Vinny Curry Jersey

Curry was released by the Eagles last season … and then released by the Buccaneers this offseason, which is why he’s back in green. In between, Curry had one of the least productive seasons of his career, though he was plagued by injuries for most of it.

Curry had 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 12 games. Per PFF, he only had 24 total pressures, the fewest since his 2012 rookie year, when he only played in six games.

The Eagles defensive line was at its best during 2017, when Jim Schwartz had a fully-functioning four-man defensive end rotation at his disposal. It was practically an even split in snaps for starters Curry and Brandon Graham, and backups Derek Barnett and Chris Long. The Eagles are going to need Sweat to step up, but it will be more important for Curry to play more like he did in 2017 than he did for the Buccaneers last year as the team’s third defensive end, especially if Graham and/or Barnett are going to make it through the whole season unscathed.

“It just felt like I had a long offseason, that’s all. One thing when I was gone, I still talked to everybody, every day. Not a day that went by that I didn’t talk to Fletch, didn’t talk to BG or JP, those guys. I talked to those guys everyday and we was still on a group text. It just felt like a long offseason.” — Curry, on his year away from the Eagles.

Andrew Sendejo Jersey

Andrew Sendejo was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles for veteran depth at safety, a roster spot the team needed as Corey Graham wasn’t going to return for the 2019 season. Graham played a major role in the Eagles’ championship season, but age caught up to Graham in 2018… forcing the Eagles to look elsewhere.

The Eagles committed to upgrading the secondary this offseason, starting with Sendejo. While keeping Sendejo may cost the Eagles a fourth-round compensatory pick, the younger players in the Eagles secondary are demonstrating why the Eagles should keep him around (even with all the secondary upgrades they have brought in this offseason).

“Here, our safeties have to do a lot of talking. They’re doing a good job talking. Especially ‘Dejo,” said Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (via Les Bowen of Inquier.com). “He probably knows more than I do right now. I think he’s in his playbook probably every day.”

Sendejo signed with the Eagles looking to have the No. 3 safety spot in 2019, but the Eagles signed Blake Countess and Godwin Idbewueke in May to compete with Sendejo and Tre’ Sullivan for the No. 3 safety spot. The Eagles are also hosting Johnathan Cyprien for a visit, another potential competitor for the No. 3 safety role.

Even with all the competition at safety, Sendejo may be the best of the bunch.

Sendejo was one of the best coverage safeties in the NFL in 2017 as opposing quarterbacks had just a 59.8 passer rating when targeting him. He allowed 17 catches for 257 yards and had three interceptions on 29 targets. The season prior, opposing quarterbacks had a 79.6 passer rating when targeting Sendejo, who allowed 12 catches for 214 yards on 19 targets. Sendejo had two interceptions that season.

The Eagles are getting a bargain in adding Sendejo, who is expected to play he Graham role as the No. 3 safety the team desperately needed in 2018. Graham played 655 defensive snaps (63.10 percent) and finished with 56 tackles, five pass deflections and an interception. Opposing quarterbacks had a 78.4 passer rating when targeting the 33-year old Graham, who allowed 12 catches for 70 yards this past season.

The Eagles typically prefer to play five defensive backs on the field, specifically when they move Malcolm Jenkins down in the box as a linebacker. Sendejo can play up top with Rodney McLeod or play the Jenkins role at linebacker, giving the Eagles an extra option at defensive back to use in nickel and dime packages.

Graham would move down to cornerback in those packages at that time, which the Eagles won’t need to do with Sendejo (who is basically an extra linebacker). The Eagles have plenty of cornerbacks that can line up in off coverage, allowing Sendejo to move freely up top or go down in the box and play linebacker.

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If Malcolm Jenkins skips mandatory OTAs and training camp, Sendejo can fill his role on the defense in multiple positions.The Eagles may lose a compensatory fourth-round pick with Sendejo on the roster, but his value toward the team’s Super Bowl chances in 2019 is arguably worth more than a draft pick.

Nigel Bradham Jersey

The Philadelphia Eagles revamped their linebacker group this offseason, starting with the addition of Zach Brown in May and the signing of L.J. Fort on the second day of free agency. Brown and Fort are the new additions to the Eagles’ linebacker group and both have experience playing the middle, but Eagles’ linebackers coach Ken Flajole hinted at a familiar face at that position this year.

“We know what Nigel Bradham brings to our organization,” Flajole said (via Mike Kaye of NJ.com). “He’s been a very productive guy. He’s filled in for Jordan [Hicks] when Jordan was hurt in the previous two years, so we know Nigel can slip in there. I don’t know if that’s his most natural position but it may be the best thing for our football team. We’ll just have to see.”

Bradham skipped the voluntary portion of minicamp, so it will be interesting to see how the Eagles line up on Day One of mandatory minicamp. Based on experience in the Eagles defense, Bradham would be the front-runner to take over the middle linebacker job.

Bradham didn’t have an interception and a forced fumble last season, but finished with 87 tackles, two sacks, and four pass breakups. Bradham played 399 snaps at inside linebacker last season, 37.5 percent of the 1,064 total snaps he played. That could be the same percentage in 2019, especially with Fort and Brown specifying in different areas.

The Eagles could also turn to Fort to replace Hicks in coverage, as defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz indicated a few weeks back. In 12 games in his final season with the Eagles, Hicks had 91 tackles, three sacks, five pass deflections, a fumble recovery and six quarterback hits. Opposing quarterbacks had a 112.3 passer rating when targeting Hicks.

Fort’s numbers are slightly better in coverage. He allowed 21 catches for 197 yards last season as opposing quarterbacks had a 98.2 passer rating when targeting him. His coverage improved in the final three regular season games, being targeted just four times but allowing two catches.

Fort was also ranked 10th amongst linebackers against the run, finishing with a grade of 81.3. While Hicks improved against the run, his numbers were the same as Fort…but the Eagles were able to get a player that performed better than Hicks at a much cheaper rate.