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2016 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-27-2016 by Shawn Childs
The Eagles had the worst rushing defense in the NFL in 2015. They allowed 2153 yards with rushers gaining 4.5 yards per carry, but Philadelphia only allowed 10 rushing TDs. Their downside was tied to 15 runs or 20 yards or more and five runs of 40 yards or longer.
Their pass defense finished 28th in passing yards allowed (4273) with 36 TDs and 15 Ints. Their defensive line delivered only 37 sacks.
DE Brandon Graham had a career-high 6.5 sacks with league average starting success against the run. DT Fletcher Cox ended up being the Eagles best defensive linemen in 2015 with strength against the run and success in the pass rush (9.5 sacks). DE Vinny Curry looks to be a rotational player with no value as a run defender. He flashed upside in 2014 in sacks (9) while regressing to 3.5 last year. Philly needs Connor Barwin to regain some of his upside. Barwin was a huge liability against the run in 2015 with some success rushing the QB (seven sacks). Connor was much more impressive in 2014 (14.5 sacks). DT Bennie Logan should hold his own as run stopper while heading to the bench on passing downs.
LB Jordan Hicks faded badly in run support while offering upside in both pass coverage and the pass rush in his rookie season after being drafted in the third round. LB Nigel Bradham played well for the Bills in 2014, but an ankle injury cost him five games in 2015 leading to risk in all areas. LB Mychal Kendricks had three sacks with value against the run.
S Malcolm Jenkins was one of the best players at his position in 2915 with strength in run support and pass coverage. S Rodney McLeod offered an edge as well while ranking in the top 10 at his position. All three of their top options at cornerback have risk in some way. CB Nolan Carroll should be their best cover corner, but he still ranks as a weak option.
This defense has some talent on their defensive line, and their safeties should play well. The Eagles will have risk defending the pass due to below par talent at CB, and they can't stop the run without improvement in their core of linebackers. It's tough to believe this defense will offer any value in the Fantasy market.
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