Daily Dose: Kolb Ready, Giants' Wide Outs, Texans' Running Backs

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Daily Dose: Kolb Ready, Giants' Wide Outs, Texans' Running Backs
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Kolb Ready

Adam Caplan of FoxSports NFL-training-camp-chat-with-Adam-Caplan" target="_blank">believes Kevin Kolb is ready  for the starting job.

Caplan said, “I think the Eagle fans will be surprised at how much of a command he has on everything. I know privately the coaching staff has felt he could have started all season last year and done well.”

Analysis

I could not agree more.

Kolb is a much better fit in the Eagles’ offense than the erratic and inaccurate Donovan McNabb ever was, and I expect him to be very good this season.

I definitely do not think Kolb will put up 300+ yards every game this year like he did in his two starts last season, but 4400 yards and 25+ touchdowns is not out of the question.

Kolb is currently the ninth quarterback off the board, and that is probably about where he finishes this season.

Manningham and Nicks to Battle

Ohm Youngmisuk believes Hakeem Nicks will push Mario Manningham  for the starting spot opposite Steve Smith this season.

Youngmisuk said Nicks “is determined to start,” and has to beat out Manningham to do that. 

Analysis

I thought, and still think, Hakeem Nicks was the best wide out in the draft last season. 

He is big, fast, and has great hands.

Even though Manningham is a good wide receiver, Nicks has a chance to be a great one and should overtake Manningham at some point this season.

Nicks is getting a lot of love in drafts this year, but Nicks has all the talent to validate his top 20 wide out ADP.

I love him this season. 

Foster and Slaton Topping Depth Chart

Stephanie Stradley of NFLFanhouse believes Arian Foster and Steve Slaton  will likely start the season atop the Texans depth chart.

Stradley believes rookie Ben Tate will begin to get more work throughout the season as he picks up more of the offense and learns how to protect the quarterback in the NFL.

Analysis

I could agree with this if I did not believe that Steve Slaton’s career is pretty much over (look at the picture Stradley linked to of Slaton’s surgically repaired neck).

There is a real possibility Slaton suffers some kind of setback this preseason and is forced to miss at least the beginning of the year.

Tate seems to be picking up the offense very well , and he should not have a big problem learning the Texans’ protection packages. 

I expect Foster to be the starter week one, but Tate will play a big role in the offense all season long.

As for Slaton, I would not touch him in anything but the deepest of leagues.

Contact Raymond at @RMSummerlin  on Twitter.

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