Monday, August 28, 2006

Eagles Score Big By Acquiring Stallworth

Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth may not be a savior, but he's just what the Eagles offense needed and the price wasn't too steep.
The Birds acquired Stallworth from the New Orleans Saints for reserve linebacker Mark Simoneau and a conditional fourth round pick in 2007. He will earn a base salary of $1.92 million this season, which isn't too much to pay for somebody who knows the way to the end zone.
Stallworth had 70 receptions for 945 yards and seven TDs last year. He has 23 career touchdown receptions in four seasons.
Known for being on the brittle side his first two years, the 25-year-old Stallworth didn't miss a game in each of the previous two seasons.
The Saints were trying to unload Stallworth, thinking correctly that they wouldn't be able to resign him.
If anybody has been watching, the Eagles receivers have been less than dazzling this preseason. Reggie Brown is miscast as a No. 1 receiver and now he may be 1-A along with Stallworth.
The fact that he's going from a struggling Saints team to an Eagles squad that has realistic postsason ambitions, will no doubt boost Stallworth's morale and the Eagles' receiving numbers.
This preseason it was apparent that the Eagles receivers were having trouble getting open against good defenses, let alone catching the ball.
Now the Eagles don't have to base their hopes on a speed threat Todd Pinkston, who hasn't been very fast due to his two sore Achilles.
Pinkston may still be a factor in the offense, but at least the Eagles don't have to depend on him.
Stallworth is known for his speed, but Eagles defensive lineman Darren Howard, who spent the past six seasons in New Orleans, says he offers more.
"He does everything," Howard said. "He is tough over the middle."
And that's not all.
"I've seen him take slants and take big hits and hold on to the ball," Howard said. "I've seen him run past people. He runs crisp routes."
What recent Eagle receiver other than the dearly departed troublemaker T.O., has anybody been able to say that about?
Stallworth has yet to achieve Pro Bowl status, but on this team that isn't a requirement. The fact that he gives Donovan McNabb a legitimate weapon is enough.
If Stallworth can learn the offense quickly, this should be a significant move, one that makes the Eagles postseason aspirations much more realistic.


At 12:50 PM, Blogger iva bigone said...

Stallworth can be a superstar if he goes to a team with a great quarterback, but nobody to cath the ball. Suprise , suprise. There's only one team in the nfl like that.... the eagles!!! Stallworth will be in the pro bowl , not because he's so great , but rather , McNabb has nobody else to throw to!!

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous gooiinn ooonn said...

whats goin ooonnnn!!!
Stallworth will rock -- f TO and the Cowgirls.

At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagles are back to the Super Bowl this year, with a receiver of this caliber. I see few weaknesses with this team, on either offense or defense. This year has such a different feel to it than last year; and this team looks hungry, talented, and has a big chip on it`s shoulder. This team has a chance of being a very memorable one.

At 11:33 PM, Anonymous The Polish Rifle said...

Great pickup!Finally....
Super Bowl??Why do youse insist on
setting yourselves up for disappointment?Let's see how it plays out.No one in Philadelphia is allowed to say the Super word til January.
Let's beat Houston first.We just came off a 6-10 season,guys.Stay humble.

At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Joe Z said...

I guess that cousin he had working in the front office took a better job somewhere else, because Stinkston is finally gone! Things can only get better from here. 10 and 6, maybe even 12 and 4.

At 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on! You've got to be kidding! 12&4...........! 13&3 That's the truth. Don Mac is back to his old self, LJ stronger than ever and they are set at wide receiver as well as running back. Although TJ Duckett wouldn't have been a bad addition. Holla if you like 13&3!

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get real - 12-4?? No way in this division - did you see the Iggles second half schedule? No team has ever had to play 3 straight divisional raod games - - ever!!

be happy with 9-7 people!! We still don't have a running game set in stone! Westbrook is too iffy, injured et all

At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Set at WR. You mean the third tier WR named Stall"NO"worth.

Which team would he start for in the NFC EAST.

Pray for 8-8.


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