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Which Tampa Bay Buccaneers player would the Philadelphia Eagles take?

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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 play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, it's time to address the question and familiarize yourself with the opponent's roster.


The Buccaneers have a key player on their team who grew up as a big Eagles fan: Jameis Winston. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft hasn't exactly lit it up as a rookie. He ranks 30th in completion percentage, 10th in yards per attempt, tied for the seventh most interceptions, and 29th in passer rating. Winston is only 21, so there could be hope for his long-term potential, but he's not so great right now.

Speaking of young, talented players, Mike Evans is a name that comes to mind. The Eagles reportedly had interest in trading up to pick the 22-year-old prior to the 2014 NFL Draft. Evans has great size at 6-5, 225 pounds. He has 40 receptions for 662 yards (16.6 average) and one touchdown this year. One of the issues with Evans is that he struggles to catch the ball. He actually leads all NFL receivers in drops with 11 so far. So ... he'd fit right in on the Eagles!

The 32-year-old Vincent Jackson was linked to the Eagles in trade rumors last season. Evans is definitely the better long-term option, but Jackson would be an immediate short-term upgrade over the likes of Riley Cooper and Miles Austin.

And then there's always former Eagles fan favorite Russel Shepard.

If you're looking for an offensive lineman, rookie Ali Marpet and the aging Logan Mankins could be options at guard.


Philadelphia's defense doesn't need as much help as their offense does. With that said, the Buccaneers do have some nice defenders.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is good at generating pressure. The former No. 2 overall pick has five sacks, seven quarterback hits, and 13 hurries. He's been penalized a whopping eight times this season, however.

The Eagles are set at inside linebacker, but I'd be remiss not to mention that Kwon Alexander has been a big playmaker as a rookie. He has four sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.


If you were the Eagles, who would you take?

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