• November 28, 2022

Crowded Situation At Inside Linebacker With Ryans, Alonso And Kendricks

MychalKendricks&EricKendricks1The Eagles have assembled an abundance of talent at the inside linebacker position, but they haven’t told us publicly how they plan on using it.  I expect to see DeMeco Ryans and former Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Kiko Alonso as the starters with Mychal Kendricks and Alonso on the field on third downs and passing situations.

Kendricks reported to the Nova Care Complex for the first time yesterday after missing the beginning of the workouts because of previously schedule vacation and a week of working with his brother Eric, who was preparing for the NFL draft.  Eric is also an inside linebacker and he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round.

They traded away the franchise’s all-time rushing leader, LeSean McCoy, in order to acquire Alonso. He’ll be coming off of a ACL surgery, but clearly will be a starter.  When healthy, Alonzo is an outstanding three-down linebacker, who can run with any running back or tight end in the league.  One of his strengths is defending the pass, so you know he’s going to be on the field.

Chip Kelly said Alonzo is capable of sliding to an outside linebacker position and getting the job done there at times, if they need him to do so.

Veteran inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is coming off of an Achilles tendon tear and there are questions about whether he will be playing two or three downs when he returns.  He’s nearing the end of his career, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s only on the field for first and second down.    He understands the defense better than any other player on the roster, so they’ll be glad to have his leadership again.

Still there’s no guarantee that Ryans will return to his previous form.  Achilles tendon tears are serious and one of the reasons they have an abundance of talent stacked up at this position.  If Ryans doesn’t return to form, they will have no problem going to battle with Alonso and Mychal Kendricks as the starters at inside linebacker.  They expect Ryans to back running things in the middle.

I think fourth year inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks could be on the verge of stardom, but I don’t know if he’s going to be around when the season starts. Kendricks is undersized, but he’s a great athlete and one of the fastest linebackers in the league.  I don’t know whether he’s going to be on the field on both first and second downs, but I do expect to see him on third down.  He’s a tremendous coverage linebacker and he’s also a very good blitzer.  This should be the year, when he starts turning knockdowns into interceptions.

Kendricks has problems when he is at the point of attack.  The fact that he is undersized is always going to make him a target for opposing offenses, but he’ll be able to solve as long as he gets a quick read and immediately attacks the play.

Rookie third round draft pick Jordan Hicks seems to be the heir apparent to Ryans.  He was labeled a “coach on the field” at Texas.  He will need to get in the weight room and get stronger, but he will be able to handle the mental part of the game.

Getting tutored by Ryans will help him in using his intelligence ,when it comes to anticipating plays and get every on the defense in place. This first year will involve making a contribution to the special teams.

Najee Goode is another speedy undersized inside backer, who is better against the pass than the run. He will spend this year contributing to the Special Teams if he make the ball club.

Brad Jones is a veteran linebacker, who was as a starter in Cleveland for a number of years.  His experience will make the Birds keep him around until they’re sure that Ryans and Alonso are back to 100%.

Emmanuel Acho is a long shot to make the team.  He’s going to have his work cut out for him to make this team.

First team: DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks/Kiko Alonso
Second team: Najee Goode, Jordan Hicks
Third team: Emmanuel Acho, Brad Jones

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IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
May 6, 2015 2:46 pm

Alonso has the higher upside IMO. He made plays the minute he stepped on the field as a pro.

As much of a fan I am of Kendricks his superstardom should have shown by now. Hes had flashes but he needs a Cox type season where showcases it all year.

The rest are here for depth including Ryans.

paulman
paulman
May 6, 2015 3:57 pm
Reply to  IzzellJenkins

I agree, IJ…
Kendricks is a solid NFL Player, but way too many Fans here overrate his
Talent and Impact as if he was a perennial Pro-Bowler…
It just goes to show how poor the Eagles have been a LB since the Early 2000’s that when a sound, solid LB comes along, everyone goes Ga-Ga.
I remember a few years back LB Jamar Cheney came in played the last 3-4 Games of a Season for an injured Eagle and he played pretty well.. All of a sudden, Fans were talking Pro-Bowl on the guy… Just Crazy…

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
May 6, 2015 4:43 pm
Reply to  paulman

Paulman Kendricks has Stewart Bradley syndrome….nice LB shows some promise alot of people think he can take the next step.

If you remember Peter King has Stewart Bradley as a breakout ALL PRO LB and loved him.

Kendricks needs a full season of dominance. Not 3-4 games of really good play with athletic dominance flashes.

paulman
paulman
May 6, 2015 4:56 pm
Reply to  IzzellJenkins

Is it ok if I now refer to Kendricks as the “Black Stewart Bradley” ..
Good Grief…

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
May 6, 2015 4:04 pm

the Eagles defense was very good. Change was necessary.
Trent Cole, Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Nate Allen, Casey Matthews are already gone.

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
May 6, 2015 4:11 pm

oops wasn’t very good –
If the new ILB replacements cannot outperform Kendricks than the Chipper will come crawling back to him. Celek has held back Ertz so far and James Casey. Brandon Graham held back Marcus Smith II.

paulman
paulman
May 6, 2015 4:48 pm

Ertz has to step up this Season and really won’t ever replace Celek who is a more traditional “In-Line TE” which is not Ertz’s game..
Ertz is most Effective when lined up in the slot, and I wished they would put
him motion from side to side, or from backfield out to the slot

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
May 6, 2015 4:54 pm
Reply to  paulman

The line injuries negated Ertz early last season….by the end of the year he was playing much especially in the slot….

I still have nightmares of him wide open down the seams multiple times vs Seattle and Sanchez blowing it.

Ertz definitely has to take another step this year. 10td and top redzone threat.

gloomysmitty
gloomysmitty
May 6, 2015 8:12 pm
Reply to  IzzellJenkins

Hey paulman if ertz was a saint he would be in the pro bowl yr in and yr out Sean Payton wouldn’t put in celeck just cause he’s a better blocker I still have no ideal why celeck is still on the team he is a glorified blocker it’s sad watching him run routes and attempt to make catches if a defender is near him he’s not gonna catch a cold.

paulman
paulman
May 6, 2015 9:39 pm
Reply to  gloomysmitty

Celek can still Block and last years Injuries to the OL forced Eagles to run more TE Tight Formations which kept Celek from being involved
much in the Passing Game..
Ertz will likely never be asked to be an “In-line” TE like Celek for he just doesn’t block well enough yet ..

andrew p
andrew p
May 6, 2015 8:39 pm

Just read Collins took a paternity text n he’s not the father of the child, also took a lie detector test n passed, looks like he might be cleared soon, I sure hope Benny Logan can convince him to come play for us

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
May 6, 2015 8:54 pm
Reply to  andrew p

Send Benny and Jason Peters.

daggolden
daggolden
May 6, 2015 10:44 pm
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

Send Chip he was a great college recruiter it should be his strong suit. He has to have the upper hand in than aspect over other NFL coaches.

Biglion821
Biglion821
May 6, 2015 9:13 pm
Reply to  andrew p

Baton Rouge police should be ashamed of themselves for this crap.

daggolden
daggolden
May 6, 2015 10:46 pm

Still don’t understand how Demeco Ryans can possibly be ready for football less than a year removed from his injury when Ryan Howard still runs around the bases like Babe Ruth 3 years removed from the same injury.

CT
CT
May 6, 2015 11:53 pm

Didn’t Jason peters come back from not one but two tendon tears? Its getting crazy what they can do with these injuries nowadays. Demeco is gonna be back ballin!! If this front 7 can stay healthy this year I think there going to be surprising a lot of people.

DMAN
DMAN
May 7, 2015 3:03 am

D is much more improved from last season. Imagine a healthy Kiko and Ryan’s. can’t wait for the season to start

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
May 7, 2015 7:13 am

La’el Collins is visiting the Cowboys today

Let’s hope he’s a smart man seeing that he won’t get any playing time there because their Oline is set

He’s an actual scheme fit here in Philly and we need a Guard

He’d start day one

I ‘ll check with my source to see if theirs any news on this…

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
May 7, 2015 7:26 am
Reply to  Jon Hart

Lael Collins can not visit any teams until May 9th because LSU will not finish their semester finals until then. He is prohibited from dealing with any NFL team right now.

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
May 7, 2015 7:45 am
Reply to  Jon Hart

I just saw the report on PFT. Either teams are circumnavigating the rules or ignoring them. if so the Eagles need to jump in. I will be ticked if the Eagles (read that to be Chip) does not go balls to the walls for him!

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
May 7, 2015 8:19 am
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

You can meet him off campus unofficially like Rex Ryan did.
It’s all about contract set up with him. He wants to start quickly with a good team 3yrs guaranteed m.

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
May 7, 2015 9:37 am
Reply to  IzzellJenkins

Oh ok..thanks for info.

paulman
paulman
May 7, 2015 7:54 am
Reply to  Jon Hart

Collins would be an upgrade over their RT (Palumbo) which is their wink-link
As far as Cowboys OL goes…

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
May 7, 2015 8:22 am
Reply to  paulman

I don’t care about how Collins would be an upgrade on the Dallas O-line. The Eagles need to get him (as long as he is cleared) to upgrade our O line. Matt Tobin, Dennis Kelly, and the Allen Barbre’s of the world are second to third tier players they are looking to plug in. We saw that act last year, they were not good enough then, and not good enough now. Culture can do nothing to make them better..they stink.

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
May 7, 2015 8:50 am
Reply to  paulman

New Orleans has the inside track if he chooses to stay home.

Jason Cole says he wants to start on a contending team with a fast paced offense.

I think another thibg that plays a part is who made him.feel wanted leading up to draft. Birds had a private workout and were all over his pro day.

paulman
paulman
May 7, 2015 9:14 am
Reply to  IzzellJenkins

It’s Dolphins,Tampa or Atlanta
Collins does not want to stay in Louisiana for New Orleans is too close and wants to get a little ways away from all the distractions but remains in a warm weather City in the South…
Eagles have little to no shot of getting Collins who wants to be a Day 1 Starter at LT which he won’t do as an Eagle

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
May 7, 2015 10:01 am
Reply to  paulman

If playing for a contender is part of his criteria for choosing a team, that takes Tampa , Miami and Atlanta out.

paulman
paulman
May 7, 2015 10:08 am
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

All 3 Teams I listed are in contention..
The NFC South is Wide Open where a 7-8-1 Team won the Division Title last Season
Dolphins finished 8-8 and 1 Game out of a Wildcard Spot and have had a nice Off-Season with Suh, some OL, WR and a nice Draft

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
May 7, 2015 10:56 am
Reply to  paulman

Never the less, I do not see them as contenders. I guess it depends on one’s definition of contender.

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
May 7, 2015 11:01 am
Reply to  paulman

Paulman you were one of the first ones on here saying it was the Saints lol…..

zilents44
zilents44
May 7, 2015 11:15 am
Reply to  paulman

I believe pman likes to investigate the situation in whole and he realized after the pregnant lady death its best for him to be away from lousianna but not too far away from home….I think I understand pman now…..he just says it in a way that makes you think he has the inside scoop…..bravo pman

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
May 7, 2015 9:36 am
Reply to  IzzellJenkins

Well I hope he considers the Eagles as a contender, we have the fast paced offense covered.

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
May 7, 2015 9:42 am
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

he would look nice lining up next to Peters then sliding out to tackle in a couple of years.

zilents44
zilents44
May 7, 2015 11:03 am

Question for anybody was grigson with the eagles when we went to superbowl, because right now he is taking the patriots to the wood shed….tom brady will at least get 4 games suspended…..everybody thinks the krafts run the nfl….this is getting crazy….luv it

Gotta Luv It
Gotta Luv It
May 7, 2015 11:32 am
Reply to  zilents44

1 game for lying and trying to cover it up….

Gotta Luv It
Gotta Luv It
May 7, 2015 11:35 am
Reply to  zilents44

And Yes he was a scout back then

zilents44
zilents44
May 7, 2015 11:39 am
Reply to  zilents44

One game hell no they cant keep letting the patriots get ofg easy….goddell has a chance to really make a statement

paulman
paulman
May 7, 2015 12:32 pm
Reply to  zilents44

I say Tom Brady gets a 2 Game Suspension

paulman
paulman
May 7, 2015 12:35 pm
Reply to  zilents44

And the Organization gets a $100K Fine to help repay the NFL for a 3 Month Investigation in the first Place

haveacigar
haveacigar
May 7, 2015 12:38 pm
Reply to  zilents44

paul pats would take that deal– two brady game checks saves them about $3 mil

paulman
paulman
May 7, 2015 12:53 pm
Reply to  zilents44

That’s how I see it going down
It doesn’t appear from the Wells Report that Belicheck or Coaching Staff or Higher ups had any knowledge or anything to do with this..
They will get a minimum fine, and Brady gets publicly humiliated with a 2 game Suspension and the Case is closed
I’m sure it got down to Brady telling the Equipment/Ball Guy that he likes his Footballs prepared a certain way and probably threw them some Coin the fella as incentive to do as he said..
This Probably has gone on for Years as it probably does at many Places with some of these Veteran QB’s..

haveacigar
haveacigar
May 7, 2015 12:55 pm
Reply to  zilents44

even without the coin (which i’m sure there was some) those equipment dudes ain’t saying …”uh tom thats against the rules, can’t do it’

paulman
paulman
May 7, 2015 1:51 pm
Reply to  zilents44

Free Stuff (Jersey’s, Balls, Tickets for Things, Pics,etc,etc)

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
May 7, 2015 1:54 pm

Goes on all over the league. Much ado about nothing. Wrs and DBs still try to get away with getting more grip on their gloves etc.

No different than pitchers in baseball….dead spots on basketball floors like the Celtics….etc etc.

navyeaglefan
navyeaglefan
May 7, 2015 7:40 pm

This is a good problem to have!