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9. Jordan Hicks will quickly become a really solid NFL linebacker—and maybe more. His football IQ is very high. In his first NFL start last year, the third-rounder played every snap—base, nickel and dime. He also handled a lot of the signal-calling. Hicks has a natural sense for angles and play designs. He’s not a raging athlete, but he moves well enough. (In fact, when in two-high safety coverages, the previous coaching staff was comfortable having him defend tight ends man-to-man.)
As much as the additions of Brooks, Isaac Seumalo and Stefen Wisniewski raised expectations for the Eagles’ offensive line this season, news of Lane Johnson’s impending suspension brought them down just as much. But since Johnson has been relegated to the second-team unit, Allen Barbre has played well at right tackle, while Seumalo took a big step forward from Week 1 to Week 2 and Wisniewski impressed in Week 3.
"I thought Wis coming in played really well for us," Bradford said. "Allen, he’s doing great. It’s not easy to play the whole offseason [and] whole training camp at guard, and then find out, ‘Hey, you’re moving to tackle.’ But he played great Saturday night."
They were roommates as rookies and have been linked ever since - even sharing the unknown of converting to a new scheme this summer.
Two years after Allen and Hart came to Philadelphia, Kelly and Azzinaro are in San Francisco and the Eagles changed to a 4-3, attacking defense. Yet after the team released Mike Martin on Sunday, Allen and Hart became the top candidates to be backup defensive tackles behind Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan. It's happening because Allen and Hart spent the summer proving they're more than scheme-specific players.
Other than a likely 10-game suspension upcoming for Lane Johnson, the Eagles will be relatively unscathed heading into the first game of the regular season. Their opponents, on the other hand, will be missing a number of key pieces. Here's a list of players the Eagles are likely to miss in 2016 through the first eight weeks of the season:
Rarely does the spotlight shine on offensive linemen, but Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce will get a little camera time on his brother Travis' new reality show, "Catching Kelce" on E!
Travis, a top-flight tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, has drawn the tough assignment of dating one girl from each of the 50 states in his quest for "love." Jason is there to offer some brotherly advice along the way, he recently told the Daily News.
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