The 5 Most Important Non-Starters for the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles

By Bryn Swartz

5. King Dunlap.
This is assuming that Winston Justice starts at right tackle next season. Jason Peters missed a few games last season due to arthroscopic knee surgery. Justice missed three starts also. That means that backup tackle King Dunlap was forced to make five starts last season. The Eagls may need Dunlap to start some games again in 2011 and they’re going to need him to be more productive. Hopefully the acquisition of offensive line coach Howard Mudd will help Dunlap’s style of play improve.

4. Jerome Harrison/backup running back.
Harrison may leave as a free agent and if he does, the Eagles will need to sign somebody to play backup running back. Rookie fifth round draft pick Dion Lewis probably isn’t going to be effective enough to be a solid backup. The Eagles will have to sign a power running back for next season if Harrison doesn’t return because Lewis’s style of play is too similar to McCoy.

3. Backup right cornerback.
If the Eagles make a major move at the right cornerback position, and I think they will, then they’ll be fine for next season. But even with the addition of a star cornerback, the Eagles will need solid play from their second-string cornerbacks: Joselio Hanson, Trevard Lindley, Curtis Marsh Jr, and Ellis Hobbs and Dimtri Patterson if they stay on the team.

2. Brodrick Bunkley.
For the first time in his career, Bunkley will probably enter next season as a backup. Antonio Dixon emerged out of nowhere in 2011 to become easily the best defensive tackle on the team. NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger called Dixon the best defensive lineman on the Eagles last season, and that includes Trent Cole. But even if Dixon doesn’t start, the Eagles use a steady rotation of defensive linemen, and Bunkley will still get his fair share of snaps.

1. Backup quarterback.
Kevin Kolb will not be with the Philadelphia Eagles next season. That’s almost a lock. So the Eagles will need to sign a backup quarterback, likely a veteran, because it’s doubtful that Michael Vick will be able to play the entire 2011 season without missing a start. The backup quarterback will be very important to the success of the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles.

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