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November 24, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emmanuel Acho left the Eagles' 43-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter with a groin injury and did not return. Acho has been splitting inside linebacker duties with Casey Matthews in the team's effort to compensate for the loss of DeMeco Ryans. Coach Chip Kelly did not have an update on Acho's status after the game. The Eagles have only three days before Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. "I know Acho was out of the game, so we'll see how that goes," Kelly said.
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November 24, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
A QUARTERBACK in high school, a standout defensive end in college and an outside linebacker for the first 130 or so days of his professional football career, Marcus Smith II is somewhat used to switching positions. What he's not accustomed to is watching games from the sideline, which, for all but 59 forgettable snaps, has been the first-round draft pick's role through the first 10 games of this Eagles season. Smith, who started working at inside linebacker about 9 weeks ago, is still learning his newest position, and coach Chip Kelly said this week that Smith "needs to be more consistent, from a practice standpoint, to show the coaches that we have the trust in him to put him on the field.
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November 14, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
EAGLES LINEBACKER Casey Matthews got quite a surprise when he sat down to watch his brother Clay and the Green Bay Packers play the Bears Sunday night. "I turned it on and he was stacked at inside linebacker" instead of lined up on the end as a 3-4 outside 'backer/pass rusher, Casey Matthews said yesterday. "I thought it was just the package they were in, but I saw him keep lining up that way. It was funny at first, but he was making plays. " The Packers, last in the NFL against the run coming into the Chicago game, were getting hammered for 153.5 yards per game on the ground.
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November 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly had just started preparations for Sunday's game against Green Bay when he met with reporters Tuesday, but he saw enough to praise two of the Packers' high-profile players: quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews. Rodgers threw six first-half touchdowns Sunday in a 55-14 rout of the visiting Chicago Bears. He has 25 touchdown passes and three interceptions this season. "I think he's arguably playing at the top in the league right now, and there are some quarterbacks playing at a pretty high level that I'm talking about," Kelly said.
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November 8, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles prepared for DeMeco Ryans' return to Houston last week, defensive coordinator Bill Davis extolled the value of his captain by explaining how vital Ryans was to the scheme. Beyond his production and leadership, Ryans' responsibilities allowed Davis' defense to run. "Without DeMeco," Davis said then, "I don't know if we can do as much. " Ryans is now out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, and Davis goes forward without him. The responsibility to fill the void falls on Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho.
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November 5, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
After they drafted Mychal Kendricks in 2012, the Eagles gave him the locker stall next to DeMeco Ryans'. This was not a coincidence. Ryans, acquired in a trade with the Texans, had been an Eagle for only a little more than a month, but coach Andy Reid knew what he had in the linebacker and he wanted Kendricks to soak up as much of Ryans' wisdom as possible. There were the nuances of playing linebacker in the NFL to learn, but the Eagles envisioned Ryans mentoring their second-round draft pick in the finer points of calling a defense and leading by example.
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November 4, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
JADEVEON CLOWNEY was too sick to play against the Eagles yesterday. But apparently, the Texans linebacker - or someone with access to his Instagram account - was well enough to "like" a photo of a woman at the very same time his team was losing to the Birds. The info comes by way of Nick Wright, a morning-drive host for SportsRadio 610 in Houston. "Man, I just checked," Wright tweeted at the time. "Clowney, or someone on his account, absolutely "Liked" someone's Instagram picture at 12:45 p.m. today.
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October 31, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin vividly remembers his initial impression of senior linebacker Mike Hull. In spring camp, the offense ran a fake inside handoff reverse. Hull was there to make the tackle on the inside give, and Franklin thought there would be a big play on the reverse. "Next thing you know, the same guy that stopped the inside zone was making the tackle on the sideline on the reverse," Franklin said in astonishment. "At that moment all the coaches knew we had a special guy. " His primary assessment of the linebacker has been proven true this season: Hull is an instinctual and gifted defensive presence on the Nittany Lions defense.
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October 13, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the St. Louis Rams put together three straight touchdown drives in the second half against the Eagles last Sunday before finally flaming out on a fourth drive that could have won the game, the rapid transformation of an offense that had snoozed to that point had everything to do with the sudden pliability of the defense on the other side of the ball. Already weak in the middle of the field because of the absence of inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and the earlier loss of reserve Najee Goode, the defense went from bad to worse when DeMeco Ryans suffered a groin injury.
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October 12, 2014
DeMeco Ryans was listed as questionable for the Eagles' Sunday night game against the New York Giants. The starting inside linebacker was limited at practice for the second day in a row. Ryans said on Thursday that he was hopeful he could play, but that he wasn't going to put the Eagles in a precarious position if he wasn't healthy enough to compete. The Eagles are already short at inside linebacker. Mychal Kendricks was declared out for the fourth straight game with a calf injury.
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