The Eagles have shuffled different linebackers in different packages, and coach Andy Reid said Friday that each of the Eagles' linebackers will have a role on defense in Sunday's opener against the Cleveland Browns.
“They’re all going to play," Reid said. "They all have a role in one phase or another in the game.”
Reid said every player knows their role. He added "they're all interchangeable," although that's odd to say when the Eagles traded for DeMeco Ryans to fortify the defense.
“I’ve been very happy with DeMeco," Reid said. "I’m giving everyone an opportunity.”
At beginning of the preseason, Ryans was in every package. When Reid was asked about this, he referenced injuries during th preseason.
“He’s in the same situation,” Reid said.
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Don't be surprised to see Bryce Brown get snaps at running back. When Reid was asked if Brown or Dion Lewis is the No. 2 running back, he said, "we'll see." Brown said he's been taking more reps this week than he has at any point, so the rookie seventh-round pick is likely in the rotation.
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The only players who have been declared out are are Colt Anderson and Riley Cooper. Fletcher Cox, who was limited on Thursday, is ready to go for Sunday.