April 26, 2011 |
The Eagles have drafted 13 linebackers since Andy Reid was hired as their head coach in 1999. Six of those selections were in the sixth or seventh round. The Eagles have not drafted a linebacker in the first round under Reid and have taken just one in the second round since 2001: Round 1 (0) Round 2: (3) Barry Gardner (1999), Quinton Caver (2001), Matt McCoy (2005) Round 3: (2) Chris Gocong (2006), Stewart Bradley (2007) Round 4 (1): Keenan Clayton (2010), Round 5 (1)
August 4, 2009 |
Here's a look at the other linebackers on the Eagles' roster, including height, weight, college and years in the NFL: Omar Gaither, 6-2, 235 pounds, Tennessee, 4; the skinny: a former weakside starter; has most experience Joe Mays, 5-11, 246, North Dakota State, 2; the skinny: sixth-round pick last year; played in just two games Tank Daniels, 6-3 248, Harding, 4; the skinny: one of the Eagles' top contributors on special teams last...
August 3, 2012
Crunch Time is a compilation of notable hits, and a few misses, from Eagles training camp. BETHLEHEM — Mike Kafka and Bryce Brown botched a handoff exchange during the live period, a goal-line set. Kafka tried to run it in himself. Defense didn't wait for a ruling on the red jersey and hitting the quarterback. It wasn't Michael Vick. A couple defenders crunched the backup. Dion Lewis did not have as good a day Wednesday as he's been having. Fumbled after a big hit from Vinny Curry, dropped a pass at the sideline.
December 1, 2011 |
SEATTLE - Quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin have both been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Seahawks, meaning Vince Young will get his third consecutive start at quarterback. Riley Cooper will likely start for Maclin, also for a third straight week. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha made the trip to Seattle and will be a game-time decision, according to the Eagles. He played Sunday but only in a limited role in dime situations. He hyperextended his knee Thanksgiving Day and has not been able to practice in full since then.
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.
August 3, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM - The Eagles didn't really need another corner, Howie Roseman acknowledged Thursday when asked how he came to trade for Kevin Thomas from Indianapolis. But Roseman liked Thomas coming out of USC in 2010, before the Colts drafted him in the third round, and corner is one of those positions where you always look for more real players. And maybe most important, former Eagles personnel chief Ryan Grigson is the GM in Indianapolis now, and Grigson needed linebackers. Roseman had a couple of those, former seventh-round draft picks Moise Fokou (2009)
June 2, 2010 |
Every player the Eagles expected to attend the start of full team voluntary workouts Tuesday was present and accounted for - including Asante Samuel. It would be difficult to miss the mouthy cornerback, who is one of only three players that hasn't used the team's NovaCare Complex as home base for off-season conditioning. Samuel, though, ventured up from his South Florida camp for this week's round of what the NFL calls "organized team activities. " Next week could be a different story.
November 6, 2009
Last week I asked what was more likely, me predicting correctly 2 weeks in a row, or the Giants losing three in a row. It was a Karmic mismatch, of course. The poor Giants never had a chance after I picked them. Sorry, Eli. This week, having been painfully reminded of how good the Eagles can be, I'm back with the home team. Despite the fact that defensive coordinator Sean McDermott all but admitted he was worried yesterday, faced with a confident Tony Romo, behind a solid offensive line, commanding weapons such as Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Miles Austin and Jason Witten.
November 7, 2009 |
Eagles coach Andy Reid said that Brian Westbrook would play tomorrow against the Cowboys even though the running back was held out of most of practice yesterday and was listed as questionable on the team's injury report. "He has had two hard days of work," Reid said. "And really [LeSean McCoy] hasn't gotten a ton of reps. So like I've done on other Fridays, I kept Brian out and limited. " Reid said that Westbrook, who missed the Giants game on Sunday after he suffered a concussion the previous week, took almost every repetition during practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
April 21, 2012 |
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.