Philadelphia fans have no real hope this year. Which is why it’s time for us all to embrace the un-real.
Who’s Gollum? The guy who scares me in Week 1: Brent Celek. He’s been one of the Eagles’ more consistent weapons for a few years now, racking up nearly 700 yards last year. The problem with Celek: Chip Kelly never throws to his tight ends. According to philly.com, in Kelly’s four seasons as a head coach at Oregon, tight ends caught just 16.3 percent of completed passes, compared to Bill O’Brien’s Nittany Lions, who completed 30.1 percent of their passes to tight ends. Add in the fact that the Eagles brought in veteran James Casey and drafted Stanford’s Zach Ertz, and I’m starting a tight end from a different team. Celek is talented, but I’d wait and see how he fits into this new offense.
Who’s Boromir? The guy I just can’t figure out in Week 1: DeSean Jackson. Normally, I’m not that high on Jackson. In the past he’s been drafted way too high for a guy who’s never topped 1,200 yards receiving and has just four 100 yard games in his last two seasons. On the other hand, the guy can score from anywhere on the field, and has value as a punt returner and a runner. A true boom-or-bust player, Jackson will go from a two-week 162-yard output to a two-week 14 yard sputtering. You never know what you’ll get with him. But against Washington’s shaky secondary, he’s worth a roll of the dice. It’s early in the season. I think we can afford some risk.