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Could Westbrook Join McNabb as a Skins WR?!

Posted on: April 5, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: April 5, 2010 12:39 pm

A 'Screw the Eagles' Reunion?!

When he was an electric Fantasy Football stud, Brian Westbrook would make opposing defensive coordinators reach for their Maalox trying to figure out a way to contain him.  There was no stopping him - just hoping to keep him from one of those 100 yard rushing, 100 yard receiving games.  Surprisingly effective at blocking, Westbrook could throw a block, slither out of the backfield and take a quick pass from Mr. McNabbulous and take it to the house.  We've seen it so many times and I have to say it never got old. 

Eagles fans have always been told that if Westbrook didn't already play running back, he'd be their best wide receiver.  Percision route-running, ample toughness and great hands, Westbrook was Andy Reid's and Donovan McNabb's favorite weapon.  For good reason. 

He also won me some nice coin (er, I mean accolades) as a savvy 2nd or 3rd round pick in Fantasy Football - underrated even by us fantasy players, he rarely went in the first round.

Westbrook's receiving stats look like he always wore a number in the 80's.

73 Receptions, 703 Yards, 6 TDs
61 Receptions, 616 Yards, 4 TDs
77 Receptions, 699 Yards, 4 TDs
90 Receptions, 771 Yards, 5 TDs

The man has 29 receiving touchdowns!  Now at the age of 30, Westbrook is as smart as he is athletic - he not only graduated with a degree from Villanova but earned his MBA as well.  Don't you think he has already thought about his career as he enters free agency for the first time?  Maybe he'd be the first RB to re-invent himself as a wide receiver but I'm sure he wouldn't be the last.

Now take a quick look at the Redskins depth chart and tell me if you were the Skins wouldn't you sign Westbrook?  Don't forget Antwaan Randle El is a Steeler again.  Now pencil Westbrook as a No. 2 Wide Receiver and the 'Skins could always drop him in occassionally as a 3rd-down RB or even on punt returns as needed.  Talk about the Wildcat, you could make some crazy and confusing formations moving the plethora of running backs and the new weapon at wide receiver around the field.  Add Coach Shanahan's playcalling and his recent QB addition to the mix and I'm convinced the Screw the Eagles reunion could really be on.  

If your an Eagles fan and you see McNabb and a healthy Westbrook lined up at the Linc wearing 'Skins colors, you may just break into a cold sweat.

Which is what happened to me this morning when I first thought of Westbrook, former Eagle, as a potential wide receiver.

Oh yeah, and before you dismiss it, remember Westbrook's hometown is a place called Washington, DC.  I can hear the numbers in McNabb's iPhone being punched right now.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2010 3:26 pm

Can Westbrook play Slot Receiver?

I agree.  If he can stay healthy I think he has the skills to do it.  Running the ball 250+ times a year isn't an option with the remaining tread of his tires. 

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 2:38 pm

Could Westbrook Join McNabb as a Skins WR?!

This is an interesting thought. I think Westbrook could be a decent slot receiver.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 6:59 am

Could Westbrook Join McNabb as a Skins WR?!

Sorry, I meant there is no way the Redskins are going to go with three RBs, let alone four. One of the three current Redskins RBs, Larry Johnson, Clinton Portis, and Willie Parker will not be playing on opening day. The Redskins have to invest in a younger RB to have a future at that position.

Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 1:27 am

Could Westbrook Join McNabb as a Skins WR?!

There is no way the Redskins go with three veteran players at RB.They already have 3 veterans at RB. Larry Johnson, FWP, and Portis.
Westbrook will not be a receiver in the NFL. It is a different position. Catching the ball out of the backfield is different than lining up in the slot. Won't happen. His best bet is to sign on as a third down back somewhere.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2010 9:39 pm

Could Westbrook Join McNabb as a Skins WR?!

Brian Westbrook's little brother had a first opportunity with the Redskins as an undrafted player. Didn't make it, but it could be a small factor. There is no way the Redskins go with three veteran players at RB. I see Brian Westbrook going to the Saints if Reggie Bush isn't secured or the Chargers as LT's replacement. The Redskins, apparently, haven't learned from earlier mistakes. Signing aging vets doesn't translate to wins.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 6:55 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2010 6:20 pm

Could Westbrook Join McNabb as a Skins WR?!

Don't you forget TO hates McNabb?  He criticized him for choking in the 4th qtr of the Super Bowl when Donovan was playing with the flu.  He couldn't get along with McNabb in Philly and then he most recently cried over Romo and then couldn't get along with him, forcing Dallas to cut him.  He is not going anywhere McNabb is going and they would be crazy to spend their money on a declining WR who is clearly past his prime.  He'll probably end up in Oakland or Cincy, but I think at the end of the day, he is a Raider. 

And as for Westbrook, he was a strong receiver out of the screen. I know because that play was lethal against my Giants.  But Westbrook needs to retire because of the two concussions he had this year. He is also at the age where RB's start breaking down rapidly and is constantly injured.  He would be a great leader on and off the field, but it is time (for the sake of his health) to hang it up.

Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2010 3:05 pm

Westbrook, new answer to Welker?

Brian Westbrook = Wes Welker? 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2010 1:45 pm

Could Westbrook Join McNabb as a Skins WR?!

Westbrooks receiving numbers can be deceptive.  Most of his long TD receptions he caught close to the line of scrimmage and then picked a lane and outran the defense.  To me he would be best utilized as a third down back at this point in his career because it would keep him healthy all season (hopefully), and his respective offense would keep his big play ability in their arsenal.  I think he would go great with Portis in a running back by commitee but I doubt this will happen.  If the skins could land him and T.O. at this point i think they should say screw it and go for it because they both have performed well with McNabb in the past. 

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 12:28 pm

Could Westbrook Join McNabb as a Skins WR?!

Don;t forget TO is out there too!

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