A Number Of Second-Year Eagles Have Gotten Bigger & BetterEagles, General News, News Friday, April 30th, 2010
I noticed all of the new players, but I also took the time to look at the second year players who make a big jump from their rookie seasons in terms of size and productivity.
It’s very noticeable that quite a few of these young Philadelphia Eagles have spent a lot of time in the weight room since last season ended and gotten they’ve gotten bigger..
Some of this happens naturally but the weight room can¬† help a guy greatly improve his game.
During practice I couldn’t help but see that DeSean Jackson is still showing off his blazing speed with the deep routes and deep crossing routes.¬† Kevin Kolb let a few go deep to Jackson during the install part of practice but didn’t throw anything deep during the team drill.
This afternoon we’ll see more when they do their seven seven passing drill.
I think we’re going to be surprised at the success of¬† Maclin this season.¬† From what I hear he’s been living up in wide receiver coach David Culley’s office.¬† Maclin wants to have people talking about him like they now talk about DeSean.
Nothing like some healthy competition.¬† Maclin fits the west offense better than Jackson, so I could see Kolb getting the ball to Maclin more with the short throws.
Jackson still has that special instant speed which opens up the field for the rest of the offensive weapons.
Second year safety/corner Macho Harris has gotten bigger and stronger plus he has changed his number from 35 to 24.
Immediately when I saw Harris moving during one of the walkthrough drills I knew right away how much he had matured.¬† It looks like he’s making the changes in defensive pass coverages.
Second year running back LeSean McCoy has increased the size of his lower body and his upper body.¬† He needed it.¬† McCoy will have to pick up plenty of 250-pound linebackers as they come around the corner on pass rushes.
He looks much more confident in what he’s doing on running and passing plays.¬† That jump from the first to the second year is amazing.
I think he’ll run stronger and harder this time around.
Second-year Sam linebacker Moises Fokou has also been in the weight room during the off season.¬† He’s bigger and stronger but is he better.¬† We’ll have to wait and see whether he’s a better player.
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