Kendricks Sidelined, Seems Unlikely To Play

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Mychal Kendricks did not practice Thursday. He is “day-to-day” with a calf strain according to Chip Kelly, though it seems unlikely that the linebacker will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

“I don’t know what his status may be until the end of the week. We’ll see if there’s something he can do tomorrow or maybe Saturday but right now, he’s very doubtful,” said Kelly.

Asked to clarify, Kelly meant that him being “very doubtful” applied to today’s practice as opposed to the game, then allowed that there really was no doubt at all — Kendricks would not be practicing. Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews are both rotating in with the ones in his absence, per the head coach. As Sheil reported yesterday, Marcus Smith is getting time inside as well while they deal with a shortage at the inside linebacker spot.

Kelly does not like discussing injuries, and grew frustrated when reporters continued to ask about Kendricks’ calf. Read more »

Kendricks Misses Practice, Is ‘Day To Day’

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Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks left Monday night’s game against the Colts in the second half with what he called a calf strain.

But Kendricks was not practicing during the portion of today’s session open to the media.

“He’s day to day,” said Billy Davis. “I’ve got a plan for either [way], and obviously without him practicing today, we’ll see where that is. We’ll have the other guys get the reps. Toward the end of the week, we’ll have a better feel.” Read more »

Kendricks Leaves With Calf Injury

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks exited with a calf injury late in the third quarter and did not return.

Kendricks said after the game that it was just spasms and that he should be fine.

The injury occurred late in the frame on a 2nd-down pass play from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. When the whistle blew, Kendricks was on the ground in the backfield and was immediately tended to by trainers.

He walked gingerly to the sideline and, after having his right leg examined on the trainers table, slowly made his way to the locker room. Kendricks had seven tackles and a tackle for a loss before leaving the game. He was replaced by Casey Matthews.

All-22: Strong Start For Eagles Defense

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Billy Davis is expecting improvement on the defense to come from two separate areas.

One is that players from last year are more comfortable in the Eagles’ 3-4. And two is that he’s now able to add more layers to the scheme.

“Looking at last year, a lot of things we did, we were growing into this,” Davis said. “And it’s nothing more than a progression of growth from the end of last year to again a couple pieces we added and a couple schematic things we added to it and just threw it all at them. We will continue to grow that and hopefully continue to grow that way with both the understanding they have in our scheme and the scheme itself.”

Sunday’s Week 1 win against the Jaguars was a good start. It must be noted that Jacksonville could end up being one of the five worst offenses in the league. But after a couple lapses early, the Eagles’ defense dominated in the second half. Jacksonville was held scoreless on eight second-half possessions: five punts, a turnover on downs, a fumble and the end of the game.

The pass-rush, a question mark going into the season, looked like a strength against the Jaguars’ below-average offensive line. And players like Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks turned in outstanding individual performances. Below is a look at what we saw in Week 1. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Jaguars, the Day After

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Watching from the sideline, linebacker DeMeco Ryans knew the Eagles had a first down before the ball was even snapped.

Darren Sproles had just picked up 8 yards on a screen, but he was tackled short of the sticks, and the offense faced a 4th-and-1 from the Jacksonville 49. The Eagles were trailing 17-0 in the third quarter.

“Sitting on the sideline, I knew we had ‘em,” Ryans said. “Because as a defense, you’re kind of happy about a third-down stop and you’re not expecting a fourth-down play. Our offense gets on the ball and runs it quickly, catches everybody off-guard.”

Chip Kelly didn’t hesitate. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur told him the Eagles were short, and Kelly made a tempo call – a message that can be communicated with one or two words. The call lets the offensive players know it’s time to bust it back to the line of scrimmage and get the ball snapped. Read more »

Mychal Kendricks: For the Love Of Family

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks has been practicing meditation for the past year-and-a-half.

It is what brought him to the Arizona desert this offseason. It’s what helps to get him focused before a game. Whether it’s on top of the red rocks of Sedona or in the sauna at NovaCare, he uses it to clear what can only be described as a unique, complex and busy mind.

“I’m thinking about my loved ones, I’m thinking about my job, I’m thinking about breathing. I’m thinking about everything that’s been in my life and then it kind of (snaps fingers) all goes away at one time,” said Kendricks. “And then it’s all blank.”

As we discovered through our lengthy conversations with Kendricks, the past that flashes behind his eyelids is beautiful and confusing and at times, heart-wrenching. The loved ones that he sees do not leave his thoughts for long. And this job, seemingly predestined, has been the instrument used to help glue a family back together. Read more »

Players Answer: Which Eagle Is Ready To Break Out?

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

We recently took the pulse of the Eagles’ locker room, asking a simple question: Which of your teammates has impressed you this summer and is primed for a big/breakout season?

Some players couldn’t name just one or two. Others identified half the roster. We removed those responses and were left with 19 answers. They are listed below. Read more »

Playmaker: The Rise Of Brandon Boykin

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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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