Philadelphia Eagles season preview

Last Years record: 10-6 (divison winner)
Coach: Andy Reid

Key Additions Kevin Curtis WR: Curtis is a very solid player to have on your football team as he is a smart player who runs savvy routes and is a burner with his 4.3 speed. Considering how often the Eagles throw the ball he should be a great help.

Takeo Spikes LB: If Spikes is half the player he was when he made the pro bowl on the Bills the Eagles got a good deal. Spikes could be an injury risk but barring injury he could play a big part on how the Eagles do this year.

Key Loss:Jeff Garcia QB: With Garcia’s departure the Eagles no longer have a reliable backup for if Donavan McNabb gets injured. When given the oppurtunity last year Garcia did great so for the Eagles it was a shame to let him go.

Draft: This draft has a lot of potential for the Eagles as they drafted many players that will eventuallly replace the veteran in front of them. All of the Eagles fans booed when they selected quarterback Kevin Kolb with there first selection in the second round. Last time the fans booed like that it was when someone named Donavan McNabb was drafted. Kolb should eventually be the starter and could be a good player. Linebacker Stewart Bradley out of Nebaska should make an early impact as well. Running Back Tony Hunt out of Penn State should be a good contributor also as he is very similar to Correll Buckhalter.

Offense: The Eagles have the oppurtunity to have a very explosive offense this season as Donavan McNabb says he is fully healthy and Brian Westbrook should have another big year and get over 1000 yards and around 80 catches. That could lead to a breakout year for receiver Reggie Brown as he will be the go to guy in a pass oriented offense. LJ Smith could also have a big year as McNabb likes getting him involved if all of this happens they could have one of the best offenses in the league.

Defense: The defense should have a solid year as Jim Johnson runs lots of exotic blitz schemes that make offenses crazy. If Jevon Kearse is healthy he could get double digit sacks and Mike Patterson is a big presence clogging up the line. The Linebackers are also solid led by Jeremiah Trotter and Takeo Spikes. Led by Lito Sheppard and Brian Dawkins the secondary is one of the best in the league. Sheppard gets lots if interceptions and Dawkins is one of the best leaders in the game.

Fantasy studs: Donavan McNabb QB: If McNabb is healthy he is one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the game. With the Eagles passing about 70 percent of the time he is definitley a no.1 quarterback.

Brian Westbrook RB: Westbrook was a fantasy stud last year as he put up big rushing yards and receiving yards also staying healthy for a whole season doesn’t hurt either. Expect more of the same this year and if you have him he should be a no.1 back.

Reggie Brown WR: Brown is one of the examples of a third year receiver who should have a breakout campaign. He could end up with around 1000 yards and 6 touchdowns which would make him a good no.2 receiver.

Prediction: A lot of the season depends on if McNabb is healthy and if he is it could be another division championship for the Eagles. If he isn’t healthy it could be a difficult year for the Eagles as AJ Feeley or Kevin Kolb might not be the answer this year. My prediction is 10-6 if McNabb is healthy and they would contend for the division title with the Cowboys.

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