In his fifth NFL season, Brian Westbrook finally proved to everyone, including his head coach, Andy Reid, that he could be a carry-the-load running back.
Westbrook had a career-high 322 touches last year. He rushed for 1,217 yards and caught a team-high 77 passes for 699 yards. While no one ever has questioned his talent, his durability had been an issue in his first four seasons, and the Eagles were reluctant to over-use him for fear of him breaking down.
Team Report: Notes and Quotes
--While the Eagles are keeping their options open, they say they still are planning to move '06 third-round pick Chris Gocong, a college defensive end, to strong-side linebacker. That was the plan when they drafted him last year. But he struggled early in training camp and then hurt his neck and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. A few weeks ago, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson indicated that there was a possibility the team might keep Gocong at defensive end. But coach Andy Reid said recently that, right now, the plan is to move Gocong to SAM 'backer. "He's at linebacker weight," the Eagles coach said. "He's at 260. He got hurt last year and we never really got to see him in action (at linebacker). But that's where we're planning to play him." Gocong will compete for the starting job with '06 starter Dhani Jones and Torrance Daniels.
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