Fullback Leonard Weaver parlayed his first All-Pro season into what was reportedly the richest contract ever given to a fullback.
What will Weaver do for an encore after an offseason that saw LeSean McCoy promoted to the primary halfback spot along with the additions of veteran Mike Bell and rookie Charles Scott? Weaver was called upon in 2009 to be the backup running back and delivered with a career-high 70 rushes for 323 yards and four total touchdowns. Weaver said that he doesn't expect his role to change.
"I really don't. Unless he (playcaller Marty Mornhinweg) calls my number more," Weaver said. "That's what I look forward to, if not, hey, I'm going to still do my job, block, and do what he tells me to do."
We'll get to see a small glimpse of what might in store Friday night in the preseason opener. Weaver said that he's counting down the hours to the game.
"I'm very excited," Weaver said. "It's going to be a great opportunity to go out and hit somebody else; have a little fun, compete a little bit, and get to show off what you've been working on at training camp, so it's going to be fun."
But the fact is that there is just one ball and plenty of weapons to go around from DeSean Jackson to Jeremy Maclin to Brent Celek to Jason Avant and McCoy. Whew! Believe it or not, Weaver is used to being with an offense this deep in talent.
"I was in Seattle in 2005, we went to the Super Bowl," Weaver said. "We had a lot of weapons then, similar in some ways, but one thing I can say is, the talent in terms of the youth we have, is just awesome, and the experience has been great, so it's been cool."
It would be great if the Eagles could end up in the Super Bowl just like in Weaver's 2005 campaign.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 7:30 p.m., August 11