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December 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Mychal Kendricks' teammates were asked to give his No. 1 attribute, they talked about his athleticism. When defensive coordinator Bill Davis spoke of the Eagles linebacker, he focused on his versatility. Kendricks' athleticism and versatility are tied together, and help explain the blossoming he's had in his third season. But when asked to explain his improvement, which reached its zenith Sunday against the Seahawks, Kendricks focused on his mental state, which he said has become less anxious.
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August 7, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Asked to name his football favorites, Mychal Kendricks aimed high. "I like to hit quarterbacks," the Eagles inside linebacker said, "and I like to intercept balls and take them for six. " Kendricks didn't do much of either last year as a rookie. The fault was hardly his alone. The Eagles seemed to play away from his skill set in 2012. They barely pass-rushed the speedy linebacker, and for most of the season, they had the undersize Kendricks line up on the strong side opposite the tight end. The plan for this season, or at least in the general terms the Eagles have sketched out, is to utilize Kendricks' freakish athleticism.
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October 29, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks was benched for the first drive of Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Andy Reid said it was for "disciplinary reasons," and Kendricks confirmed it was because he was late to a meeting on Friday. "I had to be accountable," Kendricks said. "I let my team down. " Casey Matthews started at strong-side linebacker in Kendricks' place. He watched from the sideline while the Falcons went on a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Kendricks entered the game on the second drive, when he was charged with a critical pass interference on third and 7. That gave the Falcons a first down, and they capitalized by scoring a touchdown.
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May 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
At this time last year, Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks were promising rookies brought in to upgrade an underachieving Eagles defense. Second-round pick Kendricks was a starter at outside linebacker from his first practice. First-rounder Cox found a spot in the crowded defensive line rotation. Their coordinator was dismissed during their rookie season and coach Andy Reid was gone at the end. A whole new system is in place for their second season, but what remains are the team's plans for Cox and Kendricks, two cornerstones for the defense going forward.
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March 31, 2015
THE MYSTERY of who exactly decided it was a swell idea to draft Marcus Smith last spring remains unsolved. Chip Kelly pleaded innocent last week. Insisted he didn't have final say in the draft and thinks he was in Munich or Cancun or Phil Knight's living room when Roger Goodell announced, "With the 26th pick in the 2014 draft, the Eagles select Louisville linebacker . . . " Common sense says that then-general manager Howie Roseman never would have reached for Smith unless his head coach had given the move his blessing.
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October 13, 2014 | By Jake Kaplan, Daily News Staff Writer
Veteran inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is officially questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Giants while fellow inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and running back/kick returner Chris Polk were ruled out. Ryans, who suffered a groin injury in last Sunday's Eagles win, was a limited participant in practice yesterday and Thursday. Neither Kendricks (calf), who hasn't played since Week 2, nor Polk (hamstring) participated in practice all week. The only others officially ruled out were center Jason Kelce (hernia)
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August 31, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles linebacker Travis Long tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the preseason finale Thursday night, and his season is likely over, NFL sources said. Long, who tore the ACL in his right knee as a senior at Washington State, was expected to make the 53-man roster. The Eagles had been touting his development since he spent last season on the practice squad. The outside linebacker was cross-training at inside linebacker and played there in the last two preseason games.
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October 26, 2014
Mychal Kendricks was listed as questionable on the Eagles' Friday injury report for Sunday's game at the Arizona Cardinals. Kendricks has a calf injury and has already missed four games. He was limited at practice this week and several of his teammates said on Thursday that they didn't expect the starting inside linebacker to be ready by Sunday. Kendricks declined to be interviewed by reporters this week. Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho and Marcus Smith have been splitting Kendrick's snaps in his absence and will likely rotate against the Cardinals opposite DeMeco Ryans.
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February 22, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Mychal Kendricks and Eric Kendricks played together at Hoover High School in Fresno, Calif., before Mychal starred at Cal and become a second-round pick and Day 1 starter with the Eagles. Eric did not follow his brother to Berkeley, instead going to UCLA, where he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker last season. Now that Eric is one of the top linebackers in the NFL draft, there's a chance that the brothers could be teammates again. "That'd be crazy," Eric said Friday at the NFL scouting combine.
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May 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
One hour before the draft Thursday, fans who attended the Eagles' draft party serenaded coach Chip Kelly with chants of "Do the deal!" They were in reference to the Eagles' aggressive pursuit of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, which ended unfulfilled. The dream died less than 20 minutes into the draft, when the Tennessee Titans rejected the Eagles and selected Mariota with the second overall pick. Kelly had said he would not mortgage the team's future for one player, and said the Eagles did not offer any players in trade discussions.
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May 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly started the second day of the NFL draft with his focus on defensive back Eric Rowe. After Byron Jones went in the first round on Thursday, Rowe was the player they targeted for one of their biggest needs on Friday. Kelly waited through the beginning of the second round. With the Eagles not selecting until the No. 52 overall pick, he did not want to wait any longer. The Eagles traded with the Miami Dolphins to select Rowe at No. 47, surrendering both their fifth-round picks to move up five spots in the second round.
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May 1, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
ON MOST DAYS of the year, the following analogy might be too convoluted and abstract to make any sort of sense, but today is the first day of the NFL draft, and the great thing about the NFL draft is that you can say pretty much anything you want about it without fear of sounding nonsensical, because somebody will always sound more nonsensical than you. So . . . A thought experiment: Add Robert Griffin III to last year's Eagles team, but take...
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April 29, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 24, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF CHIP KELLY has said it once, he's said it a thousand times. Big people beat up little people. Those six words pretty much sum up the Eagles head coach's philosophy as far as the type of player he favors. It was a factor in why 5-9, 175-pounds-soaking-wet DeSean Jackson was shown the door last year and 6-4, 230-pound Riley Cooper was rewarded with a new contract. It was a factor in why he was willing to part with LeSean McCoy last month and replace him with bigger downhill running backs like DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
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April 22, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles began spring workouts on Monday, and while Tim Tebow was at the NovaCare Complex after he signed a one-year contract, the team was without Evan Mathis, Mychal Kendricks and Chris Polk. Mathis, who has been the subject of trade speculation and has it made it clear that he wants a new contract, stayed away from the start of workouts and isn't expected to participate any time soon, an NFL source said. The workouts are voluntary, but the left guard was in attendance last year even though he was unsatisfied with his contract situation then and was also on the trading block.
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April 1, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
This article has been corrected. An earlier version said the Eagles' seven new players missed an average of 12 games last season. Chip Kelly continues to hand out money to players with extensive injury histories. The Eagles agreed to terms Monday on a one-year contract with wide receiver Miles Austin and extended and restructured linebacker DeMeco Ryans' contract through 2016. The oft-injured Austin has to pass a physical Tuesday before he can sign a deal that is worth $2.3 million and with $700,000 in incentives, an NFL source said.
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April 1, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES gained some cap room yesterday by restructuring and extending inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans' contract through 2016, a move that indicates the return of the team's defensive leader from Achilles' surgery is going well. They also touched off a wave of speculation over the future of the other 2014 starting inside linebacker, Mychal Kendricks. A source close to the situation said Ryans, who was entering the final year of his original deal, will get up to $10.5 million over the next two seasons, with $6.25 million guaranteed.
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March 31, 2015
THE MYSTERY of who exactly decided it was a swell idea to draft Marcus Smith last spring remains unsolved. Chip Kelly pleaded innocent last week. Insisted he didn't have final say in the draft and thinks he was in Munich or Cancun or Phil Knight's living room when Roger Goodell announced, "With the 26th pick in the 2014 draft, the Eagles select Louisville linebacker . . . " Common sense says that then-general manager Howie Roseman never would have reached for Smith unless his head coach had given the move his blessing.
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March 25, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
PHOENIX - The Eagles have just $8.6 million in salary-cap space following the recent head-spinning flurry of free-agent signings (Byron Maxwell, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Walter Thurmond) and trades (Sam Bradford, Kiko Alonso), according to numbers-crunching spotrac.com. But $5 million of that is earmarked for the rookie pool. That means that, unless the Eagles restructure some other contracts, it isn't likely that defensive end Fletcher Cox and linebacker Mychal Kendricks will be receiving early contract extensions.
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