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Eagles vs. Panthers: Which Carolina player would Philadelphia take?

Obvious options on both offense and defense.

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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 Carolina Panthers this week, it's time to address the question.


Let's start on the offensive side of the ball.

The Eagles' quarterback situation is unclear. Nick Foles didn't do much to impress this season before suffering a fractured collarbone injury that will keep him out for six to eight weeks. There was a report on Tuesday that the organization has "soured" on Foles and his long-term future with the team is in doubt. It's now up to Mark Sanchez to step in and show what he's got. The veteran has impressed at times but Sanchez isn't close to being a long-term solution, at least not yet.

So with all of this in mind, it's hard not to imagine what Chip Kelly could do with a talent like Cam Newton. The 6-5, 248 pound fourth-year quarterback would give the Eagles a dynamic threat at quarterback. The coaching staff and offensive supporting cast Newton would have in Philadelphia certainly edges out the talent he's surrounded by in Carolina.

Speaking of Newton's offensive teammates, a few targets come to mind. First is rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin is second among rookie receivers with 589 yards and tied for first with five touchdowns. Despite the hype, however, it's not all rosy with Benjamin. The 6-5, 240 pound receiver leads all NFL wide receivers in penalties committed (see: pushing off) and is tied for third in drops. Benjamin has one of the worst yards after the catch per reception (YAC/rec) in the NFL, and he has also been a really inefficient target. His 53.3% catch rate ranks near the bottom of the NFL.

Honorable mention here goes to Greg Olsen, who has recorded at least 539 yards and caught at least 45 receptions for five touchdowns in each of his past four seasons.


One player really sticks out on Carolina's defense: inside linebacker Luke Kuechly. It looked like the Eagles were going to have a chance to pick him up until the Panthers scooped him up at pick No. 9 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. With DeMeco Ryans going down with a season-ending Achilles injury, Kuechly makes the most sense here. The third-year linebacker would be able to step in right away and even serve as an upgrade on Ryans. At 6-3, 235 pounds, Kuechly can do it all: stop the run, drop into coverage, and rush the passer. A pairing of Kuechly and Mychal Kendricks would be quite the inside linebacker duo.

If you were the Eagles, who would you take?


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