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Breaking down the Eagles' defensive line

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DE JASON BABIN - He insists he's not a one-trick pony, but even those who say he is have to acknowledge that Babin was a difference-maker last season with 18 sacks.

DE TRENT COLE - The most complete lineman on the team, Cole is a relentless fighter against the pass or run. Adding Babin opposite him helped.

DT BRANDON GRAHAM - AFter two seasons, the 13th pick in 2010 remains a mystery. He had three sacks in 13 games as a rookie but hardly played last season after knee surgery. This year is critical.

DT CULLEN JENKINS - HE tailed off after a fast start, but the pass-rushing tackle still can contribute, and his veteran presence is valuable in the locker room.

DT MIKE PATTERSON - HE doesn't quite fit the athletic Eagles mold, but Patterson still had a strong season at the heart of the line and expects to be back after offseason brain surgery.

DT ANTONIO DIXON - The Eagles' biggest lineman was a force in 2010, but his 2011 season was cut short by injury. He is the team's best run stuffer when healthy.

DT DEREK LANDRI - Landri got a shot when Dixon got hurt. He will give everything he has each snap and can make plays in a rotational role.

DE DARRYL TAPP - He is a solid rotational end who doesn't make the highlight reel but often finds himself in the right place at the right time.

DT CEDRIC THORNTON - The young tackle is a developmental prospect. The Eagles like his work ethic.

DE PHILLIP HUNT - A former CFL end, he showed flashes of promise in limited work last year. Can he be more in 2012?

DE MAURICE FOUNTAIN - The Camden native spent part of last season on the practice squad.

- Jonathan Tamari