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Matt Loede

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Watch What You Say


So Eagles owner Joe Banner is throwing it out there that his team has the best roster in the game. Ok. I get it, it's a great motivating factor for his club to enter training camp with a chip on its shoulder, and to know that their owner has great confidence in them. Could it back fire? Sure. Sometimes words and actions like those can tighten a team up, and if they don't play well early in the season, things can get bad -- quick.

So do the Eagles have the best roster in the game? No. There are some weaknesses on this team that a long training camp has to address, and as they enter camp, there are some positions that don't stack up to some of the other NFL heavyweights - the Steelers, Patriots and Giants. First off, they are counting on a receiver core that lacks depth -- made up by a second-year guy in DeSean Jackson and a rookie Jeremy Maclin. Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant and Reggie Brown are nice players, but don't make opposing secondaries scared.

Then there is the issue of running back. For years the Eagles have been told they don't run enough, and they do have a game-breaker in Brian Westbrook, but there is an issue with his health. They drafted LeSean McCoy, but it remains to be seen if he's going to have a big impact in his rookie year. There are a number of teams that have better running backs on their rosters than the Eagles do.

Those are two big positions right there that Banner is giving a lot more credit to, and just two that coach Andy Reid has to be a little worried about. Not to mention that they have some new players making up their O-line, and their linebackers are good, but clearly not the best in the game. Many feel that the Eagles are one of, if not the best team in the NFC. But, it's a long season, and it's going to be interesting to see if Banner's words come back to bite him and his team.

By Matt Loede  |  July 27, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  | Category:  Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Banner is the team president, Jeffrey Lurie is the team owner.

Posted by: Tiki79 | July 30, 2009 1:01 PM

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