Chip Kelly’s frenzied system will come at teams from all directions.
I’m just as curious as the next person to see what Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has up his sleeve. I don’t believe it will be everything he unveiled in his time at the University of Oregon, but high-octane offense will have it moments this season until the right pieces are in the right place.
In the meantime, here are some players who should flourish in the 2013-14 season.
1. LeSean McCoy (RB) – Just knowing Chip Kelly is going to run the ball more than Andy Reid ever did makes McCoy a top five back. Last season McCoy missed four games and rushed for his lowest total since his rookie season in 2009. Shady remains a receiving threat out of the backfield. He was third on the team with 54 receptions last season. Throw in those components with plenty of Kelly’s gadgetry and McCoy could have a Marshall Faulk-like season.
2. DeSean Jackson (WR) – Jackson has his money, now it’s time to become the money man in his offense. Of course, that’s up to Jackson, who has been known to sulk when he isn’t used. Jackson can smile now because Kelly is going to have Jackson all over the field. Look for Jackson to return more punts this season than he has in past years. It would be to Jackson benefit to put distractions to the side and immerse himself into Kelly’s playbook.
3. Brandon Graham (OLB) – Brandon Graham is working hard to remove the “bust” tag from his name. Andy Reid traded up to No. 13 to get Graham in 2010 — passing over Earl Thomas and Jason Pierre-Paul — both are two-time Pro Bowlers. Graham may have been the team’s best lineman as the 2012 season drew to close. The fourth year defensive end closed out the final month of the season with 3.5 sacks and 19 tackles. As the Birds switch to a 3-4 hybrid, expect Graham to begin the season as a backup to former Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin.
4. Fletcher Cox (DE) – As a rush end in the new defensive scheme Fletcher Cox should be better than the 5.5 sacks he had last season. Not bad for a rookie defensive tackle, but Cox is a tweener looking to flourish in this system. My only concern with Cox is him being overworked due to the Eagles lack of depth and experience in the 3-4 up front.
I’ll have more to say once I attend training camp on about a week.
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