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Witherspoon Rolls With The Punches

In the span of a few hours, Will Witherspoon, the newest member of the Philadelphia Eagles, went from playing on an 0-6 team to playing for a 3-2 team with playoff aspirations.

"It means a lot to go to a team that is going to be great, or has the opportunity to be a contender," Witherspoon said. "You have to understand that you have to do what's best to make it in this game. I think going to a team that already has a couple wins under its belt and is already moving in the direction that I think, as a player, you'd like to be (moving in).""

The Eagles acquired Witherspoon in the waning minutes of the 4 PM (EST) trade deadline from the St. Louis Rams for rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a 2010 fifth-round draft pick. Head coach Andy Reid said that Witherspoon will step right in and play middle linebacker in place of the hampered Omar Gaither.

"I'm definitely comfortable (playing inside)," Witherspoon said. "I'm a guy who just wants to be out on the field and have the opportunity to make plays.

"I think (coverage) is one of my strong suits. Again, it's one of those things I've always had to do, I've always had to be comfortable with, and I've always taken great pride in. I can go out and cover, I have to trust myself that I can go out and cover anybody."

Click here to find out what makes Witherspoon's transition easier and what he thinks of Philadelphia.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 6:41 p.m., October 20

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