The Philadelphia Eagles have a plethora of defensive lineman who are all legitimate threats to make it. The team will likely keep 10 defensive lineman as a whole, so when it comes down to it, who makes the cut and who doesn’t?
To start off, you have five guys who will most certainly make it in Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Mike Patterson, Antonio Dixon, and Cullen Jenkins, but after that there is heavy competition to get those last few spots.
The assumption is that the Eagles will keep at least four defensive ends, so along with Babin and Cole, guys like Daniel Te’o Nesheim, Philip Hunt, Jaqua Parker, and Daryl Tapp are battling it out in the trenches. The most likely to make it is Daryl Tapp, as this system suits him well. He also impressed last year and has played at a high level this pre season.
The Eagles will probably keep four real defensive ends, since guys like Cullen Jenkins and Anthony Hargrove are versatile enough to play the position if need be. Therefore, the last guy to make it should be Philip Hunt due to talent and cap reasons. Jaqua Parker has played well in this city, but is pretty expensive and old to be a guy that doesn’t play every down.
Philip Hunt has shown great upside in the CFL after being the rookie of the year and leading the league in sacks. Also, the Eagles gave a shot to Daniel T’eo Nesheim with him being the third round pick, but he hasn’t demonstrated enough talent to carry on with this team.
With the Eagles keeping four defensive ends, this allows the team to keep three tackles along with Jenkins, Patterson, and Dixon.
There is a tricky situation with Trevor Laws. He had supposedly come into camp this year stronger, faster, quicker, and better than ever before, but he has been out with foot and hamstring injuries all camp. If he is put on the PUP list, he can join the team when he is healthy, but until then the team might keep Anthony Hargrove, Derek Landri, and an extra end in T’eo Nesheim. If he starts the seaon on the 53 man roster, expect it to be him, Hargrove and Landri.
To recap, the Eagles will keep 10 defensive lineman, most likelybeing Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Mike Patterson, Antonio Dixon, Trevor Laws, Cullen Jenkins, Philip Hunt, Anthony Hargrove, Daryl Tapp, and Derek Landri.