Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Eagles Who Must Step Up in 2012

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Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Eagles Who Must Step Up in 2012
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After a very splashy 2011 offseason, the Eagles decided to stay relatively quiet this time around, trading for former Pro Bowl player DeMeco Ryans, but signing no other big names to their roster. By doing this, the Eagles are showing faith that they believe they can build a Super Bowl team from the players that in place at this time.

Team chemistry is ultimately the most important factor to a team's success in the NFL, and the Eagles have followed the formula of most other successful franchises in this league, identifying their key starters and re-signing them to long-term deals to allow them to continue to develop together.

But for this strategy to work, not only must coaching be on point, but the players need to step up to make big plays on a consistent basis. Without notable free-agent replacement or competition, the Eagles are resting their postseason hopes on the improvement of many key players.

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