In his 33rd season as the play-by-play radio voice of the Eagles, Merrill Reese has seen plenty of outstanding offenses. He thinks the 2009 version has a chance to be among the best.
"I don't know that the Eagles have ever had this kind of depth and explosive talent among their skill-position players," said Reese, checking in from Indianapolis. "DeSean Jackson has taken his game to a new level. Jeremy Maclin is just learning the game, but you can see the ability that he has. The rest of the wide receivers are good players who are going to play big roles in the offense. At running back, I look forward to Brian Westbrook returning to his Pro Bowl level, and the Eagles have something special in Shady McCoy. Leonard Weaver is the first true fullback in the last decade who still has a lot of game remaining, and Brent Celek is a good, solid tight end who just doesn't make mistakes.
"If the offensive line comes together, and that is a big if at this point, Donovan McNabb is going to have a huge season. This is such an explosive group, and I'm not counting in Michael Vick yet. I don't know the plans the Eagles have for him. I know that he was one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the league when he was in Atlanta, but I don't see that kind of role for him here."
What kind of role will Vick play?
"I don't know," said Reese. "We're going to find out. Not in this game, but maybe we will get a taste in a week against Jacksonville."
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 9:28 p.m., August 19