The debut of defensive end Darryl Tapp was lost in the shuffle amidst all the storylines from the post-draft mini-camp.
The Eagles drafted three defensive ends including Brandon Graham, whom the Eagles moved up 11 spots in the first round to acquire. The added youth along the defensive line didn't bother Tapp one bit.
"Competition breeds success," Tapp said. "The more guys you bring in can only help the team be better. We have a team with a foot to the pedal to try to keep getting better."
The 6-1, 270-pound Tapp was annexed from the Seattle Seahawks earlier in the off-season for another defensive end, Chris Clemons, and a fourth-round pick (coincidentally another defensive end, E.J. Wilson). The 25-year-old Tapp was promptly signed two days later to a new three-year contract.
A second-round pick of the Seahawks in 2006, Tapp played in all 62 career games (32 starts) and racked up 177 tackles, 18.0 sacks, two interceptions (one touchdowns), eight forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Tapp has experience playing on both sides, but was used primarily as the second-team right defensive end in the post-draft mini-camp. He is expected to compete with Juqua Parker for the starting left defensive end spot.
"I'm slowly picking up the defense. I'm starting to understand different concepts and things like that," Tapp said.
What's also helped is that the scheme isn't completely foreign to Tapp.
"I've been close to a lot of the concepts that they run here throughout the course of my career from high school to my four years here in the league," Tapp said. "It's just now getting down the terminology and what I'm supposed to do within the scheme."
One of the things that Tapp appreciates about his new surroundings is knowing that the defensive scheme will remain consistent. If Tapp remained in Seattle, he would have been playing under his third head coach in 2010.
"I know the scheme won't change," Tapp said. "It's going to be what it is. They've been successful for many years and I have a good group of teammates."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:45 a.m., May 6