There’s an old saying, “behind every great man, there’s a great woman” and that saying holds true with Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans. In a magnificent piece by Marcus Hayes of Philly.com, Hayes detailed Ryans both on and off the field, but most importantly, he discussed Ryans’ mother and how she had a major impact on the man that Ryans is today. Looked at as the team’s leader by head coach Chip Kelly, Ryans takes pride in his role and his mother certainly had a huge impact on his life. All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
DeMeco Ryans…and the woman behind the man – Marcus Hayes of Philly.com
"BESSEMER, Ala. — If, behind every good man there’s a good woman, then what stands behind a grown man?Because Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis was asked how he would describe linebacker DeMeco Ryans.“He’s a grown man,” Davis said. “He’s very secure with himself. He’s a natural leader because of that security. People who are calm under pressure — people tend to follow those guys. (The moment) doesn’t get too big for him. He settles people down who are kind of losing their mind.”"
Eagles age inventory, Part IV: Defensive front seven – Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com
"The Eagles’ projected starting front seven only really has one debatable position, in terms of who will start. That would be inside linebacker, where the Eagles have a logjam of talent, including three starting caliber players in Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendricks, and DeMeco Ryans. I’m projecting Alonso to rarely come off the field, with Ryans and Kendricks splitting snaps.For this exercise, we projected Kendricks as the “starter” opposite Alonso. There will probably be games in which Ryans is the first player of the two who steps on the field, but ultimately, I believe Kendricks will get more snaps. It’s all about how you define what a “starter” is. If we were to substitute Ryans for Kendricks, the Eagles projected starting front seven would have an average age of 26.4, which would tie them with the Titans for the 20th oldest front seven in the NFL."
Philadelphia Eagles: Recapping the Latest Buzz Heading into Training Camp – Andrew Kulp of BleacherReport.com
"It’s the middle of July, one of the quietest periods across the NFL, especially for the Philadelphia Eagles. Unless there’s a player making headlines for an off-field incident, there isn’t much news at all, and we don’t expect to hear a peep from the Birds thanks to head coach Chip Kelly’s emphasis on culture.That being said, there are little tidbits floating around here and there. We’ll try to get you through this slow time by finding the most pertinent stories out there and recapping the buzz as we wait for training camp. August 2 can’t come soon enough."
NFL executive: When you played Eagles, you feared LeSean McCoy – Mark Eckel of NJ.com
"Can DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles do more for the Eagles’ running game than LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk and Sproles?That’s the bet Chip Kelly wagered when he traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, didn’t tender Polk as a restricted free agent and signed Murray and Mathews as free agents."
DeMarco Murray ranked the 4th-best player in the NFL by his peers – Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com
"Marco Murray was ranked as the 4th-best player in the NFL by his peers in the NFL’s Top 100 list. Previously, Eagles RB/returner Darren Sproles came in at number 81, and OLB Connor Barwin was listed at 58th, and Jason Peters ranked 40th. Here’s the video NFL.com put together of Murray:"
I’m not going to pretend like I knew much about former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler but he seemed to leave a lasting impression on those that played with him or were around him. May he rest in piece, in his memory the NFL Network will be honoring “The Snake” throughout the day today.
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