Current Two-Deep: DeSean Jackson (SE), Jeremy Maclin (FL), Jason Avant (3)
Also in the Mix: Hank Baskett, Dobson Collins, Blue Cooper, Riley Cooper,
Chad Hall, Kevin Jurovich, Jordan Norwood, Pat Simonds
The Skinny: Yes, the Eagles have 11 receivers on the roster right now.
They’ll keep five, six if the running back crop doesn’t impress or someone pulls a Brandon Gibson.
Jackson and Maclin are entrenched as the starters, and Avant seemingly morphed into one of the best slot/third-down No. 3 guys in the league last year.
So it’s really eight guys jockeying for two or three spots.
Baskett is back after a year in Indianapolis where he did little besides helping Kendra Wilkinson deliver their first child. He’ll get a challenge as the “size guy” from fifth-round pick Riley Cooper and RFA Pat Simonds from Colgate.
Cooper isn’t the fastest guy, but at 6’3” he runs good routes, has great hands
and always seems to get open. Simonds, meanwhile, was only one of three FCS players to be invited to the East-West Shrine Game but only exacerbated the stigma that he’s not very quick. Still, if he can play special teams, he has a shot.
In the other spot you have a handful of guys who are all roughly the same size and speed. The inside track seems to be held by Collins and Norwood, both of whom spent time on the practice squad last year (with Norwood playing in one game).
Hall and Blue Cooper are likely practice depth, as Cooper had a rather disappointing senior year at UTC (the alma mater of one Mr. Terrell Owens) and Hall is more of a hybrid back/receiver who finished third in the nation in all-purpose yards…in 2007, which was his senior season at Air Force (he’s been in the service ever since).
Jurovich, however, is a good route runner with great hands, and Gerry Cobb likened him to the aforementioned Brandon Gibson. He also played safety at San Jose State, which can help him in a special teams battle and put him ahead of the pack.
Projection: The top three are locks, and you’d think Baskett will be too—although Riley Cooper, Jurovich and Norwood could all be very useful.
I think the Eagles will end up keeping six, as Leonard Weaver’s rushing ability will allow them to only keep three true running backs. Baskett and Norwood will make it as the top “backups” to each set of receivers (Maclin/Jackson and Avant), and whoever impresses most between Cooper and Jurovich will be No. 6 and relegate the other to the practice squad.