Will Philadelphia be Stunned Seeing Jeremy Shockey Up to His Old Hand Tricks?

Alex RodriguezCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2009

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 21:  Tight end Jeremy Shockey #88 of the New Orleans Saints awaits the huddle against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 21, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Saints 34-32.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey came to the Saints in 2008 through a trade. The former New York Giant was expected to become a big threat for the Saints in 2008 but did not reach the red zone once. While a lot of people viewed this trade as a bust for the Saints, many felt that this was due to injuries and the fact that Shockey didn't join the Saints until the end of training camp but Shockey still managed to record 50 receptions for 483 yards and not one touchdown.

The main concerns with Shockey were his health and if he could build chemistry with quarterback Drew Brees. Shockey missed four games of the 2008 season due to injury, and while it seems Shockey once again is injured, he should be able to play in Week Two against the Eagles. The other concern was could Shockey build a connection with the quarterback who led the No. 1 offense in the league and that seemed to be answered in Week One. Shockey came off his best game touchdown wise with the Saints and recorded two touchdowns in a 45-27 win against the Detroit Lions.

Now, as I mentioned, Shockey is a former Giant meaning Shockey knows the Eagles better than any player on the Saints offense, at least experience-wise. Shockey had his second best game against the Eagles reception wise with 10. Shockey, a former rival of the Eagles, looks to send a message to the Giants that the Saints meet after the bye in Week Five.

Shockey will be a big part of the Saints offense and will help quarterback Drew Brees. You most likely won't see wide open receivers with corner backs Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown covering our wide outs. Shockey will look to get open against the Eagles line backers to give Drew Brees a liable check down.

Against the Eagles, Shockey has made it a habit to burn their linebackers so this should not be a problem. I'm hoping Shockey can show consistency in Week Two against the Eagles and match his two touchdown game against the Lions. If Shockey can put together a solid game the Saints offense will be that much better and you could see another pro bowl player besides Drew Brees this year if we aren't in the Super Bowl already.


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