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Weaver Expects Tapp To Make 'Big Impact'

Darryl Tapp is the second former Seahawk in as many years who will now call Philadelphia his football home. Of course, former Seattle fullback Leonard Weaver made the most of his first season in Philadelphia last season, earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl and a new three-year contract.

Bloghead caught up with Weaver, who is back in Seattle on business this week, and he is excited about Philadelphia's newest addition.

"He's a Julius Peppers/Dwight Freeney mixture type of player," Weaver said. "I think that after going through the drought he's been through the past three years in Seattle with the losses that he's hungry and ready to come out and prove himself again."

In Seattle, the 6-foot-1, 270-pound Tapp showed flashes of what made him the team's second-round draft pick in 2006. He totaled 18 sacks in his four seasons out west.

Weaver believes Tapp can thrive in Philadelphia's defensive scheme, much like Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole.

"They're high-motor guys that can make a difference," Weaver said. "Tapp is a high-motor, physical player. He plays against the run very good. He's able to use his height as an advantage obviously, getting under the pads of big offensive tackles. One of his specialties is being able to get up the field and make sacks and create havoc in the backfield."

"The Eagles are going to use his full ability and allow him to play like a reckless man."

In offering his own scouting repport, Weaver said Tapp is a versatile player who could crack the starting rotation at defensive end, or be more of a pass rushing specialist that enters the game on third and obvious passing downs. Weaver said Tapp could "probably play a little linebacker depending on what kind of defensive set you go with it."

Weaver said he and Tapp spoke by phone Tuesday when the deal went down and are looking forward to being teammates once again.

"For the most part, he's going to do what Philly fans love, which is come to work every day and compete to the best of his ability," Weaver said. "I think he's going to make a big impact on this defense this upcoming year."

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 10:30 a.m., March 18

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