by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/25/14) Some reports have surfaced speculating DeMeco Ryans might be released, but the Philadelphia Inquirer says the Eagles inside linebacker "isn't going anywhere." Ryans, scheduled to earn $6.8 million in 2014, probably won't even be asked to take a pay cut, the paper said.
"As much as they need Ryans lining the defense up and making stops against the run, they need his leadership perhaps even more," the paper continued. "Ryans commands the most respect in the Eagles locker room and 'forcing' him to take a pay cut would not go over well with the other players."
Cedric Thornton has become an 'impact player'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/11/14) Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton, who went undrafted out of Southern Arkansas in 2011, has established himself as an "impact player" and the team's "most productive and consistent defensive lineman," reports ESPN.com. Thornton had 60 tackles, two passes defensed, a safety and a sack last season.
An exclusive rights free agent, Thornton, 25, is a perfect fit for the Eagles' 3-4 defense and will start again in 2014.
Brandon Graham says he deserves to be a starter
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/7/14) Eagles outside linebacker Brandon Graham, who had four sacks playing just 27 percent of the defensive snaps, told CSNPhilly.com that he deserves to be a starter, in Philadelphia or elsewhere.
“My biggest thing is I just want to be a starter and I definitely deserve that much,” Graham said. “As long as I keep working, I know that day will come.
“I feel real good going into next season. I think I’ve got pretty good film out there.”
The Eagles' first-round pick in 2010, Graham converted to linebacker when Philly switched to a 3-4. He's more suited to play 4-3 defensive end, but still has two years left on his contract. According to the report, Graham would become expendable if Philly drafts a pure 3-4 edge pass rusher.
Eagles unable to hold off Saints
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (1/4/14) The Eagles fared well against the Saints, but were burned by a Shayne Graham game-winning field goal as time expired during Saturday's 26-24 Wild Card playoff loss. Philadelphia picked off Drew Brees twice but allowed 250 passing yards and a touchdown. The defense forced two turnovers, sacked Brees twice and allowed 434 yards of total offense in the loss
Earl Wolff unable to practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/1/14) Eagles safety Earl Wolff (knee) missed practice again Wednesday as the team prepared for Saturday's playoff game against the Saints. Wolff expressed optimism Tuesday that he'll play, but it's looking less and less likely.
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The Eagles DST can only improve this season since they were last in Fantasy points in 2012 with 96 in a standard league. The Eagles DST was the only team that failed to reach 100 points with just eight interceptions, 30 sacks, five fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown. New defensive coordinator Billy Davis has his work cut out for him, but the Eagles still have plenty of talent to succeed with Trent Cole, DeMeco Ryans and Pat Chung leading the way. And the possible change from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme might help as well. Don't draft the Eagles DST in the majority of leagues, but keep an eye on their progress to start the season. If they get off to a good start then add them off the waiver wire. (Updated 4/26/13)