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McCoy and Maclin are several Eagles rookies making an impact this year


All right so the same team that couldn’t get out of its own way and lost to the Oakland Raiders two weeks ago came back and simply destroyed the New York Giants Sunday.

Go figure.

“If I had an answer for that one, we’d win every game,’’ Eagles head coach Andy Reid said when asked how his team could do both of the above.

One thing that has been constant in this puzzling Eagles season has been the immediate impact of the team’s 2009 draft.

The Eagles, under Reid and especially since general manager Tom Heckert came aboard, have always been more of a draft for the future team. Rarely, if ever did more than one rookie contribute, if even one did.

This year, and especially if you count the trade of a first and a fourth round pick to Buffalo for left tackle Jason Peters, and the trade of two fifth-round picks to New England for Ellis Hobbs, the Eagles have gotten immediate help from six different players from the 2009 draft class.

What gives?

According to a few league insiders, the promotion of Howie Roseman, the team’s new personnel guru, may have had a lot to do with it.

“I respect Howie,’’ a long-time league man told Philly2Philly. “He has really worked hard to become a football man. He does his homework, he has an opinion and he’s not afraid to tell you what he thinks about a player. I think he may have been very involved in that last draft.’’

Even the team’s best draft under Reid – 2002 – in which Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown, Mike Lewis and Brian Westbrook were the first four picks – didn’t pay off so soon. Sheppard and Brown rarely played as rookies. Lewis saw some action and Westbrook was third on the depth chart at running back and the No. 2 back didn’t even get a lot of work.

This year the team is starting No. 1 pick Jeremy Maclin at wide receiver, has started No. 2 pick LeSean McCoy twice and used him extensively in the other five games as more than just Westbrook’s backup.

Maclin, who the team traded up a few spots with Cleveland to select, looks like a perfect compliment to second-year man DeSean Jackson, gives the Eagles two young weapons at the position for the first time since Fred Barnett and Calvin Williams came aboard in 1990 and more importantly stops anyone with a cell phone and a radio stations’ number from calling to complain about the team’s receivers.

In a draft loaded with good receivers, Maclin has done well thus far. He has 18 catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns and has also shown the ability to block downfield as well as in-line.

That second No. 1 pick the Eagles had, courtesy of a trade with Carolina the year before, resulted in acquiring Peters from the Bills.

While he has not quite looked like the Pro Bowl player he was in Buffalo, Peters has been more than solid and with the problems the team has had on the line imagine where they would be without him.

McCoy, the second round pick from Pitt, has been as good as advertised. In his two starts he has rushed for 80 and 84 yards and has gotten into the end zone. For the season he leads the team in rushing with 212 yards and also caught 13 passes for another 92 yards.

The Eagles haven’t a rookie running back, not Westbrook, not Duce Staley, not anyone since I can remember come in and play so well so soon.

Fifth-round pick tight end Brandon Ingram would have been the team’s No. 2 tight end, if he didn’t tear his ACL during training camp, but even without him the team still did OK in the later rounds of the draft.

Fellow fifth-round pick Victor “Macho’’ Harris has started at safety and although it looks like he may lose that spot to Sean Jones, has still been a help in the team getting to 5-2 after seven games.

The trade for Hobbs also netted a decent back-up cornerback and a legitimate kick returner. Through seven games, Hobbs is averaging 25.1 yards on 17 kickoff returns, fifth best in the NFC and is coming off his best game of the season against the Giants.

Sixth-round pick, wide receiver Brandon Gibson is going to be player; the problem is it’s going to be with St. Louis. However, Gibson’s worth allowed him to be traded to the Rams for much-needed linebacker Will Witherspoon.

Finally, seventh-round pick linebacker Moise Fokou has played well on special teams and is the backup strongside linebacker to Chris Gocong.