Today's game between the Eagles and the Giants features a number of outstanding defensive ends. The Eagles have Pro Bowl end Trent Cole, double-digit sack-man Darren Howard among their bevy of pass rushers. The Giants have Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, two of the best in the game.
One who will get playing time Sunday, but won't come up in the discussion of elite defensive ends, is Jason Babin. The former first-round pick saw his most extensive action as an Eagle last Monday night in the win over Washington. Babin registered three tackles and his first sack of the season. It was only the second game that Babin was active for in 2009. Babin should get another opportunity with starting left end Victor Abiamiri out with a knee injury.
"How do I build off that? Just keep doing it," Babin said earlier this week.
The Eagles preach that their ends are versatile and can move inside on passing downs to get as many pass rushers on the field at once. On Monday night, Babin played inside for the first time in his career. Babin isn't a stranger to changing positions. A defensive end at Western Michigan, he was converted to an outside linebacker when drafted by the Texans in 2004.
Still, the move inside made Babin appreciate playing on the outside that much more.
"I don't nervous about too much, but I had never practiced it, never played it in a game," said the 267-pound Babin. "Those guys are big in there. The thing inside is you get a guy on your left, a guy on your right and a guy in front of you. You have to really know where everybody is coming from or you're going to get whooped on."
Babin has spent the past four seasons searching for a home, a place to make the most of his talents. He believes it can be here in Philadelphia. Sunday provides a grand stage against a worthy foe and another opportunity.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 9:45 a.m., November 1