In a good move, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Vince Young to replace Kevin Kolb on Friday after trading Kolb the Arizona Cardinals. This is a great move for all the parties involved based on the style of football the two players play and will improve their fantasy football values as well.
Kevin Kolb is a passing quarterback. When Michael Vick was injured in 2010, Kolb came in and, in a four game stretch, threw for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions. Stretched out over a 16 game season, that translates to 4,044 yards, 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. That is in Philadelphia’s lineup. Imagine those numbers with a receiver like Larry Fitzgerald to throw to.
However, when he came into the Philadelphia lineup, mass changes had to be made since they were losing the scrambling ability of Michael Vick. Now, with Vince Young coming in as a backup, they have two quarterbacks who play a similar style. Some even call Young a “Poor Man’s Michael Vick.”
In 2007, his last season at Tennessee where he was the featured quarterback from start to finish, he threw for 2,546 yards, nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His receivers were basically lower level talents and the running game was not up to the level it is now with Chris Johnson. In his first two years at Tennessee, Young also ran for 947 yards and ten touchdowns.
That makes him a great fit for the Eagles. If Vick goes down, the team does not have to change up their style of play because Young has the wheels to run the same plays Vick does. He also has much better talent around him in DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.
These two moves will make both quarterbacks better and will serve the teams they went to, and the fantasy football owners who take a chance on them, much more successful.
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