June 19, 2015 |
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.
June 19, 2015 |
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.
June 11, 2015 |
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.
June 4, 2015 |
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.
June 1, 2015 |
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.
May 19, 2015 |
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.
May 16, 2015 |
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.
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)
April 29, 2015 |
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.
March 19, 2015 |
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.