With former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin being released by the Kansas City Chiefs it marks a good time to take a look at the Eagles current wide receiver group. Over the off-season the Eagles signed both Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. In the NFL draft they took UNC WR Mack Hollins in the fourth round and West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson in the fifth round. They go into this next season with a much-improved group from last season.
Alshon Jeffrey was one of the most highly sought after free agents of this past off season. The Eagles signed Jeffrey to a one-year deal worth $14 million. This deal was a win-win for both sides. For Jeffrey he got the value he wanted but also has an out if he wants it at the end of the upcoming season. For the Eagles they get the guy they want, but they also have an out after this season in case Jeffrey under-performs or get injured. Expect the 6’3″ wide receiver to provide the Eagles with a much needed deep threat that they did not have last year.
Torrey Smith and Jordan Matthews
Last year was a little bit of a disappointment for Jordan Matthews. The reasoning is because he is a No. 2 or No. 3 wide-out who was playing the No. 1 slot. This year instead of drawing Josh Norman he will be drawing guys like Greg Toler and Quintin Dunbar. Torrey Smith was another guy who was facing No.1 corner backs last year with the 49ers, but in early March the 49ers released him after two years with the team. Matthews and Smith are both hopeful that Jeffrey will take the attention off of them giving both of these guys the opportunity to have a huge season.
Nelson Agholor, Shelton Gibson, Mack Hollins
Agholor has been plagued by drops for almost all of his short career. This season seems to be his last chance to make it into the Eagles future plans. Shelton Gibson was hoping all the way through the draft process to go to the Eagles, mostly because of his relationship with current Eagles running back and former West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood. Gibson has also praised Eagles QB Carson Wentz. The Eagles drafted Hollins not only for his deep threat but for his strong special teams ability.
Overall, with the additions made in the off season, the Eagles wide receiver core should be much improved from last year.