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Eagles | Spots open on both outside linebacker positions

Zach Berman, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports the Philadelphia Eagles will have open competitions for both of their outside linebacker positions heading into training camp this season. Second-year LB Matt McCoy is the favorite to start at the weak-side linebacker (WILL) spot but will receive competition from free-agent signee LB Shawn Barber. Barber is a former Eagles player and is familiar with their defensive scheme. The competition for the strong-side linebacker position includes incumbent starter LB Dhani Jones. Third-round draft pick LB Chris Gocong will try and unseat Jones for the SAM linebacker spot but must make the transition from being a college defensive end to a NFL outside linebacker. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, also, has not ruled out moving ILB Mark Simoneau or sixth-round draft pick ILB Omar Gaithers to the outside linebacker spot.

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