Ryans says additions can amp up Eagles' D

DeMeco Ryans saw a Philadelphia Eagles defense which improved steadily throughout last season.

But as the 2014 season inches, the veteran linebacker sees a defense that can get even better.

“Consistently we weren't good on first down, that put us behind the ball a lot,” Ryans told CSNPhilly.com. “I look at that, and I look at the film, and I see we can be so much further along on small details [within our scheme] the second time around.”

The Eagles managed 31 takeaways, which ranked tied for second in the NFC, and they went through a terrific nine-game stint where they allowed 21 or fewer points.

In the offseason, the Eagles made some additions, including safety Malcolm Jenkins to shore up the secondary.

“In the offseason you knew they'd make some changes,” Ryans said. “I feel like we got another good safety in Jenkins. ... He's a vocal guy and he's a playmaker.”

Ryans was a playmaker last season with 111 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions.

“I felt really good," Ryans said. "Health-wise, probably one of the best seasons I've had.”