DE: Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, and Cullen Jenkins should all make seamless transitions from 4-3 DT to 3-4 DE. Added depth would be nice, but this position should be low priority.
NT: The only thing close to a 3-4 NT on the Eagles’ current roster is Antonio Dixon. Here are some observations I made of Dixon from way back in August, when the Eagles were in Lehigh for training camp:
- One D lineman that does not look good right now is Antonio Dixon. He is apparently down from the 360 pound range last year to around 330 this year. He may very well be 330, but he’s playing like he’s 360. Slow. No push at all.
- Antonio Dixon had another bad day, from what I saw of him. On one play in particular, he was single-blocked with ease by Julian Vandervelde. Dixon looked to be doing little more than leaning on him. I don’t know if that was due to fatigue or what, but it wasn’t pretty. He also jumped offsides once. I would say that I think his roster spot could be in serious danger, but the Eagles are down so many guys on the DL right now that he could be safe simply because he’s still standing.
- Antonio Dixon showed me absolutely nothing this offseason, and I’d feel totally comfortable picking up a player off the street while I await Mike Patterson’s return.
Yeesh. Dixon’s training camp last offseason has completely tainted my opinion of him. NT may very well be the Eagles’ most glaring need on a roster full of holes.
OLB: This year at the week of Senior Bowl practices, the Eagles spoke with four pass rushers. They were (in alphabetical order):