Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kevin Kolb gets the start in Week 17

Multiple sources are confirming what we all expected: Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback for the Eagles in Week 17. With the game being completely meaningless and with Michael Vick banged up from being repeatedly hit by the Vikings, this is a move the Eagles had to make.

Another smart reason to give Kolb a start is so he can be showcased for a possible offseason trade. Should the Eagles sign Vick to an extension, as expected, there will be plenty of teams desperate for a quarterback who will inquire about the availability of Kolb. If he fares well against the Cowboys this week, as he should, it can only help to drive up his return price.

Since the Eagles didn't actually earn a bye, it makes sense for them to treat Week 17 like a bye since the outcome of the game means nothing in regards to their playoff seeding. I would expect more players to be announced as out in the coming days and I wouldn't count on seeing the big offensive stars like LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson for much more than a quarter.

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