Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A Goodbye to Ryan Moats?

Every year NFL teams enter the offseason with high hopes of improving their roster via the draft, free agency and trades. Unfortunately, this often squeezes previous players out of a job. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Eagles suddenly crowded backfield.

The key running back addition of the offseason was former Dolphins runner Lorenzo Booker, an all purpose back only two years removed from Florida State University.

Reid’s flirtation with Booker first began during last year’s draft. Unfortunately the Eagles were beaten to the punch by the Dolphins (this can't make Tony Hunt feel overly confident with his standing on the team). Recent comments show that Reid is very pleased with the Booker acquisition.

The Booker signing most likely spells the end of Ryan Moats’ term with the squad. With Brian Westbrook, Correll Buckhalter, Lorenzo Booker and Tony Hunt currently occupying the top four spots on the depth chart, Moats seems to be expendable.

Moats was originally touted as a Brian Westbrook clone that would give the Eagles increased flexibility and protect them in the event of injury or contract dispute with Westbrook.

Oddly enough, these former assessments of Moats are now being attached to Booker’s name. For the sake of the Eagles faithful I hope that these comparisons are more accurate this time around.

The end result of Moats’ Eagles career now seems to be a wasted third round pick in 2005, which was especially damaging considering the names still on the board; names like Marion Barber, Brandon Jacobs, and Darren Sproles.

Barber and Jacobs now provide the Eagles with yearly reminders of their mistake.

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