When the Eagles picked up Leonard Weaver, most people thought he would be a great addition to the team. No one knew that he would pan out the way he would. In 2009, Leonard Weaver had the best season of his career earning him a trip to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro status.
Weaver’s amazing season in 2009 has set the bar really high for him, so we have to ask whether or not Weaver will be able to have an even bigger impact in 2010.
Last year Weaver racked up 323 yards on 70 carries with two touchdowns. In 2010, I expect Weaver to see fewer carries but the one’s he does see will be important. With Mike Bell in the lineup, the Eagles have more of a bruiser back which they lacked last year. In short yardage situations, Bell should be able to line up behind Weaver and convert those third and one and fourth and one plays that the Eagles have struggled with so much in the past.
Although Weaver has received a lot of attention for his ball carrying and receiving, he is also a solid lead blocker. I’d like to see him play more into this role in 2010, opening up holes for LeSean McCoy, Bell, and whoever ends up winning the third position.
The carries that Weaver does receive may end up being around the goal line. There were a lot of situations last season where the Eagles chose not to utilize Weaver around the goal line and ended up regretting it. In 2010, I think they will look to set up some heavy sets with two tight ends to convert around the goal line.
Weaver may not end up having as flashy of a year in 2010 but I still think he will have a huge impact for the offense.