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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
'NFL Blitz' Roster Reveal: NFC East

By Jon Robinson

NFL Blitz
Eli Manning catches fire in EA Sports' "NFL Blitz."
The flame-inducing, 7-on-7 gridiron slugfest known as "NFL Blitz" will hit Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network on Jan. 4. And while the remake uses the same playbooks of the classic arcade game, the rosters have been updated to include current NFL stars.

But because the game features only seven players on each side of the ball, EA Sports had to make some tough decisions when making the final roster cuts.

ESPN's Gamer Blog will reveal these rosters exclusively, breaking down one division per day and wrapping everything up before the holidays so you can already have a strategy in mind once the game drops in 2012.

We kick things off with the NFC East.

DALLAS COWBOYS

NFL Blitz
The Cowboys have the makings of a good all-around "Blitz" team.
For those not familiar with the "NFL Blitz" franchise, the game is built on speed, jump catches and mobile quarterbacks. The Cowboys offer all of this with a strong-armed Tony Romo, a receiver who can fly in Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware chasing down the ball from all over the field, and a blazing fast running back in Felix Jones. I would've rather had DeMarco Murray in the backfield, but in terms of "NFL Blitz," Jones features that video-game speed you're looking for. The absence of Dez Bryant hurts this roster, though, as he is the perfect big-bodied receiver "Blitz" gamers like to throw to downfield.

OFFENSE:

  • Tony Romo: QB

  • Felix Jones: RB

  • Doug Free: OT

  • Tyron Smith: OT

  • Phil Costa: C

  • Jason Witten: TE

  • Miles Austin: WR

    DEFENSE:

  • Kenyon Coleman: DE

  • Marcus Spears: DE

  • Gerald Sensabaugh: S

  • Mike Jenkins: CB

  • Jay Ratliff: DT

  • Terence Newman: CB

  • DeMarcus Ware: LB

    SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • David Buehler: K

  • Mat McBriar: P



    NEW YORK GIANTS

    This looks like one of those teams that is better in real life than the video game. The lack of Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't help, but if the defense can create pressure and force a few turnovers, Eli Manning has the accuracy to hit his targets downfield for points.

    OFFENSE:

  • Eli Manning: QB

  • Ahmad Bradshaw: RB

  • Mario Manningham: WR

  • Hakeem Nicks: WR

  • William Beatty: OT

  • David Baas: C

  • Kareem McKenzie: OT

    DEFENSE:

  • Justin Tuck: DE

  • Osi Umenyiora: DE

  • Aaron Ross: CB

  • Antrel Rolle: S

  • Corey Webster: CB

  • Michael Boley: LB

  • Chris Canty: DT

    SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Steve Weatherford: P

  • Lawrence Tynes: K

    PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

    NFL Blitz
    If you're looking for the "Dream Team," "NFL Blitz" is where you'll find them.
    I just mentioned how the G-Men are a better team in reality than in video games, but the Eagles are the complete opposite, as their insane speed will make them one of, if not the most used team in "Blitz." Michael Vick's ability to scramble away from pressure and take off downfield will remind old arcade fans of playing as the Steelers with Kordell Stewart. "Slash" was pretty much unstoppable running the ball in the game, and Vick should be the same, not to mention featuring a much stronger arm. I might have to outlaw this team under house rules.

    OFFENSE:

  • Michael Vick: QB

  • LeSean McCoy: RB

  • DeSean Jackson: WR

  • Jeremy Maclin: WR

  • Jason Peters: OT

  • Todd Herremans: OT

  • Jason Kelce: C

    DEFENSE:

  • Jason Babin: DE

  • Trent Cole: DE

  • Moise Fokou: LB

  • Jarrad Page: S

  • Mike Patterson: DT

  • Asante Samuel: CB

  • Nnamdi Asomugha: CB

    SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Chas Henry: P

  • Alex Henery: K

    WASHINGTON REDSKINS

    NFL Blitz
    I have a feeling that not too many people are going to play as the Redskins in "Blitz."
    Talk about a roster that doesn't even come close to reflecting the current Redskins. Noodle-armed John Beck as the quarterback is the most surprising to me, as Rex Grossman has that boom-or-bust ability to make any video game entertaining. Roy Helu's omission is also disappointing, as he has quickly become one of the more exciting rookies in the league.

    OFFENSE:

  • John Beck: QB

  • Tim Hightower: RB

  • Santana Moss: WR

  • Chris Cooley: TE

  • Trent Williams: OT

  • Jammal Brown: OT

  • Will Montgomery: C

    DEFENSE:

  • Adam Carriker: DE

  • Stephen Bowen: DE

  • Barry Cofield: DT

  • Josh Wilson: CB

  • DeAngelo Hall: CB

  • OJ Atogwe: S

  • London Fletcher: LB

    SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Sav Rocca: P

  • Graham Gano: K