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6th Round pick Marvin McNutt adds a redzone target to Micheal Vick's arsenal.
Drafting Marvin McNutt might not seem like a big move for an Eagles team that already has two talented wide receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, as well as an offense that—on paper—shouldn't need help scoring.
To start the season, it's true that McNutt will probably be no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart.
Where he will show his value is in the red zone.
Inside the 20 yard line, the Eagles were in the middle of the pack as far as efficiency goes. That needs to change.
At 6'3", McNutt provides a bigger target for Vick. He also has good hands and the ability to get open in traffic.
This is a contrast to DeSean Jackson's style. Jackson is a shorter receiver who excels in using his speed to stretch the field and pull away from defenders, which does not translate well to the shortened field presented by being in the red zone.
Jackson only pulled in two receptions in the red zone last year, which is a pretty terrible stat for a team's No. 1 receiver.
A possible solution to this problem is putting McNutt on the field instead of Jackson when the team are close to the end zone. This would allow him use his height to present matchup problems for the defense. Furthermore, it would allow Jackson get a break from the physical play associated with a short field.
McNutt should be a strong red-zone option for the Eagles this year, helping them get the job done after they've marched most of the way down the field. He should have a respectable amount of touchdowns for a rookie.