Start of the Week
LB Will Witherspoon, Eagles – Pick him up! The Eagles tried to replace Stewart Bradley with people already on their roster. When they didn’t pan out, Philadelphia turned to old stalwart Jeremiah Trotter. But with Trotter out of the league for too long, he has been burned repeatedly and is only good for limited support on running plays.
Witherspoon is already familiar with the Eagles’ defense and is capable of blitzing as well as tackling. Witherspoon is pretty much recovered from his back injury and will start immediately against the Redskins. You can stop wasting your time with Joe Mays or Omar Gaither (who himself is headed to IR) and plug Witherspoon into your starting lineup immediately...
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, Titans – This week’s news includes the opening of contract extension talks for Vanden Bosch. His disappointing production this season has already been discussed here. This adds another potential negative factor to the mix. Considering Vanden Bosch’s age and quickly declining value, his agent is almost certainly going to be asking for terms far beyond what the notoriously tight-fisted Titans will be willing to give.
Vanden Bosch doesn’t need any more distractions. My prediction is he will play out this season at about the current rate of weak production and next year will be on a team that does not need him to be any better than he is right now. Cut bait on Vanden Bosch if you haven’t already.