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Offseason Review and Preseason Preview Week 1

Posted on: August 10, 2011 4:00 am
Edited on: August 10, 2011 4:02 am
 
What can I say that has not already been said about the moves that the Philadelphia Eagles have made over the last few weeks? I've heard talks of "Dream Team" and it seems like everyone is crowning this team Super Bowl champs before a game has been played. This all sounds great, but it is a bit premature. Don't get me wrong, as an Eagles fan, I am more excited about this season than any since 2004 but this is the NFL and anything can happen. I feel like I must mention the high profile stuff like the signing of Nnamdi Asomugha and Jason Babin, as well as Cullen Jenkins and the trade for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but for me the depth related signings of players like Ronnie Brown, Ryan Harris, and Donald Lee are just as, if not moreso, important. Brown gives this Eagles team something it has lacked for a while now, a big back who can run between the tackles in short yardage and goalline situations. Harris is a smaller, yet much more athletic, tackle who can effectively split time with Winston Justice and may even start over him. Lee is a solid veteran who can take some pressure off of Brent Celek. This team also had a great draft picking up several players who can contribute as well as the kicker of the future. Casey Matthews may win a starting LB job in camp, Danny Watkins will be a great interior lineman in this league, and the brass in Philly is so high on Alex Henery that they dont have another kicker in camp. Jaiquawn Jarrett and Curtis Marsh will provide depth to an already good secondary.

This was a good offseason for the Eagles, but there were some issues that were left un-addressed. This team needs a big redzone target at WR. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are fantastic talents but they just don't have the size to go over the midddle or catch the jump ball in the endzone.  On defense, the linebacking corps is young and unproven. Despite his history with injuries, I think this team needed Stewart Bradley's pressence at LB. At the end of the day, though, this was a very effective offseason and Eagles fans are very excited looking forward.

Lets take some time now to look forward. Thursday night The Eagles will kick off the preseason at Lincoln Financial Field against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens made some changes this offseason, saying goodbye to veterans like Derrick Mason, Willis McGahee, and Todd Heap as well as RB Le'Ron McClain. They brought in Ricky Williams to share the load with Ray Rice. This team seems weak at the WR position and that should bode well for the good secondary fo Philadelphia. The Ravens once dominant defense is now aging and their window for a super bowl run may be closing. That said, this is still one of the better teams in the NFL. I expect this to be a good matchup, but this is preseason week 1. All I really want to see is the newly acquired talent to mesh and some of this young talent to perform well on the field.

Its about to get started and I am sure you are all as excited as I am. Go Eagles!!!!


Comments

Since: Apr 22, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:34 am
 

Offseason Review and Preseason Preview Week 1

hear ya' but i'm still concerned @ QB. we've got a con-vick and con-fused. still don't think vick is durable (or smart) enough to produce in come-back situations. wanna eat these words though as the only championship i remember from the birds i heard on the radio as a child. agree too about the linebackers, and i'm pleased we let bradley go. don't wanna loose samuel, would like to see cromarte used stratigically, and samuel stay as a starter. it'd be cool being in the only division with every team a super bowl champion! last there too!!!



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:09 am
 

Offseason Review and Preseason Preview Week 1

I have to agree with you that this is probably the most excited I have been since they brought in T.O.  The offense, which scored more than 27 points a game last year added an effective and versitile runner in Brown.  Brown successfully ran the Wildcat in Miami.  I wonder if we can expect some Wildcat this year?  How do you stop that.  Imagine Vick, McCoy, Brown, Jackson, and Brown out there!  I am excited about Watkins too.  I think he will step in and be solid.  I also agree that the lesser-publicized moves thge Eagles made are solid.  Overall, the Offensive line is improved.

Defensively, the Eagles clearly improved.  The line should wreak havoc on opposing Quarterbacks and force them to make mistakes.  I think Dixon will wind up anchoring the line because he is solid against the run.  Opposing offenses are now forced to run against the Eagles.  Which leads me to the weak spot, the linebackers.  I hope that Chaney can emulate what he did last year.  Mathews could prove to be a player.  The corp is young, but I believe Tatupu is still available.  I wonder if they are going to shop Samuel around to free up some cap space and sign someone.

The secondary makes me salivate.  It is clearly the best in the NFL.  As a Temple Alum, I love Jarrett.  He is a hitter and a fundamentally sound tackler.  I think he will prove to be valuable, especially on run plays.  I don't see Jackson coming back and making the team, but stranger things have happened.  I am wondering if they will change things up, as Asomugha has played safety in his career and seems eager to do whatever is needed.

I even like the Vince Young signing as I believe he can resurrect his career in Philadelphia.  Is there a better back-up?  Reid knows his quarterbacks, and I think he will turn Young into another success story.


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