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DeMeco Ryans continues to send out positive signals about his recovery from an Achilles tear.
During an appearance on Comcast SportsNet Thursday, the 30-year-old linebacker said his rehab is going “really great” — far better than it did back in 2010 when he suffered a similar injury — and sounded confident that he’ll be green-lighted before long.
“I’ve been out on the field, doing some running, put the cleats on last week, doing some position drills. I’m in the weight room lifting with the guys, doing everything that they’re doing,” he said. “I feel really good with where I am right now in the recovery phase. I think with the OTAs and the minicamp, I’ll ease my way back into those. I’m not going to rush it doing things over the summer but I’ll definitely be ready to go full-go during training camp.” Read more »
Today’s question comes from reader Justin, via e-mail:
There’s been a lot of chatter about Mychal Kendricks being the most likely of the three current “starting-caliber” ILBs to depart in the near future. Is that a foregone conclusion? I hope not! I don’t see DeMeco Ryans playing anywhere except inside – but what about Kiko Alonso or Kendricks getting a look outside? Kendricks is faster, though everyone talks about Kiko having exceptional range (pre-injury at least).
Is there any chance one of them gets significant burn at OLB this year? Having no faith in Marcus Smith II and being skeptical of Brandon Graham’s ability to drop in coverage, I’d like to find a way to get the most talent on the field. Also, there are too many other huge roster holes at WR, S and OL to justify taking an LB in the first few rounds! Thoughts?
I’ve said it before, Justin, and I’ll say it again: The inside linebacker situation is one of the more confusing aspects of the current roster.
I really thought when the Eagles acquired Alonso that it meant the end for Ryans, but I was obviously mistaken. So let’s assume for a moment that all three are on the roster. Read more »
Today’s question comes from reader Steve:
With Ryans being extended, do you see something happening in a trade to move up with Kendricks or do you think they stay at 20?
Mychal Kendricks appeared on the NFL Network Thursday night alongside his brother, Eric, and was asked how the addition of Kiko Alonso impacts the Eagles’ linebacker room.
“I can tell you how it affects the linebacker room: it puts better players in one room,” he said. “We’re stacked now. What does it mean for me? I’m not too sure. But I know that I will just do what got me here. That’s all I can do is just do everything that is asked of me and play my butt off. The better players, the more players in the room, the better. Seriously.” Read more »
The Eagles signed linebacker DeMeco Ryans to a one-year contract extension Monday, the team announced. His deal now runs through the 2016 season.
Ryans, who was entering the final year of his deal, carried a $6.9 million cap hit this season prior to the restructure. It looks like that number will go down in the reworked deal.
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DeMeco Ryans expects to be healed up and ready to rock come training camp. More from Mark Eckel of NJ.com.
“I’ll be ready to go when training camp starts, no doubt,” Ryans told New Jersey Advance Media. “That will be like the end of July I’ll definitely be ready by then. I’ll be out there at the start of camp.”…
Ryans missed the final nine games of last season, and has been re-habbing consistently at NovaCare to get back on the field. He says he is right on schedule.
“It’s going really well,” he said, “I’ve been jogging on the field. The program is right on schedule, there have been no setbacks at all.” Read more »
It was an eventful few days for the Eagles during the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.
We heard from Jeffrey Lurie on Tuesday, from Chip Kelly on Wednesday and had numerous conversations with other people around the league.
If you haven’t caught up on all our coverage, I suggest starting at the beginning and doing so now. Meanwhile, here are 10 leftover thoughts on the state of the Birds. Read more »
Amid all the big-picture topics Chip Kelly discussed on Wednesday, there was a smaller roster note that is worth mentioning.
Asked if DeMeco Ryans will be returning, Kelly said point blank that he would be.
“I like having really good football players,” he said. “So you have no idea. Mychal [Kendricks] missed some games last year, DeMeco missed games last year. Kiko [Alonso] has missed games. We’re trying to accumulate as many good football players as we can is what we’re trying to do.” Read more »
During the 2013 season, Chip Kelly was asked about his former Oregon linebacker, Kiko Alonso.
“I take extra pride that I had an opportunity to coach Kiko,” Kelly said. “He’s awesome. I think everything that people are seeing in Buffalo is what I’ve known about him all along is that [he’s an] extremely dedicated, driven person both academically and athletically. He was a great student too. Over a 3.0 student.
“He made a couple missteps early in his career and really changed. I think he understood the opportunities that he has in front of him and everything that is happening to him now. I don’t know if it surprises other people, it doesn’t surprise me. Kiko is a special player. When you watch him on film, it’s Kiko see ball, Kiko tackle ball. We saw that at Oregon a lot. I think people in Buffalo are seeing that right now.” Read more »
Today’s question comes from Silvio on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page:
Two of our best young defenders (Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham) are better fits for a 4-3 scheme, and we are underusing them and risking losing them. Also, Trent Cole and probably Fletcher Cox are more suitable to a 4-3, while only Connor Barwin is a true 3-4 player. If the target is maximizing your talent, does it make any sense keeping this odd front?
Thanks for the question, Silvio. I actually think the job the coaching staff has done with the front seven in the past two years has been the biggest success story on defense. Read more »