Alright Eagles, stop playing with my heart. This is almost too much for me to handle. You know, this whole “filling every single need” thing. It’s really making me believe that you are all in this season and are making the best team possible.
Now Ronnie Brown is an Eagle.
The backup, power running back role has been filled. 6 foot 230 pound Brown has become the newest check mark on the list of team needs for the 2011 offseason. Although he has been oft injured in his 6-year career, he has also been a Pro Bowl caliber player and a very versatile back. He was, after all, the main ingredient in the original and highly effective Wildcat scheme in Miami.
McCoy is a smaller back with a ton of skill, but I am not comfortable with him trying to punch the ball in on 3rd and short. I would also like to keep him healthy for the entire season.
Ronnie Brown is an awesome addition to an offense that, on paper, cannot be overlooked this year in the NFL. Starting with quarterback.
Michael Vick is one of the top five to ten signal callers in the league. We all know what he can do and what he is capable of doing. With the weapons that he has, he’s an awesome talent and should continue to excel for at least a few more years. And when Vick goes down, which there is a good possibility that he might (he’s only played 16 games once in his career) we have the same type of quarterback backing him up. A less talented, less mature version. But the point is that we have a backup that the offense will not need to be changed for (aside from flipping protections).
The signing of Donald Lee is probably the least attractive move, yet may ultimately be a lucrative one. A good blocking tight end of his stature will free up Brent Celek to work more in the passing game. We know what type of receiver Celek is when he is able to use his talents, rather than block a majority of the time. In 2009, he had a team record for receptions by a tight end with 76, 971 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns. Celek’s numbers greatly dropped last year due to the need for him to block all of the time. Adding Lee will hopefully free Celek up to pick up where he left off in 2009.
We all know about our wide receivers, and how talented and explosive they are. If DeSean Jackson is given his money, which we can all hope and pray for, we have one of the most explosive wide receiver tandems in the league.
Maclin is a tough guy, good after the catch and is a great second and sometimes first target. Avant and Cooper in the slots are pretty formidable as they both are big and are not afraid to get hit. Well, it’s a bit of speculation about Cooper, but I have a feeling that he’s going to be that type of receiver at some point in his career.
The offense, on paper, is one of the best the Eagles have had in a long time. We should expect big numbers and tons of excitement with the incredible amount of speed and explosiveness that is possessed on that side of the ball. Lets just hope that Andy Reid realizes the value in a guy like Ronnie Brown, and the running game is featured a little bit more. Hey, we can all have our dreams.