|Jenkins playing tackle, end gives Eagles flexibility. |
Darryl Tapp has had a solid, if unspectacular training camp for the Eagles.
The seven-year veteran also knows the defense inside-out. Tapp has shown the way for youngsters Brandon Graham, Phillip Hunt and Vinny Curry on and off the field.
On one occasion the ever-talkative Graham was engaged by reporters near the parking lot. When Tapp arrived, he cut the interview short, reminding the chattering Graham he was barely 15 minutes from a defensive line meeting across campus.
Unfortunately for Tapp, who had 2 1-2 sacks in a dozen games last season, the Eagles are fortified at the position. They've always toyed with getting bigger on the edges, having expanded the use of Cullen Jenkins (6-2, 305) on the outside. Tapp (6-1, 270) is cut from a different mold. At some point the Eagles might have to see what he's worth in a trade.
"That’s going to be one of the positions that is tough," Andy Reid said of the defensive line. "I tell
the players all the time to make it tough. Make it tough for [general
manager Howie Roseman) and me to make a decision. It’s a great problem to
have but that’s not sorted out yet. That’s not going to be an easy thing.”
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