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  • No way AZ goes after him, they have two very good, very young TEs in Leonard Pope and Ben Patrick. Pope is an above average NFL TE, and Patrick is challenging for that job, in part due to his good run blocking. He is also a very good receiving TE as well. I remeber when he was coming out, I figured he could be the best TE in that class, (the one where the Bears took the TE form Miami [names again]) but he ended up dropping way lower than expected for some reason, i think it was an injury concern, and AZ got him in the 6th I believe. I know the nephew of Ben Patrick's old coach at Delaware, KC Keeler, and had a lot of inside info on the guy, and I knew that he would be successful in the NFL. I do agree with your assessment that TEs aren't valued as high though.
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    • Originally posted by eaglesalltheway View Post
      Yeah LJ has consistently improved his run blocking for the past three years (didn't really get to show it last year) but that is one thing that we lost when he was injured, because, beleive it or not, he was our best run blocking TE. Both Celek and Schobel are imroving, so this will only help the run game.
      No, the most important thing we lost with LJ going down was a red zone safety valve for McNabb. Our red zone offense was completely useless once he went down.

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      • Originally posted by DragonFireKai View Post
        No, the most important thing we lost with LJ going down was a red zone safety valve for McNabb. Our red zone offense was completely useless once he went down.
        I didn't say his run blocking was most important, I just said his run blocking was one thing we lost when he was injured last year. Our red zone offense was the most important thing we lsost, I agree wiht you there, as does pretty much everyone else. But even though he isn't a great run blocker, he is the best of our TEs, and losing his blocking did have a minor effect. I remember you said you play/ed TE, and you have to agree that his run blocking, though he isn't exactly Jason Witten in temrs of blocking, is the best of our TEs. And as a result of that, the run game had to either be altered to cover up that weakness, or was less effective in runs toward the TE or ones where the TE had certain blocking responsibilities.
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        • Damn people, lets get some activity here. Tons to talk about. We are playing Dallas this week and no one is pumped about that? I know you people have lives but they can't be that good. Can they? Can they? ;).
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          • Originally posted by eaglesalltheway View Post
            Damn people, lets get some activity here. Tons to talk about. We are playing Dallas this week and no one is pumped about that? I know you people have lives but they can't be that good. Can they? Can they? ;).
            I don't think they are. I think the Eagles match up very well against the Cowboys, especially with the addition of Asante Samuel and a healthy Brian Dawkins. I'm sure Lito will get his regular Cowboys INT as well.

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            • Dude I can't freakin wait til Monday, I get chills whenever I think about it.

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              • Originally posted by SNIPER26 View Post
                I don't think they are. I think the Eagles match up very well against the Cowboys, especially with the addition of Asante Samuel and a healthy Brian Dawkins. I'm sure Lito will get his regular Cowboys INT as well.
                I agree. In some of our Nickel packages we truly have the best matchups Dallas will face all year. Lito is on TO, JJ said he will se a lot of time lined up on him, and Asante, in some situations, will be on Crayton, while Sheldon will be on Witten. Granted we will not be in man situations like this much, but with our zone coverage our defnese will have a lot of responsibilities like this. Dawk will also have opportunites on Witten and Barber. Our D-line is one of the few that could pressure Romo on a consisitent basis.

                Plus Dallas' best CB (Newman) is hurt and for some reaon or another, Henry has a history of playing horribly against the Eagles. Pacman is an average CB right now (because of missing the last year +) until he gets the ball in his hands, and then he is dangerous. Plus Roy Williams will do his usual "oops" coverage, and Hamlin, though he is very good, is a SS playing FS, because of the dangers of having Roy in coverage. Our receivers could have good days potentially, as long as Donovan gets time. The lines will, as always, be crucial. If Donovan has time, he can exploit the secondary, and with the O-line we have, we have a great shot at keeping them at bay. Westy could potentially have a big day as well, as he will have the most opportunities with the ball I think. The old addage "get the ball in the hands of your best players" will hold true here, and there is no doubt he is our best weapon. We may see increeased roles from Booker as well, especially with Curtis and Brown being out. I think his role last week was restricted because they didn't want to show Dallas much, if anything.

                I expect this to be a very close game. It could be an NFC East shootout, meaning a score that doesn't necessarily lead you to beleive it was a shootout, say 27-24. It could also be a defnesive battle with both defenses outperforming the offenses and a score like 16-13. The way this game will be played will be shown early.
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                • Im hoping to see more Clemons/ Smith on the field to keep the the rush consistent. Plus if we are in the nickel so much why not throw Gocong in there at end as well.

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                  • We may see some of that, but Smith may not be on the active roster.
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                    • Doesn't putting Clemons and Smith on the line simultaneously put the Eagles at risk in the running game, particularly against the large Cowboys OLine? We have to be very careful with our personnel matchups.



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                      • I never said they had to be on the field at the same time. Also im assuming that they would mostly be in for passing situations. But your right about the size mismatch it would be nice to have Victor for this game.

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                        • I was just saying that I'm not sure that they can hold up in run protection. Abiamiri would be a welcome addition as a run anchor, but he's not available. Oh well...



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                          • Yeah, I can't wait until he gets back and is a big contributor for the defense.
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                            • Well its gameday guys. Eagles/Cowboys, my favorite rivalry. Anyone else think this is going to be a great game. One of my friends is a Cowboy fan and he told me he expects this game to be so good he almost doesn't care who wins. Me and him are gonna watch the game tonight and we are rpobably goig to kill eachother if it is as good as it looks like it will be.
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                              • I don't care if it's the best game in the history of the league, if we don't win I'm gonna be pissed. lol.

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