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All-22: What We Saw From the Eagles’ Defense

I had a chance to take a look at the All-22 footage again this week. Today’s post will focus on the Eagles’ defense, and Thursday’s will take a look at the offense.

Here are the plays that stood out.

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DL Review: Graham Making Most Of Chances

Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham.Here’s a player-by-player review of how the Eagles defensive linemen performed Sunday against the Ravens, after having re-watched the game. Click here to find all of the game reviews.

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A Look At Castillo In Year Two

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan CastilloFunny, Juan Castillo was the least talked-about man at the NovaCare facilities this week. While Marty Mornhinweg and Andy Reid and Michael Vick were taking arrows, and DeMeco Ryans and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were being praised, Castillo quietly slipped into the backdrop.

He offers so little at his press conferences, terrified of giving away anything that could help the opposition, that some reporters have given up on the exercise altogether, opting instead to visit the locker room in search of a more willing dance partner. So Castillo sits on stage in front of a modest gathering, speaks about exactly nothing for a few minutes, and then makes his way out of the auditorium and back behind the scenes.

After a year of public struggles and endless criticism, this is undoubtedly the preferred existence. A down effort against the Ravens will bring some of the heat back, but internally there is a sense that the situation has stabilized. The players have noticed a different Juan Castillo in Year Two, and it has had a ripple effect.

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All-22: What We Learned About the Eagles’ Defense

The NFL gave football geeks everywhere our wish this offseason, announcing it would release All-22 coaches’ film to the public (for a small fee, of course).

Unlike TV footage, the All-22 angles account for every player on the field on any given play.

I took a look at the coaches’ tape and came away with some new observations from Sunday’s Eagles-Browns game. We’ll start with the defense here and post offensive observations next.

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Eagles DL Review: Babin Leads the Charge

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason BabinHere’s a player-by-player review of how the Eagles defensive linemen performed Sunday against the Browns, after having re-watched the game. Click here to find all of the game reviews.

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Eagles Snap Count Notes: Limited Action For Graham

The league is releasing snap count data this year, which is very helpful when reviewing games. Here are some notes from yesterday.

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Cheat Sheet: Eagles Defense Vs. Browns Offense

Eagles cornerback Brandon BoykinIn part two of our game preview, we’ve got 10 things to know about this weekend’s matchup between the Browns’ offense and the Eagles’ defense.

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Players Choose: Which Eagle Will Have a Big Year?

Philadelphia Eagles DE Phillip HuntThis afternoon, I posed a simple question to players in the Eagles locker room: Based on what you’ve seen, which teammate do you think is poised to have a really good year?

Selection was based simply on who was available. But it just so happened to be four defensive players and four offensive players. Here are their responses.

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Eagles Snapshot: Defensive Line Preview

Throughout the course of the week, we’ll be providing position-by-position previews of the entire Eagles roster. We start with the defensive line.

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Jason Babin Says He’s Playing Against the Browns

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason BabinJason Babin had a bad of ice taped around his right calf following practice Monday, but put his health percentage at 98.9.

Is he absolutely going to play against the Browns?

“Well, I’m going to play. I don’t where the ‘absolutely’ part comes into play. But I practiced today, felt fine, it was crisp, didn’t look as if I had missed much time.”

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How the Eagles’ Defensive Talent Stacks Up

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent ColeYesterday, we went over how the Eagles’ offensive talent stacks up.

Today, let’s take a look at the defense.

I sometimes wonder if Sean McDermott looks at the moves the Eagles have made on that side of the ball the last two years and thinks: Where was this when I was the defensive coordinator?

This offseason, the Eagles used three picks in the first two rounds on defensive players. They also acquired middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Texans. But is the Birds’ talent where it needs to be on defense?

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Linebacker Shuffle Lives On

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan CastilloIf it’s football season, there’s a linebacker shuffle going on in Philadelphia. Death, taxes, and so on. Even an offseason dedicated in part to shoring up the position couldn’t totally shut down the dance. In the latest shift, Brian Rolle lost his job at WILL in favor of Akeem Jordan. Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo explained the move on Monday.

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Asomugha Will Play Monday Against Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha.When Andy Reid ran through the players who won’t be on the field Monday night against the Patriots, one name he left out was Nnamdi Asomugha.

Asomugha participated in practice Friday and Saturday after suffering a lip laceration and sore neck in a collision with Nate Allen Monday afternoon.

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Jason Babin Eyeing A Return

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason BabinHad a chance to catch up with Jason Babin on Sunday.The defensive end has been out since late July with a calf strain that was expected to sideline him for 2-3 weeks. We are now in that window, and it sounds like Babin is getting close to a return.

“I know when I’m 100 percent. I’m pretty in-tune with my body. Keep this progress up and I’m sure it will be sooner than later,” said Babin

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Graham Is Running With The Ones

Jim Washburn put the depth chart up this morning, and it showed “Graham” as one of the starting defensive ends. Granted, it took injuries to both Jason Babin and now Trent Cole to get there, but he’ll take it.

“It feels good because I’ve been working, man,” said Brandon Graham. “That’s the goal – to get the Number One spot. Jason Babin and those guys did a lot last year, but there is competition every year and everybody deserves a chance for that Number One. And hopefully I can push myself up there.”