Category Archives: Trent Cole

Defensive Line Shines in Season Debut

All of the talk this offseason has been about the Eagles improved secondary, and the embarrassment of riches they have at the cornerback position. But if the defensive line can play like they did last night on a consistent basis, it may not matter who is lining up at cornerback for the Eagles.

The Eagles defensive line looked absolutely dominant against the Baltimore Ravens in the first preseason game of the season last night, 13-6 win for the Eagles. Right from the start, it was clear that the upgrade from Rory Seagrest to Jim Washburn might prove to be the best addition the team made.

On the Ravens first possession, the Eagles front four were in the Ravens back field on every play. After letting up a big play on a blown assignment in the secondary, the Eagles defensive line pushed the offense back behind big plays from Trent Cole and Jason Babin. On one play, Babin beat his man and got to Flacco, forcing him to Coles side- who finished the play off with a sack.

While the sack went down as Coles, the Pro-Bowl defensive end said it really belongs to the whole team.

“It was a lot of effort put in by a lot of guys on the d-line. There was a lot of guys that got back there with me.  A lot of guys pressured that guy to move like that,” said Cole. “That’s what we want, a lot of pressure back there. Whoever makes the play, makes the play. It’s a team effort. The d-line did a great job of getting pressure on the quarterback, getting him to take off up the field. The secondary did a heck of job covering, linebackers as well too. We couldn’t get that sack without a team effort.”

The Eagles got more pressure from the edges last night then it seems like they did all last season, as even the second team was able to get after the quarterback. Darryl Tapp, sporting #55, looked as fast as a linebacker out their, and finished the night with 2 sacks.

In the third quarter, Jarrad Page was the beneficiary of more pressure from the defensive line. Keenan Clayton rushed past the Ravens offensive line like they weren’t even their, causing Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor to throw the ball right into Page’s lap in the corner of the end zone.

The Eagles still have a long way to go until the regular season, but it is clear that top to bottom, this line is significantly better then the line last season.

Asomugha, Cole miss practice with injuries

Despite the rain in Lehigh this morning leaving the field wet and slippery for the start of practice, the Eagles still took the field in front of their fans this morning for their usual 8am practice.

Two players who did not practice were Nnamdi Asomugha and Trent Cole, who both missed the morning session with injuries. Asomugha did not practice due to upper leg inflammation. Cole did not price because of an elbow injury. Head Coach Andy Reid said that the team did not consider either to be serious, and that Cole could be back at practice tomorrow. Asomugha could take a day or two, said Reid.

Nnamdi Asomugha

Nate Allen, the teams starting safety, also did not practice. Allen being held from practice was more precautionary then anything else, said Coach Reid. It’s safe to say that the wet surface had something to do with Allen not being out their, as multiple Eagles slipped early on due to last nights rain.

To finish off the injury news on the day, Reid said that Jeremy Maclin is still undergoing tests and had no timetable for his return. It is looking more and more like their is a chance Maclin may begin the season in street clothes or on the PUP. Their was also no update on Mike Patterson, who according to reports is looking for other medical opinions on whether he has AVM or not.