March 23, 2012
An entry by Les Bowen on the Daily News' Eagles blog, Eagletarian, at www.eagletarian.com FORMER EAGLES and Houston Texans defensive end N.D. Kalu has a sports radio talk show in Houston now, on KILT. Like many Houstonians, Kalu was surprised by the departure of middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles; unlike most Houstonians, Kalu still pulls passionately for the Birds, so he isn't too grief-stricken. We thought it might be fun to catch up with N.D. and get his impressions not only of Ryans, his friend and former Texans teammate, but of the differences Ryans will encounter between being a Texans focal point and assuming that role here.
August 4, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Not every day is a completely successful day at training camp, not every practice moves DeMeco Ryans closer to where he wants to be with the Eagles, but Thursday was just fine. "It's coming. It's going in the right direction," Ryans said. "And I know because I'm my toughest critic. " Ryans came to the team in an offseason trade to fill what has been a gaping hole at middle linebacker. He brought with him six years of NFL experience, a reputation as a popular team leader, and the standard question marks attached to a veteran who suffered an Achilles tendon injury not that long ago. If he can stay healthy and show enough mobility to remain on the field in passing situations, Ryans is just what the Eagles defense needs - a shot of maturity chased by a pint of attitude.
November 15, 2013 |
DEMECO RYANS believes he's playing as well as he ever played in Houston, when he made the Pro Bowl twice. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said this week that Ryans is having an "outstanding, Pro Bowl year. " "This is the level I was playing at. It's fun to be back at that level, being able to make plays," Ryans, the Birds' middle linebacker, said yesterday. There is one guy in the Eagles' locker room who ought to be able to verify those claims. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin was a rookie with the Texans in 2009, the last time Ryans made the Pro Bowl, before he suffered a 2010 Achilles' tendon tear that cast a shadow over his career.
February 4, 2014 |
THEY HAVE a running back who wants to tackle better. They have a linebacker who seeks encyclopedic knowledge. They have a bull of a nose tackle who wants to be stronger, and a tight end who wants to be the best ever. Only one of these young players started more than half of this season's games for the Eagles. They are a second tier of young talent overshadowed by second-year players such as quarterback Nick Foles and defensive end Fletcher Cox, who already might have shown their strongest hands.
May 2, 2014 |
First of a series of looks at positions the Eagles might target in the May 8-10 NFL draft. Linebacker * What they have: Inside, Mychal Kendricks is a young building block. DeMeco Ryans, leading tackler the two seasons he has been an Eagle, emerged as the defensive leader and played really well against the run in 2013, but wasn't great against the pass. Ryans, who turns 30 in July, won't man the middle forever. Outside, Connor Barwin is a solid, smart player who still should have plenty of mileage left at 27. The other spot is a question.
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.
September 25, 2014 |
REPORTERS, mashed into a dense throng sprouting microphones and lenses, jostled for space around Cary Williams' locker cubicle after practice yesterday, as they have done before, and as they almost certainly will do again. The 29-year-old Eagles cornerback who apologized to Patriots coach Bill Belichick last month for waving the Spygate banner as the Birds were about to visit New England stood in front of a much larger audience yesterday morning for a similar act of contrition. "I spoke to the team today.
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.
September 8, 2012 |
There's been a merry-go-round at linebacker for the Eagles over the last few seasons, but the team made efforts this offseason to make it stop with the acquisitions of DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. It might start spinning again on Sunday in Cleveland. Kendricks said Thursday after practice that the coaches had each of the Eagles' six linebackers practicing in various alignments in several packages on defense. "I would expect for all of us to be playing because that's what we're game-planning with," said Kendricks, who is expected to start at the strong side.