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  • Who's your team's darkhorse player?

    Give me the one player, I'll give you one on each side of the ball, that is going to make a difference on your team next season. Obviously free agents and draft picks don't count, so don't turn this into a wishlist. I'm talking about that one player that will make your team hold off on upgrading the position in FA or the draft, and will turn heads next season. The player that your fanbase mostly knows all about, but people on the outside have either never heard his name or didn't realize he was set to play such a big role (for example, if it's a draft pick from last year. Obviously everyone here is going to know who it is, but they may not realize he's set up to play such a big role)

    For the Eagles..

    Offense - Jason Avant - All this crying for playmakers, and no one realized that Avant took a step forward in his sophmore year. Next year, his third in the league, he should be our primary slot receiver (assuming we don't add at receiver, and if we do it shouldn't threaten his job) and because we'll probably move Curtis into the slot on occation he'll also get a lot of looks outside. Avant won't explode, but 500 yards and 4 or 5 TDs isn't out of the question. Guys like Greg Lewis and Freddie Mitchell are receivers with half of Avant's talent that McNabb utilized well out as the third receiver.

    Defense - Quentin Mikell - Eagles fans know his name, especially since he's been on the roster for what seems like forever. But until this past season he was a strict special teamer and reserve, and once Considine went down he finally had his time to shine. We may add talent at strong safety (don't get me wrong, if Gibril Wilson will sign at a reasonable price we'll jump all over it) but Mikell should be able to beat out most for the starting strong safety job and open some eyes. He'd be the best third safety in the league by a decent margin if he isn't starting for us next year.
    Nick Foles are you really my daddy??!..?

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    It's hard to say for the Giants, as so many of our so called "dark horses" got a lot of exposure with the Super Bowl run. However, I'm just excited to see more of Steve Smith and Ahmad Bradshaw on the field next year. And of course Justin Tuck is an absolute beast.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jughead10 View Post
      It's hard to say for the Giants, as so many of our so called "dark horses" got a lot of exposure with the Super Bowl run. However, I'm just excited to see more of Steve Smith and Ahmad Bradshaw on the field next year. And of course Justin Tuck is an absolute beast.
      Jay Alford on defense, Sinorice Moss on offense maybe?
      Nick Foles are you really my daddy??!..?

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      • #4
        Offense: Steve Breaston WR - I fell that he will be an above adequate replacement for Bryant Johnson and he is the deep threat that we need in the slot.

        Defense: Antonio Smith DT/DE - He is simply a beast and no one seems to know who he is, I have even seen people giving us 3-4 DE's in there mock drafts when we have arguably the top duo in the league.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GaMeTiMe View Post
          Jay Alford on defense, Sinorice Moss on offense maybe?
          Yeah, Im very high on Jay Alford, I think he makes big strides next year. he could be the "breakout" guy i guess on defense.

          On offense, I guess you can say Steve Smith or Ahmad Bradshaw, even though both got plenty of exposure already.

          Or maybe Guy Whimper. He looked pretty good at OT when called upon.

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          • #6
            I want to do the Eagles from an outsiders perspective:

            Offense: Winston Justice
            Defense: Omar Gaither

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            • #7
              Mikell started at least half the season and Omar Gaither all 16 games last year, I wouldn't qualify either as darkhorses personally.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Geo View Post
                Mikell started at least half the season and Omar Gaither all 16 games last year, I wouldn't qualify either as darkhorses personally.
                hmmm, good point. the thing is, i don't think many outsiders grade Gaither that high, and I personally think he has potential to be a beast inside for them in that 46 scheme, if those DTs can do their job.

                Maybe Victor Abriamiri?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bigbluedefense View Post
                  I want to do the Eagles from an outsiders perspective:

                  Offense: Winston Justice
                  Defense: Omar Gaither
                  Justice might be a dark horse, but for 2009. Likely that Runyan and Thomas both start 2008 at OT.

                  Gaither isn't a dark horse to Eagles fans. It is well known that he is the leader of that defense and is a huge playmaker. I think he will break out nationally in 2008, but I think he's a known quantity.



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                  • #10
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                    • #11
                      My Eagles dark horses:

                      Offense: While I definitely agree about Avant, I'm going to have to go different. I'm going to pick LJ Smith. He is well known, but he is going to fly under the radar. I think he will have a huge year. Mark it.

                      Defense: I definitely agree about Mikell and Abriamiri, but my dark horse is Stewart Bradley. If he develops quickly enough, he could make Takeo Spikes expendable. It is also possible that he takes the SAM job and pushes Gocong back to DE (where I actually like him).



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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bsaza2358 View Post
                        Justice might be a dark horse, but for 2009. Likely that Runyan and Thomas both start 2008 at OT.

                        Gaither isn't a dark horse to Eagles fans. It is well known that he is the leader of that defense and is a huge playmaker. I think he will break out nationally in 2008, but I think he's a known quantity.
                        Runyan is staying around? I thought he'd be let go this year. Whats the deal with LJ? Are you guys bringing him back?

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                        • #13
                          LJ was franchised, so he should be back. He is my dark horse on offense.

                          Runyan hasn't been cut yet, so we'll see. I actually think he's affordable at RT. I was surprised that he was back for 2007, but he did really well...



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                          • #14
                            I have a feeling the Eagles make the playoffs this year. Theyll be back. That defense underachieved big time. I thought theyd play a lot better than they did.

                            And if Stallworth comes back, theyll be dangerous on offense.

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                            • #15
                              Offense: Brad Butler/Fred Jackson
                              Defense: John McCargo


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