According to Adam Caplan's Twitter feed, the Eagles have been bringing in new defensive ends for workouts this week. In the past few days, veteran Marcus Howard and undrafted free agent Terrance Carter have both visited Philadelphia for tryouts. The undersized Howard, 23, spent a year as a reserve for the Indianapolis Colts where he racked up 9 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. The 22 year old Carter was a two year starter at Colorado State, where he totaled 29 tackles, 4 sacks, and a forced fumble.
This begs the question: are the Eagles unsatisfied with their defensive end depth? Are they considering a roster change or are they merely looking to alter their practice squad? There are currently only three defensive players on the practice squad: CB Jack Ikegwuonu, S Reshard Langford, and LB Jeremy Leman - no defensive line depth there.
As for the active roster, Trent Cole, Victor Abiamiri, Juqua Parker, and Darren Howard should all be safe for the time being. That leaves newcomer and preseason hero Jason Babin, and second-year Eagle Chris Clemons. Much like Bryan Smith last year, the 29 year old Babin had a lights-out performance during the preseason, but hasn't produced so much as a tackle so far this year due to extremely limited playing time. Clemons, on the other hand, has seen the field via special teams and the occasional substitution, but drew three penalties over the first two weeks. Could Andy Reid be looking to replace his limited-production DE reserves with younger prospects? We might not get our answer soon as the Eagles have an entire week off to contemplate any possible roster changes.