THE CLEAR STARTERS (So Far)
HERE’S who I see starting, and why.
(* indicates positional volatility or a need to upgrade.)
QB- Michael Vick: Money, locker room support, biggest X-factor of any QB on roster
RB- LeSean McCoy: Money, clearly one of the league’s best, 3 down back
WR- DeSean Jackson: Money, speed, rapport with the starting QB
*WR- Jeremy Maclin: Familiarity with starting QB
TE- Brent Celek: Breaks tackles, can run, finds deep seams
LT- Jason Peters: Money, great run blocker, no depth behind him
LG- Evan Mathis: Money, combos well with Peters, Solid player in his own right
*C- Jason Kelce: No depth behind him
*RG- ??????????: Expect a change. My guess is a Rookie
*RT- Todd Herremans: Money, no depth
LDE- Brandon Graham: Young, came on strong last year
LDT/NT- Issac Sopoaga: Fits 3-4, 4-3, 4-4 and goal line fronts
RDT- Fletcher Cox: Young, played well as a rookie last year
*RDE- Vinny Curry: Just a guess. Lots of depth, lot of options here.
ROLB- Mychal Kendricks: Also see him as an ILB in a 3-4
MLB- DeMeco Ryans: Can be great in (this) the right system, has respect of locker room
LOLB- Connor Barwin: Seemed to hint at a return to the WIL where he had more success
*SS- Patrick Chung: Or Kurt Coleman. The desire is there, but the talent is lacking
*FS- Nate Allen: He’ll get another chance to prove he’s starting material, due to a lack of depth
CB- Cary Williams: Money, 35 pass break-ups in his last 32 games
*CB- ????????????: My guess is a Rookie.
Right now I can see 3 potential starters who are only 1st stringers because of a lack of depth (Kelce, Chung and Allen). Despite all the bodies just signed in the Secondary, I don’t see a clear answer at Safety at all. I’d lay money against Kenny Phillips even making final cutdowns, let alone starting. That leaves Chung and 2012. They may use Bradley Fletcher to push Allen so don’t be surprised to see it. Actually, I’d be surprised if they didn’t. It would cover up any speed Fletcher’s lost as a result of his injuries, and allow him to use his coverage skills, if he had to cover a slot guy.
The O-line is a mess. While I don’t believe Herremans can be an effective run blocker at Guard, I can see them moving him to RG since it’s the mirror of the position he played when right handed Donovan McNabb was the QB. They signed him to an extension last year that guarantees him around 11 million over the next 3 years, so unless they trade him, they’re on the hook to pay him whether he plays or sits. So you play him.
Chip Kelly wants a run based offense. I don’t see it being very good with his current interior linemen. I get that he’ll spread the opposing defense thin and that should make getting to the second level easier, but only if the O-lineman doesn’t get stonewalled or pushed into the backfield. Ever seen an Eagles O-lineman go backwards? Too often right? That’s my point.
And now we can get a clearer picture of the focus of the Draft.
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