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Philadelphia Eagles: New and Improved?

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 15:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with Quintin Mikell #27 and Trent Cole #58 after an interception for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on December 15, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Green WingsContributor IMay 12, 2009

The major offseason events have passed. Training camps and Mini-camps will be starting soon.

In the NovaCare complex, many people are excited to see the newly-acquired linemen and skill position players in action. Since that unfortunate loss to the Redskins, before beating the Cowboys, 44-6, the city has cried out for change over and over again.

Change is here. It may not be exactly what the fans wanted, but maybe it's what's necessary.

The departed include the much-beloved Brian Dawkins, Buckhalter, Tra Thomas, Considine, Sheppard, Lewis, and possibly Jon Runyan.

It's quite a group to replace. Even though the players lost offer valuable leadership, experience, and immense talent, they also showed liability in some crucial aspects of the game.

Andy Reid's solution? Youth and Speed.

Offseason additions include Stacey Andrews and Jason Peters to the offensive line. Maclin, McCoy, Ingram, and Weaver to the offense. Jones, Baker, Hobbs, Harris to the secondary.

The training camps will definitely be interesting to watch with all the position battles. But what should we expect from the team this coming season? They definitely upgraded in multiple positions. They have added depth, skill and talent

Jim Johnson has many new toys to play with. His 3-safety sets may be used more this upcoming season. His linebackers have accumulated another season of experience under their belts. The defense overall could stop anything, yet the only problem was consistency.

With Westbrook, McCoy, Weaver, Eckel, and Booker, the backfield is looking strong. Maybe another addition wouldn't hurt (just for depth, you know how those tailbacks get hurt).

The receiving group looks fast and young. It may not be the best but the potential and talent is there. Maclin would need to learn the system fast to be able to join Curtis and Jackson on the field and cause more problems.

The special teams have vastly improved since the days of Reno Mahe, thanks to Demps and Jackson. With the additions of Maclin and Harris, the return game may have improved again.

 The O-line may be the most improved of them all. With Jason Peters and Shawn Andrews as tackles, the running game may finally make its presence known despite Westbrook's 900-yard season. Max Jean-Gilles, Nick Cole, and Todd Herremans have proved that they can play at a high level. Stacey Andrews, the big free-agent (no pun intended), will probably be the started at right guard, despite the injury issue.

Trevor Laws, Victor Abiamiri and Juqua Parker should be able to step up and play consistently this coming season. Chris Clemons was a good pick up last year in  free agency. He stepped up late in the season going into the playoffs.

New and improved? Perhaps. Only the season can prove that. At this point, it is a waiting game. Football is just around the corner.

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