Tuesday, November 23, 2010
NFC East High Energy Player of the Week
By Matt Mosley
A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 11.
Asante Samuel recorded a pair of interceptions in Sunday's win over the Giants.
The Philadelphia Eagles' Asante Samuel loves playing against the Manning brothers. He's had four interceptions over the past three games -- and all four of them have come off Mannings. Samuel may be the best in the league at baiting quarterbacks into interceptions. He noticed Eli Manning staring down a receiver Sunday and he may have had the easiest interception of his career.
Now Samuel simply needs to learn how to tuck the ball away during his returns. He gave the Giants another chance when he was stripped by -- of all people -- running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Samuel now has seven interceptions this season. And he actually changed the game Sunday night with some hits as well. He was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a Giants receiver, but Eagles coach Andy Reid didn't seem overly concerned because he liked the aggression from a player who's not known for embracing contact.
Samuel also had two pass deflections against the Eagles' 27-17 win. It was a phenomenal effort for him in a big game. And that's why he's our High Energy Player of the Week. I honestly think Samuel might have a four-interception game against Jay Cutler on Sunday.