Ten Things To Know About Donte Stallworth

Donte Stallworth brings a lot of talent and a definite deep threat to the Philadelphia Eagles. In many ways, he's exactly the kind of receiver that the Eagles needed to add, but in others, there are question marks.

1. Stallworth is coming off a career-year. Last season, Stallworth had a stellar year with 70 receptions for 945 yards and seven touchdowns. His touchdown total was his highest since his rookie season when he set a team rookie record with eight scores. He did all this while playing in the shadow of Saints' WR Joe Horn.

2. Stallworth has had a couple of injury issues. He's coming off arthroscopic shoulder surgery that prevented him from participating in off-season workouts under new coach Sean Payton. There were differing opinions on whether or not Payton could have participated in those workouts. Plus, Stallworth missed a pre-season game with a groin injury, which the Eagles will look at closely when they do a physical on Stallworth.

3. Donovan McNabb now has a definite deep threat among his receivers. "Dante is an explosive player who has had a very productive career with the Saints. I've said many times earlier that I like the skill position players on our roster but realize that you can never have enough playmakers," said McNabb when told of the deal.

4. Current Eagle and former Saint Darren Howard believes that Stallworth got a bad rap for his work ethic. "I think so. He's a hard worker. He lifts hard, he practices hard and everything he does he does full speed. It's not a question of him getting in the way of himself because he is always going to work hard and try and get better in everything he does. I'm just excited to see what comes out of it."

5. Stallworth is a free agent after this season. The Eagles will wait to see how he fits into their locker room and offense before they decide whether or not to pursue signing him to a long-term deal. If they do sign him, the fourth round pick that they included in the deal automatically becomes a third round pick.

6. If you want a deep threat, Stallworth is your guy. Among his career receptions, 45 were for 20 yards or more, while 12 of his career touchdowns were from 25 yards out or further.

7. If you want a guy who can come up with the big catch, Stallworth is your guy. Four of Stallworth's touchdown catches have been game winners, including two in 2004, and he has notched 10 career 100-yard receiving games. In 2002, he became the first NFL rookie in 20 years to catch a touchdown in each of his first four games.

8. Joe Horn, who Stallworth played behind in New Orleans, thinks his former teammate will fit in well with the Eagles offense. "He has some talent and it wouldn't shock me at all to see Donte catching 10 or 15 passes a game from Donovan McNabb, but it didn't happen here in New Orleans and that's the sad part. They got a hell of deal."

9. There were several teams trying to get Stallworth. The Patriots were thought to be the leading contenders, especially with Deion Branch being allowed to pursue a deal elsewhere. In fact, New Orleans had received offers from a few other clubs, but thought that the deal with the Eagles had the most upside.

10. Stallworth played his college ball at Tennessee. The Sacramento, California, native found his way from the west coast to the University of Tennessee, , where he caught 99 passes for 1,747 yards and 13 touchdowns. Stallworth entered the 2002 draft following his junior season.


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