As head coach Andy Reid often reminds us, winning football games is a three-pronged effort. Offense, defense and special teams all play an equally integral role in a game's outcome, and though you could argue that the Eagles won on Sunday despite in spite of a poor performance on special teams, you could just as easily say that they wouldn't have had to sweat out a missed field goal in the first place if the Eagles had covered kicks better in the first place.
All of which is to say that new linebacker Adrian Moten fully understands that his value to the Eagles will largely come on that important third phase. Because teams have far fewer opportunities to make plays on special teams, these plays can dramatically shift the balance of a game.
"You have three (phases) in football, and all of them are 33 percent," Moten explained. "Special teams is 34 because you only get one play at it. In special teams you don't get many opportunities, you maybe get 20 plays a game."
After Sunday night's lackluster performance on special teams against the Giants, the coaching staff clearly felt a change needed to be made. They responded by bringing in Moten, who they feel will make a difference in that crucial third aspect of the game.
The Eagles re-signed Moten Tuesday after releasing him prior to the final roster cutdown in early September. A late invite to Training Camp, Moten is back in Philadelphia to help the Eagles reach that extra one percent.
The Maryland product went undrafted in 2011 and spent last season with the Colts and Seahawks, playing in 12 total games. During that time Moten learned the value of being versatile in the NFL. Now in Philadelphia, Moten is hoping to use his opportunity to help the Eagles, wherever they may need it.
"I showed I can play a lot of special teams," he said. "They can put me anywhere on special teams and I can learn it. And if not, if I don't know it, I'm going to learn it and get it down."
Moten understands that he may not see snaps on the defensive side of the ball. But he will be counted on to help in his own way, and he can't wait to suit up again in Philadelphia.
"It feels like home now, so I'm going to try to make it my home and do everything I can to help these guys win and continue winning," he said. "That's all I'm here for, to try to win ball games and keep Eagles pride going."
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