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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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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 | 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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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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August 10, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Penn State landed Daiquan Kelly as part of its 2015 freshman class, the Nittany Lions thought the athletic-but-undersize linebacker might one day grow into a playmaker for them. Now they'll never know. On Saturday morning, Penn State issued a statement announcing that the 6-2, 194-pound Kelly had been dismissed from the team for violating unspecified team rules. Kelly is generally regarded as a three-star recruit, although some recruiting services have rated him as high as four stars.
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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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April 15, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
THE EAGLES' coaching staff was thrilled to discover what it had in Jordan Hicks last season. Hicks, a third-round rookie from Texas, stepped in as a starter in Week 3 and constantly made plays, rarely stepped wrong. He picked up the system effortlessly, showed speed, instincts, toughness. If Hicks was "Simba" to DeMeco Ryans' "Mufasa," as former coach Chip Kelly and Hicks' teammates alleged, Hicks' ability to think in sync with Ryans allowed Ryans to be much more effective running down prey than he was after Hicks went down with a torn pectoral tendon, in the eighth game of the season, at Dallas.
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March 13, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The best season of Nigel Bradham's career came with Jim Schwartz as the defensive coordinator. So when Bradham entered free agency, he knew he wanted a reunion with Schwartz. That was why Bradham signed a two-year contract with the Eagles this week, putting him back under Schwartz's watch. Bradham, 26, drew interest from teams such as Cleveland and Los Angeles, but the former Bills linebacker was drawn to Philadelphia for one major reason. "Definitely the scheme," Bradham said. "I feel like it fits my style of play very well.
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February 14, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
After directing Pennsbury's rugged defense for the last four seasons, veteran coach Dan McShane has been named the new football boss for the Suburban One League National Conference power. Before joining former coach Galen Snyder's staff as a defensive line and linebackers coach in 2011, McShane, 57, was in charge at Bensalem for 10 years. "This just kind of evolved," he said. "Galen mentioned a couple of years back there was the possibility of him leaving after his son [Luke, a linebacker for Pennsbury]
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December 23, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
By the time the fourth quarter began on Sunday night against the Cardinals, quarterback Sam Bradford had been knocked down a half-dozen times, once hard enough on his tender left shoulder that he had to leave the game for a play until the throbbing subsided. The score was already 30-10 and it would be hard to blame Bradford if he had enjoyed about as much of the evening as he could stand. So when Jason Peters couldn't contain his assignment on the left side of the line and Bradford stepped up only to see an untouched blitzing linebacker about to lay him out again, what happened next has to be placed in context.
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December 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Temple is attempting to follow its usual routine while preparing for Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl against Toledo. For the second straight day, the Owls ran through a brisk practice in the morning and then enjoyed the amenities of the bowl in the afternoon. Saturday's activity was a team party at a local beach resort. While Friday's practice at Oxbridge Academy was in sweltering heat, it was much cooler and very windy on Saturday. On Friday the team went to an arcade and bowling alley for another team party.
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December 20, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Staff Writer
NOBODY understands the gap between where the Eagles thought they would be this season and where they are better than Rick Minter. Minter coaches the Eagles' inside linebackers, and when the season began, he was the envy of all the other position coaches, counting among his charges DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Kiko Alonso and the precocious third-round rookie Jordan Hicks. At no other station on the practice field did the Eagles enjoy such star power and depth. You know how that has gone.
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December 16, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer
IMHOTEP SENIOR Jordan McCray could have copped an attitude and become a disruptive and disgruntled player, or just flat-out transferred. Currently, McCray possesses the size, speed and athleticism to play linebacker in college somewhere next season. The problem is that the 6-2, 210-pounder plays defensive end really well for the Panthers (14-0), who will play District 10 Cathedral Prep (14-1) in the Class AAA state championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. "I thought about it like, 'I really need to play linebacker because if that's what (college)
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December 16, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
Imhotep senior Jordan McCray could have copped an attitude, been a disruptive and disgruntled player or just flat-out transferred. McCray possesses the size, speed and athleticism to play linebacker in college somewhere next season. The problem is that the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder plays defensive end really well for the Panthers, who will play District 10 Cathedral Prep in the Class AAA state championship Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium. "I thought about it like I really need to play linebacker because if that's what [college]
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December 5, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three weeks before the season started, Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks signed a contract extension that quieted questions about whether he would remain in Philadelphia and removed concern about whether he could play enough snaps in his contract year. Kendricks said at the time that there were "plenty of snaps" to go around despite a logjam at the position. Three months into the season, the Eagles have snaps to offer. The problem is that the inside linebackers are not making a convincing case for more.
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December 4, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Temple prepares for the American Athletic Conference football championship game at Houston, most of the attention has gone toward stopping prolific Cougars quarterback Greg Ward Jr., and rightly so. Ward has rushed for 17 touchdowns and passed for 16. Yet there are big playmakers on the defensive side, none bigger than Elandon Roberts, a 6-foot, 235-pound senior inside linebacker. Roberts simply couldn't be blocked Saturday in a 52-31 win over Navy that clinched the AAC West Division crown and a berth against Temple (10-2)
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