Well it's that time of year again...sorta...if rookie minicamps and OTA's constitute the "start" of NFL preseason. For those die hard fans out there like myself, you found yourself looking for any and all NFL news related stories to get a good jump on the start Fantasy Football season (or just b/c you are looking for any way to pass the time while in your cube/personal workspace/box with no windows)
Finishing 8-8, the Eagles finished @ the bottom of the NFC East (still not too shabby considering one could make the case that the division is the toughest in the league) and didnt leave much for the fans to talk about. Once again, B-West carried the team, Reid justified his stance that he WRs are good enough with Curtis lodging 1000+ yards receiving and Donovan didn't look like D-Mac of young.
obviously, the o-line while dominant at times, is now 1 year old. runyan and tra (and yes, he changed it back to tra) thomas are in the last year of their deals and are eeking closer and closer to retirement. herremans and andrews should me mainstays in the middle...look for hte possibility of the big kid kicking out to tackle after next year. he played the position, where he protected Jags now converted white boy WR. @ backup you have some bodies that could be servicable. Jean-gillis should improve and winston justice needs to get in and play again. @ RB you have Westbrook and the newly acquired Lorenzo Booker...whom the eagles coveted since last year when he was taken in the 2nd by the 'fins. Parcells wants to assert his dominance with the #1 pick in Jake Long (and his terrible, terrible tattoo) and establish a power run game Miami and booker didn't fit the bill. bucky and hunt will compete, but look for the eagles to stay with youth. moats, who is surprisingly still on the team after being on IR last year, will be cut. You will see lots of packages with both Book and West as receiving threats out of the backfield. Chester's own dan klecko and fred davis will compete at FB.
We could see a lot out of our TEs this year. LJ was slapped, kris wilson is a is consistent and brent celek showed some flashes last year. reggie brown has never materialized past a 2, curtis has homerun ability but can't beat double teams...but this will hopefully change as desean jackson learns the offense. with his top end speed to go over the top, the true questions is whether or not he can stay healthy...(Kolb to Jackson for years to come?) he will have a lot to learn but will add value from the jump by returning punts.
the birds added one of the top prizes in F/A in Asante "Get Paid" Samuel to help increase their INT's which were the amongst the leagues lowest llast year. They have still and will use Lito during the season. No one made the eags a legitimate trade offer, so they will use him and sheldon to field a various different looks on defense. Mikell should not be starting and Dawkins is at the end. Hopefully the birds will begin to move Sheldon to safety/3rd cb more and more. Dawk is needs to be at SS and considine shouldnt be in the nfl. The LBs are a big ? with bradley moving to the middle, gaither to sam and gocong as the will. Jim Johnson likes this group and hopes he can protect them by keeping the dline fresh. @DT you have Patterson (who did not inhale), Broderick Bunkley who will be a probowler this year and rookie undersized speedster trevor laws....led the ncaa in tackles last year. exraider chris clemons and trent cole will start, with juqua (thomas) parker and abiamiri rotating in. The team thinks that they made some substanial additions to bolster the special teams with lb rocky boiman, te kris wilson and and lorenzo booker... whiched cost us quite a few games last year (so long, Reno...finally!) In terms of the draft, the eagles added DeSean Jackson, and should add some dynamics to the offense as he learns its nuances. Yes, he is under 6 foot, but his blazing speed and good hands should allow him to stretch the field and allow Donovan to get everyone involved in the offense. they also picked up carolina's #1 next year by passing on Pitt tackle Jeff Otah but looked on that sime line to take Mike McGlynn. Look for him to give Jackson a run at center. Safety Quentin Demps is a ballhawk, Wisconsin CB Jack Ike-u-gwana had first round potential before blowing out his knee so the eagles hopped on the high risk/reward with at 4th round pick. the Eagles will need to finish strong this year as their last month of football contains games with each one of their division foes. This is most likely Donovan's last year, whether the eagles win or lose. He has felt alienated as the Eagles continue to think that they have the talent to win now, but continue to invest in the future and not add legitimate "playmarkers" around him in the offseason. He will naturally go to the Bears as they passed again on taking a qb inthe draft and entrusting their team with....um....kyle orton from purdue and rex grossman, who furthers that notion that Florida cannot produce legitimate quarterbacks.) $5 to whomever can tell me the last player to go to college in Florida and be successful in the NFL. Kolb is another question mark but should have a strong cast around him by the time he takes over. He will have a lot to be considered amongst his division counterparts in eli, romo and up and coming jason campbell.