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Over/Underrated Eagles



First, a recently traded player.

Underrated:

Chris Clemons- JimmyK's post about special teams provided some illumination on why Clemons fell out of favour with the Eagles, he was a liability of special teams. As a situational defensive player he needed to contribute on special teams, and he did so in a negative way too often. However when he saw the field as a pass rusher, this guy had very good quickness and burst to get around tackles, and was overall a disruptive guy.

Whenever he came on the field I would point it out to my Eagles friend (I live in Canada and have only one friend who is also a true fan) and Clemons never disappointed in displaying his quick burst. During the playoff run 2 seasons ago Clemons made play after play. He had the best game of his career during the glorious Dallas debacle, followed it up by pressuring Tavaris Jackson on the play that Asante took his interception to the house, and then during the Giants game pressured Eli on another Samuel pick. I know Clemons isn't a great player, but I think he went underrated during his tenure here and Seattle got a decent player in return for Tapp.

Overrated:

Joselio Hanson- I know most people don't see him as a standout or anything, but it seems alot accept him as a quality backup and above average sub-package guy. I see him as a guy in a line of players who survived on the Eagle's roster for way too long, guys like Sean ConsidineGreg Lewis, and Dhani Jones who are below average players. The guy is tiny, a poor tackler, and never seems to make plays. My aforementioned Eagles friend strongly disagrees, but I've just never understood why this guy didn't get his walking papers with Sean Considine. At least Considine was a good special teams player. 

Underrated:

Asante Samuel - He's a terrible tackler. But last year he suffered neck and shoulder injuries which were sustained while attempting to tackle, and made it much harder on him. Here's the thing I love about Asante: this guy never was or ever will be a great athlete. His body isn't meant for tackling, and he's not some speed demon. This guy earned his mark in this league through dedication and hard work. In his first year here he lead the league in batted passes if I'm not mistaken, and even if he didn't, I remember being amazed at how often he was deflecting passes. And then this past year he had the interceptions but overall a poorer year playing on a poorer defense.

When Asante was going through his tiff with the patriots I really wanted us to make a run at him. With our defense predicated on pressuring the QB, his ball-hawking ways are just what we needed on a defense that had become strangely turnover deficient. Until he got here I had no idea how good he really was, but seeing him week in week out has shown me that this guy is a brilliant corner.

By the way, does anyone remember in the preseason last year we played Jacksonville and samuel was absolutely decking everyone who came his way? He injured his neck several times last year and seemed much more tentative afterwards, but if anyone saw that game they know he isn't afraid of contact when he's healthy. Apparently he's focused on bulking up this offseason to become a better tackler, and with his record of hard work and dedication, I expect him to be more prepared for the punishment and to be a leader on the field this year, especially if the defense around him is better.

Overrated:

Hank BaskettBGN is better than most Eagles sites when it comes to opinions on Baskett, but over the past several years I can't begin to tell you the number of people across the internet I've seen suggest that we underuse Hank and his size, that he's the big WR we've needed but we just underuse him, or that he's soon to reach his potential and be a red-zone threat. Wrong on all counts. This guy has very poor coordination for a WR (he looks awkward running or catching, his hands are suspect) and if you look at his performance in the last two playoffs, he dropped a massive ball in the Cardinals game 2 years ago and then failed to secure an onside kick that went right to him in the Superbowl. Fortunately everyone is saying this Riley Cooper kid can play ball, so Hank should be out on his ass like he should've been all along.

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