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.
September 18, 2014 |
Mychal Kendricks still asks the question that few, if any, of his Eagles teammates have an answer to nearly six months after DeSean Jackson was released. "I didn't see it coming at all," Kendricks said last week. "It's really none of my business, but I still ask the same question a lot - 'Why? Why would that happen?' " It's an open question in the sense that he has not asked the men, or specifically, the man who made the decision to cut a Pro Bowl wide receiver after the most productive season of his career.
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 29, 2014 |
PUTTING EVAN Mathis on injured reserve, designated for return, was a good move for the Eagles and for Mathis, the Birds' left guard said yesterday - but he also noted that if he had stayed on the roster, there's a good chance he would be playing before Nov. 10, against Carolina. After Mathis suffered a left MCL sprain in the season opener, Sept. 7, the Eagles used their one flexible IR slot, the rules of which said Mathis couldn't practice for 6 weeks or play for 8. So he returned to practice yesterday, his knee braced, and said he felt good.
October 31, 2014 |
IN THE FALL OF 2008, Chris Maragos and J.J. Watt were walk-ons at the University of Wisconsin, Watt having transferred back to his home state after not getting much playing time as a freshman tight end at Central Michigan, Maragos having left Western Michigan in search of a bigger stage. Watt - shifted to defense and still growing into his 6-5, 289-pound frame - sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules, but a few practices taught Maragos a lot about the man who remains his friend and offseason workout companion.
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.
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 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.