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Even More Young Weapons For Mornhinweg

What do you get the offensive coordinator who already has perhaps the best set of young weapons in the league? Well, more young weapons.

Marty Mornhinweg already presides over an offense that features quarterback Kevin Kolb, 25, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, 23, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, 22, tight end Brent Celek, 25, and running back LeSean McCoy, 22. But during his post-practice press conference, Mornhinweg raved about the abilities of three new additions to the offense.

Running back Charles Scott, 5-11, 238, and soon to be 22 years old, is a powerful runner and an option as both a running back and a fullback.

"He's big, physical, tough, real smart," Mornhinweg said. "He's way ahead of the curve, mentally. So, he's really got a chance to be a good football player in this league.

"That's right. He has some of the halfback skills and then he's got a fullback type of build. I mean, this is a big man and he's a tough, physical guy. So, if he can play both and he can play both, I think, and we'll see as we go, at a high level."

Rookie wide receiver Riley Cooper, 22, has opened a lot of eyes at camp with his big plays in the passing game, especially with Jackson and Maclin hampered by minor injuries. A fifth-round pick, Cooper, 6-3, 222, can play on the inside and outside and is competing for a role as the potential fourth wide receiver.

"He's been in with the one's just a little bit and he's done a nice job when he's been in there," Mornhinweg said. "He's working hard and preparing well."

Finally, 23-year-old tight end Clay Harbor, a fourth-round pick out of Missouri State, has impressed and is gunning for a role as the No. 2 tight end to Celek. Harbor has been a factor in the passing game for much of camp, but Mornhinweg said that Harbor's blocking skills are not to be overlooked.

"Clay will hit you, now," Mornhinweg said.

But there's one more player who will give Mornhinweg an added element on offense. While Kevin Kolb's backup is 30-years-old, the former No. 1 overall pick has young legs.

"I would expect (Michael Vick) to be a little bit bigger factor with our football team this year," Mornhinweg said. "As you know last year he came in, he hadn't played for a couple years, man and we got him late, before practice, after practice, trying to get that athleticism back up. While he's put all the hard work in, you can see him out here, he shows that great athleticism. I should say he may very well be a little bit bigger factor early in the year, than he was last year.

"As long as he's healthy I would think that he'd be a little bit bigger factor."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:17 p.m., August 4

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