Brian Rolle LB PIT 11 Months
Rams worked out free agents LB Brian Rolle and DT Landon Cohen on Thursday.
Rolle started 13 games in 2011 and opened 2012 training camp as the Eagles' starting weak-side linebacker but was cut in October after playing in four games. Cohen last appeared in a regular season game with the Patriots in 2011.
Brian Rolle LB PIT Oct 02 '12
Eagles waived LB Brian Rolle.
Rolle went from weak-side starter to pure special teamer to the street in a matter of two months. The last straw was his embarrassing play on kickoff coverage against the Giants on Sunday night. David Wilson averaged 36.2 yards on six returns.
Brian Rolle LB PIT Jul 27 '12
Brian Rolle opened training camp as the Eagles' starting weak-side linebacker.
Rolle is also playing in nickel packages as an every-down linebacker. Rookie Mychal Kendricks, the starter at SAM, left the field on obvious passing downs. Rolle and MLB DeMeco Ryans practiced as the Eagles' two nickel linebackers.
Brian Rolle LB PIT Jun 05 '12
The Philadelphia Daily News believes Eagles WLB Brian Rolle's future might be "as a situational player and special teams ace."
Rolle was a 13-game starter as a sixth-round rookie last season, but struggled mightily as a tackler, and is under-sized at 5-foot-10, 227 pounds. He'll compete with Jamar Chaney for the Eagles' starting weak-side job in camp.
Brian Rolle LB PIT May 23 '12
Eagles WLB Brian Rolle will have to hold off Jamar Chaney to keep his starting job this year.
Chaney is heading to his third linebacker position in three years, but he's a better early-down choice due to his size advantage. At under 5'10", Rolle is ideally suited to a nickel role. Casey Matthews, up 15 pounds from last year, is working as the backup to middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans while Mychal Kendricks is penciled in as the strong-side starter.
Brian Rolle LB PIT Apr 29 '12
Brian Rolle is tentatively expected to be the Eagles' starting weak-side linebacker this season.
After drafting Mychal Kendricks in the second round, another option would be kicking the loser of the Kendricks-Jamar Chaney strong-side competition over to weak side. Rolle is pint-sized at 5-foot-10, 227, and the Eagles' run defense was among the league's poorest with Rolle as a 13-game starter last season.
Brian Rolle LB PIT Apr 15 '12
CSN Philly's Ray Didinger expects the Eagles to "draft another linebacker or two" later this month.
Although the Eagles filled their hole at middle linebacker with the trade for DeMeco Ryans, they're still a bit weak on the outside. Brian Rolle is currently penciled in as the starter on the weak side, but, as Didinger notes, his 5'10 frame limits him in pass coverage. Didinger suggests Texas' Keenan Robinson and San Diego State's Miles Burris as potential day-two targets.
Brian Rolle LB PIT Nov 18 '11
Eagles WLB Brian Rolle has been replaced by Keenan Clayton in the first-team nickel defense.
A safety at Oklahoma, Clayton's speed and athleticism should help prevent the kind of fourth-quarter comebacks that have plagued the Eagles. He'll slot in next to three-down backer Jamar Chaney in pass-heavy situations. Rolle will remain in the "Buffalo" package used for short-yardage and goal-line situations.
Brian Rolle LB PIT Sep 28 '11
Brian Rolle has replaced Casey Matthews as the Eagles' starting WILL linebacker.
And with that, the Casey Matthews experiment is officially over. The Eagles tried to make the fourth-round rookie their starting middle linebacker, but he flopped badly and lost that job. Then they tried him on the weak side and he blew that chance too. Now Rolle, who is better in coverage, takes over. It projects as only a small boost to the Eagles' struggling defense.