Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kiko Alonso’s Role

Kiko Alonso. Melina Vastola / USA Today

Kiko Alonso. Melina Vastola / USA Today

Today’s question comes from Nick, via Twitter:

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Notes: Trades Still Possible For Kendricks, Mathis?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After the draft, Chip Kelly was pretty adamant in his assertion that Mychal Kendricks was not going to be traded.

With Evan Mathis, he was far more open, explaining that Mathis has been on the block for two years, and the Eagles have not received an offer.

Since the draft, Kendricks has shown up for offseason workouts, while Mathis remains missing. The question now is: Will both guys be on the field when the season starts in September?

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com believes the answer is no: Read more »

Kelly: Kendricks Not On the Trade Block

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

When the Eagles used their third-round pick on Texas inside linebacker Jordan Hicks, many observers immediately considered the impact the selection might have on Mychal Kendricks.

Kendricks has been mentioned in various trade rumors, and it’s easy to connect the dots. The Eagles added Kiko Alonso in the LeSean McCoy trade and also gave DeMeco Ryans an extension.

Asked if he’s received any calls from other teams about Kendricks, Kelly said, “No, not at all.”

Does he expect Kendricks to be a part of this team going forward?

“Yeah, I really do,” Kelly said. “We’re excited to get him back here. I know he spent the draft with his brother, which we understand. He said he should be back here next week, but I think you’re always gonna draft players, and when you bring ‘em in here, the one thing you want is you want competition at positions. We knew going in at the end of last year that with just Mychal and DeMeco that we really had to shore up the inside linebacker spot. ” Read more »

Mychal Kendricks Talks Absence, Trade Speculation

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Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas – USA Today

Trade speculation is running rampant, Mychal Kendricks has been absent from the team’s voluntary workouts and dots are being connected.

While his future in Philadelphia is very much uncertain — a report from Jason La Canfora today suggests he’s being shopped by the Eagles — the linebacker says that’s not why he’s been missing for the start of the offseason training program. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Ryans On Health, Moves

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Alonso Or Kendricks At OLB?

Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Is Kendricks In the Plans?

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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 »

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