Philadelphia Eagles: Kevin Kolb Will Need to Make Plays on the Run

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 13:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 13, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Although everyone wants to see Kevin Kolb sit back in the pocket and pick defenses apart all day, his ability to make plays outside the pocket have been a pleasant surprise so far this preseason.

The Eagles offensive line is in a bit of disarray, and the player that feels the direct impact of that is Kevin Kolb. We all know he throws an accurate ball and can hit open receivers all day when given the time. However, what happens when he isn’t given the time? There has to be another plan.

With the line the way it is right now, I was hoping that Kolb wouldn’t get killed every time he dropped back to throw in the preseason. To my delight, Kolb has shown a keen sense for knowing when to escape the pocket, throwing on the run, and tucking the ball down to pick up yardage when necessary.

Todd Herremans is set to return to the starting lineup in Friday’s preseason game with the Chiefs. There is also a possibility of Jamaal Jackson being ready for opening day, so things are looking up for the Eagles line. However, I’m not completely sold on it all.

As much as I would love to see the projected starting offensive line be healthy for every single game, there is no guarantee that it will happen. So, Kolb needs to be ready to handle some adversity. He prefers to throw from a well protected pocket, but he has to accept the fact that it may not always be there for him.

I’m not asking Kolb to show talent with his feet like Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick. He can’t run like they can in the open field and isn’t expected to. However, Kolb will still need to make plays with his feet—throwing on the run and tucking the ball down when the field opens up.

Kolb’s mobility so far this year has definitely impressed me, and I hope he continues to improve in his playmaking ability outside of the pocket.