It's a week of comparisons.
I hear the cries for Boldin and Edwards (how could one not?). You can't argue that either player wouldn't be an upgrade for the Eagles at the WR position. Both are too talented to argue otherwise.
But at the same time I bring you back to DeSean (have I mentioned he is my favorite Eagle). The kid exceeded expectations (big time!) as a rookie. The bar is now set high. I think DeSean has no problem clearing the bar in season number two.
I look no further than two other WRs small in size. Steve Smith is 5'9". I look past his rookie season because he started only one game. Year #2 for Smith was his first shot as significant playing time.
2002: 54 receptions, 872 yards, and 3 TDs
2003: 88 receptions, 1110 yards, and 7 TDs
The next example I give you is Santana Moss. Moss is 5'10''. Like Smith I look past his rookie season because he started 0 games. On to year #2.
2002: 30 receptions, 433 yards, 4 TDS
2003: 74 receptions, 1105 yards, 10 TDS
DeSean (5'9'') actually saw time in his rookie season, playing in all 16 games.
2008: 62 receptions, 912 yards, and 2 TDs
Is it unrealistic (playing in a pass heavy offense) to expect DeSean to also see a significant jump in his stats during year #2 of significant playing time? I don't.
1100 yards, 5-6 TDs in 2009-'10 seems like a damn good WR option already on the team (and even better for Banner, he is still working on his cheap rookie contract).