Four Role Players To Watch In 2017 – Philadelphia Eagles News

Four Role Players To Watch In 2017 – Philadelphia Eagles News

The Atlanta Falcons went to the Super Bowl last year. They had a breakthrough season and should have won the big game if not for an epic collapse. The Falcons were led by veteran stars on offense like quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones. They had a pair of rookie stars on defense in middle linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal.

The Falcons also received great contributions from role players. Young receiver Taylor Gabriel averaged 17 yards a catch and hauled in six touchdown passes. Veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney only started one game but was a good situational pass rusher. He had three sacks and was disruptive off the bench. Backup running back Tevin Coleman ran for more than 500 yards. He was also a factor in the passing game, catching 31 passes and averaging 14 yards per reception. To put that in perspective, Brian Westbrook averaged 9 yards per catch for his career. Defensive back Brian Poole was an undrafted rookie who came out of nowhere to win the nickel role and become a key contributor on defense.

The Eagles will be a good team this year if Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, Fletcher Cox, and Malcolm Jenkins play well. You need a group of star players to be the foundation of your team. That’s how you build a winner. In order for the team to be really good, however, you need role players to do their part. The Eagles had several role players who played well in the recent Organized Team Activities and minicamp. Let’s take a look at some of them and how they could help out this year.

CB Aaron Grymes

Aaron Grymes had a strong showing last summer. He was on pace to make the roster and even…

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