Bill Davis spoke to the media today before practice about Mychal Kendricks’ new contract, when DeMeco Ryans will return and more. Here are some highlights of what he said. Read more »
The Eagles signed inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a four-year, $29 million contract extension, with $16.4 million guaranteed.
Jay Glazer first reported the signing, while Adam Caplan first reported the figures. The Eagles confirmed that Kendricks, whose rookie deal was set to expire at the end of the 2015 season, is now under contract through 2019.
Chip Kelly said before training camp that Kendricks wasn’t going anywhere this year, and now it looks like the linebacker won’t go anywhere for several years. According to Caplan, the maximum Kendricks can earn is $31.5 million. Caplan also added that the linebacker will earn $16 million over the next two seasons. Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s preseason opener against the Colts: QB Sam Bradford, S Jerome Couplin, S Earl Wolff, LB Kiko Alonso, LB DeMeco Ryans, TE Zach Ertz and LB Mychal Kendricks.
We already knew Bradford, Couplin, Alonso and Ertz would sit, and Kendricks has been sidelined in practice since a mid-week collision in 7-on-7. Ryans missed multiple practices this week and has been in the league for a decade, so there’s no need for him to play. Wolff was also sidelined for Thursday’s practice.
Andrew Gardner, who has gotten the most reps with the ones in training camp, will start at right guard. Brad Jones and Emmanuel Acho will start at the two inside linebacker positions. DeMarco Murray, who has practiced a limited amount during camp, is active.
The Eagles got in a swift practice Saturday in preparation for their exhibition opener against the Colts. Afterwards, the media had a chance to sit down with the Eagles assistant coaches for an hour. We’ll be pulling from that session quite a bit in the days ahead, but here are a few things that stood out:
1) Vinny Curry continues to get reps at outside linebacker. Chip Kelly revealed in June that the four-year vet was getting some looks on the outside. That experiment continues. And with Travis Long lost for the season, it seems that the odds of him actually being deployed there in a game have gone up.
“Vinny’s done a great job. Vinny has a lot of plusses to him,” said outside linebackers coach Bill McGovern. “He’s obviously great at going at the quarterback. All those guys are really valuable in that sense…We’ve had him some at outside linebacker, we’ve had him some at d-line. The more they can do, the more valuable they become.”
Added Jerry Azzinaro: “We kind of rotate people all through that thing, and I think Vinny has demonstrated…that he has the ability to rush the quarterback on pass downs, and we’re just trying to give him opportunities at different spots to rush the quarterback so you don’t know where he is.” Read more »
Zach Ertz underwent surgery Friday to address a core muscle injury. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers. Chip Kelly announced prior to practice that Ertz will be out for the entire preseason, but thinks the third-year tight end will be ready for Week 1.
“It’s a similar injury [to the one I had]; not the same,” said Jason Kelce, who was sidelined for five weeks following sports hernia surgery last year. “I’ve already kind of talked to him.
“There are some things I wish I had known going into the rehab and going into the recovery process that really helped me out… So I’ve already shared those with Zach, but I think he’s in a much better place than I was.” Read more »
Here’s what we saw during Thursday’s training session at the NovaCare Complex.
11:51 — Some pretty significant names on the non-practice list today. Kiko Alonso, Zach Ertz, DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and DeMarco Murray are all sidelined. Same for Earl Wolff and Bryan Braman. Murray has missed several practices now and has had a light workload overall.
Malcolm Jenkins decides to have some fun. He runs off the field and into a nearby fan tent to grab a white folding chair, which he brings back and jokingly offers to Murray (with Kendricks standing nearby).
“We have a lot of guys that for whatever reason take a little day off, so I just wanted to make sure they had a nice little seat, a place in the shade while we’re all working out here,” Jenkins said afterwards with a smile.
Murray did not take Jenkins up on the offer, and there that chair sat, alone, for the duration of practice.
Chip Kelly kicked off today’s practice with an update on the Eagles that are currently injured. Here’s a rundown of what he had to say about them and his reaction to a former Eagle getting a new deal.
- Kelly said that linebacker Kiko Alonso suffered his concussion on Tuesday when the team held open practice at the Linc. He doesn’t have a timetable for his return, but the coach noted that Alonso is still working through the concussion protocol with the Eagles training staff. As for the potential for a re-occurrence, Kelly said he isn’t worried.
“No he didn’t,” Kelly said when asked if Alonso had any previous concussions. “I think this is his first, I don’t think he had any in Buffalo.
“He hasn’t had a history of [concussion problems], so we’re not worried about it right now.”
Here’s what we saw during Friday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex.
11:36 – Let’s start with who’s here. DeMarco Murray’s back, but he did not participate fully as he recovers from an illness.
Kiko Alonso (concussion) was out for the second day in a row. Mychal Kendricks was on the field, but not in pads and did not participate. No reason was given by the team. And the same can be said for Zach Ertz. Read more »
Chip Kelly has indicated in the past that every player on his roster is available via trade for the right offer. And his actions have backed up that stance.
So it stood out Sunday when he offered a big endorsement of Mychal Kendricks, probably Kelly’s strongest to date.
“No, we haven’t had any other [trade] discussions,” Kelly said. “Mychal Kendricks is not going anywhere. I can tell you that right now. You can write that down in ink, not pencil.”
At one point during Sunday’s practice, Kelly walked over to Kendricks, put his arm around the linebacker, and the two shared a couple laughs.
“He reiterated it just now, letting me know that you guys are gonna be asking these questions,” Kendricks said. “…I’m here to stay. That’s a good thing. Read more »
Last night, Chip Kelly traded Brandon Boykin to the Steelers for a conditional fifth-round pick. This morning, Boykin claimed Kelly was “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.” Kelly responded to Boykin’s comments during today’s press conference and also touched on a few other hot topics. Here’s a quick rundown.
- Kelly stated he didn’t understand why the topic of him treating players unfairly keeps coming up, stating, “I don’t know, talking to [Boykin] last night, he was stunned, he was disappointed. I think he really liked it here. He was very close with his teammates.
“It did, it really [surprised me]. When he left here last night, he shook my hand and gave me a hug, he didn’t say anything.
“You know, he did everything we asked him to do here, we never had an issue with him, he was a great teammate, very well-liked.” Read more »