There is another benefit to Sapp going on IR...time in the weight room. I questioned whether he had the functional strength to play DE prior to the draft. I saw nothing this summer that changed my mind. He must get stronger and also needs to get his burst back in order to challenge for a roster spot. Ideally, both will happen and he'll be a situational rusher and Joker for us in 2011.
To replace him the Eagles claimed DE Pannel Egboh off waivers. He was cut by the Texans. Egboh is a big dude. He played RDE at Stanford, but at 6'6, 280 is a natural fit at LDE. He is a limited pass rusher, but has potential as a run defender. He's just coming here to help us get through the Jets game, but it is interesting that the Eagles added a big DE rather than another pass rusher. We'll see what he does on Thursday night. I wasn't overly impressed with Egboh when I studied him for the 2009 draft. I want my DEs to get to the QB and that's not his specialty.