Philadelphia Eagles' Weapons Are All Present and Accounted For
OK, lets take a look at what the Philadelphia Eagles' needs were for the upcoming season:
Replace or re-sign Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan, both of whom are Philly fan faves and have been bookend tackles for the Eagles for God knows how long. Well, the FO finally got this right by signing Shawn Andrews' older brother, Stacey, from the Bengals and acquiring Jason Peters from the cash-strapped Buffalo Bills for a 2009 draft pick. That's two Pro-Bowl-caliber tackles in one off-season!
Get a fullback. Who's going to replace "Buck?" Well, after months of speculation, the Eagles came to a deal with Leonard Weaver, the combo fullback out of Seattle. Hopefully he will give the Eagles some much-needed short-yardage help and an added dimension out of the backfield. The Eagles addressed the need for another HB by selecting LeSean "Shady" McCoy in the second round. This gives the Eagles a possible successor to Brian Westbrook, and if all goes as they plan, he may even spell Westbrook this season.
Probably the most contentious position on this list. The Eagles addressed this need by trading up with the Browns to select Jeremy Maclin out of the University of Missouri. The Eagles hope that he, Hank Baskett, Kevin Curtis, DeSean Jackson, and Brent Celek will open up things!
With the departure of L.J. Smith, the Eagles decided they believe in Brent Celek as a starter. However, they brought in Cornelius Ingram from the University of Florida. Ingram may be a draft-day steal. Had he not torn his ACL he could have been a first-round pick.
The FO tried to sign Brian Dawkins, but the Broncos gave him an INCREDIBLE deal to come to Denver. The Eagles opted to allow him to leave, hoping the young guys could step up and lead. Then they go out and sign Sean Jones, who can play in the "box," is a natural hitter, and is a deceptive ball hawk. They also signed Rashad Baker, who had a decent year with the Raiders. I believe the Eagles are going to give both the opportunity to compete with Demps for the starting job on the No. 3 defense in the NFL. The FO once again set itself up pretty nicely on the corner by trading Lito Sheppard to the Jets and bringing in Ellis Hobbs from New England.
So, what does all this mean?
That the Eagles have taken care of all their glaring needs.
They not only have made their team better, they have made the franchise younger for Donovan McNabb! They have given the offense a much-needed jolt (see Maclin) and the defense an infusion of talent and energy (see Jones and Hobbs).
I see the Eagles winning a minimum of 12 games this season, barring a major injury. The flexibility of the offense and the defense's attacking style will contribute to some very lopsided games.
The Eagles play in the NFC East and these games are civil wars. But they have a realistic chance of winning a high number of games this season.
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