Ryans: ‘We’ll See How It Goes’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

DeMeco Ryans donned a helmet for the first time at practice this week, but said he likely won’t know until Sunday whether he’ll be able to play after suffering a groin strain against the Rams.

“When Sunday gets here, we’ll see how it feels,” he said. “If I can go, if I’m effective, feel like I can help my team, I’ll be out there. If I’m not, then I won’t be.”

On the Eagles’ official injury report, he was listed as limited.

“Just trying to get back to it, just trying to get back into where I can go full swing,” Ryans said. “Certain movements don’t feel too good. When I’m effective, I’ll be out there.” Read more »

Kendricks, Ryans Sit Out

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans both sat out of Wednesday’s practice.

Kendricks got some hopes up by exchanging his hat for a helmet yesterday but he only did some light work on the side, Chip Kelly said. Today he was back in a baseball cap and did not even participate in the stretching portion of practice. He seems like a long shot to play Sunday at this point.

There is a little more optimism when it comes to Ryans, who injured his groin against the Rams.

“If there is one guy that I wouldn’t count out of anything, it would be DeMeco, but we’ll see how he progresses during the week” said Kelly. “The one thing about DeMeco, he’s extremely honest with you. He’ll tell you if he can go or can’t go, that’s exactly what he told the trainers on Sunday. We’ll see where he is. It sounds like he is progressing. We’re hopeful for that but we’ll see what happens over these next couple days of training.”

Kelly said no decision has been made on who would wear the headset if Ryans can’t go, and didn’t seemed too concerned about it.

“It’s really not that big of a deal for us on the defensive side of the ball,” he said.

There is no denying, though, that Ryans is the on-field conductor for this Eagles defense. His presence is pretty critical to the overall operation. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho are the next men in if Ryans and Kendricks can’t go.

Chris Polk (hamstring) sat out for the second straight day.

Brad Smith (groin) is listed as out for Sunday night’s game. Connor Barwin (knee), Brandon Boykin (hamstring), Trey Burton (achilles), Nolan Carroll (hamstring), Josh Huff (shoulder) and Matt Tobin (ankle) were all full participants. 

Game Review: Eagles Defense Vs. Rams

NFL: St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ defense after having watched the All-22 tape.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Fletcher Cox – He was outstanding as a pass-rusher. Cox beat his man cleanly and forced Austin Davis into the Connor Barwin sack in the first. His pass-rush forced Davis out of the pocket on third down later in the quarter. Cox got pressure on third down in the second, but Davis completed a pass to Jared Cook. Cox hit Davis on third down in the fourth, but he completed the pass anyway. For the most part, he was solid against the run also. Cox got blocked on Zac Stacy’s 14-yard run in the first. He and Bennie Logan tackled Trey Watts after a 4-yard run in the first. And Cox blew up a run that gained 1 in the second. Overall, two tackles and two hurries, but he played better than those numbers indicate. Read more »

Injury Updates On Kendricks, Ryans

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

It seemed like a positive sign for the Eagles Tuesday when Mychal Kendricks exchanged his baseball cap for a helmet and took part in the portion of practice open to the media.

But afterwards, DeMeco Ryans poured a bit of cold water on the possibility that Kendricks might return against the Giants. Read more »

Inside Voices: How the Eagles Tipped Their Hand

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that suggests the Niners’ defense was picking up on the Eagles’ tells Sunday, which helps explain why a normally potent attack was shut down and shut out.

Matt Tobin said after the game that there were times when the San Francisco defense seemed to know exactly what was coming. David Molk echoed that sentiment on Thursday.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say the Niners as a group, but certain players within that group. I don’t know how they knew but they just [did],” said Molk.

Safety Antoine Bethea was one such player. His secret? He decoded a Nick Foles signal. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Mileage On ‘D’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Close your eyes, Cary Williams. You’re not going to want to see this.

The defense was on the field for 42 minutes, 17 seconds Sunday and played 76 snaps. The workload is actually up a tick from last season. In 2013, the Eagles were last in the league in opponent snaps per game (71.6) and time of possession (33:40). Through four games this season, those numbers have risen to 73.8 plays and 35:38  TOP.

We know that Chip Kelly isn’t a time of possession guy, but is he at all worried about the miles being logged on defense? Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Washington, the Day After

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Nick Foles walked slowly and gingerly from his locker to the podium in the media room at Lincoln Financial Field.

He had removed his jersey and shoulder pads and cleats. But he hadn’t showered yet and still was in his game-worn pants, pads protecting his thighs and quadriceps.

If Foles hadn’t realized it before, he found out with about 9:56 left in the fourth quarter that as a quarterback in the NFL, it’s always wise to keep your guard up because you never know when the next hit is coming.

Foles had let up after it looked like Washington defensive back Bashaud Breeland was down on an interception return. But behind him to his right came 325-pound defensive lineman Chris Baker with a leveling blow that lifted Foles off the ground and put him in a daze, sparking a melee on the Washington sideline.

“No I didn’t,” Foles said, when asked if he saw the hit coming. “He got me pretty good. I did not see him. …I thought the guy was down so that’s why I wasn’t looking for anyone. The next thing I know I’m just obliterated, so I don’t know.” Read more »

Playmaker: The Rise Of Brandon Boykin

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles-Training Camp

On the basketball court is where Al Boykin first really took notice.

Big brother was a high school sophomore and had grown accustomed to having to drag Brandon along with him wherever he went. On this occasion, the setup was a two-on-two game against a couple of older kids in their neighborhood.

“At first, it started out as, ‘Man, I gotta play with my brother. He’s six years younger than us. It might not be much of a game,’ ” Al recalled. “And then we started playing. He was actually killing the other guy. At that point, it was like, ‘Yeah, you could play, bro.’ It was good. And we just rolled it from there.”

Alfred, their father, saw it on the baseball diamond at a much earlier age.

“When he was 5-years-old, I put him in T-ball,” he said. “And I saw that he understood exactly what he needed to do right away. I didn’t have to teach him or anything. He was just 5-years-old, a little kid, and he loved it. …He was a fast learner. He loved sports.”

In every class, there is a kid who seems to win every race. The guy who plays quarterback and shortstop. The one who’s able to climb the ropes with ease, while others struggle to make it past the bottom knot. The first one picked, and the last one standing.

In Fayetteville, Ga., that kid was Brandon Boykin. Read more »

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