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DeMeco Ryans likes improved Eagles' defense
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(4/17/15) Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans likes the changes that the team has made to its defense in the offseason.
"We got better on the outside, which we struggled at last year,” Ryans said, per ESPN. “We had a lot of struggles there on the outside at the corner position, so I feel we've upgraded there with (Byron) Maxwell , a guy that you've seen make a lot of plays for the Seahawks. A guy like Kiko (Alonso), who his rookie year was a really outstanding player, up for defensive rookie of the year, a playmaker all over the field, and another guy in (Walter) Thurmond , who is expected to definitely push guys to be the starting corner on the other side. So I feel like we upgraded at a lot of positions, and I feel like it's really going to improve our defense."
LB Kiko Alonso on track for OTAs
|by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst|
|(3/26/15) Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso, who's coming back from surgery to fix a torn ACL, is on track to be ready for organized team activities, coach Chip Kelly told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Alonso suffered the injury last offseason and did not play in 2014.
Philly acquired Alonso as part of the LeSean McCoy trade. In 2013, Alonso had 159 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks for the Bills.
Report: Bills' Rex Ryan wanted to trade Kiko Alonso upon arrival
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(3/4/15) From his first day as the Bills head coach, Rex Ryan was looking to trade linebacker Kiko Alonso, according to a report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
One of the first things Ryan wanted to do with the Bills, the report states, was trade Alonso. On Tuesday, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed the Eagles and Bills had a plan in place to swap Alonso for running back LeSean McCoy. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the story.
It's a strange revelation considering Alonso's stellar 2013 season as a rookie, when he totaled 159 tackles and four interceptions. However, he's coming off of an ACL tear that was sustained last offseason.
Without Alonso in 2014, the Bills were still able to finish fourth in the NFL in yards allowed per game at 312.2 per game.
Bills to trade Kiko Alonso to Eagles for LeSean McCoy
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/3/15) The Bills intend to trade linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Eagles for running back LeSean McCoy, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirms. ESPN first reported the news of the trade, which will be a one-for-one deal.
The trade will become official next week, but the Bills have notified Alonso, who was looking to leave Buffalo, that he will be dealt.
Alonso had 159 tackles for the Bills in 2013 but missed all of last season after undergoing successful surgery to repair a torn ACL in July. He said in late February that he expected to be 100 percent before the beginning of camp. The trade reunites Alonso with Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who was his coach at Oregon.
La Canfora added that McCoy may not be pleased with the deal. The Eagles are looking to clear cap space, possibly for a draft day trade for a quarterback. Kelly was reportedly not a fan of McCoy's contract. The running back has a $10.25-million cap hit for 2015.
McCoy has delivered four 1,000-yard rushing seasons in the last five years, most recently rushing for 1,319 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. The Bills have had just one player top 1,000 yards rushing in the last five years.
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Bills' Kiko Alonso 'definitely' will be 100 percent by training camp
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(2/27/15) Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso is expecting to be ready by the start of training camp after missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL, the team's website reports.
"I anticipate being 100 percent before camp," Alonso said. "By camp, I definitely feel I'll be at 100 percent. I feel very good with where I'm at. By camp I’ll be full go."
Alonso is full-on into his rehab to get back on the field.
"Basically I'm just rehabbing four-five days a week, just recovering," Alonso said.. "That's it. That's all I do, work out and recover and wait for the next workout."