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Better or worse than last year: Eagles defense edition

May 18th, 2017 at 12:57 PM
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With the Philadelphia Eagles’ offseason basically complete (barring trade possibilities), we’ll take a look at each of the Birds’ positional groups and determine where they got better or worse. Yesterday we began with the offense. Today we’ll continue on with the defense.

Defensive end

2016: Brandon Graham, Connor Barwin, Vinny Curry, Marcus Smith

2017: Brandon Graham, Chris Long, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry

Graham returns as the Eagles’ best edge rusher, and he’ll have more help from the other side this season. Barwin proved to be a bad fit for Jim Schwartz’s 4-3 defense, and was unable to put pressure on the quarterback for long stretches of games when he faced quality left tackles. Long and Barnett should upgrade the Eagles’ presence on the side opposite Graham considerably. Meanwhile, Curry …

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