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April 23, 2012
DT FLETCHER COX, MISSISSIPPI STATE He's tall, athletic and disruptive, and some think he could be one of the best defensive players in the draft. His game would fit well with the Eagles. DT DONTARI POE, MEMPHIS The 346-pound defensive tackle impressed with a stunning 4.98-second 40-yard dash at the combine, but his ability didn't translate into big plays on the field. DT MICHAEL BROCKERS, LOUISIANA STATE Brockers is 6-foot-5 and a powerful force up front, but he is raw and needs to improve as a pass rusher.
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May 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Part Six of an online-only series. Here is a look at the defensive linemen on the Eagles roster: Projected starters DE: Fletcher Cox (6-4, 300), 22, 2nd season; Cedric Thornton (6-4, 309), 24, 2nd season The Eagles are counting on Cox, the 2012 first-round pick, to become a blue-chip player in the Eagles new defense. He showed flashes of stardom last year, including 4 1/2 of his 5 1/2 sacks after joining the starting lineup seven games into the season.
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June 8, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of all the changes implemented - or yet to be implemented - under Eagles coach Chip Kelly, the most significant may prove to be the transformation of the defensive line. Not only have the Eagles moved to what will likely be a front of three down-lineman, they have altered the responsibilities of linemen who were previously told to think pass-rush first. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis' scheme is a work in progress, but defensive end Cedric Thornton said that he envisions an Eagles line that will focus on stopping the run first and eating up blockers to free up other pass- rushers.
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August 28, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Temple coach Matt Rhule started watching the game film of Notre Dame last week, the play of the Fighting Irish's defensive line was the first thing he noticed. On Monday morning, he was still noticing. The Owls have some depth and considerable size along their offensive line, with Kyle Friend returning at center and the addition of 6-foot-4, 330-pound Maryland transfer Pete White at right guard. But the Fighting Irish went undefeated last season until an Alabama team loaded with future first-round picks across its offensive line destroyed them in the national championship game.
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August 12, 2011
JIM WASHBURN, the Eagles' new defensive line coach, had his leg broken in a sideline collision early last season when he worked for the Tennessee Titans. The experience has not appeared to back him off an inch. Late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 13-6 exhibition win over the Baltimore Ravens - a time and a place that pretty much defined meaninglessness - there Washburn was, still right in the middle of things, getting himself run over again on the sideline. This time, it was by Ravens receiver Justin Harper, as he was being ridden out of bounds.
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May 7, 2014
The Eagles signed Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva on Monday, giving the 6-foot-9, 277-pound defensive lineman his first chance to play football since he was commissioned on May 22, 2010. Villanueva spent the past four years in the Army and served three tours in Afghanistan. He last played football for Army in 2009 and tried out for the Bengals in 2010. The Eagles scouted Villanueva, 25, at the super regional combine in Detroit in April. He will be with the team for the rookie minicamp from May 16-18.
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December 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The most impressive play in the Eagles' Thanksgiving win over the Dallas Cowboys might not make any highlight reels. It was a second-down run stuff by defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, and promotional campaigns are not usually built around second-down run stuffs. But DeMarco Murray's 1-yard loss 4 yards away from the end zone helped limit the Dallas Cowboys to a field goal instead of a touchdown in the third quarter of a 33-10 Eagles win, and it exemplified Cox's level of play all afternoon.
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September 5, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Ohio State's defensive line, now coached by former Penn State coach Larry Johnson, is stocked with future NFL talent. Michigan State's stifling unit is headlined by preseason All-America defensive end Shilique Calhoun. But after taking in the opening week of college football, the preseason talk of premier front fours might have unjustly left a Big Ten unit out of the conversation. "I would say that people overlook us," Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson said.
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April 23, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Love them or hate them, the Eagles' draft picks on the defensive line usually have been memorable. They are rarely boring. They have been stars who set standards of Eagles excellence. They have been colorful. They have been busts of historic proportions. They have been hated and loved and have died tragically early. Start at the top, with Reggie White, who was taken in the 1984 supplemental draft and became one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history. He made seven Pro Bowls with the Eagles and six with the Green Bay Packers after leaving as perhaps the most sought-after free agent in NFL history.
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January 29, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
MOBILE, Ala. - The Eagles hired Chris Wilson, who had just been hired by Missouri a month ago, as their new defensive line coach Wednesday. Coach Doug Pederson said he met with Wilson here earlier in the day for approximately 21/2 hours. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was also in the interview. Wilson, 47, has worked almost exclusively in college football. He coached most recently at Southern Cal. Before that he was at his alma mater, Oklahoma, and at Mississippi State, where he was defensive end Fletcher Cox's position coach and defensive coordinator.
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January 19, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
If Doug Pederson learned anything from Andy Reid - and the Eagles had better hope it wasn't only time management - it should be how to select a defensive coordinator as a new head coach. Reid got it right with the Eagles and the Chiefs when he tabbed Jim Johnson and Bob Sutton, respectively, to run his defense. In both cases, he went with veteran coaches who had mild success as NFL coordinators but impressed Reid when his teams faced their defenses. Johnson and Sutton were also beyond the point of being considered future head coaches.
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January 3, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bryan McLendon was a member of Georgia's coaching staff when James Franklin coached Vanderbilt to an upset victory of the 15th-ranked Bulldogs in 2013, the Commodores' first win over a top-25 team in five years. McLendon, who will serve as Georgia's interim head coach Saturday in a TaxSlayer Bowl matchup against Penn State, admired what Franklin did at Vanderbilt. And although Franklin has taken some heat since becoming head coach of the Nittany Lions, McLendon says he's "a heck of a coach.
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December 27, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
When the Eagles have the ball When the Eagles and Redskins met in Week 4, Sam Bradford threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns - and Bradford is playing better now than he was then. That should be an encouraging sign for the Eagles, who will have the opportunity to move the ball against Washington. The Redskins allow 240.2 passing yards per game, but the 7.7 yards per attempt is one of the worst averages in the league. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown for 26 touchdowns and only nine interceptions against Washington, plus 11 passes of 40-plus yards.
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December 25, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Bennie Logan joined the starting lineup in Week 9 of the 2013 season and has not missed a game since. That streak stretches 38 regular-season games. During the last 30 games, Beau Allen has been Logan's backup. Allen is likely to get his first start in Logan's place on Saturday when the Eagles host the Washington Redskins. Logan has a calf injury that kept him out of practice this week, and there have not yet been indications that he will return in time for Saturday. That means Allen, a 2014 seventh-round pick, would join Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton in the starting lineup.
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December 24, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Eagles defensive lineman Bennie Logan was not at practice on Wednesday because of a calf injury, and his availability for Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins appears in doubt. Coach Chip Kelly disputed a report that the team is considering shutting Logan down for the season. He said Logan is "day-to-day. " If Logan is out, Beau Allen is expected to start at nose tackle. Defensive end Cedric Thornton could also play that spot. "I think Beau's done a really nice job," Kelly said.
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December 24, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
SATURDAY'S PLAYOFF elimination game against Washington will be the first the Eagles have played in the Chip Kelly era without Bennie Logan as a force on the defensive line. Backup Beau Allen and defensive end Cedric Thornton will try to bridge a significant gap in a struggling defense, probably for more than just this one game. "Bennie's one of my best friends. I love him. He said he'll be out a couple weeks. Hopefully, we'll be in the playoffs, he'll come back," Thornton said Wednesday.
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December 16, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer
IMHOTEP SENIOR Jordan McCray could have copped an attitude and become a disruptive and disgruntled player, or just flat-out transferred. Currently, McCray possesses the size, speed and athleticism to play linebacker in college somewhere next season. The problem is that the 6-2, 210-pounder plays defensive end really well for the Panthers (14-0), who will play District 10 Cathedral Prep (14-1) in the Class AAA state championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. "I thought about it like, 'I really need to play linebacker because if that's what (college)
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December 16, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
Imhotep senior Jordan McCray could have copped an attitude, been a disruptive and disgruntled player or just flat-out transferred. McCray possesses the size, speed and athleticism to play linebacker in college somewhere next season. The problem is that the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder plays defensive end really well for the Panthers, who will play District 10 Cathedral Prep in the Class AAA state championship Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium. "I thought about it like I really need to play linebacker because if that's what [college]
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November 30, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
No, the place wasn't electric as it had been for Notre Dame or Penn State. Lincoln Financial Field wasn't even as full as last week for Memphis. However, Owls diehards saw something Saturday night at the Linc that nobody ever had before, in whatever place Temple has called home. Temple's winning 10 football games, a regular-season Owls first, is the equivalent of what? Men landing on Mars? Should Matt Damon star in the film version of Temple's story? Is that really hyperbole? If you'd thought about it, wouldn't you have expected a Mars landing first?
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