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.
December 26, 2013 |
DeMeco Ryans was out for dinner on Monday night when he saw the news alert on television that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo might not play in Sunday's game against the Eagles. Ryans' initial reaction was shock. He thought Romo might have injured a knee last weekend, but did not expect a back injury that would sideline Romo for an extended period. "I was puzzled when I first heard the news," Ryans said. But, Ryans emphasized, it did not change what he thought of Sunday's game, which is a de facto NFC East championship.
January 8, 2014 |
NIKE RELEASED ITS first version of Zoom Vick cleats in 2003. "I wore his cleats in middle school, man," Eagles rookie safety Earl Wolff said. DeMeco Ryans had some Vick footwear, too. So imagine Ryans' delight when, as soon as his trade from Houston became public in 2012, he got a ring from No. 7. "He was the first guy from the Eagles to call me when I got traded," Ryans said. "I was, like, 'It's pretty cool to be getting a call from Mike Vick.' " For a generation of football players, Vick represented the Ultimate Weapon.
December 12, 2013 |
Of all the players on defense, Mychal Kendricks had to be the most excited when the Eagles made the switch to a 3-4 scheme. Kendricks played behind an odd-man front in California and said he felt uncomfortable last season playing outside linebacker in a 4-3. At first the Eagles had him lining up on the strong side opposite the tight end, but that just gave the 6-foot, 240-pound rookie one more potential blocker to shed. Realizing the mistake, the Eagles moved Kendricks to the weak side late last season and he improved.
October 2, 2012 |
MICHAEL VICK was pretty calm for a man who had just salvaged his reputation on national television. But then, this 19-17 victory over the New York Giants was the game Vick told us all week he was going to play - decisive, strong and turnover-free. "I take pride in protecting the ball and I always have," Vick said in a Lincoln Financial Field corridor after the Eagles' latest great escape. "I know the reasons why I turned the ball over," with six interceptions and three fumbles the first 3 weeks.
January 4, 2007 |
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young overwhelmed one of the strongest rookie classes in NFL history to win the Associated Press offensive rookie of the year award, the news agency announced. Young, who led the University of Texas to the 2005 national championship and was the third overall pick in last April's draft, received 23 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and sports broadcasters. That easily beat New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville running back Maurice Drew, who had nine votes apiece; San Diego tackle Marcus McNeill (6)
October 12, 2012 |
IF OFFENSES want to pull in their horns to keep from giving up sacks, as has happened the past few weeks, the Eagles' defense can deal with that. But not being able to generate turnovers is a problem that must be fixed, several Birds defenders said Wednesday. "You just have to be focused on getting the ball out, when the ball is up in the air," middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "We've got to find a way to come down with those things. " The Eagles have created one turnover the past three games - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's end-zone interception of Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the game before last.
September 7, 2012 |
OFFENSE 1. MICHAEL VICK'S HEALTH AND MINDSET: Yeah, you've heard all you need to hear about this over the last 6 months or so, but that's because it's the most important factor in determining the Eagles' success level. Guarantee me a 16-game, healthy Vick who gambles less, cuts last season's 14 picks in half, I will guarantee you a playoff berth. Period. 2. KING DUNLAP: The Week 1 starting left tackle has started two games there in his Eagles career. In intermittent work at various spots over the past three seasons, the King has shown a troubling tendency to get dinged, taking him out of contention for an expanded role.
September 24, 2012 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Without sore-hipped Jeremy Maclin, and with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg having apparently misplaced the pages in the playbook that had to do with LeSean McCoy running the ball, the Eagles didn't have much rhythm or consistency in Sunday's loss to the host Arizona Cardinals. One guy who might have given them that was DeSean Jackson, but nobody was more effectively stymied by the Cards' aggressive defense. Jackson finished the day with three catches, on 10 targets, for just 43 yards.
September 9, 2012 |
Andy Reid confirmed Friday that he will use all of his linebackers, shuffling them in and out depending on the package, when the Eagles open the season Sunday at Cleveland. Since the Eagles traded for DeMeco Ryans in March up until, really, Friday, Reid has said that Ryans is a three-down player. Now he isn't. "I've been very happy with DeMeco," Reid said. "I'm just giving everybody an opportunity. The one thing we've got is experience with play time at positions there. Everybody's going to have an opportunity to get in and do their thing.