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What A Difference A Year Makes

The Eagles won 11 games in 2009 and reached the playoffs for the second consecutive season. They were just one regular season win shy of a division title and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

But instead of returning what would have been a good team for the 2010 season, the Eagles reloaded by adding a blend of young, explosive players and hungry, battle-tested veterans. And when the Eagles take the field to open the 2010 season against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at 4:15 PM, the starting lineup will look vastly different than the one that opened the 2009 campaign with a 38-10 drubbing of the Carolina Panthers in their own stadium.

Here is a look at the Week 1 starting lineup from 2009 and the projected starting lineup for this Sunday's game. As much as general manager Howie Roseman tweaked the offensive line at the roster cutdown deadline by acquiring Reggie Wells and trading Stacy Andrews, that's where the most continuity remains. And that's a good thing. There's also a new quarterback and running back on offense, obviously.

The defensive line remains largely intact with rookie Brandon Graham the only change in terms of starters. The linebacker corps is a different story altogether. Stewart Bradley would have been the opening day starter at middle linebacker last season if not for his knee injury. Akeem Jordan was a starter, but at the other outside linebacker spot. Ernie Sims was trying to win a game with the Lions last season.

Ellis Hobbs didn't start last season, but was rotated in during last year's season opener as an outside cornerback. For the second straight season, the Eagles start a rookie at free safety in Nate Allen. There is much optimism from players and coaches that he will be able to stabilize the position.

Week 1 - 2009 week 1 - 2010 (Projected)
QB Donovan McNabb QB Kevin Kolb
RB Brian Westbrook RB LeSean McCoy
FB Leonard Weaver FB Leonard Weaver
WR Kevin Curtis WR Jeremy Maclin
LT Jason Peters LT Jason Peters
LG Nick Cole LG Todd Herremans
C Jamaal Jackson C Jamaal Jackson
RG Stacy Andrews RG Nick Cole
RT Winston Justice RT Winston Justice
TE Brent Celek TE Brent Celek
WR DeSean Jackson WR DeSean Jackson

WEEK 1 - 2009 week 1 - 2010 (projected)
LDE Victor Abiamiri LDE Brandon Graham
LDT Mike Patterson LDT Mike Patterson
RDT Brodrick Bunkley RDT Brodrick Bunkley
RDE Trent Cole RDE Trent Cole
WILL Akeem Jordan WILL Ernie Sims
MIKE Omar Gaither MIKE Stewart Bradley
SAM Chris Gocong SAM Akeem Jordan
LCB Asante Samuel LCB Asante Samuel
RCB Sheldon Brown RCB Ellis Hobbs
SS Quintin Mikell SS Quintin Mikell
FS Macho Harris FS Nate Allen

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:45 p.m., September 6

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