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49ers vs. Eagles: Which player would you take from the opposing team?

So many options, so little time.

Christian Petersen

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 Eagles set to take on the San Francisco 49ers this week, it's time to address the question.


Philadelphia's offensive line is missing a number of starters. The best short-term option here would be 49ers stud left tackle Joe Staley. The Eagles could put Staley at right tackle and move Todd Herremans back to right guard, sending Dennis Kelly to the bench. Philadelphia will be getting Lane Johnson back on Monday, however, so I'll shift my focus elsewhere.

How about Eagles fan-favorite Anquan Boldin? I always joke around that Boldin will sign a one-day contract with Philadelphia and retire with the Eagles someday because fans wanted him so badly when he was still on the Cardinals and the Eagles need a wide receiver. I'll never forget watching the live draft show on the day Jeremy Maclin was selected and a caller immediately asked Dave Spadaro if the Eagles were going to trade Maclin for Boldin. Spadaro flipped out and it was awesome. So, yeah, Boldin. He's 33 now but he's still pretty good and would be an upgrade over Riley Cooper. San Fran tight end Vernon Davis is obviously worth consideration here as well though the Eagles have an emerging stud in Zach Ertz.

(Obligatory: The real answer on offense is the great Derek Carrier.)


OK, this is where it gets good. The Eagles' lackluster defense would really behoove from the addition of a 49ers player. There are some problems, however. Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman is currently injured (PUP list). If healthy, Bowman would be the perfect player to plug in during the absence of Mychal Kendricks. He would also be the long-term answer over DeMeco Ryans.

Another talented 49ers linebacker that is currently unavailable is stud pass rusher Aldon Smith. Smith was suspended this offseason. Philadelphia's pass rush has failed to record a sack in two straight weeks, and adding Smith would likely end that drought.


Now we turn it over to David Fucillo from Niners Nation to see which Eagles players he would want on the 49ers.

Offensive Player
I never would have expected this in the offseason, but I would have to add offensive tackle Jason Peters. The 49ers offensive line was a significant strength from 2011-2013, but injuries have hurt the line. Right tackle Anthony Davis is out with a hamstring injury, and has now missed three games. If I had to pick an offensive player from the Eagles for just this weekend, it would be Jason Peters. Jonathan Martin had a solid opening game, but has struggled the last two weeks. Peters is a left tackle, but I'd be happy considering him at right tackle to book-end with Joe Staley.

Defensive Player
I would probably look at either outside linebacker Trent Cole, or defensive back Brandon Boykin. The 49ers pass rush has struggled with Aldon Smith suspended, Ahmad Brooks having reported to training camp over weight, and Corey Lemonier struggling to get much going. I think the 49ers will be fine over the long run, but adding a pass rusher like Cole would be valuable for this team right about now.

The other option is Boykin. It appears he handles a decent amount of slot work. 49ers rookie defensive back Jimmie Ward has struggled out of the gate. He was manhandled by Brandon Marshall in Week 2, and followed that up with a less than stellar performance in Week 3. He's got the talent, but I do get concerned about this potentially becoming a mental issue with him. It is too early to be overly concerned, but another defensive back would potentially help this team.

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