Over the next few days, I will be giving you my 2013 Philadelphia Eagles stat projections. Today, we will look at the offensive starters. Tomorrow will be defense followed by key reserves and backups.
Note: All projections based on each player playing 16 games.
Michael Vick, QB: 64% Completion, 3800 PYDS, 25 TDs, 14 INT’s, 450 RYDS, 5 TDs, 3 Fumbles
I expect Vick to have a good—but not great—season. He is the perfect fit to run Chip Kelly’s offense, he has a big arm, and is one of the best mobile quarterbacks in the league. Of course, the two big keys to Vick having a solid year are staying healthy and limiting his turnovers. If he can do those things well, expect a nice year from No. 7.
Lesean McCoy, RB: 1600 YDS, 13 TDs, 55 REC, 600 YDS, 4 TDs
Another player I expect to have a very good year is the ever so shifty “Shady” McCoy. McCoy was an All-Pro in 2011. He sustained a concussion and just never got enough touches in 2012. With Chip Kelly running the offense, expect McCoy to get a noticeable increase in touches and return to 2011 form.
DeSean Jackson, WR: 1100 YDS, 55 REC, 8 TDs
The sky is the limit for DeSean Jackson in this offense, which fits almost perfectly for him. We could see him in the backfield, slot receiver, outside receiver and maybe even some wildcat. We’ll see. Wherever he is, expect nothing but big plays from Desean. He has the ability to turn a simple screen into an 80 yard touchdown.
Riley Cooper, WR: 700 YDS, 40 REC, 7 TDs
With Jeremy Maclin sidelined for the year with a torn ACL, Cooper becomes the starting wide out opposite of Desean Jackson. Cooper will give the Birds solid height which they lack greatly. Because of this he will be a very good red-zone target. With consistent playing time, expect a nice year from the Florida product.
Jason Avant, WR: 660 YDS, 60 REC, 3 TDs
Possessing the best hands on the team, Avant is as sure-handed as they come. Each year in the league, Avant has increased his amount of receptions. I don’t expect any different this year. He catches everything thrown his way. Officials should check this guy’s gloves for super glue.
Brent Celek-TE: 570 YDS, 45 REC, 3 TDs
For some reason, it seems like Brent Celek hands have slowly turned to stone. With that being said, he is still a very good tight end. He refuses to go down on the first hit and has a knack for making some remarkable catches. With James Casey and Zach Ertz joining him, some of the load will be taken off Celek, which will hopefully help in the long run.
If the starters above can execute this offense they way that they are expected to, there should be no reason why they can’t have a monster year–individually and as a team.
Chip Kelly and his innovative offense should take the league by storm. Chip is also a smart enough guy to make adjustments if and when opposing defenses start to figure the Eagles’s offense out.
It should be exciting to watch this offense go to work in 2013.