Here are the Top 10 Offensive/Defensive Impact Players in the NFC East:
1. Brian Westbrook-As much as i hate to say it, but westbrook is the biggest impact player in the NFC East. He can line up at WR and take it to the house at any time (like vs. the bucs last year) and he is a 1200 yard back also. He is multi-dimensional and because of that he is so hard to gameplan for.
2. DeMarcus Ware-The guy had 11.5 sacks in a very vanilla defense in which he rarely blitzed, this year won't be the case, he will rush the QB probably 75-80% of the time. But the guy gives teams nightmares because with him coming off the edge at 260 lbs and going against much slower OT's, it so hard for them to block him. And with experience he will only get better. He has gambreaking ability (like when he picked off a michael vick pass in mid-air last year and took it back for a TD).
3. Donovan McNabb-Now this all hinges on his health, but when healthy McNabb can pick a apart a defense like nobodies business. It just really boggles my mind as to why the eagle don't try to give him some better receiving targets.
4. Terrell Owens-Alright, i know this may not be popular with some people because T.O. is well....T.O. But you cannot deny the guy has got talent. He is 4th on the impact list because he is the type of player that defenses have to gameplan for, otherwise he will torch your defense. With a broken hand last year and having to play double teams a lot, he still had 85 catches for 1180 yards and a league leading 13 TD's.
5. Santana Moss-This guy was hurt last year for the most part, so it probably isn't fresh in people's mind as to how dangerous this guy is. But when healthy he is a very dangerous deep threat and because of that, he is number 5 on the impact list, because at anytime he can change the game.
6. Osi Umenyiora-Yet another example of guy that might surprise you because last year he didn't do much because of injuries, but when healthy in 2005, this guy was a beast. And just like DeMarcus Ware, he is a very hard guy to contain because of his speed rushing ability and he can make something happen (like a fumble or INT) when he pressure the QB.
7. Plaxico Burress-This guy has freakish talent and size and because of that, he very hard to defend because being 6'5, most CB's who are normally 5'10-6'1 struggle to cover this guy, on a go route in a 1 on 1 coverage, plaxico will win that battle probably 90% of the time. And that is why he 7th on the NFC East Impact list.
8. Clinton Portis -When healthy this guy has shown the capability to be a 1500 yard back and the ability to break a big one at any moment. And that is why he is number 8 on the list.
9. Brian Dawkins-Here is where it gets particularly tough because at this point you are splitting hairs, but i would say that Brian Dawkins has shown his big play capability enough to warrant being number 9 on this list. He thrives in jim johson's blitz oriented scheme when he blitzes. He is very good in coverage, he can deliver big hits and jar balls loose.
10. Sean Taylor/Roy Williams-I know these guys get burnt in coverage from time to time, and that is why they make this list, because this list isn't about who is most complete player, if it was they wouldn't make the list. This list is about which players make the biggest impact for a team. And these guys although can give up big plays can also change the game at any moment, especially when a WR is coming across the middel. They also have the ability to get after the QB and cause havoc when blitzing. And IMO, i have these guys as a tie because they are pretty much the same player, and it would be very difficult to say one is better than the other, although i would still take Roy over Sean because Roy seems to have a much better head on his shoulders than Sean.
Honorable Mentions for the Cowboys: Terry Glenn, Tony Romo, Julius Jones, Jason Witten, Marion Barber, Terence Newman
Honorable Mentions for the Eagles: Reggie Brown, L.J. Smith, Takeo Spikes, Jevon Kearse, Lito Sheppard
Honorable Mentions for the Redskins: Chris Cooley, Antwan Randel-El, Ladell Betts, Jason Campbell has a great arm which is why i am putting him here, but he still must show a lot more (just like Romo and Eli)
Honorables Mention for the Giants: Eli Manning, Jeremy Shockey, Michael Strahan, Antonio Pierce