Even though Juqua Parker put up 8.5 sacks in 2009, the Philadelphia Eagles felt as though that was not enough of a complement to Trent Cole.
So what the Eagles did in the offseason was go out and get three new faces, two of whom are fresh to the league, and the other is an unknown gem.
First the Birds acquired defensive end Darryl Tapp from the Seattle Seahawks and my reaction was: OK, now there is a man who can create serious training camp competition.
I even penciled him in as the starter once I reviewed his career stats and watched some film on him.
Then the 2010 draft rolled through, and the Eagles did what many expected: move up to get a stud talent at one of the remaining positions of need.
Maybe a safety like Earl Thomas or one of the many available and talented linebackers—heck, a good cornerback was needed also right?
Not in the minds of the Eagles.
Instead they selected Michigan Pride Brandon Graham at No. 13, and then followed that up with Daniel Teo-Nesheim just two selections later.
It is obvious the Eagles know the best way to defend a wide receiver is to hit the quarterback—and they have surrounded themselves with top tier talent to do so.
With that said, Juqua Parker is not a starting defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.