Defensive Tackle Could Become a Problem

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We all know right cornerback and free safety will be firmly planted in the spotlight this summer, but I’m starting to get a little worried about the defensive tackle rotation.

As is stands now, there are two proven players in Patterson and Bunkley. Next in line is Anotonio Dixon, a promising but raw talent, followed by the disappointing Trevor Laws and finally rookie Jeff Owens. For now, I’ll leave out the rookie free agents because they are longshots to make the final roster.

What if Laws lives up to his bust status and gets cut? What if Owens doesn’t show enough during training camp? That would leave the defense one injury away from disaster. Even if Te’o-Nesheim and Graham can play inside, neither is big enough to see extended snaps.

Darren Howard is gone and Abiamiri will likely miss the season. I guess they could re-sign Howard out of desperation, but I don’t think he has much left in the tank. If he did, they wouldn’t have dumped him in the first place. There might be a couple guys available on the streets after final roster cuts, but anyone brought aboard at that time would have to learn a whole new scheme.

Worst case scenario, this reeks of the middle linebacker and free safety debacles from last year. Relying on Laws and Owens to provide quality depth seems very risky. At the cost of adding rushing ends, speedy linebackers and hybrid secondary players, Reid and Co. have neglected the tackle position.

We better hope at least one of these young bucks pans out, or McDermott‘s new look defense could be in big trouble.

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  • Adam

    John Henderson could add some depth in a reduced role in Philly. We don’t really need a starter, but even if he’s not in Pro-Bowl form anymore he could help out as a back up to our studs at DT.

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  • Scott Tunstall

    Henderson would be a nice addition, but he goes against the Eagles philosophy. Aging vets at the end of their careers are taboo right now.

  • PhxPhilly

    Dixon seems like he would be as good as Henderson. At least he has a chance to improve. I guess if Owens is not good enough and Laws is worthless then I could see us keeping an extra DE and moving Te’O to ‘rush DT’.
    If we have an injury then Owens would be on the practice squad. DT has to be one of the easiest positions to fill because the responsibilities are so limited (either 1-gap or 2-gap, beat the guy in front of you).