The Eagles Current Roster: Wide Receivers
This is perhaps the best group of wide-outs the Eagles have had since the early 90's. While the receiving corps has become a strength on the team, it does have one glaring weakness: Depth..
A lot of fans are happy that the Birds finally have a potent (and young) starting duo of wide receivers. They also have a very reliable slot receiver who’s known for being the third down go to guy.
Once you go below No. 3 on the depth chart, the Eagles’ wide receiver roster becomes a huge question mark. Any team with a pass-oriented offense like Philly’s should have 4-5 reliable options at wide receiver.
It’s not a top priority but Andy Reid and Co. still need to look into their options
1. DeSean Jackson
In his second season, Jackson has proven that despite his size he's a big time player and was rewarded with a trip to his first Pro Bowl. His ability to stretch the field makes things wide open underneath for his teammates.
The two biggest questions regarding the No. 1 receiver are: 1.) Can he stay quiet about his contract at least one more year? 2.) Will he eventually be relieved from punt return duties to help keep him healthy?
2. Jeremy Maclin
Despite a slow start due to a rookie contract holdout, Maclin became quite a reliable option down the stretch.
He looked like a rookie at times, but he's only going to get better. With a full offseason to prepare and learn the Eagles offense more, Maclin could be on the verge of a huge 2010 season.
3. Jason Avant
Jason Avant has grown into a highly valuable slot receiver that makes the other offensive weapon's jobs much easier. He'll be a restricted free agent this off season, and it's imperative that the Eagles do what they must to bring him back.
4. Kevin Curtis
The last two years Kevin Curtis has been hampered by nagging injuries, causing him to be more of a liability when he was on the field.
The good thing is if he didn't get injured, the development of both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin would've been delayed. Don't expect him in midnight green next year.
5. Reggie Brown
The only reason Reggie Brown isn't as much of a disappointment now is because the expectations of him have dropped tremendously.
Regardless, there's still a team out there that could use his services. Brown could very well just need a change of scenery and become a good receiver in a different uniform.
6. Jordan Norwood
Norwood was signed to the Eagles practice squad after Danny Amendola left for St. Louis.
He was placed on the active roster Week 12 against Atlanta because of a DeSean Jackson injury and was sent back to the practice squad afterwards.
His future with the Eagles (and possibly the entire NFL) depends on his preseason performance.
7. Dobson Collins
The Eagles signed Collins last month, making him their tallest receiver at 6'2". At 178 lbs, Collins build reminds me of the New York Giants’ Domenik Hixon.
A former track star at Gardner-Webb, it looks like Collins is going to be a speedy downfield threat.
It's a shame Brandon Gibson had to be included in the trade with the St. Louis Rams for linebacker Will Witherspoon, but it was a necessary move.
Moving forward, the Eagle definitely need to make sure they have quality depth at receiver they can rely on each week.
Whether it’s via free agency (Kevin Walter?) and/or a mid round draft pick (Danario Alexander?), there’s a good chance it will happen.