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What they're saying about the Eagles

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles:

What they're saying about the Eagles

Is Dimitri Patterson one of the 25 worst players in the NFL? (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)
Is Dimitri Patterson one of the 25 worst players in the NFL? (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles:

Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com names the 25 worst players in the NFL. Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson makes the list at No. 24:

Patterson was a last resort at cornerback forced into action by injuries; teams avoided Asante Samuel and spent the second half throwing at the guy who the Philadelphia Inquirer politely noted " … is better suited to special teams."

Various NFL.com experts offered their takes on what kind of impact Kevin Kolb might have on the NFC West. Adam Rank thinks teams would be wise to avoid Kolb:

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The teams that don't trade for Kolb will be the real winners. Why has the league determined that Kolb is going to be the savior for any franchise? Especially when Kolb is removed from Reid. I was skeptical of Kolb last year when Donovan McNabb was traded and I have less faith in him this year with any of the three NFC West teams looking for a quarterback.

Joe Theismann is apparently not a big fan of Kolb either. He compared him to John Beck in a recent Washington Post interview with Mike Wise.

"John Beck and Kevin Kolb came out the same year,” Theismann added. “Because [Eagles Coach] Andy Reid named Kevin Kolb a starter for a half of a game, or a quarter of a game, we’ve anointed him the hottest free agent out there. But what has he done? I mean, really, what has he done?”

ESPN.com's Dan Graziano picks LeSean McCoy as one of the NFC East's future stars:

Why McCoy and not the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw? Well, because I picked Nicks for the Giants, and because I think McCoy has a better chance to hold up over the next three-to-six years. Not only is he already a reliable focal point of the Eagles' offense, he gets to be that in a way that doesn't wear him down. They don't run him between the tackles excessively. They don't ask as much of him in pass protection as the Giants do of Bradshaw. And they have enough other offensive weapons that he doesn't get overworked. McCoy has the talent, and the chance to make it to 2014 as a relatively unscathed 26-year-old back.

Pro Football Focus ranked all the offensive lines in the league, and the Eagles came in at No. 17:

It didn’t help the Eagles losing guys to injury, and then having to accommodate for a switch from a right handed to left handed QB. More so you felt like the line was never overly sure of itself, something the athleticism of Mike Vick can bring to a team. It is hard blocking a guy when you’re not sure where he’s going to be but perhaps that’s an excuse. This unit dropped down way further than the talent it has would suggest.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com runs through a group of current players that could make the Hall of Fame. He has Brian Dawkins on the bubble:

Safeties fight an uphill battle to get in, but he has been a productive player for a long time, even if his play has tailed off the past two years.

Prisco doesn't expect Donovan McNabb to get in:

He has been a good quarterback, but not a great one. Unless he can do something in his final years, like win a Super Bowl, I just don't see it happening for him.


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