Eagles: Still sunny in Philadelphia?
July 16, 2008
Two days ago, Brad Pinkerton led his Cowboys fantasy preview by saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Apparently, the Eagles feel the same way ... even though they finished with five fewer wins than Dallas and averaged one fewer touchdown every game.
Nonetheless, the Eagles' offense, complete with the same cast of characters, is back. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when you remember dynamic playmaker Brian Westbrook is the offense's focal point. Of course, Donovan McNabb still has his name at the top of the marquee, and the Eagles (and fantasy owners) will need him to earn that distinction by staying healthy and performing at the level they've come to expect. If he doesn't, wide receiver's Reggie Brown, Kevin Curtis and rookie DeSean Jackson will have a hard time making plays and helping the team -- yours or Philadelphia's.
The real change for the Eagles is on the defensive side of the ball. They brought in shutdown corner Asante Samuel and let go Jevon Kearse and Takeo Spikes, among others. With Samuel added to an already strong secondary (as of publishing date, Lito Sheppard still is on the team), the Eagles' D will be one to watch.
Philly has a strong belief in its system and its players. Injury concerns about key players should hinder fantasy owners from completely buying into it, but there's enough talent and relative value in the City of Brotherly Love to merit at least a partly-sunny outlook.