Eagles Will Get Their First Look At DeMeco Ryans In Action TonightBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, Linebackers, News Thursday, August 9th, 2012
I’m anxious to see what middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans does tonight because he hasn’t shown much at training camp. I haven’t seen him cut it loose and play with reckless abandon. Even though it’s still early, he hasn’t leveled anybody with a big hit in the backfield.
As I said previously, a middle linebacker has to be able to give the offensive linemen the threat that he can shoot the gap from the backside in order to make a play in the backfield.
Ryans has stayed front side on every play that I’ve seen him defend. You’ve got to give offensive linemen more than one thing to think about. They must be afraid of you coming in the backdoor by coming in from their left side even though the play is going to their right side.
If you shoot the gap from the backside and catch the running back in the backfield it makes them pull apprehensively. Now you’ve got them where you want them. Big guys don’t like to move a lot in the first place. If you get a big guy off balance, he loses his power and it makes him weak.
Rookie Mychal Kendricks and second-year linebacker Brian Rolle have each shot the gap from the backside and run down plays while they’ve been in training camp, but I haven’t seen Ryans do it.
He could be saving himself for the regular season or he might not be confident about his speed. We’ll see tonight.
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