Philadelphia Eagles: Top Three Offensive Players to Reach 1000-Yd Mark
Heading into the season, the Eagles seemingly have an unlimited amount of offensive weapons surrounding starting QB Kevin Kolb.
He has WRs DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant in the slot.
Behind those players is a full stable of six foot plus kids looking to help the Eagle—specifically inside the 20 yard line.
Pat Simmonds (6'5", 229 lbs,) Riley Cooper (6'3", 222 lbs), Blue Cooper (6'2", 185 lbs), and Dodson Collins (6'2", 189 lbs), are all looking to prove worthy of a roster spot on the Eagles squad.
At running back, Kolb has second year man LeSean McCoy, ex Saints member Mike Bell and three quality players in Eldra Buckley, Martell Mallett (CFL) and 2010 sixth round pick Charles Scott all competing for the third roster spot.
There isn't a shortage of tight ends either!
At his disposal, Kolb has Eagles standout TE Brent Celek—who had a great 2009 season— and second year man Cornelius Ingram, who seems to have rebounded nicely and looked good in the teams mini camps.
He also has fourth round draft choice Clay Harbor, who has a chance to become a solid player, and second year man Martin Rucker.
The Eagles have plenty of highly talented players surrounding Kolb and Michael Vick. If the offensive line can get their act together—I'm not doubting Juan Castillo one bit—the Eagles could potentially see three of their players reach that 1000-yard mark.
But who are those three players out of the slew of talent on board?
WR Jeremy Maclin
With the expectation that the Eagles are going to a more traditional west coast style offense under QB Kevin Kolb, Maclin should be more of a focal point in 2010.
He is a prototypical wide receiver. With a perfect blend of size (6'0", 198 lbs), speed and body control, he is set to become a very feared receiving threat in the NFL.
Combine that with his ability to produce additional yards after the catch, and I anticipate a ton of great plays in the upcoming season.
My Anticipation : approx. 1,050 yards and 9 TDs
WR DeSean Jackson
Contrary to what many believe, DeSean Jackson is going to thrive with QB Kevin Kolb under center. One area that Kolb shows tremendous ability in is leading a receiver into open space.
It just so happens that other than his speed, that is exactly what makes DeSean so dangerous. Look at what happens anytime a defense allows just a single yard for Jackson to make a move—bam he's gone!
Twice in 2009, and in a limited role, Kolb's accuracy led to a 60-plus yards Jackson TD. Both times Jackson made the play happen after the catch—the receptions initially went for mid range gains (10-15 yards).
That was just a peek through a window of what I am anticipating for the 2010 season.
His TD number will drop with the emergence of Maclin but DeSean will still increase his numbers in terms of yardage!
My Anticipation: Ball park of 1,200 yards and 8 TDs
TE Brent Celek
Celek is coming off of what should have been his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2009. He was was a mere 29 yards from eclipsing the 1000 yard marker (971) and notched eight TDs.
29 yards—is it possible that if Brent made one more reception in 2009 he very well could have accomplished that task last season?
Instead, he'll come into the 2010 season more thirsty than ever before, ready to become a household name in the NFL.
Can the two players become one to form a Kolb of Celek? (you heard it here first).
My Anticipation : A dab under 1,100 yards and 9 TDs
Those three players could make up for 26 touchdowns for Kolb in 2010. But with Jason Avant, who I think will record at least five TDs, and all the receiving threats coming out of the backfield, is it possible for Kolb to tip the better side of 35 TDs in his first season as a starting QB?
Stranger things have happened in the NFL.
RB LeSean McCoy will come close to reaching 900 yards of total offense in 2010 and should have increasing number of TDs as the main man at the position.
It is completely feasible to believe that the Eagles will run many double back packages involving McCoy and new Eagle Mike Bell, who is expected to compliment McCoy to form a very capable running game.
Avant will continue doing his work in the slot position. While I don't see him coming close to a thousand yards, I see his numbers increasing as well.
2010 is going to be a roller coaster type season and a push for the playoffs. At this point is just that—a push.
But if all these game changing players are on one roster, I think they will be better than most are giving them credit for.
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