Isaac Sopoaga Trade Represents Youth Movement On Philadelphia Eagles’ Defensive Line

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The Philadelphia Eagles made a minor trade on Tuesday right before the NFL‘s trade deadline shipping out Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth-round selection to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick.

It was a smart move for the Eagles. Sopoaga is on his last legs and wasn’t an overly-productive member of the Eagles’ defensive line. The Eagles will now go with youth along the defensive line with guys like Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, Bennie Logan and Clifton Geathers.

The bright side is most of these guys have played at a high level, especially Cox and Thornton. They have been two studs so far in Billy Davis‘ new 3-4 scheme. Thornton has been playing the run as well as any defensive lineman in football, and Cox is starting to really rush the passer from his end position.

Curry has been getting pressure and sacks the last few weeks, and Logan is a solid nose tackle prospect for the future. This was a no-brainer for the Eagles. To get the youth in, you have to move the experienced guys out.

That’s exactly what the Eagles did. The defensive line so far has been the strength of the defense. What they still need is a stud outside linebacker to get more consistent pressure, and an impact player in the secondary, whether it be a corner or safety.

This is a start, though. The Eagles are in the first phase of rebuilding the defense. The defensive line is a good place to start and the Eagles are set there for a number of years to come.


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