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December 5, 2014
THE PICK This will be the Eagles' biggest win of the season, if they can pull it off, and I think they can. Seattle, after scuffling a little there for a while, is healthier now, and back to being really, really good. But the Seahawks are 3-3 on the road, 2-2 outside their time zone. And as good as Marshawn Lynch is, the run is what the Eagles' defense does best. Even without DeMeco Ryans, they would much rather you run at them than go deep against Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams all day. I'll be surprised if Seattle churns out a whole bunch of points.
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December 5, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CONNOR BARWIN learned he was NFC defensive player of the month for November from fellow linebacker DeMeco Ryans yesterday, in the NovaCare weight room. That was fitting, because Ryans and Barwin were teammates in Houston the last time Barwin won a player-of-the-month award, for the AFC, in 2011. Barwin had six sacks in November. His 12 1/2 for the season lead the Eagles and are tied for second in the NFL with Baltimore's Elvis Dumervil, behind Kansas City's Justin Houston (16). "I was surprised," Barwin said.
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December 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeMeco Ryans knew the severity of his injury the moment it happened. He did not need an official diagnosis or prognosis from the medical staff to realize the daunting recovery ahead of him. Ryans, the Eagles inside linebacker who was the defensive captain and one of the most respected players on the team, ruptured his right Achilles tendon on Nov. 2 against the Houston Texans. It's the same injury Ryans suffered four seasons earlier and has plagued other players. It came on the same field as the first injury and in just about the same spot.
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November 27, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last season, in the Eagles' season finale against the Cowboys, Casey Matthews did not play a single snap on defense. He had been moved from inside to outside linebacker before the season but played sparingly throughout the year. By the final game, which decided the NFC East crown, Matthews was only on special teams. A year later, circumstances have changed considerably. Not only is Matthews back inside, but he will start against the Cowboys on Thursday in the Eagles' biggest game this season to date, and he will likely play every snap at the "Mike" linebacker spot.
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November 26, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY cautioned reporters yesterday not to "write [Emmanuel] Acho off as dead yet," and sure enough, much like the fellow who resisted being heaved upon the cartful of bodies in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," there stood Acho in the locker room after practice, talking about playing Thursday at Dallas. "Tough to tell. I think I'll be able to, but again, people recover differently," said Acho, who has been splitting the middle-linebacking job with Casey Matthews since DeMeco Ryans went down with a season-ending Achilles' tear Nov. 2 at Houston.
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November 16, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Casey Matthews arrived at Lehigh University for the Eagles' 2011 training camp atop the depth chart at middle linebacker. A rookie fourth-round pick who entered the league during the NFL's work stoppage, Matthews did not yet know the defense, his teammates, or his coaches. Amid a frenzied free-agent signing period that produced the ill-fated "Dream Team," the Eagles chose the untested rookie to man the middle of their defense. The experiment lasted three games before Matthews was demoted.
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November 11, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
MUFASA COULD not have been prouder of his pride. Mufasa is, and will forever be, the glorious alias of charismatic inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans. For the past three seasons, as the other 10 players around him faltered or improved or lost their jobs, Ryans was a consistent beacon of maturity, of consistency, of toughness and intelligence; a professional's professional, a leader of the finest cut. Last week in Houston, Ryans ruptured his Achilles' tendon. He did it while making a play - while intercepting a pass, in fact, in the red zone.
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November 11, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The first thing Emmanuel Acho did, after he learned that DeMeco Ryans had ruptured an Achilles tendon last Sunday, was to assess what the injury meant for Emmanuel Acho. This was not at all a selfish thing for him to do. It was natural and practical and essential. Since the start of the 2013 season, Ryans had played more than 1,700 snaps for the Eagles as one of their starting middle linebackers and as the man who best represented the defense's beating heart. Over the same period, according to the scouting and statistical firm Pro Football Focus, Acho has played 157 defensive snaps.
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November 10, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
PRACTICE HAD been long and chilly, but still some worked remained. Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins stood in the hallway outside of the Eagles' locker room next to inside linebacker Emmanuel Acho. The pair discussed pre-snap alignments dependent upon the offensive formations that the Carolina Panthers routinely show. Jenkins, still in his cleats, uniform, shoulder pads and gloves, gestured with his hands - this player goes here, then pursues the play at this angle; if the alignment shifts, we shift here.
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November 8, 2014
Todd Herremans is the longest-tenured Eagles player and he wants it to remain that way. Unfortunately for the veteran guard, there is nothing else he can do this season to improve his odds of returning for an 11th season. Herremans was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday and will undergo surgery to correct a torn biceps in his left arm on Friday. He gave playing through the injury a valiant try. Herremans blocked for a little more than two quarters on Sunday against the Texans.
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