With every member of the Philadelphia Eagles participating in the teams OTAs (except seventh-round pick safety Kurt Coleman, who is not allowed to participate because Ohio State has yet to hold graduating ceremonies) I've decided to delve into what I think are very real but extremely bold predictions for the upcoming season.
With the amount of roster and position battles about to occur in Training Camp and the quality depth the Eagles finally have at basically every position, making a list of predictions is tougher than it seems, but here goes nothing.
Macho Harris Will Start at CB Opposite Asante Samuel
Not only will Harris be the starter on opening day but he will find a home within the Eagles franchise!
I will go a little further into this prediction and call a sub-prediction: Macho Harris will have five or more INTs in the 2010 season.
The Eagles have a truly gifted playmaker in Macho Harris, who is now listed around 200 lbs, and they have an opportunity to truly make him feel right at home placing him back at his natural position of CB.
He was the Eagles' starting FS in 2009, which is arguably the hardest position on D to learn, and he held his ground as a rookie under a rookie defensive coordinator.
He has plenty of competition headed his way, the most notable on the list of players is former New England Patriots DB Ellis Hobbs.
Hobbs is also a playmaker, a veteran one at that in the NFL, but I think with Dick Jauron leading the DBs and Harris being a little bulkier and still keeping his speed Macho will be the man to beat for a starting CB title.
Hobbs is the one expected to win the position battle in Training Camp and is penciled in as the starter as of right now, but Harris is going to show the Eagles why he should be the man.
TE Brent Celek Will Make the Pro Bowl:
Celek was widely overlooked by voters of the 2009 Pro Bowl, mainly because he wasn't yet a household name, but he will look to change that in 2010.
He was just 29 yards from recording his first ever 1,000 yard receiving season (971 yards), and he did get attention for potentially making the trip to Hawaii, but Celek's production dropped off just a little toward the end of last year, just enough to drop his name from the list of candidates.
Not in 2010!
Celek is going to be one of Kolb's primary targets and if all goes well they should make each other look like unstoppable forces.
RB Charles Scott Will Become the No. 2 Back by Week Six
Even though the Eagles acquired RB Mike Bell from the New Orleans Saints, Scott will be the man backing up starter LeSean McCoy around midseason.
Scott is an explosive powerhouse, a work horse in the backfield. Even though this man stands at 5'11", 238 lbs, don't think for a second he can't run.
During his tenure at LSU Scott played in 43 games, recorded 32 rushing TDs, posted eight 100-yard rushing games, seven of which came in a single season (2008).
He will first open some eyes in Training Camp to earn the third RB roster spot and will see some snaps on short yardage situations; if he can turn those into big gains expect a quick promotion for Scott.
DB Nate Allen Will End the Revolving Door at FS:
The Eagles drafted safety Nate Allen out of South Florida in the second round of this year's draft and he will start for the Eagles at FS in 2010.
As I mentioned earlier, Macho Harris, who was a CB in college, started at FS in 2009 and played well without having the DB coach they now have in Dick Jauron. With a true safety manning the position and a proven coach to teach him the ropes, Allen should become very good player real quick.
He must bury his face in the Eagles' defensive bible of a playbook so he can go out and play instinctive football rather than thinking of where he should be on the field.
I anticipate Allen is another player who will grasp the playbook quickly and come out by midseason with a very good understanding of how Sean McDermott and the Eagles work.
He is working extremely hard in these mini camps and is soaking in everything thrown his direction like a sponge!
Eagles Will Post Two Games Where Multiple WRs Account for 100-Plus Yard Receiving Games Each:
Mainly DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will post 100 yards receiving each in two games (minimum) during the 2010 season.
This does not count out a tight end, because let's face it—TEs are just bigger WRs who are slower but better blockers.
The way I see this happening is early in a game someone reels in a big catch for a huge gain. With speed burners Jackson and Maclin complimenting each other and all the other threats on the field it is very easy to see how that can happen.
Ok here's a sixth:
QB Kevin Kolb Will Post over 3,000 Passing Yards and Exceed 30 TDs:
If that prediction doesn't show complete confidence in this young man's abilities then I don't know what will.
Kolb has a serious demeanor to him and will not accept shortcomings. He is vocal on the field as a leader and the Eagles offensive members all have a tremendous amount of respect for him.
He is entering his fourth year of his rookie contract, recently received a one-year extension worth about $12 million and is looking to start off his NFL career as a starter with a bang—for the Eagles' buck!
With the amount of playmakers Kolb has surrounding him everywhere on the field, this prediction is for Kolb's taking and I expect he will.
33 TDs for approx. 3,700 yards