Report: Babin out 2-3 weeks

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason BabinAn MRI revealed that Eagles defensive end Jason Babin has a second-degree right calf strain and will miss two to three weeks, according to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.

Babin went down during one-on-one offensive lineman/defensive lineman drills on Saturday, while going up against Todd Herremans.

Assuming he’s healthy for the regular season, losing Babin during training camp and at least part of the preseason is not a huge deal. He has more experience working with Jim Washburn than any other Eagles defensive lineman and is coming off an 18-sack season.

Since Babin’s gone down, the Eagles have used a couple different guys at the left defensive end spot with the first team. Cullen Jenkins, who generally lines up inside at defensive tackle, saw some reps at end earlier this week. And yesterday, Brandon Graham got a shot.

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  • PaoliBulldog

    It’s nice to have mobile, athletic linemen like Jenkins (and Cox, too) who can line up inside and outside.

  • http://twitter.com/JackfinBauer Jack Bauer

    Jenkins spending time at LDE is a testament to how high the coaching staff is on Cedric Thorton. A lot has been made about our depth at DL this yr, but it appears the real strengths are at DE and UT.
    As of now It is still too early to make any conclusions at NT, but the Eagles have to be hoping Dixon improves and/or Patterson can come back healthy or we may have an issue with depth behind Landri. If we see Cox/Jenkins/Thorton, seeing time with the 2s at NT in the coming weeks it would be a tell of Washburn’s feelings towards Dixon’s development

    • Rick

      Eagles don’t run in a 3-4 and don’t have a UT or NT. They have 2 DT’s (LDT, RDT).

      • EagleNation

        Yes it’s a 4-3 but with the way we line up the tackles do play more of a nose and under tackle role not just left and right I believe it’s been explained in one of the posts on the site

      • http://twitter.com/JackfinBauer Jack Bauer

        Come on Rick….the Eagles utilize a 1-gap 4-3 under alignment. The NT lines up in the 1-tech in the strong-side (outside shoulder of the C) and is responsible for the A-Gap. His positioning between the C and G lend to more double teams as opposed to the UT who is lined up in the 3-tech on the weak-side. 3-tech (outside shoulder of the G) is less apt to see double teams as the OL would have to leave the DE unblocked (or single coveredin a 2- TE set). The UT is the more athletic of the two DT while the NT is generally the stronger/scrappier guy. Both players have 1 gap responsibilities in the base package and are supposed to focus on getting up-field to the QB and or disrupt running lanes.

  • Good Lookin ouT

    So far in this camp it’s obvious the Eagles aren’t going to have any problems with defensive linemen, be them tackles or ends. These fellas in camp have seemingly taken the failures of last year personal and mean to set the record straight.

    Based on the play in the first 3 days of hitting, I would be comfortable they could get the job done with Babin and Patterson out. Babin having 3 weeks to heal isn’t so bad for the Eagles, he will be just that much more fresher come the season.

    One thing this team has is bullets in the form of defensive linemen, cuts to get down to 53 players is going to be tough this year. Just the way it looks so far, our practice squad defensive linemen could get in some other teams rotation. Also, some of the Offensive Linemen who were on the practice squad last year are not to shabby themselves.