Thursday, July 17, 2008

Chris Clemons - Hoping for a Fuller-Douglas Clone

It has either been hit or miss when the Eagles go out and sign a defensive end. William Fuller and Hugh Douglas were both three-time Pro Bowlers with the Eagles.

More recently the Eagles have struck-out with the signings of Jevon Kearse and Darren Howard.

With all the hype surrounding the Asante Samuel signing, the addition of DE/LB Chris Clemons this off-season may have gotten overlooked.

Last year with the Raiders, Clemons had his break-out year and recorded eight sacks in a part-time role. The Eagles believe that Clemons is going to be a force opposite Trent Cole for many years to come. Clemons brings nice speed off of the edge and should form a nice end rotation with Parker and Abiamiri.

Clemons can play DE in a 4-3, drop back to LB in a 3-4, or play the role of a third-down pass rush specialist. Now we just have to hope he is more Fuller or Douglas, and less Kearse or Howard!

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