The Philadelphia Eagles boast some of the stand out players from across the NFL. Running back LeSean McCoy, quarterback Nick Foles and tackle Jason Peters are three of the most popular and well respected players in the NFL. However, as the 2013 Superbowl Champions Seattle Seahawks will tell you, to win it all you need good strength in depth across the roster. Time to take a look at the Philadelphia Eagles roster to see which “unsung” players could have a big part to play in the coming season.
1. Allen Barbre
The veteran tackle inked a contract extension this off season, after a 2013 season which saw him feature as the primary back up on the offensive line. Whilst most of the offensive line appears set, Barbre is likely to continue in his role as the first reserve in the upcoming year. Barbre will also surely be called upon if second year tackle Lane Johnson receives a four game ban for alleged use of PEDs, as expected.
2. Alex Henery
Whilst a kicker may be an unusual choice for an “unsung” hero, I’ve picked Henery as I fully expect him to surprise many people in the coming season. Although his production dipped in 2013, I’m confident that Henery can reproduce the form that saw the Eagles draft him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft.
3. Chris Polk
Following the departure of running back Bryce Brown, I expect to see Chris Polk feature more prominently in the backfield for the Eagles in 2014. Although the Eagles are blessed with two outstanding running backs in LeSean McCoy and free agent signing Darren Sproles, Polk may well benefit from being the youngest and freshest of the trio. Polk is likely to receive increased playing time this season and the release of Brown shows the faith that the Eagles brass have in Polk to step up if there are any injuries.
A few other candidates for key players are tight end Zach Ertz, who I think will have a break out season in his second year with the Eagles; rookie cornerback Jaylen Watkins, who I believe will be a star in the future and nose tackle Bennie Logan, who will run the defensive line from the central position.
While the stars like McCoy and Foles will steal the show if the Eagles are successful, keep an eye out for some of these lesser players who will help hold the team together.