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"I'M GOING TO make a bold prediction: This team is going to explode offensively and win the NFC East. The weapons the Eagles have are unbelievable.
The key for them will be to keep Michael Vick off the injured list. This offense can't afford to have him on the sideline for four weeks. He wasn't the same last year because of the shortened off-season, having disgruntled players, the high preseason expectations and an offensive line that was not the greatest. If he stays healthy, he'll be unstoppable.
Now that DeSean Jackson has the contract he wanted and is happy, he'll be the player that everybody knows he can be. He'll be the team's No. 1 receiver over Jeremy Maclin, but if defenses start doubling Jackson, Maclin will hurt you too.... Jason Avant is a guy who will block and catch the check-downs. That's it.
Tight end Brent Celek had surgery in January for a torn labrum in his hip, but my son had that same surgery—and he was running in five months—so I know that Celek should be healthy for the start of the season. He was good at the end of last year despite the injury.
Andy Reid couldn't care less about running the ball, but LeSean McCoy will have similar or better numbers than last year's because he's a dual threat. He's basically a fifth receiver. You can't put a safety on him, and you can't put a linebacker on him. He's going to get his touches."
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