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"THE EAGLES HAVE playmakers all over the field. Michael Vick took a lot of shots to the body last season. I think he learned from that—that he's not useful to the team on the sideline—so I think he will be more careful running the ball this year. Still, I don't see his production falling off given the talent around him.
Receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are young, developing and on the rise. Jackson is one of the most dynamic players in the league. I expect his numbers will go up a little. Remember, he had 47 receptions last year but missed two games because of injuries. Maclin's quietly developing into a very good receiver and has the ability to take his game to another level. But if Jackson stays healthy, I could see some of the 70 catches that Maclin had last year going to Jackson.
Jason Avant is not a receiver you want out there all of the time. The staff is high on Riley Cooper, but it's hard to take playing time away from Jackson and Maclin.
Tight end Brent Celek's production dropped last year, but he is a tough guy who's going to stay on the field. I expect him to do a little bit better this season. And if something happens to Celek, backup Clay Harbor is a guy you'd want.
LeSean McCoy might not be the burner that some other running backs are, but he is shifty in the open field. He's always going to get you production because he's so involved catching passes out of the backfield.
McCoy has been pretty durable, but if something should happen, rookie Dion Lewis will be the next guy in. He'll have modest numbers."
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