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Puzzle Pieces Fitting In Secondary

With a lot of new faces in the defensive backfield, getting everybody on the same page has been a challenge, especially with this year's shortened offseason. It's a challenge, however, that the Eagles are up to. Newcomer Nnamdi Asomugha believes the defense is progressing nicely.

"Obviously we're going to keep getting better," said the four-time Pro Bowler. "We have two weeks to go, but everybody's pretty confident about where we are right now. We're looking pretty good. This third preseason game was the best we've had as a group as far as communication and good technique.

"We're ready to roll against St. Louis right now, but I'm glad we've got two weeks left to prepare."

Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo has used the nine-year veteran in a number of different ways. Asomugha has been utilized as a straight-up outside right cornerback, as a nickel corner inside and even as a deep safety. While learning those roles has been a challenge, it's one that Asomugha has enjoyed thus far.

"Tonight I got to play on the inside as well as the outside, against tight ends and receivers, back deep, and in at corner," he said. "Any time you're doing all of that, it might take a little time to get it all down. It's been fun, though, and once the season gets going there might be even more moving around."

Armed with three Pro Bowl corners, and a slew of talented guys behind them, the Eagles coaches will have to be creative in order to maximize their talent. Expect to see a lot of interesting arrangements in the defensive backfield once the regular season begins. Asomugha, Asante Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and the rest of the group are up to the challenge and are looking to make their mark as the best group of defensive backs in the league in 2011.

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