Tuck and second-year pro Jason Pierre-Paul are outstanding ends and the inside of the line should not miss a beat despite losing tackle Barry Cofield to Washington. Chris Canty is back, and along with second-year pro Linval Joseph should be stout in the middle. But second-round pick Marvin Austin tore a chest muscle and will miss the season; he sat out all of 2010 at North Carolina, too.
Losing starting CB Terrell Thomas to a torn-up knee is a big blow. That is compounded by top draft pick Prince Amukamara being out for the start of the season with a broken foot. Remaining in the secondary are cornerbacks Corey Webster and Aaron Ross, and safeties Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips and Deon Grant.
The linebackers are adequate.
Special teams have been a problem the past two seasons. Matt Dodge, who failed to punt the ball out of bounds on DeSean Jackson's game-winning punt return on the final play of the Eagles game in the December meltdown, is battling veteran Steve Weatherford for the punting job. Lawrence Tynes has been solid as the kicker.
"This team has the talent to do everything that we want to do," Canty said. "It's just a matter of coming together as a team. We can't do it as individuals. That's not how we do this around here."
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