HOW MUCH REAL COMPETITION IS ON THE DEFENSE?

Posted July 20, 2013

EVERY position is up for grabs right? Really? Let's look at that. And naturally if the guy I projected is injured in Camp, he won't be the starter. So if a guy goes on IR, don't come at me with some dumb s*** like "Look like yew wuz wrowng, Purdy Burdy". Have some dignity.

This is going to be a 3-4 unit so we'll start at NT with starter Issac Sopoaga. The Eagles aren't going pay Soap 3.75 mil to just watch the game. He may eventually be surpassed by rookie Bennie Logan at some point in the season, but Soap will be your Week One starter. At DE we're married to Fletcher Cox until at least 2015 for financial reasons alone. Throw in the fact that there isn't another natural 3-4 DE talent on the roster and BOOM! Instant starter. The other DE spot is actually up for grabs, although Cedric Thorton seems to be the guy they WANT to win it.

LINEBACKER! On the Outside (I'm thinking SLB) will be Connor Barwin because he's the only OLB that they CONSIDER an OLB who may be able to hold up in coverage. WLB, will likely be Trent Cole. There is a looooot of work being put into teaching that old dog some new tricks. Seems silly when we know that Barwin at WLB and Kendricks at SLB would be legit right there. But no, at 5 mil this season and being that Cole would be a pricey cut for the next couple years, he's going to be made to work for a living in. At least 2013. Inside DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks are almost unchallenged.

So that's 6 of your Front 7. Now for Secondary.

Anyone care to dispute Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher at CB? As if money weren't enough of a motivator, lets look at the talent behind them. Unfinished Reid/Castillo RB turned CB project Curtis Marsh; Brandon "Toast II" Hughes; Brandon Boykin; and Jordan Poyer. For those who don't watch Rams games (I KEEP Steven Jackson on my fantasy teams), here's a link http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1573717-what-the-philadelphia-eagles-should-expect-from-new-cornerback-bradley-fletcher

At Safety I've heard/read Patrick Chung at FS and Nate Allen at SS, I've also heard/read Patrick Chung at SS and Kenny Phillips at FS. Patrick Chung seems regardless of where he plays Chung seems like a safe bet. The last spot seems genuinely up for grabs. 

Let's review!

DE:Cox

NT: Sopoaga

DE:? (Thornton) 

SLB: Barwin

ILB: Ryans

ILB: Kendricks

WLB: Cole

FS: Chung

SS:?

CB: Fletcher

CB: Williams

That's 9 starters named PRIOR to camp opening with only 2 spots up for grabs, though 1 spot already has a favorite.

I could be wrong. Let's see how it shakes out.

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