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Which Detroit Lions 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 Detroit Lions on Sunday, it's time to address the question and familiarize yourself with the opponent's roster.


The Eagles need a wide receiver. They might need more than one receiver, but they definitely need at least one. No more Riley Cooper and Miles Austin. The Eagles need to be more reliant upon their young guns: Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, and Josh Huff. But if Chip Kelly insists on using a veteran, the Lions have some the Eagles could use. The first is an obvious option: Calvin Johnson. Megatron is obviously a beast that any team would love to have. The 30-year-old veteran measures in at 6-5, 236 pounds. Johnson has 828 yards and three touchdowns on 59 receptions this season.

Other options on Detroit's offense include Golden Tate and rookie running back Ameer Abdullah. Theo Riddick is a weapon catching the ball out of the backfield; he has 50 receptions for 445 yards and two touchdowns this season. Pro Football Focus credits Riddick with forcing 18 missed tackles, which is second out of all NFL running backs.

Would you swap Matthew Stafford with Sam Bradford if given the chance? Neither quarterback has really played well this year. Bradford has 11 touchdowns to 10 interceptions while Stafford has 15 to 12. The Lions quarterback only has a slightly better passer rating (84.8) than Bradford's rating (82.4). Stafford over Sanchez is an easier call.


After watching the Eagles fail to get much pressure on Jameis Winston, it's easy to say the team could use some pass rush help. Ezekiel Ansah could be the man for the job. He has six sacks, 12 quarterback hits, and 21 hurries through 10 games. He'll provide a tough challenge for the Eagles' offensive line. Philadelphia had a chance to select Ansah in the 2013 NFL Draft, but went with Lane Johnson instead. Johnson's been good so there's no regret about that pick, but Ansah wouldn't have been a bad selection either.

Darius Slay is a talented young cornerback the Eagles could also consider.


If you were the Eagles, who would you take?

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