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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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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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September 22, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Temple will go from playing in front of 100,400 at Penn State to a homecoming game Saturday against a team it beat by 34 points on the road last year. The Owls are ripe for a letdown when they host Charlotte in a matchup of 1-2 teams at Lincoln Financial Field. Predictably, the players say nothing could be further from the truth. The Owls were disappointed in their 34-27 loss on Saturday but they seem anxious to get the sour taste of defeat out of their systems. And there are some players who didn't fare as well as expected, who can't wait to get on the field to atone for their play on Saturday.
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September 22, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
It was an eerie sense of deja vu for Penn State middle linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White. A little more than a year ago, Wartman-White was blocking for a punt return in the first half of the Nittany Lions' season opener against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field and stayed down. The diagnosis was a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and he missed the rest of the season. Then on Saturday, it was another game against Temple, another punt return in the first half, and another possibly shattering outcome to his season.
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September 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
After reviewing the film of Saturday's 34-27 loss at Penn State, Temple coach Matt Rhule saw mixed results from his veteran players. Rhule liked the way the passing game got into a rhythm, with Phillip Walker throwing for a season-high 286 yards and nine players catching at least one pass. "Our quarterback and wide receivers played as well as they have played," Rhule said Monday during an American Athletic Conference call with coaches. Rhule didn't need to watch the film to realize how subpar the special teams were, especially early in the game.
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September 19, 2016 | By Joe Juliano and Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITERS
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Redshirt junior Brandon Smith became the most unlikely star of Penn State's 34-27 win over Temple Saturday, entering the game after middle linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White was injured late in the first quarter. The 6-foot, 228-pound linebacker was in on eight tackles and admirably handled his signal-calling duties. Smith, who said he was intending to go to Penn before deciding on Penn State, said it was something he had long anticipated. "I was just very thankful for the opportunity," said Smith, 22, who lives in Winfield, Pa., on the west branch of the Susquehanna River south of Lewisburg.
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September 17, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Eagles veteran Mychal Kendricks saw the field for just 19 snaps on Sunday. His playing time - 37 percent of defensive snaps - was the lowest of his career when he was healthy for an entire game. Even last season, when he was part of a linebacker rotation, he played more. But Kendricks' role isn't changing and he admitted on Thursday, in his first extensive interview in almost a month, that he is still coming to grips with being a part-time player. "I've just got to make do and take advantage of the reps I'm getting," Kendricks said.
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September 9, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Media sessions, missed tackles, and blown assignments all get under the skin of new Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, a throwback coach with an NC-17 vocabulary. For the media that means no explanations of what happened - good or bad - immediately after games, a courtesy provided by the team's defensive coordinators at least since the Jim Johnson era. That's too bad because when Schwartz does speak he is almost always enlightening and entertaining, which is why he has probably developed a following among former players.
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September 5, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles cut 21 players and traded Sam Bradford to reduce their roster to 53 players on Saturday, and they now have only four linebackers. That will likely change in the coming days while the Eagles scan the waiver wire and make further changes. "In terms of our 53-man roster, it is fluid right now," said Howie Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations. "We will see what happens in the next couple of days. A 4-3 team, four linebackers is a low number and we'll just have to see what shakes out and what happens going forward and what's out there.
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September 2, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
Nyeem Wartman-White can hardly remember the last time he played in Beaver Stadium. It was Nov. 29, 2014. The Penn State linebacker knows he played on the strong side, in a spot he had never played before. He knows he played well. But the rest of that 34-10 loss to Michigan State is a blur. "Wow, it is a long time ago," Wartman-White said after practice Wednesday. "Now when I go out there for my first game [of the season], it might be a little emotional. " When the Philadelphia native returns to the field for the Lions' opener against Kent State on Saturday, he will bring with him lessons he learned from a season on the sidelines.
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August 26, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Our position-by-position guide continues with a look at some of the area's hardest-hitting linebackers and best ball-hawking defensive backs. Germantown Academy's Patrick McGettigan and Valley Forge Military Academy's Audley Isaacs are savvy linebackers headed to Penn and Temple, respectively. Of the 6-foot-1, 225-pound McGettigan, GA coach Matt Dence said, "He's everything you want in a linebacker. He's really good. And he's got deceptive speed. " McGettigan is a senior positioned in the middle of a 4-3 scheme and flanked by Matt Gorman and Tanner Long.
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August 26, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
TYLER MATAKEVICH left Temple as the school's most honored football player. Now he's trying to start his NFL career as a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But life on North Broad Street will go on. It always does. You never replace someone of that pedigree. Yet there has to be a next candidate in line, awaiting his shot. In a lot of ways, that role will now be filled by redshirt senior linebacker Avery Williams, who has been one of the Owls' single-digit tough guys (he wears No. 2)
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