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June 7, 2012 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
WHENEVER A PLAYER sits in the trainer's room at Lincoln Financial Field while a game is in progress, he is in some sort of misery. On Oct. 2, Antonio Dixon lived a special sort of misery as Frank Gore gashed his Eagles in a loss that cost them dearly. One more win, and the Eagles occupy the playoff spot the Giants used to win the Super Bowl. Of all the bad plays and the bad luck and the bad coaching that comprised the Failure of 2011, losing an undrafted run-stopper in Game 4 played as large a role as anything.
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December 28, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ANTONIO DIXON landed in Philadelphia at 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday, still full from a Christmas dinner with his mother, brother and sister in Miami. For Dixon, a spot on the Eagles' roster and a fresh hotel bed - even if it meant arriving at 2 o'clock in the morning and having to report to the NovaCare Complex 4 hours later for a physical - were the two best Christmas gifts he has received in years. The Eagles signed the defensive tackle to a 2-year contract on Wednesday, commencing his second go-around with the team after being one of the last cuts in training camp in August.
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November 10, 2010 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When young Antonio Dixon spoke, he did so with his fists. Because when he did open his mouth, the words just wouldn't come out. Or a long, laborious struggle to get through a sentence would ensue, and that only worsened the plight for Dixon as his peers - as youngsters are wont to do - taunted him unmercifully for his stuttering. Since he couldn't respond with a quick comeback or even a "Shut up!" he took matters into his own hands. "I got into so many fights," Dixon said recently.
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October 5, 2011 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORTS
THE EAGLES HAVE re-signed defensive tackle Derek Landri to a 1-year deal and placed defensive tackle Antonio Dixon on the injured reserve list with a torn triceps. Landri spent the preseason with the Eagles, but was released as part of the team's final roster cutdown. He is entering his fifth NFL season after spending the first 4 years of his career in Jacksonville (2007-09) and Carolina (2009-10). Landri had a strong training camp and preseason. In fact, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman compared him to Paul Grasmanis, another undersized former Notre Dame defensive tackle who became a useful player for the Birds.
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August 4, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - On the depth chart they are listed as defensive tackles, but the men in the middle of the defensive line have a different title in the mind of line coach Jim Washburn. "If you call home and talk to your mom and she asks what position you're playing, say, 'guard killer,' " Washburn told his tackles, according to Trevor Laws. With Trent Cole and Jason Babin set loose from the outside, Washburn wants his tackles pushing up the middle, taking away the space where quarterbacks want to step up to avoid pressure.
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July 25, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Fletcher Cox knew what it meant to hear fans calling his name Monday along the fences beyond the Eagles' practice field at Lehigh University. Cox, the defensive tackle whom the Eagles selected with the No. 12 overall pick in April's draft, arrived here with the onus of being the highest draft selection the Eagles have made since taking another defensive tackle - Corey Simon - at No. 6 overall in 2000. "You expect a lot of out of them," Cox said of first-round picks, a sentiment coach Andy Reid had expressed a day earlier.
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August 5, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - On the depth chart they are listed as defensive tackles, but the men in the middle of the defensive line have a different title in the mind of line coach Jim Washburn. "If you call home and talk to your mom and she asks what position you're playing, say, 'guard killer,' " Washburn told his tackles, according to Trevor Laws. With Trent Cole and Jason Babin set loose from the outside, Washburn wants his tackles pushing up the middle, taking away the space where quarterbacks want to step up to avoid pressure.
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April 9, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Productive as it was, Derek Landri's brief stay with the Eagles appeared to be at its end. Four weeks of free agency had passed and the two sides, despite a mutual attraction, could not reach an accord. Landri wanted a longterm contract, but the Eagles were not willing to offer an extended deal to a part-time player. So Landri shopped his services. Problem was, with a relatively flat salary cap this offseason, free agents of Landri's ilk didn't have much leverage. The Eagles, meanwhile, tidied up some other loose ends at defensive tackle.
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October 7, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Each week the blame gets passed from one entity to another. First it's the linebackers. Then it's the safeties. Then it's the cornerbacks and, of course, there's always Juan Castillo to point the finger at for the Eagles' defensive woes. But the defensive line always seems to escape criticism for the team's recent three-game slide - and, well, for the most part rightfully so. But when so much of the scheme is based on the "wide nine" alignment of the defensive ends and pressure generated by the front four, it's become more clear with each week: When the line breaks down, the defense breaks down.
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August 30, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FOR MORE than a few of the 75 players on the Eagles' roster, tonight's game at the Jets will be the last time they will pull on a football jersey, the end of something they've devoted their lives to since they were in elementary school. That is a serious and solemn thing, even as we roll our eyes at the idea of having to watch a preseason game minus starters, to be contested at least partly among men who will never play a down in the NFL. The cutdown to the regular-season roster limit of 53 by 4 p.m. Saturday looms.
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August 26, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NFL TEAMS must cut from 90 to 75 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday. That's the backdrop to tonight's Eagles preseason game at Jacksonville, coach Chip Kelly's first road venture. Of course, the third preseason game is the one the starters use to prepare for the season, and there is plenty of drama there, but there are several notable names who need to play well, if not to survive the cut to 75, then to ensure a future beyond the final cutdown to 53, which must be completed a week from today.
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December 28, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ANTONIO DIXON landed in Philadelphia at 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday, still full from a Christmas dinner with his mother, brother and sister in Miami. For Dixon, a spot on the Eagles' roster and a fresh hotel bed - even if it meant arriving at 2 o'clock in the morning and having to report to the NovaCare Complex 4 hours later for a physical - were the two best Christmas gifts he has received in years. The Eagles signed the defensive tackle to a 2-year contract on Wednesday, commencing his second go-around with the team after being one of the last cuts in training camp in August.
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December 27, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles on Wednesday re-signed defensive tackle Antonio Dixon and placed quarterback Nick Foles on injured reserve. Dixon, 27, spent the last three seasons with the Eagles. He was released Aug. 31 and played two games with the Indianapolis Colts. The move was needed because the Eagles were down to three healthy defensive tackles after Fletcher Cox suffered a concussion. Dixon understands the Eagles defense. "He'll know most of the terminology, and we'll just see," coach Andy Reid said.
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September 6, 2012 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IN FOOTBALL, it seems simple: Bigger is better. Experience, especially in its prime, trumps potential. With the Eagles, nothing is simple. Which is why the Eagles head into their first regular-season practice Wednesday without a run-stopping defensive tackle or a proven nickel cornerback. They released 6-3, 322-pound defensive tackle Antonio Dixon. A waiver claim by the Eagles in 2009, Dixon had somehow managed to play in every game for which he had been healthy. A triceps injury shorted his season to four games last year.
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July 25, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Fletcher Cox knew what it meant to hear fans calling his name Monday along the fences beyond the Eagles' practice field at Lehigh University. Cox, the defensive tackle whom the Eagles selected with the No. 12 overall pick in April's draft, arrived here with the onus of being the highest draft selection the Eagles have made since taking another defensive tackle - Corey Simon - at No. 6 overall in 2000. "You expect a lot of out of them," Cox said of first-round picks, a sentiment coach Andy Reid had expressed a day earlier.
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June 7, 2012 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
WHENEVER A PLAYER sits in the trainer's room at Lincoln Financial Field while a game is in progress, he is in some sort of misery. On Oct. 2, Antonio Dixon lived a special sort of misery as Frank Gore gashed his Eagles in a loss that cost them dearly. One more win, and the Eagles occupy the playoff spot the Giants used to win the Super Bowl. Of all the bad plays and the bad luck and the bad coaching that comprised the Failure of 2011, losing an undrafted run-stopper in Game 4 played as large a role as anything.
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April 10, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Productive as it was, Derek Landri's brief stay with the Eagles appeared to be at its end. Four weeks of free agency had passed and the two sides, despite a mutual attraction, could not reach an accord. Landri wanted a long-term contract, but the Eagles were not willing to offer an extended deal to a part-time player. So Landri shopped his services. Problem was, with a relatively flat salary cap this offseason, free agents of Landri's ilk didn't have much leverage. The Eagles, meanwhile, tidied up some other loose ends at defensive tackle.
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