Eagles All-22 Wake-Up Call: Declining Defense

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Surrounded by a horde of reporters in the Eagles locker room, Billy Davis took full responsibility. Just minutes prior, his defense allowed 45 points and 521 total yards to a previously below-.500 Buccaneers team.

Tampa Bay broke several records at The Linc, including the franchise mark for number of players (five) to catch a touchdown pass. They also became the first road team in NFL history to have a quarterback throw five touchdown passes and a running back to rush for at least 200 yards.

“I didn’t see this one coming,” Davis said. “We didn’t do anything well today starting with coaching. We didn’t stop the run and we gave up five touchdown passes. There are no excuses for anybody. It was an awful day.” Read more »

Jameis Winston’s Been Saying ‘Fly Eagles Fly’ His Whole Life

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Jameis Winston says he doesn’t know the lyrics to the Eagles fight song, but he knows just about everything else a self-described Eagles fan should.

His favorite player of all-time is Randall Cunningham, and he grew up rooting for “Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, Jevon Kearse — all the guys that played for the Eagles in the early, mid-2000s.”

And this weekend, he’ll have the chance to play against his childhood team for the first time.

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Three-And-Out: Eagles-Dolphins Predictions

DeMeco Ryans (2)

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McManus: DeMeco Ryans

“You can definitely understand his voice when he’s back there; it’s a lot deeper than the younger guys,” joked Cedric Thornton when asked about DeMeco Ryans returning to the mix. “That’s funny you asked, though: today he was back in practice, he called a play and I looked back and I was like, ‘OK, I got you.’ You can definitely appreciate his presence and what he brings to the team, how he gets us lined up and the impact that he has on Sundays…It’s just really good to have him out there.”

The importance of Ryans to this defense gets underplayed due in part to the depth at the position and the fact that he hasn’t looked quite himself since returning from a second Achilles tear. But there’s no denying that the defense has a different feel to it when he’s roaming the middle. Read more »

Notes: Peters Dealing With Pinched Nerve

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Jason Peters has been dealing with a pinched nerve, turns out. The pain is in his quad, but the root of the problem apparently is in his back.

“I pinched that nerve in my back. Anytime you pinch a nerve, you’re going to go down pretty tough,” he said.

That helps explains the scene that unfolded in Carolina, the tackle writhing in pain before being carted off the field. The injury was described as “back spasms” at the time. Read more »

With Hicks Out, Focus Shifts Back To Original Three

DeMeco Ryans

Billy Davis didn’t sugarcoat it.

“It’s a big hit,” he said of the loss of Jordan Hicks. “It’s a shame that it happened. But as soon as I saw the nature of the injury, I’ve seen enough of them, been around enough — especially having a background in linebacker coaching — kind of had an idea that’s what happened.

“Jordan did a great job of bringing himself into the conversation of a main rotation guy…It’s a shame that he only made it halfway through the season, but in the NFL it’s a bad part of what we deal with. Jordan will get everything fixed and then we’ll move on and we’re back to the guys that we originally started with, and they go day-to-day.”

That’s the term he used to describe DeMeco Ryans, who continues to work through a hamstring strain. He had his helmet on but was working off to the side with a trainer at the start of Tuesday’s practice. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Peters, Ryans Held Out Again

Jason Peters

With three days until the Eagles face the Cowboys on Sunday night, Jason Peters remained sidelined during the Eagles’ practice Thursday.

Peters left in the first quarter of the Birds’ Week 8 loss to Carolina with back spasms, and hasn’t participated in practice this week after taking the bye week off.

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All-22: What To Expect From Kiko Alonso

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Back in September — with the preseason complete and the Atlanta game just days away — uncertainty surrounded the Eagles. One thing that was clear, however, was the Eagles’ inside linebacker rotation.

“Obviously, we’re going to feature Mychal [Kendricks] and DeMeco [Ryans] and Kiko [Alonso],” Chip Kelly said.

But that plan was quickly thrown out of the window when both Alonso and Kendricks were hurt against Dallas in Week 2. Alonso hasn’t played a snap since, and Kendricks has missed more games than he’s played. Read more »

Shurmur: Eagles Now Have A “Healthier” DeMarco Murray

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Pat Shurmur pointed to health when asked about DeMarco Murray‘s production.

The question was specifically about Murray’s limited effectiveness on outside zone runs. While offering an explanation, the offensive coordinator seemed to reveal a little more than he realized.

“When you talk about DeMarco specifically, he’s much healthier now than he was early in the season, so we anticipate that he’ll make better runs than he did early,” said Shurmur.
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