in the first round by the Eagles, the rookie has played sparingly in his first five games and only because of injuries.
October 21, 2005 |
Paul Posluszny, a Penn State junior linebacker, has been named a semifinalist for the 21st Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker. Posluszny, a 6-foot-2, 234-pounder, made a career-high 22 stops in the Lions' 34-29 win at Northwestern on Sept. 24. The other semifinalists are: Chad Greenway, Iowa; Aaron Harris, Texas; Spencer Havner, UCLA; A.J. Hawk, Ohio State; D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland; Tim McGarigle, Northwestern; A.J. Nicholson, Florida State; DeMeco Ryans, Alabama; and Ernie Sims, Florida State.
November 12, 2012
2 Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and quarterback Tony Romo failed to connect on just two pass attempts. On 10 tries, the combo completed eight passes for 47 yards. 6 The Eagles got six first downs thanks to Cowboys penalties. 29 Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant averaged 29 yards per catch on three catches for 87 yards. 3:56 The Cowboys had the ball for just 3 minutes, 56 seconds in the fourth quarter. Still, the Eagles managed just six points.
October 13, 2014 |
Veteran inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is officially questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Giants while fellow inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and running back/kick returner Chris Polk were ruled out. Ryans, who suffered a groin injury in last Sunday's Eagles win, was a limited participant in practice yesterday and Thursday. Neither Kendricks (calf), who hasn't played since Week 2, nor Polk (hamstring) participated in practice all week. The only others officially ruled out were center Jason Kelce (hernia)
October 23, 2014 |
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said Chip Kelly visited him in the hospital after Cruz hurt his knee in the Oct. 12 loss to the Eagles. Kelly said Tuesday he checked on Cruz the next morning and wanted to see whether Cruz needed anything before being transferred to New York. "I just think the way he got injured and you look at what happened, we're all competitors in this game," Kelly said. Ryans on Winston Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans offered guidance to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston last week.
November 2, 2014 |
Chip Kelly has heard all about a perceived Oregon bias when assembling the Eagles roster the last two seasons. Last week, he laughed at a new one: the Houston Texans pipeline to Philadelphia. "We just love Texans and Oregon guys," Kelly joked. "So run with it. " Seven former Texans are on the Eagles roster for the game Sunday in Houston: inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans, outside linebacker Connor Barwin, tight end James Casey, punter Donnie Jones, offensive lineman Andrew Gardner, wide receiver Jeff Maehl, and linebacker Bryan Braman.
October 26, 2014
Mychal Kendricks was listed as questionable on the Eagles' Friday injury report for Sunday's game at the Arizona Cardinals. Kendricks has a calf injury and has already missed four games. He was limited at practice this week and several of his teammates said on Thursday that they didn't expect the starting inside linebacker to be ready by Sunday. Kendricks declined to be interviewed by reporters this week. Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho and Marcus Smith have been splitting Kendrick's snaps in his absence and will likely rotate against the Cardinals opposite DeMeco Ryans.
October 14, 2014 |
After a week of questions about whether inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans would play Sunday night against the New York Giants, Ryans started and fortified the middle of the Eagles defense. Ryans was questionable after leaving last week's win over the St. Louis Rams with a groin injury. The linebacker was limited in practice throughout the week. But Ryans has not missed a game since he arrived in Philadelphia in 2012. Coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday, "If there is one guy that I wouldn't count out of anything, it would be DeMeco.