For the Philadelphia Eagles, 2007 Notre Dame defensive end standout Victor Abiamiri has been everything but a standout—he has actually become a huge let down for them, but it isn't because he is a bad player.
Abiamiri has endured multiple injuries since joining the Eagles and his latest one could prove costly.
His most recent injury is a left knee sprain that occurred after a hit he took in the Oakland Raiders matchup on Oct. 18, 2009 (the picture shows the hit). He under went microfracture surgery to correct his injury, but isn't expected to return to practice form until August.
There was a ton of confidence that this second round draft pick in 2007 would one day become a compliment to Eagles standout DE Trent Coles.
The Eagles front office and their fans had every reason to think he would flourish in Philly.
In his college days at Notre Dame, Victor started 30 times in 49 games. During that time span he recorded 128 tackles (84 solo), 40 of which were for a loss, and he also registered 20.5 sacks.
In addition, he was credited with 21 quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, and also got his arms up for two pass deflections.
In his senior year in 2006, Victor was an All-American honoree and All-Major Independent Defensive Player of the Year by the NFL Draft Report after recording 10.5 sacks. He was also named Notre Dame's Lineman of the Year in consecutive seasons (2005-06).
Unfortunately, it seems that none of those stats mean squat to the Philadelphia Eagles anymore.
In his time as an Eagle, Victor has played in 29 games, registered 54 tackles, four sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery—not the production expected from a second round draft choice.
With all the offseason acquisitions this franchise has made, specifically targeting the defensive end position, Victor is going to have an extremely difficult time finding a home in a crowded position.
Training camp is his last chance to prove his worth to the Eagles franchise, otherwise he will either become a practice squad member or will be unemployed.
He must also show the Eagles that there are no lingering affects of his knee injury. He can do that by displaying a powerful burst in his pass rushing and also planting his foot to shed blocks.
An absolutely amazing camp is needed from him if he wishes to remain a Philadelphia Eagle.
I really do hope he comes to camp completely healthy with a chip on his shoulder. I think Abiamiri is a rare breed of talent, size, and strength, but his durability is a weakness.
He could still be a force as a defensive tackle in nickel and dime formations—at the very least