Monday, August 28, 2006

Deep speed

The Eagles traded for a wideout today, and they got themselves a pretty sweet deal. Donte Stallworth had 70 catches, 945 yards, and 7 TDs for a pretty bad Saints team last season. He has legitimate deep speed to stretch the field. Other than a history of nagging injuries, he's pretty much exactly what the Eagles needed to force defenses to respect the deep pass, and open up the shallow crossing routes.

They were forced to trade away Mark Simoneau, a back-up LB, and a conditional fourth-round pick. Simoneau will be missed, as he was capable of filling in admirably at all three positions.

Stallworth is no Deion Branch, but he's definitely going to help this team in a big way. He immediately becomes the most experienced, and most dangerous, receiver on the Eagles. This will cause a shake-up on the depth chart, and hopefully is the last episode in the career of Todd Pinkston.

Here's how I see the receivers shaking out: Brown and Stallworth starting, with Avant staying in his #3 role in the slot. Baskett drops to #4 on the depth chart, as the primary backup to either Brown or Stallworth. Greg Lewis and Jabar Gaffney filling out the roster, with Bloom on IR. That leaves no room for Pinkston, and that couldn't make me happier.

This team is poised to have a special year if they can stay healthy.


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