A theme post the SB Nation NFL sites have been done in the past and will continue to do throughout this season is "Which [opposing team's] player would [your favorite team's] fans take?" With the Philadelphia Eagles set to take on the Arizona Cardinals this week, it's time to address the question.
Arizona's offense isn't exactly a juggernaut but there are still a few interesting targets. The Cardinals wide receiving corps is the first place to look. Veteran pass catcher Larry Fitzgerald is a player who needs no introduction. The 31-year old veteran is showing some signs of slowing but he's still talented and there's no arguing with his impressive career résumé.
The younger Michael Floyd, who is now in his third year, figures to be a better long-term option than Fitzgerald. Floyd leads all Arizona receivers with 353 yards on just 19 catches for an average of 18.6 yards per reception and 2 touchdowns. At 6-3, 220 pounds the Notre Dame alumnus has the kind of size that would appeal to Philadelphia. Pro Football Focus, for what it's worth, has Floyd graded as the second best blocking wide receiver in the NFL only behind Chicago's Brandon Marshall. Chip Kelly wants his wide receivers to be good, willing blockers and Floyd fits the bill.
Either Fitzgerald or Floyd would serve as an upgrade over Eagles starting wide receiver Riley Cooper, who has only managed 217 yards on 24 catches for a 9.0 average and 1 touchdown.
The Cardinals defense offers a number of intriguing options. The first name that comes to mind is the 6-8 Calais Campbell. Kelly would certainly love to have a player of his size and ability. The Eagles already have some young and talented 3-4 defensive ends, however, so we'll continue to look at some other options.
Philadelphia could really use some help in the secondary. Outside of starting safety Malcolm Jenkins, the unit isn't all that impressive. Cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher can be very up and down. Arizona, meanwhile, has a pair of talented corners. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly spoke on the Cardinals cornerbacks on Tuesday. He specifically mentioned what separates Patrick Peterson from other cornerbacks in the NFL.
I just think his size. He's 6-foot-1, 219 pounds playing corner. You know, and he's got breakaway speed. He's been an outstanding returner in this league. They've actually used him on offense at times, I think. That combination of athleticism with that size is pretty difficult to replicate. I don't think there's many people that are as big as him, and then they went out and got Cromartie, who's 6-foot-2, another tall, long corner. Just two real big, physical corners out there that do a great job in press coverage.
The veteran Antonio Cromartie, who will turn 31 in April, is still getting the job done. He's recorded 5 passes defensed so far this season.
Peterson, on the other hand, is a younger option at only 24 years of age. Peterson is very talented but it seems he's had some struggles this year. He hasn't recorded an interception or a single pass defensed and he actually leads the league in penalties by a cornerback with 8.
If you were the Eagles, who would you take?
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