September 22, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans was born and raised in Bessemer, Ala., a small industrial town in the center of the state. Its namesake invented a process to mass-produce steel, but it's perhaps best known now as the birthplace of Bo Jackson. When people talk about the child-abuse charges filed in Texas against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, about a culture that could empower a father to strike the inside of his 4-year-old son's legs with a tree branch until they bled, Bessemer is the kind of place they mean, where a boy's roughest justice could come at the hands of a parent.
October 22, 2013 |
In a drastic departure, the Eagles defense had to answer questions about picking up the offense after yet another downer at Lincoln Financial Field. While it wasn't enough to stop their inexplicable home skid, or from preventing Dallas from taking over first place in the NFC East, the Eagles defense held its own during Sunday's 17-3 loss to the visiting Cowboys. The Eagles (3-4) have now lost a franchise-record nine consecutive home games, but this one was more the fault of the offense, whose lone score was set up by the defense.
March 5, 2015 |
WE LEARNED last March that Chip Kelly isn't afraid to shake things up when he released DeSean Jackson. We learned it again yesterday when Kelly sent shock waves through EaglesNation by agreeing to trade away his star running back, LeSean McCoy, and moving closer to releasing the second best pass-rusher in franchise history, Trent Cole. The moves, along with the release earlier in the day of cornerback Cary Williams, and last week's exit of veteran right guard Todd Herremans, are largely, but not entirely, salary-cap motivated.
April 1, 2015 |
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.
March 28, 2012 |
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Eagles have room to add another defensive tackle, with free agents Derek Landri and Trevor Laws still unsigned. Mike Patterson, Cullen Jenkins, Antonio Dixon, and Cedric Thornton are under contract, but the Eagles carried five defensive tackles last season. Thornton, an undrafted rookie, could be expendable. The Eagles could be targeting one of a number of attractive defensive tackles in the first round of next month's draft. General manager Howie Roseman agreed that it is a position of strength in the draft.
April 21, 2012 |
When the Eagles traded for DeMeco Ryans, the feeling of relief and excitement among fans was palpable. The team had picked up a name linebacker. Finally. But the big move doesn't necessarily mean the Eagles solved the linebacker problems that were so plain and painful to see last season. Ryans is a two-time Pro Bowler and renowned leader, but after an Achilles tear in 2010 he wasn't the same player in 2011. The Eagles are optimistic about his health and returning him to the 4-3 system in which he excelled, but even if he returns to form, the team might need insurance and definitely needs an upgrade at outside linebacker.
March 26, 2013 |
Looking to improve a punting game that has been lacking, the Eagles signed two-time all-pro punter Donnie Jones to a one-year contract after his former team, the Texans, signed Shane Lechler to a deal on Friday. The addition of Jones led to the release of Mat McBriar. Signed by the Eagles during training camp last summer, cut before the season, and then brought back in September, McBriar never fully rebounded from offseason foot surgery and finished tied for last in the NFL in net punting average.
October 10, 2014 |
The Eagles do not know who their starting inside linebackers will be for Sunday's game against the New York Giants. DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice. Ryans has a groin injury and Kendricks continues to miss time because of a calf injury. Ryans sounded optimistic that he would play when he spoke to reporters Tuesday. He has not missed a game since he arrived in Philadelphia in 2012. "I hope [he plays], but I don't know," coach Chip Kelly said. "If there is one guy that I wouldn't count out of anything, it would be DeMeco.
November 4, 2014 |
The Eagles placed inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans on injured reserve Monday, ending the season of the defensive captain after Ryans ruptured his right Achilles tendon Sunday in a 31-21 win over Houston. The Eagles signed safety Chris Prosinski to fill Ryans' roster spot. Ryans, 30, is one of the team's most valuable players. He made the defensive calls and was a consistent contributor in the middle of the defense. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho will replace Ryans. Matthews took Ryans' duties in the fourth quarter Sunday.
September 19, 2014 |
Mychal Kendricks did not practice Wednesday because of his calf injury, and the Eagles are preparing for the possibility that their starting inside linebacker could be sidelined Sunday against Washington. "He's day-to-day," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "I have a plan for either one, and obviously without him practicing today . . . we'll have the other guys get the reps. Toward the end of the week, we'll have a better feel. " The Eagles are looking at Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho as potential replacements.