New Eagles DC Jim Schwartz identifies Connor Barwin will fit in well at defensive end in his 4-3 scheme, per Schwartz’s appearance on a podcast with Dave Spadaro (via Chris McPherson and Julie Bacanskas of PhiladelphiaEagles.com).
“I think he fits real well for what we’re going to do in the defensive end standpoint,” Schwartz said. “He’s done that in the past. I think that size-wise, effort-wise, skill set-wise, he fits well there.”
Barwin, who acknowledged his position switch will put him at left end this coming season in Philadelphia, has played outside linebacker each season since signing with the Eagles in 2013.
Here’s more on Barwin, as well as the latest from the rest of the Eastern divisions on the first offseason Saturday of 2016.
- Barwin also identified Brandon Graham as the player who will start opposite him at defensive end during an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic (per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com). “It’ll be me and Brandon Graham as defensive ends. Vinny [Curry] and Graham could move inside and play 3-technique from time to time,” Barwin said during the interview. “… I’m excited because in a 3-4, it’s a lot of movement. It’s a lot of disguise. There won’t be as many games anymore. I’m going to line up, pass rush and be able to work a guy over for an entire game.”
- Darrel Young‘s special teams prowess should induce Washington to re-sign him, CSNMidAtlantic.com’s Rich Tandler writes. Even though Young averaged only seven snaps per game last season, down from 13.4 in 2014, CSNMidAtlanci’s Tarik El-Bashir would be surprised if the soon-to-be-29-year-old fullback doesn’t discuss an extension in the near future. Said pact wouldn’t have to be for much more than the veteran minimum.
- If LeSean McCoy is eventually charged for aggravated assault in his alleged role in a brawl with off-duty police officers, the Bills running back runs the risk of missing the 2016 season, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes. McCoy could find himself in the same spot Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson did in 2014, with the latter two spending the bulk of their respective seasons on paid leave. Florio expects McCoy to be charged and writes that an unpaid suspension would void the running back’s 2016 guarantees, totaling $4.8MM after March 9, and would allow Buffalo to recoup some of its recent trade acquisition’s signing bonus. If McCoy lands on paid leave, that doesn’t affect his guaranteed money.
- Robert Griffin III could be a fit with the Bills, but as EJ Manuel‘s replacement instead of Tyrod Taylor‘s, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News writes. In this event, Griffin would come into a Greg Roman-designed scheme that successfully used a running quarterback in 2015 — and did so with Colin Kaepernick with the 49ers in 2012-13 — and one and would do so at a low price as a reclamation project, Carucci offers.