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February 26, 2012
The staging of the NFL's annual scouting combine is like the Eagles sending DeSean Jackson deep as a decoy. While the league draws attention to an unending array of prearranged interviews with coaches, general managers, and prospects at Lucas Oil Stadium - and the generally useless three-cone drill - the real news is being made in the hotels, the eateries, and the back rooms of Indianapolis. The combine, despite its growing popularity, is merely an excuse for team officials and agents to gather and lay the groundwork for free agency, which just so happens to precede the draft by six weeks.
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February 27, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Turns out, Vontaze Burfict's assessment of himself jibes perfectly with how a lot of Eagles fans see him. Birds fans - some of them, anyhow - are so tired of undersized, colorless linebacking, that they have latched onto the wild man from Arizona State as exactly what their team needs, a big-hitting, flamboyant, Jeremiah Trotteresque force in the middle. Never mind that draft analysts have pushed Burfict (6-1, 248) well out of the first round, based on a disappointing senior season that included a locker-room fight with a teammate, numerous personal fouls, accusations that he was out of shape, and less difference-making play than his blow-'em-up style might promise.
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April 21, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Linebacker wasn't always an annual question mark. In 1982 the Eagles sent two homegrown 'backers to the Pro Bowl: Frank LeMaster, a 1974 fourth-rounder, and Jerry Robinson, a first-round pick in 1979, the last linebacker the team has taken in the NFL's opening round. It was the only Pro Bowl appearance for either, and the next year the team began a drought at linebacker that would seem familiar to fans today. After '82 the Eagles went nine years without a linebacker in the NFL's all-star game, but they eventually broke the streak with Seth Joyner, an eighth-round pick in 1986 who would grow into one of the central pieces of Buddy Ryan's defenses.
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August 17, 2012 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Haverford School's Matt Galambos, a rugged senior linebacker, committed to Pittsburgh on Thursday. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder, who doubles as a tight end, also had scholarship offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, and Temple. Harvard and Yale were in the mix, too. "I think he's been a bit underrated," Haverford School coach Mike Murphy said. "I really see him as a kid who's going to make a big impact at the college level. His best football is still ahead of him. " Last season, while helping the Fords to a 6-4 record, Galambos earned Inquirer third-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors as a tight end. In the Inter-Ac League, he was a first-team pick on both sides of the ball.
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September 12, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Isaiah Baylor was one of South Jersey's best defensive ends as a sophomore and junior. He won't be one of South Jersey's best defensive ends as a senior. The Triton standout has switched to inside linebacker. It's the position he's likely to play in college, and the spot from which he believes he can make the most impact in his final season with the Mustangs. "I'd rather be in the middle of the field," Baylor said. "As a defensive end, you can be a little limited in that you are only coming from one side.
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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.
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August 2, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - There is a trio of stars waiting to take the field at cornerback. There's a two-time Pro Bowler at one defensive end and prize free-agent signings at the other end and defensive tackle. At safety, the Eagles have two second-round picks. And then there is linebacker, where the top of the depth chart has a fourth-round rookie at middle linebacker and two seventh-round picks on the outside. The most experienced linebacker currently on the first team is Moise Fokou, who is entering just his third season.
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June 29, 2012
Penn State picked up its fifth oral commitment of June, and 13th overall, on Wednesday when linebacker Zach Bradshaw of Damascus, Md., informed Nittany Lions coaches that he would be part of the freshman Class of 2013. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bradshaw told the Washington Post he chose the Lions over Virginia, South Carolina, and Northwestern. He also was offered scholarships by Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, Boston College, Arizona, and West Virginia. Bradshaw, who is rated a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, made second-team all-Met last season in the Washington area as a wide receiver, catching 35 balls for 466 yards and seven touchdowns.
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December 10, 2012
The Eagles officially placed offensive lineman Nate Menkin on injured reserve with a throat cartilage injury. They added linebacker Ryan Rau, who was on the practice squad, to the 53-man roster to take Menkin's spot. Rau traveled to Tampa. - Jeff McLane
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October 11, 2012
The search for special-teams help continued Tuesday as the Eagles released Adrian Moten a week after they signed the linebacker. In Moten's place, the Eagles signed linebacker Jason Williams, who was released by the Panthers just before the start of the season. The 6-foot-1, 244-pound Williams played 28 games with Carolina (2010-11) and Dallas (2009-10), where he recorded 36 tackles on defense and 28 on special teams. Last season, Williams led the Panthers with 15 special-teams tackles in 14 games.
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June 19, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY definitely got reporters' attention yesterday when the Eagles' coach talked about giving Vinny Curry some reps at outside linebacker. Here, finally, was a new development in what has become an old and frustrating story, especially for Curry, a pass rusher of great potential who suddenly is closing in on his 27th birthday June 30, without ever having started an NFL game. Curry notched nine sacks and forced four fumbles last season in just 371 defensive snaps, about a third of the plays the defense totaled.
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June 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry made the most of his playing time last season. Although he played only 32 percent of the defensive snaps, Curry was second on the team with nine sacks and tied for first with four forced fumbles. During the second day of minicamp Wednesday, coach Chip Kelly talked about increasing Curry's time on the field as a linebacker. "I think he's expanded his role in terms of where we can deploy him," Kelly said. The 6-foot-3, 279-pound Curry is in his fourth year with the Eagles.
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June 11, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS a moment a couple of weeks ago during an 11-on-11 period that made you stroke your chin a bit. Darren Sproles, isolated on a linebacker on the right side of the formation, took a couple of steps and busted a slant across his defender's inside shoulder for an easy catch-and-run in the middle of the field. It was the kind of play we have seen throughout the career of the little two-legged hovercraft, and you couldn't help but wonder if it was something that Chip Kelly decided he was going to need to see more of after Jeremy Maclin signed with the Chiefs in March.
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June 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mychal Kendricks is still on the Eagles and still practices with the first-team defense, two realities that had been in question at times this offseason. The questions came after Kendricks endured almost two months of trade rumors, during a spring when the Eagles have not revealed how they will sort out their logjam at inside linebacker. For now, nothing has changed for Kendricks. But he enters the last year of his contract with more uncertainty about his role and his future than any of his previous three seasons in Philadelphia.
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June 1, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE INSIDE linebacker position in the middle of the Eagles' 3-4 defense was arguably the most inconsistent group on the roster last year. That isn't necessarily an indictment of the results, but more or less a mention of the injuries and lack of depth that ravaged the bunch. Now, it appears the middle of the Eagles' defense is the defense's strongest suit. When coach Chip Kelly unloaded franchise-leading rusher LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for 3-4 inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, the position got a whole lot stronger, and a whole lot deeper.
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May 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University was in mourning Sunday after former Owls defensive lineman-linebacker Adrian Robinson Jr. died Saturday night at age 25. The cause of his death was not released. "The entire Temple University community is mourning the tragic passing of one of our former all-time great football players, Adrian Robinson," athletic director Kevin Clark said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this incredibly tough time. " Symmetry, the agency for Mr. Robinson, posted a message on Facebook that read, in part: "Adrian was a beloved father, son, brother, friend and teammate.
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May 16, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NFL will consider three proposals for changing the extra point at the spring meetings next week. One is from the Eagles. The Eagles proposed snapping from the 15-yard line for an extra point but moving the ball to the 1-yard line for a two-point conversion. They also want the two-point conversion to be a scoring opportunity for the defense, which could return it for two points on a turnover. The New England Patriots proposed the same extra point but added the two-point conversion from the 2-yard line.
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May 3, 2015
A RIGHT ANKLE injury will keep Soul linebacker Beau Bell out of today's game against visiting Portland. Bell sprained his ankle during Sunday's win at New Orleans, and coach Clint Dolezel said Bell will miss at least two games. The Soul got a spell of good news, as leading receiver Marco Thomas was back to full practice on Thursday. Thomas, the league's receiver of the year last season with Iowa, missed last week's game with a hamstring injury. Tonight's game Who: Portland (2-3)
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April 29, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
What they have: If NovaCare sports science is all it's cracked up to be, the Eagles have no needs here, with Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Najee Goode all returning. But every one of those guys suffered a serious injury last season, and somehow, Kendricks' name keeps popping up in trade rumors. Kendricks hardly helped put that speculation to rest by skipping the first optional OTAs. He ended last season as a rising star, probably the Birds' second-best defensive player, behind Fletcher Cox, but at 5-11, 240, Kendricks is yet another Andy Reid-era draftee who probably would not have fit the Chip Kelly regime size criteria, so . . . What they need: Depends on who all stays healthy and whether Kendricks actually gets traded.
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March 19, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles renegotiated linebacker Bryan Braman's contract with a one-year extension. The deal gives the Eagles salary-cap relief in 2015 and keeps Braman under contract with the team through 2016. Braman was set to make a base salary of $1.2 million this season. Now he will make $745,000. Braman also will have a base salary of $900,000 in 2016 as part of the new deal. Braman, 27, signed a two-year deal with the Eagles last offseason. He was a key special-teams contributor, ranking fifth on the team with eight special-teams tackles.
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