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DeMeco Ryans | Linebacker

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/28/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 247
College: Alabama
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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans "isn't going anywhere."
The Eagles are about $10 million under the projected salary cap, so they don't necessarily need to clear Ryans and his $6.9 million hit. There was some talk that the Eagles could approach Ryans about a pay cut, but that's considered unlikely to happen. Ryans played 96 percent of the defensive snaps last season and will return to bark out the plays next to ILB Mychal Kendricks. Feb 25 - 12:33 PM

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The Philadelphia Inquirer believes Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans will likely have to take a pay cut to return in 2014.

Ryans is currently slated to earn a non-guaranteed $6.9 million in salary and bonuses next season. He started all 16 games this past season, recording 127 tackles and four sacks, but graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 54 inside linebacker out of 55 qualifiers in its end-of-year ratings. Ryans will turn 30 in the summer. Mychal Kendricks is locked in as the other inside 'backer.
Jan 25 - 9:59 AM

Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans is playing on 96 percent of the snaps this season.

Ryans is playing near the level he was at before a ruptured Achilles' tendon in 2010. He's fourth in the NFL with 89 tackles, and also has two sacks, four pass breakups and two interceptions. He's also the on-field leader of Billy Davis' improved defense, making the calls at the line of scrimmage. Ryans may actually be back for his age-30 season with the Eagles despite a $6.8 million base salary.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 08:49:00 AM

Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans insists he's a fit for new coach Chip Kelly's 3-4 defense.

"It's a big perception that DeMeco doesn't fit in the 3-4," Ryans said, talking in the third person. "I played with the Texans in the 3-4 defense when we were the (No. 2) defense in the league. If I didn't fit in there, we wouldn't have been that highly ranked. It's all about being versatile." Ryans is half right, but he came off the field for a majority passing downs in 2011, playing just 58.4 percent of the Texans' defensive snaps. He played 99.7 percent for the Eagles last season. For his part, Kelly is confident Ryans will be a fit, but he'll likely be playing fewer snaps.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 10:31:00 AM

Coach Chip Kelly was "effusive" in his praise of ILB DeMeco Ryans at the Combine, making it clear Ryans has a future with the Eagles.

Ryans is not considered the best 3-4 defender in some circles and the Eagles are transitioning to a 3-4, but Kelly is confident he'll make it work. Ryans, 28, finished his first season in Philadelphia with 113 tackles, one sack, and one interception. Pro Football Focus graded Ryans as a top-20 inside linebacker.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:38:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer calls MLB DeMeco Ryans one of the few players "who fit" new DC Billy Davis' "bill."

Davis is looking for aggressive, physical defenders that aren't afraid to hit. He's not going to find many of those on the Eagles, but he sounds prepared to roll with Ryans as a core piece at inside linebacker. The former Texan is a good bet to eclipse 100 tackles once again in 2013 despite no longer running as well as he used to.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 08:55:00 AM

DeMeco Ryans played on 60-of-62 snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns.

It's notable because Andy Reid previously said that Ryans would not be a three-down linebacker. But the ex-Texan handled himself well against the pass and stayed on the field in passing situations. Ryans tied for the team lead with five tackles.
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 09:10:00 AM

Eagles MLB DeMeco Ryans will not play a three-down role on Sunday against the Browns.

Coach Andy Reid confirmed Friday that he will be shuffling his linebackers depending on the package. Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Akeem Jordan, Brian Rolle, and Casey Matthews all could see the field at various points on Sunday. This is a huge blow to Ryans' IDP value. He's barely an LB3 option this week.
Source: CSN Philly
Sat, Sep 8, 2012 09:17:00 AM

Eagles MLB DeMeco Ryans is in danger of losing snaps to Jamar Chaney in nickel packages.

Ryans stayed on the field in nickel during OTAs, mini-camps, training camp and the preseason, but he looked a step slow throughout August. On Thursday, players indicated that Chaney had joined rookie Mychal Kendricks in certain nickel packages. The Eagles were in the nickel for just under 50 percent of their snaps last season. Ryans is leaking IDP value.
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 12:53:00 PM

Eagles coach Andy Reid envisions new MLB DeMeco Ryans as a three-down player.

Ryans lost his job in passing downs in Houston last year, but considering the Eagles' recent struggles at the position and investment in Ryans, this is hardly a surprise. Expected to flourish in his return to a 4-3 scheme, Ryans fills Philadelphia's need for a run-stopping force up the middle. Reid also insists Ryans has a "pretty good feel" for the nickel. As long as his Achilles' holds up, Ryans will be a three-down tackling machine.
Sun, Apr 8, 2012 09:33:00 AM

Eagles acquired MLB DeMeco Ryans from the Texans in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round pick.

The teams will also exchange third-round picks, with the Eagles moving back 12 spots. A Pro Bowl middle linebacker early in his career, Ryans wasn't was as suited to the weak-side interior in Wade Phillips 3-4 scheme. After a slow start in returning from Achilles surgery, Ryans came on stronger late in the season. He fills a major need in Philadelphia, where Andy Reid's squad has long been in need of a three-down tackling machine in the middle. Jamar Chaney (neck surgery) will move back outside. Considering Ryans $5.9 million salary, the Texans' haul was as much as could reasonably be expected.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 07:11:00 PM

The Texans reportedly may ask ILB DeMeco Ryans to take a pay cut in order to lower his $5.9 million 2012 base salary.

Coming off a torn Achilles' tendon, Ryans saw action only on early downs in 2011 and played 58.4 percent of Houston's defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. The Texans want Darryl Sharpton to play more snaps going forward, and they'll come at the expense of Ryans as opposed to fellow ILB Brian Cushing.
Sat, Mar 3, 2012 01:02:00 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak said ILB DeMeco Ryans' snaps have been down because he doesn't play in dime packages.

Brian Cushing is the Texans' dime linebacker. Still, Kubiak did cite Ryans' Achilles, elbow and hamstring issues as a factor. Ryans has just 25 tackles and no sacks through seven games, allowing IDP owners to safely move on.
Tue, Oct 25, 2011 10:16:00 AM

Texans ILB DeMeco Ryans (elbow) will start in Week 1 despite missing the final three preseason games.

Ryans' elbow was just bruised. Although he missed a ton of practice time in Wade Phillips' new defense, Ryans says he is fully versed in the 3-4 scheme. In fantasy, the Texans are a major sleeper defense this year and have a plus matchup in Week 1 if Peyton Manning (neck) is out.
Mon, Sep 5, 2011 08:12:00 AM

Texans ILB DeMeco Ryans described his elbow injury as a "deep bruise" and fully plans to start in Week 1.

Ryans has been held out of recent preseason action, but he'll be fine by the opener. "I'm confident that I'll be out there," he promised. "I'll be ready to go." Coming off Achilles' surgery, Ryans called the elbow problem a "blessing in disguise" because it's allowed him to complete his rehab of the heel.
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 10:54:00 PM

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