Eagles Facing a Make-Or-Break 2010: Chris Clemons

Written By Bob Cunningham On Saturday, January 30, 2010

2010 is a make-or-break season for Chris Clemons.

Chris Clemons was brought in via free agency out of Oakland a couple years ago with the intention of turning him into nothing more than a situational pass-rusher. He would be the guy called in to relieve Juqua Parker on the left side when it was clear that the opposing offense would be throwing the ball.

He had eight sacks as a backup in Oakland, so bringing him in to play in the same role, but on a better team, should have resulted in better stats. That, however, has certainly not come to fruition.

In 2008, his first season as an Eagle, he racked up four sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Eagles' 44-6 drumming of the Cowboys in Week 17. The stats weren't great, but for a situational guy it was about as much as the coaching staff expected.

2009 was a different story, unfortunately, as Clemons was only able to rack up three sacks, no forced fumbles or recoveries, and he only appeared in seven games as opposed to all 16 in 2008.

It's a significant drop-off from 2008 and is surely causing the coaching staff to take a second look at what was deemed the best "under the radar" free agency move from '08.

He lost snaps (and apparently, entire games) to newcomer Jason Babin, who overtook him in the situational roles. Babin's contract his run out however, and could result in more chances for Clemons if the Eagles decide to let Babin walk.

If they resign Babin, however, it could mean trouble for Clemons who will have to show something in training camp if he wants to a) keep his roster spot and b) then earn some playing time behind Parker and the defensive end the Eagles will most likely draft or sign to replace him.

Clemons can still contribute to this team, and should rebound in 2010, but I also wouldn't be surprised if he wound up getting cut before training camp begins.

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