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ESPN's NFC East Beater Writer Matt Mosley High On Kolb


Mosley High on Kolb, Eagles Have CB and TE Needs
By Lance Epstein

Yesterday, NFC East beat writer for ESPN.com Matt Mosley wrote his weekly "How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch." The intriguing part of the article was him declaring that current backup quarterback Kevin Kolb's stock has risen.

Mosley insists that Kolb has won over all of his teammates and coaching staff with in his two impressive starts this season against the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.

He said about Kolb:

Obviously, we're spending most of our time talking about a potential Donovan McNabb trade. But one of the main reasons the Eagles are suddenly so eager to move their veteran quarterback is their belief that Kolb is ready to take over. None of this would be taking place if Kolb had flopped in those two starts last season. But now he has won over the offensive coaches and a lot of his young teammates. If you took an anonymous poll among the Eagles' offensive players right now, I fully believe that Kolb would be favored to start over McNabb.
There's a feeling in the organization that it's time to turn the page. And why not do it while McNabb still has some value on the open market? The Kolb era has finally arrived -- if the Eagles can land a decent draft pick for McNabb.

As Kolb era gains more steam in Mosley's eyes, the Washington Redskins big signing from last offseason, Albert Haynesworth has seen his stock fall. He said Haynesworth's stock dropped by failing to show up at new head coach Mike Shannhan's off-season "voluntary" conditioning program.

Besides the stock watch, Mosley also had a interesting blog about what the most under-the-radar needs would be for the Eagles. He chose the cornerback position and tight end position.

To be honest, I think the cornerback position is a big time need for the Eagles. Sheldon Brown might not be back next year via trade and Samuel is 29-years old. The Eagles starting corners are getting older and Reid has shown a propensity to draft for the future at that position (Lito Sheppard and Brwon to replace troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor).

Additionally, Ellis Hobbs is coming off of an injured neck and Joselio Hanson was less than impressive when he came back from his suspension last season.

Moreove, the tight end position is pretty much set with Brent Celek arriving on the scene. Also, Cornelius Ingram who is coming off an ACL tear should be 100 percent and ready to go. When healthy Ingram is a red-zone threat and allows the Eagles to use a two-tightend formation.

Anyway, here is what Mosley said in his blog.

The Eagles have some rather glaring needs at linebacker and safety. If you think Marlin Jackson's the automatic answer at free safety, you're a pretty optimistic Eagles fan. I don't trust a man who's had an ACL tear on each knee the past two seasons. So you have to take a long look at rookies such as Nate Allen and Taylor Mays and decide what you want to do at No. 24.

The Eagles also have an under-the-radar need at tight end. Brent Celek has emerged as one of the best in the league, but the Eagles could use a blocking tight end to help the running game. Mike Bell gives them more power in the backfield. Now, they have to open a hole or two in short-yardage situations. The Eagles have an excellent fullback, but let's not act like Leonard Weaver's some type of battering ram at that position.

In other news, it's time to draft some more cornerbacks. Sheldon Brown's starting to break down and Asante Samuel didn't play well down the stretch. His interception totals are nice, but the guy makes way too many mistakes. Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was very frustrated with him at times. The Eagles have to create more depth at cornerback -- and the draft's a good place to start.



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