Here’s what we saw during today’s Eagles practice session. Read more »
Every coach steals. It’s the nature of the business.
Some, like Chip Kelly, come right out and admit it. Others use gentler terms like borrow or integrate or influence.
But the bottom line is: When you see someone else in your industry doing something that works, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t at least look into it.
Which brings us to the topic of today’s post: stealing from the Eagles. Greg A. Bedard of The MMQB wrote on the topic in a recent column:
During one of the teach periods on Monday, defensive coordinator Billy Davis called for the first-team nickel to take the field and line up against trash cans that simulated the offense.
Brandon Boykin came on the field, and Bennie Logan walked off. But at linebacker, DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks stayed put.
Chip Kelly said earlier this offseason that adding depth at inside linebacker was a priority. But the Eagles didn’t see anybody they liked in free agency. In the first round of the draft, they would have loved for Alabama’s C.J. Mosley to fall to them, but that didn’t happen either.
So for now, the plan seems to be to stick with the same guys from a year ago.
“Right now, it’s still the same personnel,” Ryans confirmed. Read more »
For the first time this spring, Eagles practice was open to the media. Here’s a running diary of what we saw: Read more »
Earlier this week, a reporter asked Chip Kelly if he thought anyone could be plugged into his system and catch 50 balls.
“No,” Kelly joked. “You couldn’t.”
It was a light moment during an otherwise tension-filled session about DeSean Jackson’s release. But it also leads to another discussion about the way the Eagles plan on allocating their resources under Kelly.
Howie Roseman has said the organization projects specific amounts of money it would like to spend at each position. These are guidelines only, as there are always exceptions. But the guidelines are different under Kelly than they were under the previous regime. Read more »
When asked about Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, draft analyst and former scout Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com referenced a current member of the Eagles’ defense.
“I think he’s very good in coverage. I think he’s an excellent blitzer. But the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts,” Jeremiah said. “I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that’s what set him apart was his instincts. I personally think he’s a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. I think he’s one of those guys that could play in either defense; ideally for me I’d like to see him as a Mike in a 4-3.”
Mosley (6-2, 234) is considered by many to be the top inside linebacker prospect in this year’s class. In 2013, he won the Butkus Award (given to the nation’s top linebacker) and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Read more »
One topic of conversation was Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, who some see as a fit for the Birds at 22. Interestingly enough, Jeremiah compared Mosley to a current Eagles ‘backer.
“I think he’s very good in coverage. I think he’s an excellent blitzer. But the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts. I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that’s what set him apart was his instincts. I personally think he’s a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. Read more »
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@Tim_McManus Is it likely any current Eagles will be traded on or before draft day for additional picks? If so, who is most likely to go?
— Jason DeLisi (@WallacesOwner) April 10, 2014
I believe Brandon Graham is the most likely candidate to get dealt. The Eagles recognize that he is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end and are open to moving him if the right offer comes along.
The number for DeMeco Ryans last year was 1,156.
That’s how many snaps he played, the most of any linebacker in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders.
“I think if you ask DeMeco, he felt as fresh as he’s ever felt in his career,” said Chip Kelly last month. “But I think it’s a byproduct of how we practiced and prepared for him to be that way.”
Ryans is a Kelly favorite – a true professional who practices, trains and studies hard. But the truth is he did play too many snaps last year. And there were a few reasons for that. Number one, Billy Davis was installing a brand new defense and needed someone to direct a young group up front. That was Ryans’ job. Read more »