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Addition Of Cullen Jenkins Impacts New Castillo Coached Defense

All the talk of this Philadelphia Eagles team being a so-called “Dream Team” is starting to come to life. But GM Howie Roseman is simply just doing his job.

“I say we’re just trying to put together the best roster that puts us in position for a world championship,” said Roseman.

He’s certainly done a fantastic job in doing that so far, adding five great players to this roster so far: Nnamdi Asomugha, Vince Young, Jason Babin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Cullen Jenkins.

The signing of Jenkins came as a shock to not only Eagles fans, but to defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, who was said to be “pretty excited” upon hearing the news. With Jenkins in the mix, Castillo will have to determine just exactly how to utilize him on the line (inside or outside).

“He can really play both. On third-down, he rushes from inside. We think he makes a difference in that role. In this defense and in this scheme, it really utilizes all his talents,” said Roseman.

But no matter where Castillo decides to play him, the addition of Jenkins, according to Roseman, is one that will benefit the entire defensive unit.

“We think [Jenkins’] really well suited. This is a guy who we didn’t think we’d have the opportunity to acquire,” said Roseman. “The way things have worked out here in the past few days, when the opportunity came at us, we jumped on it…One of the reasons we got him is because of how good he is as an inside pass rusher.”

Last season, Jenkins racked up a career-high seven sacks in just 11 games. If he can come in and contribute just as he did with the Super Bowl champions last season, combined with the likes of Trent Cole and Jason Babin, the Eagles’ defensive line will cause havoc on opposing quarterbacks this season.

Many didn’t believe Jenkins would land in Philly because he reportedly received better offers elsewhere. His decision to come to Philadelphia most likely came with less money than his other options did. Taking a pay cut to sign with Philly shows that he wants to be a part of yet another Super Bowl team.

“Well you do get that sense. Obviously sometimes you don’t find that stuff out until after the fact, but it certainly seemed like this was the place he wanted to be all along and that he was determined to get here.” said Roseman.

The Eagles have a wide array of options on the line. Of course, there are two Pro Bowl defensive ends in Cole and Babin to go along with Jenkins up front. And then there’s seven year vet Mike Patterson, Darryl Tapp, Juqua Parker and a handful of younger guys, including former CFL star Phillip Hunt.

How the coaching staff decides to use all these guys is still to be determined.

“Well, Andy [Reid] always talks about fastball and having a lot of rushers and that’s what [Jim] Washburn looks for,” said Roseman. “He looks for rotations and waves of guys so they’re fresh and they’re firing off the ball and all that other stuff will be determined by play out here. It’s a good problem to have.”

The Eagles have come out firing this offseason, but as Roseman eagerly announced, there’s still moves to be made.

“I think you should stay tuned,” said Roseman.

Kyle Phillippi

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runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 3:01 pm

we still need a big red zone target. do they really feel that comfortable with riley cooper? me thinks not. if we don’t get a legitimate tall red zone threat, it’s just going to force vick to run the ball at risk injury. you really think he won’t go for the 6? you really think he’ll listen to reid and stay put? me thinks not. he’s a winner. winners go for it. if they don’t go get some big sure hands we are screwed.

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 3:08 pm

Run – what about Donald Lee?

runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 3:16 pm

we’ll see about lee. i don’t know that much about him. i’m not paulman. my point was that they really screwed up by not being more aggressive with plax. this is how the front office does shit. they put on shows. they act like they really want someone but it always makes you wonder. how many times have we seen this by them?

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 3:23 pm

run, you think we’ve seen a free agency period of this magnitude before from them? Really? I don’t

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
July 31, 2011 3:23 pm

Nick Barnett SIGNS WITH THE BILLS 3YR 12 MILLION, 6MILL GTD… THAT LEAVES TATUPU CMON EAGLES!

Kyle Phillippi
Kyle Phillippi
July 31, 2011 3:28 pm

Just throwing a name out there regarding red zone threat (even though I believe Lee, as Schiller mentioned, will be an upgrade). How about Randy Moss for the right price? Similar skill set to Plaxico.

nev856
nev856
July 31, 2011 3:29 pm

is anyone sensing an increased pressure on andy this year? the FO is giving him just about everything to make a deep run !

xtian999
xtian999
July 31, 2011 3:49 pm

The Eagles signed the #1 free agent available on the market. They picked up a Pro Bowl DE who was in the top three available DEs (although Charles Johnson can hardly be seriously considered since Carolina threw a boat l

xtian999
xtian999
July 31, 2011 3:50 pm

Nuts. Premature post.

xtian999
xtian999
July 31, 2011 4:11 pm

…to finish my point, they signed a SB champion 300 lbs pass rusher from the DT position which we haven’t had here since Darwin Walker on an inconsistent basis, and Corey Simon on a more consistent basis. We are talking 6+ years here. They just signed an OG who has 22 starts in the NFL. And they were able to pick up a pro bowl cornerback via trade. They picked up a former 3rd pick overall 27 year old QB with a history of winning games in the NFL to back up Michael Vick. Yet despite all of this, the Eagles are foolish to have lost Plaxico Burress? What the Eagles have clearly shown is their decisiveness of action when they target a certain player. We, as fans, may disagree with their philosophies at times, or the way they value players different than the way we do, but if the Eagles wanted these players, I think there is strong enough evidence to conclude that the reason they didn’t sign them is because they never wanted them based on talent evaluation relative to players currently on the roster, they wanted them but weren’t willing to overpay for them based on their valuation philosophies or the player didnt want to come here. From the sound of this current crop of FAs most of them seemed pretty jazzed to be an Eagle.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
July 31, 2011 4:14 pm

Good point Nev, there is alota pressure on andy,more than ever… i just hope he doesnt crack under pressure… listen this is the tell all year. Its as if andy has been given a buffet spread and we know if he literally had one in his midst there would no longer be a spread… But hes been givin his pick of the litter…

Another great point is that these pro bowl corners dont need to be coached up too much… But our LBs are great coverage guys but are they big enough to tackle? And will they wear down against run heavy teams?

runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 4:18 pm

why is everyone making a big deal about the babin signing?

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 4:19 pm

Jon Hart and Nev – which players will be gone next year? I see this as building the team for the next few years, with no specific pressure this year. Who (important) leaves after this year based on their current contract? I see nobody that would hurt this from being a very strong team. No specific pressure or more than other years, just a stronger team.

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 4:22 pm

run the ball – you don’t like sacks? You don’t think they’re important in football? You feeling alright? Get enough sleep last night?

nev856
nev856
July 31, 2011 4:35 pm

shiller , i don,t know how long andy is under cotract beyond this year or next? and i am not an andy basher . but when banner says we are all in this year i kinda think there is pressure there .

Monolith
Monolith
July 31, 2011 4:36 pm

An ols Monolith proverb “There is no soothing the savage beast that is some Eagle fans.”

Hey just speaking into the wind right now, if you want more players, I can digit. Hey I would love 22 pro bowlers if possible, but to at this stage of the game and after the demonstration of free agent fortitude but forth by this front office, to sit and bitch about was is not is the reason the Football Gods in heaven argue among themselves on whether to bless the might Eagle fan with a superbowl.

To steal a phrase from the good book, “If there be just ten faithful I will spare them all.”

For the record I am also fairly stupid so here it goes………….

No I don’t want Samuels to be traded I could give a damn about preceived value. I want to dominate the airwaves and strike fear in the hearts of every QB and D-coord. Please just this one year let me see it, then do what you will.

Let the young ones at LB play freaking ball and let us be surprised and marvel at what we nearly wished would not be.

Schiller your right, it is not in the nature of this Eagle organization to live only in the present and forsake the future, this team is being built to fight now, next year and years after that. I think that they are already looking at players for next draft.

They have skill locked down for the future when other teams erode away, here we will still be. One think I will agree with most on is that the Eagles have, and continue to learn there lesson…..what is next perhaps Reid has a revelation and will run the ball more hmmm.

Damn! As always “LONG LIVE THE EAGLES”

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
July 31, 2011 4:41 pm

Schiller. not on the team but on REID! Big time….

Monolith
Monolith
July 31, 2011 4:42 pm

Forgive the spelling its been a day, deal with it, big Mono luvs ya all. and no freaking Maclin jokes either.. I see ya boys.

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 4:46 pm

Jon – good point. We’ll see what happens there….ha.

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 4:48 pm

but on Reid, I don’t think they’ll move on from him if they end up having a strong year but fall short of a superbowl win. If they don’t make the playoffs or have other big problems traceable to Reid, yeah, maybe they move on. But with the success we all think this team will have – can anyone say they’re worse than last year’s roster? – I think they’ll view Reid’s role as one that has to continue. But that’s just me.

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
July 31, 2011 4:58 pm

The Eagles Fron Office is official now…..”LET’S ROLL”

vricchini
vricchini
July 31, 2011 5:07 pm

Ok based on the free agent signs how would you rate our Win/Loss Ratio for this year? i HAVE THEM 12-4

St. Louis Rams WIN
at Atlanta Falcons WIN
vs. New York Giants LOSS
San Francisco 49ers WIN
at Buffalo Bills. WIN
Washington Redskins WIN
Bye
Dallas Cowboys WIN
Chicago Bears LOSS
vs. Arizona Cardinals WIN
at New York Giants WIN
vs. New England Patriots LOSS
at Seattle Seahawks WIN
at Miami Dolphins WIN
New York Jets LOSS
at Dallas Cowboys WIN
Washington Redskins WIN

daggolden
daggolden
July 31, 2011 5:11 pm

No 1 priority is a right tackle. Doesnt have to be a stud but I cant believer out of the 500 FA there isnt a mid level RT better than Dunlap and Justice,

Monolith
Monolith
July 31, 2011 5:12 pm

Mr. V,

I dig your predictions, its not Paulish but it works, though I am taking a point away for the Bears, they had all the could handle when we where minus Samuel and now well haaaa, just read the book my friend its much better than the movie. So lets us say hmmm 13-3 shall we ya know just for giggles and laughs.

daggolden
daggolden
July 31, 2011 5:16 pm

Vricchini No friggin way . You have the Eagles losing to all Playoff stud teams. at home. lol We cant beat any of the big boys? I thought we are now considered a big boy. Lose to the friggin Jets, Chicago, NE and the Giants at home? 4-4 at home? Try losing at NY, Atlanta or Dallas and winning Chicago, Jets and NE.

Monolith
Monolith
July 31, 2011 5:39 pm

Daggolden,

I agree with you in princple, but you know that crazy murphy law thing that so badly screwed the Patriots on their big day against the giants.

So I am playing it safe and giving old murphy the benefit of the doubt so that all our debts are cleared come playoff time and we roll into our first big SB win, and the immortality that will end that cursed Argument ender know to all us true blood Eagles fans as the “How many Super bowls have you won?” phrase. May that phrase die a hard and cruel death.

As I say dear Dag, I am down with what you say, so in honor of the coming season, “To those who are about to get spanked by the Eagles, I salute you. Hail Eagles”

As Always “LONG LIVE THE EAGLES”

Damn! I am loving the positive karma, hmmm what site did I log onto.

SONGSRME2
SONGSRME2
July 31, 2011 5:49 pm

record 14-2

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
July 31, 2011 6:16 pm

RB TIM HIGHTOWER TRADED TO THE REDSKINS FOR A CONDITIONAL LATE ROUND PICK ALONG WITH CONNIE HOLIDAY

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
July 31, 2011 6:16 pm

Vonnie*

paulman
paulman
July 31, 2011 7:16 pm

Wasn’t RB T Hightower a Free-agent.. How did the CArdinals trade him..

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
July 31, 2011 7:44 pm

DESEAN JACKSON WILL END LOCKOUT AND WILL REPORT TO TRAINING CAMP MONDAY OF TUESDAY, YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!!

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 7:46 pm

Jon – do you fall asleep drooling on your pillow while you stare at your adam schefter poster? Just curious. (not trying to be a jerk but your clearly a paulman wannabe here trying to scoop everything)

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 7:48 pm

Paul – looks like he was a restricted free agent and they tendered him. I’m not sure whether he would have been unrestricted with the old CBA or something….

sorry, we all know how badly you wanted him – despite his 5 fumbles in both of the last two seasons….

still plenty of quality vet running backs to do the little that is asked of our backup running backs…. not a problem at all. Plus I like Dixon a lot.

runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 7:59 pm

Schiller you act like babin is the second coming of reggie white.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
July 31, 2011 8:02 pm

Hahaha dont hate schiller, i have my inside sources bro… No im not paulman nor wanna be… Noone else on this site reports the big moves like i do… Just stay tuned, n i know you will…

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 8:19 pm

jon – I certainly will. But seriously if you work for the Eagles, in what capacity? Enlighten us.

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 8:20 pm

runda – um, how so? I said he brings sacks – I didn’t say he’s one of the best Dends of all time. I didn’t say he’s a future hall of famer. I didn’t say he’s amazing.

Boy, you PMSing or something?

runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 8:23 pm

Jon Hart is probably the greatest reporter of all time… next to paulman of course.

runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 8:25 pm

Yes schiller i’m pms-ing. (sip of cranberry juice) i’m just saying. i would rather have signed plax for one year than babin for 5. that was it. thats all i’m saying. i’m saying we need a red zone threat more than a par def. end.

daggolden
daggolden
July 31, 2011 8:29 pm

Watch out for the surprise signing of Randy Moss. I just have a feeling. 2 year 6.5 miilion. Play here for less. You heard it here first.

runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 8:30 pm

we better get chad lewis on the phone or else this rookie kicker better have ice water in his veins because we sucked in the red zone. we sucked. we sucked really bad. we suuuuucked.

runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 8:31 pm

did i mention we sucked?

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 8:35 pm

run – see, now you are making sense. I see it differently – I think our pass rush lacked far more than our redzone issues last year. Afterall, our offense was on fire. MONEY. But our D had major major issues. I also see Donald lee and an improved Oline as redzone help already on this team. I don’t have concerns about the Eagles scoring the ball. I do have concerns (much less now with these additions) about the defense’s ability to stop other teams from scoring.

To each his own – as my grandmother always said “that’s why there’s chocolate and vanilla…”

runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 8:40 pm

i always make sense. just ask for an explanation next time. i don’t type enough for you guys obviously.

runtheball09
runtheball09
July 31, 2011 8:43 pm

if nobody agrees with me about anything. you have to admit chad lewis had some of the greatest red zone hands we’ve ever scene

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
July 31, 2011 8:50 pm

Paul gives his opinion i give what is actual… I tell you way before the media does whos being traded or signed… I told you that desean will be reporting to camp monday or tuesday now look there is a report out verifying that… I cant get into my ties or position in the eagles organization…

atra1781
July 31, 2011 8:52 pm

The Eagles are going to shock us and trade Samuel or someone.

Monday it will happen.

I know who but can’t tell you.

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 8:54 pm

Chad certainly did. But Celek (in the past) has been pretty solid, same for Maclin, and I restate – Donald Lee is an added dependable option there.

schiller
schiller
July 31, 2011 8:55 pm

jon, you also tell us wrong stuff. We all have access to news, adam schefter and profootballtalk.com etc….. I don’t think anyone is looking for even ‘mostly’ correct ‘scoops’…. we can get the real news.

Rocko
Rocko
July 31, 2011 8:59 pm

I like chocolate better…