Eagles Droppings 5/7: Eagles WR Rankings, Kolb Becoming Favorite Son and Former Eagles Window Closing
By Lance Epstein
Where Do Eagles Receivers Rank:
Just four years ago, the Eagles wide receiver position and tight end position might not have been ranked in the top 20 in all of the NFL. In fact, it might have been in the bottom five of the NFL with L.J. Smith and Reggie Brown starting.
Today, Yahoo! Sports writer Jason Cole ranks the Eagles as the ninth-best wide receiving corps/tight ends in the NFL.
Cole had the Indianapolis Colts possessing the best wide receiving weapons in the league followed by the New Orleans Saints (second), San Diego Chargers (third), Minnesota Vikings (fourth), Green Bay Packers (fifth), Arizona Cardinals (sixth), Houston Texans (seventh) and Atlanta Falcons (eighth).
Even though Cole had the Eagles at No. 9, he thinks the unit could sky-rocket up the rankings as the season goes on and eventually finish in the top five.
Philadelphia Eagles: Don’t be surprised if this group rockets into the top five by the end of this season. TE Brent Celek, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin should make life easy for new starting QB Kevin Kolb.
Most fans believe that the Eagles should have finished ahead of the Falcons and Texans, but it is a great honor for the team. In a couple of season Maclin, Jackson and Celek will fully develop and be one of the most dangerous trio in the league.
The other NFC East teams all finished behind the Eagles: Cowboys at No. 10, Giants at No. 17 and Redskins at No. 21.
Kevin Kolb Becoming Fan Favorite:
According to NFL Shop, new Eagles starting quarterback Kevin Kolb has been the No. 1 selling Eagles jersey since the start of April. In fact, Kolb finished 12th league wide in all jersey sales.
Still, former Eagles quarterback and now Washington Redskin Donovan McNabb topped Kolb and is No. 2 on the list. More astonishing is Denver Bronco rookie quarterback Tim Tebow, top the charts in jersey sales and has yet to take a snap in the NFL. In fact, Tebow had the highest selling rookie jersey since the league started keeping records in 2006.
For Eagles fans buying Kolb jerseys, they better hope he turns out to be similar to or better than McNabb. Otherwise the jersey might be hanging up in your room next to your Bobby Hoying collectable jersey.
Foxsports Singles Out Three Former Eagles:
Foxsports.com made a list of "Top 10 Players Searching For Super Bowl Rings." Leading the way was none other than Donovan McNabb. During his tenure with Philadelphia, he came close to not making the list by losing Super Bowl XXXIX and appearing in five NFC Championship Games.
Current Legacy: McNabb (pictured with Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX) has played in five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, but has yet to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. A new team, a new coach, and a new source of motivation should make McNabb a sentimental favorite around the league this season with the Redskins.
Besides McNabb being on the list, both former Eagle safety Brian Dawkins and wide out Terrell Owens made the cut as well. Dawkins is probably not going to get close to a Lombardi Trophy anytime soon considering he is playing for a rebuilding Denver Broncos squad. One of the reasons he finished just two spots below McNabb.
Current Legacy: One of the most punishing and respected safeties ever, B-Dawk is a five-time All-Pro with five NFC championship games on his resume. He remains ringless, out in Denver, at age 36.
Finally, the loudmouth wide receiver (gulp...future Hall of Famer) who is the only player to ever catch a touchdown pass against every NFL team earn a spot in the rankings. Owens, is currently a free agent (not getting much interest), but managed to crack the list at No. 10.
Current Legacy: “Selfish,” “distracting” and “locker room cancer” are the descriptions most commonly attached to Terrell Owens (pictured with Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX). He’s also a five-time All-Pro, third on the all-time list in receiving touchdowns and the only player in NFL history to score a touchdown against all 32 NFL teams. He hasn't won a playoff game since the 2002 NFC wild-card playoffs.
This is not a list Eagles fans want to see and will probably bring back some bad memories. Hopefully, none of the newer Eagles in DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, Trent Cole or Kevin Kolb make an appearance on this particular list in the upcoming years.