Over the next few days leading up to the draft I will be looking at some players on the Philadelphia Eagles roster that have drastically improved their game during the course of their NFL careers or need to improve their games.
My first player in the spotlight is offensive lineman, Winston Justice.
Justice is a mammouth of a body at right tackle, 6'6"-320 pounds, and has become a very valuable piece to the Eagles offensive line puzzle.
After an outright horrific performance in 2008 against the New York Giants, a game where he alone allowed QB Donovan McNabb to get sacked six times, there wasn't a single person who followed the NFL that thought Justice would be on the Eagles roster, let alone become the starting right tackle—especially the very next season!
That is exactly what happened though, Winston came to training camp in 2009 ready to win himself a job. He had taken a completely different approach to his offseason heading into the 2009 season and when the preseason rolled around, Justice was ready!
After he had a phenomenal preseason, the Eagles decided to make him their right bookend on offense and signed him to a four-year extension, which will keep him in Philly through the 2013 season.
He really made some great strides last season. He played well enough and contributed toward giving the Eagles their most explosive offense, in terms of points scored, in the Andy Reid era.
Bird Drop :
In his spare time this giant enjoys surfing—yes you read correctly—surfing!
A hobby which he took up during the 2008 offseason, surfing might have more of a benefit than some may think. The sport of surfing requires extreme balance and if he can survive a crashing wave created by mother nature—he shouldn't have too much trouble with opposing defensive linemen!
A lot of NFL players use ballet to perfect their balance woes, but Justice took that part of his game to a whole new level. He bought himself a long board and took to the sea.
Will he continue his push towards dominance in 2010 or was 2009 a fluke—just a glimpse of what could be?