February 5, 2016 |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Wade Phillips called defensive plays for Buddy Ryan during his three years with the Eagles, but Ryan would still interject, especially when the opposing offense picked up a first down. "If they made a first down, [Ryan] said, 'Blitz!' " Phillips recalled on Wednesday from the Super Bowl. "He said, 'Blitz 'em!' OK, Coach. Any time they made a first down he was going to blitz them. " Phillips chuckled at the thought. But the 68-year-old Broncos coordinator, who has achieved a similar amount of acclaim as a defensive whiz, said the former Eagles coach had a great impact on his career.
August 28, 2011 |
Ryan Harris, who briefly started at right tackle after the Eagles signed him as a free agent on Aug. 2, has a herniated disk that will likely require surgery, a team source said. Harris injured his back during the first preseason game against the Ravens on Aug. 11 and has hardly practiced since because of spasms, according to the Eagles. He did participate in a walk-through last Saturday but was back on the shelf when the spasms returned. Harris underwent surgery in 2006 to correct a herniated disk while he was at Notre Dame.
August 24, 2011 |
Mike Patterson will be back on the field Thursday for his first live competition since his seizure Aug. 3. "It's been a long time since I've been able to play football, so I'll just be excited to be back out there with the guys, fans cheering and stuff like that," Patterson said Tuesday. "Emotionally, I'll be really excited. " Patterson has been diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of blood vessels in the brain, but surgery can wait until after the season.
August 21, 2011 |
The Eagles' right-tackle situation remains as jumbled as it was at the start of training camp, but a former seventh-round draft pick could be the Week 1 starter if he maintains his standing with the first team. With Winston Justice still on the shelf, Ryan Harris back but no longer the starter, and a handful of other contenders - including the recently acquired Reggie Wells - off to the side, King Dunlap has tightened his grip at right tackle. Dunlap started in Thursday night's preseason game against Pittsburgh and apparently did well enough to stay atop the depth chart even though Harris returned to practice Saturday after a weeklong bout with back spasms.
August 15, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Phillip Hunt bull-rushed through Evan Mathis. Later in a one-on-one drill Sunday, Hunt used a swim move to get around Mathis, a guard playing out of position at right tackle due to injuries on the line. Hunt has shown flashes of speed and pass-rushing talent this training camp after racking up a league-best 16 sacks in the Canadian Football League last year. But Hunt is also behind much more heralded and experienced defensive ends on the Eagles depth chart: Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Juqua Parker, and Darryl Tapp.
August 14, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Ryan Harris , who has held down the starting right tackle position longer than any other offensive lineman during Eagles training camp, sat out Saturday's practice with back spasms. Coach Andy Reid said that Harris injured his back during a field-goal attempt in Thursday night's preseason game against the Ravens. "He's had work done on his back before, so we're just going to make sure we check this thing out and that it's right," Reid said. "But right now it looks like it's not too serious.
August 13, 2011 |
WINSTON JUSTICE watched from the sidelines Thursday night. By the end of the game, King Dunlap had joined him, his own knee twisted. Meanwhile, Ryan Harris did his best to make them highly drafted permanent observers. The Eagles signed Harris last week to deepen their talent pool at right tackle. Justice is on the physically unable to perform list, as his recovery from knee surgery has taken longer than expected. Dunlap has been as unimpressive early in training camp as he was at the end of last season.
August 9, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM - Another day, another strong, smooth performance by Ryan Harris at right tackle. Meanwhile, Winston Justice ran hard yesterday on his own. The Eagles' incumbent right tackle seems close to joining the fray, though he was careful to defer to head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder and head coach Andy Reid on that point. This will be one of the key battles of the preseason - who is entrusted with Michael Vick's blindside. Going into camp, Reid was touting a competition between Justice and King Dunlap, who started five games in 2010, his third year with the team.