With minicamps soon turning into training camp, it's time to start thinking football. The Philadelphia Eagles are a revamped bunch, to say the least.
With an offseason that saw the loss of Brian Dawkins, an upgrade of the offensive line, and McNabb receiving his much desired offensive weapons via the draft, there is a lot to get excited about in the city of Philadelphia this year.
Here is my list of the top 10 players key to the Eagles' success for the upcoming 2009-2010 season.
David Akers, or any kicker at that, is key to a teams' success. He posted an 82.5 percent field goal conversion rate last year.
If David Akers shows up this season, the Eagles are going to win some close games—hopefully propelling the team into the playoffs and the Super Bowl.
Yeah, I know, he's a rookie. This guy has the intangibles to make it as a "go-to" guy in this offense. If we can utilize the TE position, much like we did when L.J. Smith was used (when he caught the ball), expect the newly added weapons to the offense to open up touches for this impressive young man.
DeSean Jackson is going to play such an intricate role in this season's offense. Jackson finished last season with 912 yards and two TD.
The only problem I have with DeSean, and it's not really his fault, is that he can't teach Maclin. Basically, this is a young WR core that is all learning at the same pace...this can be bad or good, we'll just have to wait and see.
With another weapon in Maclin and a hopefully healthy Westbrook, I hope to see DeSean almost triple his TD numbers and trump the 1,000-yard mark.
Darren Howard is coming off a great season where he racked up 10 sacks. If he can have a similar season, with the monsters we have and Jim Johnson running the defense, this could be scary for opposing quarterbacks.
I don't care how much offense the Eagles have, we all know they are only as good as their defense and the pressure they can get on the QB position. Trent Cole had 98 tackles and nine sacks last year.
Him and the before mentioned, Darren Howard, need to reek havoc for the Eagles to have success.
One of the biggest acquisitions this off season was Stacy Andrews. Couple him with his brother Shawn, and on paper, along with the rest of the guys on the O-line, McNabb should have a lot of time in the pocket.
With 151 tackles and one sack last year, Stewart Bradley turned some heads. He has what it takes to succeed in Philadelphia and with the recent loss of Brian Dawkins, fans will look his way to rally the troops—although no one does it like B-Dawk. He is the biggest key on defense.
I look for him to improve on his decision making and have an even better season this year.
Coming of a season with 14 TD and 936 rushing yards, the stats are not a testament to what he is worth to the Eagles. He can run, catch the ball out of the backfield, turn a screen pass for a big gain, and his biggest contribution...averting defenses.
Another contribution will be his ability to teach LeSean McCoy the ins and outs of the Eagles' offense. I see McCoy making this list in the next two seasons.
Brian Westbrook is, arguably, the heart of the Philadelphia offense, when he succeeds, the Eagles win...simple as that.
I know I am going to be crucified for putting Samuel at the No. 2 spot, but I don't care. With the loss of Brian Dawkins in the secondary, he needs to step up BIG TIME for the Eagles to have success.
His 40 tackles and four interceptions from last season are not good enough for me. We brought him here to have a lock down CB—something he has yet to be.
Is there any surprise he's at No. 1? A football team cannot succeed without a QB and Donovan is one of the best.
With his newly added weapons on offense, an O-line any quarterback would die for (arguably), and a revamped smile, McNabb is the biggest key to the Eagles' success and hopefully he can bring a Lombardi Trophy to the city of Philadelphia this year.
Thanks for the read!
Let me know anyone you'd add or likewise erase.