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A look at the new vets in the NFC East

We know newcomers Demetress Bell, an offensive tackle, and middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans are the only veteran newcomers expected to start for the Eagles. But what veterans are new to the Eagles' NFC East rivals? The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants picked up defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who started four games for New Orleans in 2011, but he's not currently expected to start. Not too many holes for the Giants to fill. Dallas added a pair of free agent guards in Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau. Livings started 47 games in six seasons in Cincinnati and Bernadeau was signed to be a starter, after four seasons in Carolina, but he had hip surgery in May. His status is more uncertain. The Cowboys shook up their defensive backfield, too, adding two free agents in four-year starter Brandon Carr from Kansas City, and Brodney Pool, a safety who has played for Cleveland and the New York Jets. But Dallas is switching Carr from right corner to the left to accommodate prized rookie Morris Claiborne. Finally, Washington reconfigured its secondary as well, adding two-time Pro Bowler Brandon Meriweather from Chicago and Tanard Jackson from Tampa Bay. Unfortunately for Michael Vick and friends, the Eagles won't get to test out either team's new secondary until later in the season. The Birds play Dallas in Weeks 10 and 13, and the Redskins in Weeks 11 and 16, so any potential issues should be worked out by then.

A look at the new vets in the NFC East

Eagles´ Demetress Bell (left) blocks Akeem Jordan during afternoon. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Eagles' Demetress Bell (left) blocks Akeem Jordan during afternoon. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

We know newcomers Demetress Bell, an offensive tackle, and middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans are the only veteran newcomers expected to start for the Eagles. But what veterans are new to the Eagles' NFC East rivals?

The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants picked up defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who started four games for New Orleans in 2011, but he's not currently expected to start. Not too many holes for the Giants to fill.

Dallas added a pair of free agent guards in Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau. Livings started 47 games in six seasons in Cincinnati and Bernadeau was signed to be a starter, after four seasons in Carolina, but he had hip surgery in May. His status is more uncertain.

The Cowboys shook up their defensive backfield, too, adding two free agents in four-year starter Brandon Carr from Kansas City, and Brodney Pool, a safety who has played for Cleveland and the New York Jets. But Dallas is switching Carr from right corner to the left to accommodate prized rookie Morris Claiborne.

Finally, Washington reconfigured its secondary as well, adding two-time Pro Bowler Brandon Meriweather from Chicago and Tanard Jackson from Tampa Bay.

Unfortunately for Michael Vick and friends, the Eagles won't get to test out either team's new secondary until later in the season. The Birds play Dallas in Weeks 10 and 13, and the Redskins in Weeks 11 and 16, so any potential issues should be worked out by then. 

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