Michael Vick and 5 Eagles Who Will Have Incredible Seasons in 2012
Philadelphia is loaded with playmakers and raw talent, which makes it impossible to ever count them out.
After a disappointing 2011 season, the Eagles will return faster, better and stronger in 2012. Fans got a glimpse of the championship-caliber team at the end of last season, but that momentum will come back full force in the fall.
Which Eagles will have incredible seasons in 2012?
Philadelphia's success goes hand in hand with Michael Vick's success, which is why the veteran quarterback will have an incredible season in 2012.
Vick has the raw talent and offensive weapons he needs to lead the team to victory next season. As long as he stays healthy, his ability on the football field is unmatched in the NFL. Vick, like many quarterbacks, is easily the most important person on the team.
He will benefit from having so many options surrounding him. Between LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles have put together one of the best offenses in the league. Also, Vick is quick on his feet and able to make rushing plays.
In 2012, expect Vick to take better care of his body and the football. Even though his turnovers and injuries were a major problem in 2011, they should be taken care of in 2012.
LeSean McCoy will have an amazing 2012 season, possibly the best of all the Eagles.
McCoy led the league with 20 touchdowns in 2011 while earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. He also led the NFL with 103 first downs and finished fourth in rushing with 1,309 yards. In addition, McCoy only had one fumble on 321 touches.
The Eagles are the team to watch in the NFL, and McCoy is the player to watch on the Eagles. Michael Vick's No. 1 option became an elite running back in 2011. The three-year veteran already has two 1,000-yard seasons, and we can expect to see another one in 2012.
In fact, if McCoy puts up the same numbers in 2012 that he did in 2011, it would still be considered an incredible season.
The Philadelphia front office knows how valuable offensive machine McCoy is to the success of the team. That's why they recently locked down the running back with a five-year contract extension reportedly worth $45 million, with $20.765 million guaranteed.
DeSean Jackson will bounce back in 2012 because he finally got his big paycheck. In 2011, the wide receiver was too concerned with signing a new contract, so he didn't play at his highest level.
Shortly after Jackson inked five-year contract worth $51 million in March, he guaranteed a Super Bowl for Philadelphia. That statement tells us that Jackson is not only ready to play, but ready to win.
Jackson's stats significantly dropped in 2011. He only had 16.6 receiving yards per reception and had a total of 41 yards rushing. However, something clicked near the end of the season because his final four games were decent. Jackson registered 15 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
The momentum he built with the team at the end of 2011 will follow him into 2012. After posting less than average numbers last season, Jackson is determined to prove to his team that keeping him around was a good idea. We can expect to see the 2010 DeSean Jackson, the one who had a dynamic performance in almost every game.
The Eagles acquired middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans back in March, and teammates are already saying he's the leader they never had. Ryans is a top 4-3 linebacker who makes everyone else better too. He will flourish in Philadelphia.
Ryans has the fundamental assets the Eagles have been looking for. He is excellent in pass converge, making sure he doesn't get beat by the running game. He knows how to make consistent tackles, something the Eagles struggled with in 2011.
Ryans' physicality and athleticism will immediately make the Eagles a better team.
Philadelphia's defense will be one of the best in the league in 2012, and a good portion of that success will be credited to Ryans.
One of the most impressive prospects in the 2012 draft class, Fletcher Cox was selected by Philadelphia in the first round. The defensive tackle possesses the versatility, strength and athleticism to make an instant impact in the Eagles lineup.
Cox will become an elite tackle under defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Cox has the perfect combination of speed and power, which is perfect for penetrating the line.
Although Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins will probably be the starters this year, Cox will surprise people with his play coming off the bench. It is likely he will see his playing time split evenly with the starters by mid-season.
We can expect Cox to have an incredible rookie campaign, with an immediate positive impact on the defensive line. He has the potential to rack up major sacks in 2012. His explosiveness and athleticism will make him a key player for the Eagles.