Kevin Curtis Needs To Be 100%

Viraj SinghCorrespondent IJune 24, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Wide receiver Kevin Curtis #80 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs after making a catch as he runs by safety Adrian Wilson #24 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC championship game on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

 Kevin Curtis did an interview with ABC 4 Station in Utah. He said that he's "100% this year" and that is a good thing for this offense. In the 2008 season Kevin Curtis had to have surgery after the second preseason and he was out until Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. You can see from his stats what a difference there is in his production when he is not injured. In 2007, he caught 77 passes for 1,110 yards and 6 touchdowns averaging 14.4 yards/reception. In the 2008 regular season he caught 33 passes for 390 yards and 2 touchdowns averaging only 11.8 yards/reception.

In 2007 he had a career game against the Detroit Lions (not saying much but still) catching 11 balls for 221 yards and 3 TDs. This year you could see the need for Kevin Curtis during his absence. DeSean Jackson was still learning the offense (although doing a very good job at it) and Jason Avant and Hank Baskett were throw out of their niche and out into much larger roles. This was clearly evident in the heart wrenching Redskins game. The Eagles had to start Desean Jackson and Reggie Brown, and their inexperience led to their defeat. Jackson dropped two balls that could have won the Eagles the game, and Reggie Brown cut about 2 yards too early in order to tie the game up on the last play. Kevin Curtis would have done a better job.

Here is how we know that Curtis' numbers are not just declining with his age, his postseason stats. In 3 games Curtis caught 12 passes for 211 yards averaging 17.6 yards/reception. I can't find his YAC (yards after carry) stats anywhere but I know that they were significantly higher than his regular season's. Kevin Curtis still has the ability to catch and run with the ball.

Kevin Curtis' experience is also a vital part of the Eagle's Wide Receiving Corps. He is now the oldest amongst the group at the age of 30, and can provide stability at a position the Eagles haven't had much stability at recently. He can bring along 1st Round Pick Maclin, Jackson, and even 6th Round Pick Brandon Gibson (if he makes the roster) so that the Wide Receiving Corps can mature quickly.

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