August 26, 2015 |
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.
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.
November 10, 2015 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Nelson Agholor missed his third consecutive game for the Eagles on Sunday, although this one came as a surprise. Agholor, the Eagles' first-round pick, was a full participant in practice during the week and sounded confident he would play. The starting wide receiver was listed as questionable entering the game. Agholor sprained his ankle on Oct. 11, so nearly one month has passed since the injury. There was optimism that he could invigorate the passing game after struggling to produce early in the season.
April 21, 2012
DEMECO RYANS - A two-time Pro Bowler, Ryans was acquired to be the answer to the question that has long loomed over middle linebacker. He has the pedigree, but has to bounce back from a down season in 2011. JAMAR CHANEY - After a fast start as a rookie, Chaney had a rocky 2011, starting at the strong side and then moving to the middle early in the season. He struggled at times, and will have to move back outside with Ryans in town. BRIAN ROLLE - Rolle was probably the team's most effective linebacker last season, and showed impressive power for his size.
August 29, 2015 |
The Eagles waived injured linebacker Emmanuel Acho with a thumb injury that required surgery, according to a league source. The move was not yet official, but Acho's locker was cleaned out Thursday. Acho, 24, spent parts of the last two seasons with the Eagles. He started two games in 2014 and played 23 percent of the defensive snaps. Acho was in competition for a backup-linebacker job. He even added some outside-linebacker responsibilities to help his chances. The Eagles are expected to keep Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso, and Jordan Hicks.
October 24, 2015 |
DeMarco Murray is no longer answering questions about what's wrong with him in the Eagles' offense. Coming off his first 100-yard rushing game with the Eagles, Murray is now tasked with keeping the production alive. "I finally feel like myself," Murray said Thursday. "Everyone is starting to settle down and get their legs underneath them. " On Sunday night, he'll play against a Carolina run defense that has kept opponents to 3.9 yards per carry, and star linebacker Luke Kuechly has been sidelined for three games.
October 26, 2012 |
HE'S CALLED "Matty Ice" as a compliment, a nod to his ability to shake off some of the worst starts and circumstances the quarterback position can experience and play the last few minutes as if someone pressed restart. Nineteen times in his four-plus seasons, Matt Ryan has driven the Atlanta Falcons to victory in the waning minutes of a game, including three straight occurrences leading into Sunday's game against the Eagles. Just perfect. A defense coming off two fourth-quarter meltdowns, a defense that just saw its coordinator fired, that will have Todd Bowles talking into DeMeco Ryans' ears for the first time this Sunday, will have its first test against a guy whose fourth quarters make Eli Manning seem like a hack.
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.
November 27, 2012
Up-Down Drill Nick Foles In a season full of disappointment, the latest has been back-to-back uninspiring performances from the rookie quarterback. Any evaluation on Foles' future has to come with the caveat of playing behind a rotten line. But he has not looked like the answer to the Eagles' quarterback problem. Bryce Brown Given the opportunity to log more carries, Brown was amazing and, well, not amazing. The running back set a franchise record for rushing yards in a game by a rookie, but he also fumbled twice.
October 25, 2014 |
Mychal Kendricks was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day, and his status for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals remains in question. The Eagles linebacker has missed the last four games with a calf injury. At one point during practice Thursday, Kendricks remained on the side with a trainer while Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho alternated with DeMeco Ryans. Although Kendricks took some snaps with Ryans, there have not been any indications that he will play.