DeMeco Ryans fine with Iron Man role

DeMeco Ryans was on the field for 1,183 snaps last season for the Philadelphia Eagles.

That was more than any defensive player in the NFL.

And that's just fine with Ryans. He's not concerned with being tired or worn out.

"However many it takes," Ryans told the South Jersey Times.

Ryans is the ultimate team player and he's simply thrilled watching the defense perform well in training camp. The task following training camp is to take that momentum into the regular season.

"It's great to see," Ryans told the South Jersey Times. "To see us do that, now we have to step up and do it on Sundays. To do it on Sundays, you have to do it out here. It's great to see that energy picking up. We want to make more plays this year, be a dominate defense and hold people to a lot less points."

The intensity in training camp is what Ryans vividly remembered from his days with the Houston Texans.

"I think you find out in training camp (if a team has it)," Ryans told the South Jersey Times. "You see the attitude, you see the mentality. The way the defense attacks the offense in practice. Once I saw that change in our mindset (in Houston), I knew we were going to be good. I really see that in our defense (in Philadelphia). I know the attitude is totally changing. We are expecting to win every down. If not, guys are upset. It's a change from last year."

The Eagles added some defensive pieces to help take the pressure off players like Ryans. The biggest addition was free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins.

"(Malcolm) is a guy who has stepped in and been vocal and made plays," Ryans said. "He's not afraid to make calls and does a great job and fits right in with the defense. He's a piece we were missing. If we play better defensively, it will limit all of our snaps."