Allen, who led the NFL with 15.5 sacks last season in Kansas City, will command plenty of attention from opposing offenses. Those offenses also will have to be aware of Pro Bowl tackles Pat and Kevin Williams.
All of this means Edwards could stand to be the forgotten man as he moves to left end. That would be OK with him. Edwards knows he should have an opportunity to have a big year and expects to produce significant sack numbers.
How big? The third-year end has voiced his desire to break the NFL single-season sack record of 22.5 set by the Giants' Michael Strahan in 2001.
That seems like a big-time long shot, but you have to give Edwards credit for setting his goals high.
"It's definitely just my personal belief," said Edwards, who tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks last season despite missing the final four games after violating the NFL's steroid policy. "Definitely just going out there and working as hard as I worked this off-season and studying film on that guy and studying film on all the great defensive ends. I think I learned a lot to sustain myself and go after the record."
Edwards has studied film of several players, including Simeon Rice, Jason Taylor, Dwight Freeney and even Allen. "We've got him here so I can learn from him in person," Edwards said.
He also would like to get a look at former Eagles and Packers great Reggie White in action, but that has proven to be difficult. "I tried to get Reggie White film but can't nobody find me none," Edwards said. "But I've been studying all the guys who study him."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's ridiculous. I look at film of what I did last year. I go around telling the guys all the time, ‘I was that terrible?' It's ridiculous the things you learn from your first year to your second year. They say that's the time where you make your biggest jump. We'll see what happens." — Defensive end Brian Robison, who evidently didn't feel he played very well during a rookie season in which he had 4.5 sacks.