We've all heard the phrase a team throws around when they have three talented players at one position; it's generally known as the three-headed dragon or something along those lines.
How about when a team has a fleet of them—what do you call that?
A modern day pterodactyl.
It's actually ironic if you take a minute to think about it—how deep and talented the Eagles depth chart could finally be.
For over a decade, the Eagles were plagued by two things—injuries, which is to be expected in the NFL, and mediocrity at skill positions.
Now in 2010, the Eagles have offensive play-makers all over the field and McNabb gets traded—like I said, it's kind of ironic!
Moving on, lets take a look at the "Three-Headed Dragon" the Eagles have at their disposal for years to come.
I apologize about using the same picture but finding one with all three isn't as easy as you may think.
For the first time in a very long time, the Eagles have a true trio at the WR position who can strike fear into any opposing defensive coordinator.
I've been an Eagle fan for over 20 years and can't think of one unit that were as lethal as this one can be.
DeSean Jackson is just gold, he isn't your prototypical WR, but he makes you eat that thought if that is how you choose to defend him—in a matter of just one step.
Jeremy Maclin came into his rookie season displaying tremendous body control, speed, and power. I fully expect him to be more of a focal point now that he is a year removed from his rookie season.
Then we have the elder of the trio, Jason Avant, who is entering his fifth season.
Avant went basically unnoticed for his first few seasons and it seemed as if all of the sudden, the Eagles had a diamond they weren't even aware of.
He has quickly made a name for himself within the Eagles community as "Mr. Third Down" and rightfully so.
However from this point forward, I'll refer to him as "The Tax Payer" also.
"It's called taxing, you go over the middle, you're going to have to pay a tax. You can do business there, but you're going to get taxed—and that tax is getting hit. You get used to it"
That is a remark you can find on Avant's profile on the Eagles official website.
In his career, including playoffs, Avant has converted 32 of 37 third downs—which is just mind boggling if you remember some of the third downs he's converted.
The good thing, all three are young players, Jackson and Maclin are the youngest but Avant isn't to far ahead.
The bad thing, how does QB Kevin Kolb make all three happy?
The tight end position is a very bright spot for the Eagles entering the 2010 season.
At the least, they have a duo who will create matchup headaches all season long with 2009 standout Brent Celek and last seasons training camp surprise Cornelius Ingram.
The Eagles continue to add depth at the position in this years draft by bringing in Clay Harbor in the fourth round.
Every one of these players have one thing in common—they can catch the football. However they all have a common weakness also.
None of them are skilled at blocking, which is a big concern. For this offense to function properly, QB Kevin Kolb is going to need solid protection across the line.
Get that squared away, and the Eagles are in terrific shape at TE.
LeSean McCoy, Mike Bell, and I would include Charles Scott but I've seen unconfirmed reports the he has to have foot surgery and might miss the season—if that's even true.
If it is, then we could technically throw FB Leonard Weaver in the mix since he did serve as a half back at times in 2009.
Either way, it's another three headed monster the Eagles have at their disposal.
With that in mind, and figuring QB Michael Vick will be used for wildcat formations, I fully expect the Eagles will not have any more short-comings on third and short situations.
There are just to many options to fail in those scenarios in 2010. Other than lack of execution—there should be no excuses!
As I see it, there are two ways to tame the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.
First and foremost, the chemistry of the offensive line. If the Eagles O-line can't gel together to protect QB Kevin Kolb, fans could be in for a season of sore throats from yelling at the TV.
The second part is QB Kevin Kolb himself.
If he can remain poised in the pocket and feel comfortable with his protection—the Eagles should be unstoppable for the most part.
If Kolb suddenly losses his confidence with his surroundings, once again Eagle fans, I hope you have stock in throat antiseptic!
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