Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy and 5 Bright Spots in 2011

Alexander OnushcoContributor IIIDecember 2, 2011

Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy and 5 Bright Spots in 2011

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    Following a Week 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it is finally safe to say that the Philadelphia Eagles will not be playing any football come January.

    There is no sense in denying that the Eagles have become the laughingstock of the NFL, and anyone witty enough to make a pun on the "Dream Team" title has done so.

    That being said, this season was not without some high points.  This team contains promising players capable of building around.

    Let us take a look.

LeSean McCoy, RB

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    Make no mistake, running back LeSean McCoy is currently the best player on the Philadelphia Eagles' roster.

    With moves reminiscent of Barry Sanders in his prime, McCoy simply knows how to make defenders miss and turn a blown-up play into a huge gain.  Without him, the Eagles go from annoyingly underachieving to downright abysmal. 

    No. 25 has played so well these past two years as the starter that it is quickly becoming apparent that he will end up with a greater legacy than his mentor, Brian Westbrook

    It is McCoy, and not quarterback Michael Vick, who needs to be the centerpiece of the offense, and he deserves to have the team built around his skill set.

Jason Babin, DE

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    Simply put, Jason Babin has been a monster this year and is worth every single penny the Eagles paid him this offseason with his new contract.

    Considered by many to be a one-hit wonder, Babin is only a sack away from besting his sack numbers from last year (12.5).  He knows how to get after the quarterback and stall drives.

    With him and Trent Cole manning the defensive end spots, the Eagles' defensive line should be a strength for at least a few more years. 

Danny Watkins, OL

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    While Jason Peters is currently the crown jewel of the Philadelphia Eagles' steadily improving offensive line, it is Danny Watkins who has shown the most promise.

    A 26-year-old rookie, Watkins was slow coming out of the gate and was not even in the starting lineup for the beginning of the season.  Since taking over as a starting guard, however, he has shown steady improvement and is a big reason why the line has improved over the second half of the season.

    He may be a Canadian firefighter at heart, but Watkins will be most remembered for his years of solid play along the Eagles' offensive line.

Jeremy Maclin, WR

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    Despite being plagued by illness and injuries, Jeremy Maclin has proven beyond a doubt that he is the No. 1 receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Unlike his counterpart DeSean Jackson, Maclin is far from a one-trick pony.  He can stretch the field with his speed just as well as use use toughness and sure hands to pick up the yards across the middle.

    Maclin has improved each year since being drafted, and fans can expect great things from No. 18 as a focal point of the offense for many more years.

    He may not get the recognition of some of the other receivers, but Maclin is a top-10 talent when healthy.

2012 1st-Round Draft Pick

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    Perhaps the brightest spot of all in this lackluster season is the fact that, with the Eagles likely owning a losing record come the end of the season, the team will be in possession of a relatively high draft pick.

    Figuring to be no lower than 15th in the pecking order, the Eagles will have an abundance of talent to choose from with their first-round pick.  

    This is great news, as the draft is said to be littered with talented linebackers this year.  Many fans would love to see the team take a linebacker such as Manti Te'o from Notre Dame, a sure tackler with a nose for the ball and a quality personality off the field.

    In a way, fans may want the Eagles to continue their losing ways in hopes that they continue to move up the draft order.