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The Eagles are banking on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie having a little extra to play for and that he'll be at least the equal of Asante Samuel, who was jettisoned in the offseason. I'm split on the Samuel move. Reid thought he was in steep decline and that his style no longer suited the scheme. The latter may be true, but I think Samuel is still better than his replacement. DRC has exceptional physical skills. He's a bit of a flake, but that can sometimes be a good thing. Can he sustain a steady dose of attention, though, with Nnamdi Asomugha playing his opposite? Asomugha was not consistent last season, but quarterbacks were still shy about throwing in his direction. If you had a choice between the two, who would you attack? The Eagles' backup plan, should DRC falter, is Curtis Marsh. The idea is that Marsh would replace DRC should the team decide not to bring the vet back for 2013. But Marsh could be ready this season, if necessary. The Eagles were already slipping him onto the first team for a few snaps during the spring, giving him a taste of the action. Marsh, like Asomugha and DRC, is a man-press corner. He's not as long as the other two, but he's long enough as the Eagles complete their shift away from short outside corners.
It appears the Falcons will be getting a motivated Asante Samuel, who was acquired for a seventh-round draft pick.
I just finished reading the story on coach Andy Reid! All I can say is WoW! #fueltothefire #riseup