Offseason Outlook: Eagles Wide Receivers

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

This week, we’ll offer offseason outlooks for the Eagles, position-by-position. Each day, we’ll answer a pressing question and rank the position on the priority scale. First up was quarterback. And we covered running backs yesterday. Now onto wide receivers.

PRESSING QUESTION: How different will this group look in 2014?


Kapadia: Of all the position groups we'll cover, none has more uncertainty than wide receiver. That seems crazy to say, considering the Eagles had a top-five passing offense and led the league in pass plays of 20+ yards, but it's true.

Here's what we know: DeSean Jackson will be back and featured prominently after a career year in 2013. But beyond that, it's foggy. The Eagles have to make a decision on Jason Avant before March 15 when a roster bonus kicks in. Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents.

The key question here is: What is Chip Kelly looking for? My guess, based on what I saw at Oregon and what I observed during his first year in the NFL, is that he doesn't think the Eagles need to invest big dollars in the No. 2 wide receiver spot. And given that Cooper had never produced prior to playing in this scheme in 2013, it's tough to argue with that assessment.

So to answer the initial pressing question, I think this group is going to look pretty different. I'll say only one of the Maclin-Cooper-Avant group is on the roster to start the season in 2014.

McManus: Let's bet a beer on it: I'll say more than one returns.

The sense I get is that Maclin really wants to stay in Philly, so if the Eagles come close to what other suitors are offering, I believe he's back. If any team (Kansas City?) makes a big push for him, that's another story. But chances are, the kind of long-term deal he is looking for won't come until he proves that he's fully recovered from a second ACL tear. This is a potential low-risk, high-reward play for the Eagles.

They may be able to re-sign Cooper at a decent number as well. It's unknown 1) how he would be received in another locker room and 2) how much of his success in 2013 was a product of Kelly's system. These uncertainties should keep his price point down.

I think there is value in holding onto players who are already familiar with Kelly's offense and methods.  All things considered, I'm not sure they will find better overall options on the open market.

I'll guess that Avant won't see that $1 million roster bonus, but wouldn't be shocked if he came back on a more team-friendly deal.

I believe the receiving corps will be tweaked, but I'm not convinced that it will be overhauled.

PRIORITY SCALE: FROM 1 TO 5

* 1 indicates there is no need at all to address the position in free agency or the draft. 5 means it’s of the highest priority that the Eagles focus on the position in the coming months.

Kapadia: This one gets a 5 from me. The Eagles have to make decisions on three of their own guys and figure out which pieces they want to add in the draft and free agency.

Cooper, to me, is the most intriguing situation. Will any other team like him as much as Kelly? Will Cooper want to go into a locker room with 52 strangers, given what happened last summer at the Kenny Chesney concert? I asked Howie Roseman that question last week.

"Talk about someone who responded to adversity," Roseman said. "That was a lot of adversity for him and for our football team. Our football team coming together deserves a lot of credit for that and our coaches for holding it together. But it’s hard for me to kind of predict what another locker room... how they’d handle anyone. But I know what kind of guy Riley is to be around. ...He’s a very up-front guy and he knows that he made a big mistake. He’s a guy that we drafted and had a good year for us, works really hard and he’s a young guy, so he’s got a bright future."

There are clear signs that the Eagles have interest in bringing both Maclin and Cooper back. But as always, the price has to be right.

McManus: I'll give it a 5 as well.

One thing the Eagles need to figure out is who is going to play the slot. If Maclin and Cooper both return, who would slide inside? Is Avant a good enough option? Do they bring someone in via the draft or free agency?

There are so many questions surrounding the receiver position right now, and many of the answers won't reveal themselves until the league year begins and the market comes into focus. This is a fluid situation, which makes it an interesting one to follow.

 

 

  • Blocking Back

    For sure there will be a big body and good chance another speedster. Mac / Coop fill that hat bill, but only at value pricing

  • BHOtheLiar

    DJ becomes much more valuable if you pair him with a true #1 receiver. They need to draft someone who could become a top 10 guy. Throw in Maclin and you have a nice complement of weapons.(Assuming he is healthy.)

    • JettMartinez

      While I agree with this as a need, I would rather see the #1 pick (and probably the 2nd) going to strengthen the defense. Unless it’s a situation where they just can’t ignore the high grade they have on a WR that falls to 22, I think that first pick needs to go to their highest rated d-back or pass rusher.

      • pjcostello

        A #1 receiver doesn’t necessarily mean using a #1 pick. DeSean himself wasn’t a #1 pick. :-)

        • anon

          He shouldn’t be our no. 1

        • Vick3

          There is no one in the Draft with his character issue remember that’s why DJ fell to the 2nd round

      • zbone95

        I disagree. If there is an offensive weapon at 22 that is graded really high, they should take him. Why? Look at broncos and seahwaks. They have an identity. Broncos are offense first mediocre d seahwaks are defense first. We are an offense identity, u never know who might get injured. Say desean gets injured. That’s why BPA should be used regardless of position. Besides of course kicker, etc. I don’t want an o-linemen tho lol

        • Token

          This will be a offensive team as long as Chip is here. What you want is a top 10-15 D that creates turnovers.

        • UKEagle99

          Until 4 of your OLine are lost for the season, right?

        • UKEagle99

          Let’s get one thing clear, BPA is BPA. That is very unlikely to be a kicker and if it is then… BPA…

  • theycallmerob

    Really don’t think the Eagles are offering either Mac or Coop a deal with > $4 or $5mil. Coop may see, at best, 4yr/$20mil.
    And like Sheil said, don’t see a market for either guy, but if 1 were to get a deal it would probably be Maclin.

    I’m hedging my beer bet on 2 of the 3- either Maclin or Cooper, and Avant (with a restructured deal and fewer snaps)

    • Tikkit

      Dude, that is scary I was typing when you submitted the response. Long lost twin?

    • Andy124

      I fully expect “Whoa-mah!” to become a thing.

      • bentheimmigrant

        What about Momahzzzzzz?

        • Andy124

          So long as we don’t hear a lot of “No-mah!”

          • NickS1

            Naga-Naga-Nagonnaworkhereanymore

          • theycallmerob

            YES

    • Token

      I think Coop is overvalued. He will get a deal closer to 3 mil a year. He had one productive year and nobody else is gonna want him. The Eagles have all the leverage. Coop needs us. Maclin I dont expect to be expensive. So I look at it like

      WR1 – High pick
      WR2 – Jackson
      WR3 – Maclin
      WR4 – Coop
      WR5 – Not Avant
      WR6 – Not Avant

      The 5 and 6 spots, if they keep 6, should be young guys with potential that can play ST. I think Brad Smith is closer to a bum than he is a productive player. But if they want to keep him as the 5 or 6 I can live with that.

      • Richard Colton

        I think your scenario could happen, but will confuse people. We sign both Coop and Maclin, and still draft WR between #18-40?

        • Token

          Sure. For this team I think they need to be 4 deep with quality.

          And I think most find it not possible because they think Coop will get some big contract. I dont think that happens. I think he gets a Jason Avant type contract. Maclin wont get a lot either. Avant will be gone freeing up 3 million.

      • RIP illa

        5 and 6 okay special teams. Although I’m not one for choosing a ST ace over young talent…Smith was a beast in ST this year!!! He’s a smart, very heady vet that offers versatility all over the field. I can def see him keeping a roster spot at 5 or 6.

      • borntosuffer

        My only question is, if there is a receiver that can produce more than Jackson next year, will he be around at 22? If so, that would be quite a find.

  • Tikkit

    WR1- Djax signed for 2 more years on a team friendly deal
    WR2- JMac 1 year $4 million “prove it” deal
    WR3- RCoop 4 year $20 million team friendly deal
    the rest can be sorted out in second tier signings and draft picks.

    • Richard Colton

      sounds great. Players and their agents still get a vote. You might be underestimating the market for Maclin.

      • Tikkit

        Maybe but Steve Smith got $4 million two years ago and did squat. Cautionary tale for the Eagles. There is zero guarantee that Maclin comes back as a productive player. If the Eagles don’t get him on a deal like that, I wouldn’t be upset if they let him walk.

        • Richard Colton

          He got 4 million after microfracture surgery? Jeez. KC might give Maclin 25.

        • GEAGLE

          This is his SECOND surgery.. He gets NOTHING but a one year deal if he wants to stay. if not he has to go

          • Richard Colton

            in that case I think we lose him. Coop stays though, I’d be willing to bet heavily on that.

          • GEAGLE

            I’d def bet on Coop staying..

            The one thing we have to remember about Maclin, we have a MAJOR advantage over everyone else. Maclin gets to work out and rehab at the Novacare complex a few hours every day. No one will have the info we have about his knee and where he really is at in his recovery..so it’s much less of a gamble for us to make him an offer, compared to every other team that will basically only have Maclins agent to go by

    • Wilbert M.

      No way Cooper gets that kind of $. No one else will want him and the Eagles know it. Plus, he’s not that good.

      • Tikkit

        He’s that good for THIS team though. $5 million a year isn’t a whole lot for a receiver. Load the majority of the guarantees into the first year and essentialy it’s a one year deal. Can’t replicate? Bye.

  • cheapmeat

    Cooper’s success is not ONLY due to Kelly’s coaching. He had some big moments in 2012 when Foles became the starter.

    You can question a lot of things about him, but the guy makes plays when given the opportunity (recent drop not withstanding). Foles ultimately is the guy that gives him opportunity.

    • theedevilsadvocate

      they h ate but its true…

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah cuz Kelly’s system is the one that jumped up in the air and Beasted jump balls all year
        .
        #worthlesscontributions

        What’s the next dope cliche? “All he does is catch TDs”???

        • anon

          Kelly did scheme the red zone tds. Coop can catch 50 50 balls tons of wrs in the draft that can do that.

        • theedevilsadvocate

          i never said anything about the system being the reason for coopers success this year i was agreeing with the fact that foles is the reason why cooper was beastin this year you cant be a beast of you are not getting the opportunity.

  • Fox Mulder

    I want to believe Cooper will be back, but he won’t. Take it to the bank.

    • cheapmeat

      nicely done

    • Tikkit

      Fox Mulder doesn’t believe in banks, not so long as they don’t accept Intergalactic Standard Ducats

    • cheapmeat

      I expect all of your future posts to be either blissfully hopeful, or sarcastic and paranoid.

    • GEAGLE

      Coop ain’t going no where..take THAT to the bank and tell em it’s GEAGLE certified

      • Wilbert M.

        Teams won’t want Cooper just like no one wanted the gay safety.

    • theedevilsadvocate

      you keep on believing the truth is out there…

  • Andy

    In my opinion Cooper is the most likely of the three to be back, followed by Avant. I think Maclin probably walks, but he too could come back.

  • B-West

    I feel like absence has made the heart grow fonder on Maclin. I don’t think hes all that dynamic. Plus, he gave up on balls over the middle pretty quick. If the ball wasn’t perfect and the field wasn’t wide open, he was pulling up early.

    This one is more off the wall, but I always felt like he was mailing in his special teams returns because he didn’t want to do it. I didn’t buy that you could go from an All American return man in college to looking that lost in the NFL.

    • bentheimmigrant

      That’s true… but I think we wouldn’t see Chip give Mac the leeway that Andy did. I don’t see him putting up with that kind of effort. But he still has more potential than he’s lived up to through his first few years, and if Chip can bring it out of him we’ll be doing pretty good.

      • B-West

        Maybe. I think its telling that the offense still produced without him. A one year prove it deal would be perfect to get the most out of him, but if he did prove it, I wouldn’t want to be tied to him for a multi-year deal. And I won’t miss him if they let him walk.

        I’d like to see them bring Coop back, and upgrade the Avant spot with someone more dynamic. Somebody really good in that middle of the field space, and can make people miss (De’Anthony Thomas maybe?). If you get Coop back, Ertz develops, and you upgrade that 3rd WR… You’re looking pretty good on the offensive side. Find a little depth at o-line and HB and call it a day. Allocate the rest of the resources to the defense.

        • anon

          Coop can’t run routes, think that’s biggest issue. Also avg 50ydd a game. Not adequate for no. 2.

    • justinhis

      Maclin is much better in the endzone than desean. Bigger. Jackson also has been known to mail it in over the middle. I think maclins speed and size would blow jackson away in kellys system.

    • Wilbert M.

      Maclin was such a dynamic returner at Missouri but has been awful in the NFL. He’s never been very brave over the middle either. But, he’s better at getting open than anyone else we have. Avant should go. Sure he’s a good leader, but he is a zero YAC guy.

  • ojdiddoit

    Ertz Ertz Ertz Maclin comes back and the Birds draft a Wr 3rd or later..Cooper wont be back for many reasons

    • Mr. Magee

      I think cooper is back because of chemistry w Foles… But I do think we add another quality WR and ertz is a bigger part of the offense next year, and there just aren’t enough passes to go around – Chip will have a harder time keeping them all happy.

  • Rick H

    I believe the biggest and best reason Cooper will be back is Foles counts on him as his #1 receiver when he needs a big play. I know it may not logically sound right but it is a fact. Maclin is back short of a ridiculously overpaid offer from another team. Avant maybe gone if Andy wants him badly enough but otherwise he stays at a low number and doesn’t get that $1 million bonus.
    I believe the Eagles are going to surprise a lot of people by picking a talented tight end or receiver in rounds 1 or 2. I believe Kelly will go free agency for the defense which will let us all know more precisely what direction the draft will go in.
    NOTE: If the Eagles are overwhelmed by a guy they believe is a 3/4 true stud nose tackle or true stud OLB and They are there at 22 they will take him. It won’t matter who and how many players they had brought in to play defense.

  • Bullwinkle

    Everybody on offense was a product of the “Kelly System.” Therefore, they could all be replaced with new, cheaper guys and the team will be just as good.

    • RIP illa

      Umm…Shady would like to have a word w/ you!!!

  • GEAGLE

    Avant and Coop will be back. Maclin will be back unless A team like KC gambles big on him recovering from his injury. Brad smith will also be back..

    Damaris and Maehl are the WRs that will be upgraded. Damaris was a waste of space, and Maehl can easily be replaced by a rookie
    ….
    Also don’t think we need that prototye slot WR in this offense, because Coop,Desean,Brad,and Avant saw time in the slot

  • TNA

    Nitpicking: This 1-5 ranking of offseason priority is a little off. If WR is ranked a 5, is Safety / OLB/ILB a 6? Either use decimals if you’re trying to give a sense of relative priority (e.g. If QB = 2 and WR = 4.5 and S = 5, then there’s a sense of how important the FO needs to concentrate on position group S, relative to WR and QB) or a 1-X ranking where X=# of position groups you’re ranking.

    I welcome down votes.

    • cliff henny

      think it’s getting some points for uncertainty. even if Mac or Coop is sign, still questions, knee and 1 yr wonder. then the money issue. if not, need guys in draft. ton in there, but still rookies. i’m pretty sure Eagles will get to Sept with alot better group then season ended with.

    • NickS1

      I downvoted you since you were so welcoming. However, I tend to agree. Since S/ROLB are certainly of higher priority, a 4 would have sufficed. Don’t even need decimals.

      • anon

        Buffalo is transitioning ds wonder if we can get something from there.

        • NickS1

          Possibly, depends who they bring in. Would hope they’d switch to the 4-3.

    • Andy124

      Seeing as Mac and Coop are set to be free agents, yes, the position absolutely HAS to be addressed via free agency or the draft which makes a 5 pretty much the only score I would consider. Doesn’t mean S and OLB won’t also be 5′s.

      • Richard Colton

        yeah, it’s a 5 – if they draft nobody and sign no free agents, Mohmah is lining up at WR2. But hey, at least that means we finally got our “big wide receiver”

        • Wilbert M.

          Our big WR is going to be Ertz.

          • borntosuffer

            Yea, I keep wondering if they decide to use the 3 TE’s on the roster more at the expense of the receivers. My guess is that they don’t pick a receiver early – unless they lose both Maclin and Cooper.

    • johnr

      Agree. WR is not our highest priority. And as Sheil points out having a great #2 WR hasn’t been something Chip has needed to make his offenses work in the past. I do admit we have a lot of deadwood at the position and it wouldn’t hurt to upgrade in the draft for the right value.

    • borntosuffer

      Actually, I think you are using “priority” to identify what needs to be “upgraded” as opposed to simply “addressed”. There is little doubt that the positions you mention have a greater need to be upgraded than receiver. But, in terms of pure potential turnover, both Safety and Receiver are pretty much the same.

  • GEAGLE

    I can’t take anyone’s WR plans serious that don’t start off replacing Damaris and Maehl. And I don’t know how realistic it is to expect us to add more then two new WRs this offseason, considering the defensive upgrades that need to be made along with depth upgrades All over the place

    Think it’s more likely that we trade a late round pick for a WR, then sign anyone else’s FA. we will lock up Coop right away at 3-4per year with bonus incentives… Wonder if that idiot Snyder tries to pry away Maclin

    • OregonDucker

      Maehl has helped on special teams but I get your point. Damaris needs to be shown the door.

      • GEAGLE

        If we draft two WRs, I would assume they start off on the bench, contributing what Maehl brought to our ST, but unlike Maehl, I would assume those rookies to ATleast have potential to grow into a 3rd WR, something that I just ain’t seeing in Maehls ceiling..

        I want No parts of drafting a WR and making him the day one starter. At best, I want him brought along like Ertz, so we are going to need our starters til young WRs prove that they are ready to take over
        ..
        Maehl and Damaris are our worst two WRs, so they need to be the first ones replaced. If we are actually going to get 3 new WR in one offseason, then I start figuring out who stays and who goes between Brad and Avant…If in I some dream world we want to get 4 new WRs this summer, then I want Maehl,Damaris,Avant and Brad replace…and so on and so on with Desean being the last one to be replaced

        • anon

          Why not be a starter Kelly preaches comp. Only reason Styx didn’t start was he started late and all those drops in preseason. If we draft a guy why not get someone with enough talent to see the field and contribute?

        • OregonDucker

          I agree GEagle. Talent is not enough, The “potential” WR has to be athletic, smart, and can Foles mindmeld. Foles has to be able to trust the guy, as you mention, to be in the right place at the right time and do the right thing.

          Notice how the comments section is generally more upbeat? I’m convinced this is the result of a Chip/Foles karma cloud. LOL

    • Wilbert M.

      I told anyone who would listen and posted here before the season that Damaris is slow. To all the people who predicted a breakout season for him – I was right.

    • BleedGreenJames

      I agree with Damaris needing to go. I was never really giddy about the guy, he doesn’t have the athleticism to justify putting a guy that small on the field. He’s no De’Anthony Thomas/DJax

  • EagleKnick

    I don’t see how people would take Cooper over Maclin. The only thing I can think is how great of a year Maclin would have had in Chip Kelly’s offense. Maclin has had 4 productive years with the Eagles…3 of those 4 he posted better stats than cooper in his best year. The upside goes to Maclin. But I want both! But if forced to choose it’s definitely Maclin.

    • bill

      I’m not sure which one I like better. But it seems pretty obvious to me, from the snap counts posted on this site down the stretch, that Kelly values Cooper’s skill set at least as much as Jackson’s. Against the Saints, Cooper saw significantly more snaps than Jackson, and generally saw more than Jackson down the stretch run.
      Hopefully no one is contending that Cooper is a better receiver or bigger playmaker than Jackson. That seems ridiculous to me. So we’re left with the question “what does Cooper bring to the table that Jackson didn’t, such that Cooper was getting more snaps?” To me, the answer to that question leads me to believe that Kelly would want Cooper more than Maclin, unless he can find a FA or a 1st round WR that he’s confident can bring the skillset, right away, that Cooper gave him.
      I’m with you, though. I want them both, and though it pains me to say it ’cause I like him, Avant demoted and restructured accordingly. Maclin will have to live with being primarily the slot guy, with a sprinkling of outside assignments. And he’ll have to buy in to the blocking requirements. He can definitely do that, but you never know with WRs how they’re going to react.

      • reinaldo

        I don’t believe they want Jackson, even with the big year he had. They want big physical receivers. I would not be surprised if they traded Jackson.

  • EagleKnick

    Another player that’s a free agent that I like is Hakim Nicks. I’m supprised no one mentioned him.

    • GEAGLE

      God no! Fragile as all hell. I’m not giving that frail wimp 20million plus!!!

      • Tikkit

        Nope, I’d rather have Maclin back. Nicks seems like a dude who plays because he can, not because he really wants to

        • GEAGLE

          Agreed.. That dude ain’t blocking his ass off. I can’t wait to laugh at the dumb team that pays him big money,,,I’m looking at you Snyder

          • OregonDucker

            It is worth repeating that Foles and Coop have a thing. Coop knows to go for the ball and he knows where Foles will put it.

            While the Chip scheme has helped Coop, it is his relationship with Foles that is special. Coop will win games for us.

          • Andy124

            It’s also worth repeating (no smartass) that Foles and Maclin had a thing. Maclin’s numbers with Foles at QB in 2012 prorated over 16 games would crush his career highs.

          • theycallmerob

            maybe he just, kind of, you know, has a thing with all receivers.

          • GEAGLE

            Not just that, but FOles trust him more then anyone. If you don’t really really trust your WR, a guy like FOles who refuses to throw INTs won’t take as many of those chances in tight windows to be able to make those miraculous plays…for example, I Genuinly don’t believe that Nick would have thrown that Redzone TD in the saints game to ANYONE but Coop. You aren’t just going to bring someone new here and have FOles instantly build the trust to attempt throwing a friggin Jump ball ENDZONE crossing route in heavy 3 defender traffic…I’m DYING to see what Nick and Coop do next year, with Ertz ready to take that next step…35million and dudes are talking about losing Coop…drives me mad

          • anon

            To be fair coop was catching jump balls in td with Vick throwing to him. He was the only good thing about that practice against the pats.

            He’s fine, but not as a wr2. I’d say most teams have more talent at that position than we do.

          • anon

            Do they have a thing? Or were dbs not respecting coop? I do like coop I liked him before this year but he set shouldn’t be over valued. If only pay him bc he’s already an eagle and fa class isn’t strong.

          • OregonDucker

            Anon, I can just give you my opinion; it’s up to others to say whether it is fact. I believe Foles knows Coops timing and ability and can put the ball where the DB cannot possibly get it. He “trusts” Coop to make the play. You cannot single cover this event – but your double coverage is on DJax so Coop usually makes the play. Again, this is just my opinion.

          • mksp

            He also lost the Saints game for us (I mean, sort of). It’s gonna be a while before I forgive him for that drop.

    • Andy124

      Re: Your surprise:

      He’s been talked about a lot previously and those who argued against seem to have won the argument. Somebody correct me if my memory is off, but I believe the primary points were: injury prone, inconsistent hands, not as big as you think.

      • GEAGLE

        Change for the sake of change….Rather have Maclin, ATleast we can count on his Charecter, and out of the two injury risks,Mac will be much cheaper and involve less of a risk

      • peteike

        Thats about right, I was one who questioned him a while back. He balled though for a bit there before this last season and half or so. So there is reason to believe he has something just not sure why it dropped off so quickly. Def inconsistent and injury prone, things you cant deny.

    • Token

      I can see some of the appeal I guess. But no thanks. Injury prone. I think hes a bit of a headcase.

      • GEAGLE

        He has “dude that will cash in one last time and then mail it in” written All over him….ATleast Maclin is hungry and desperate to play his ass off so he can get his value back up. That is not a dude I would be comfortable giving millions to and GUARENTEED years….If Nicks wants to sign a one year prove it deal, yeah I’d take him. But I don’t trust that dude one bit

  • GEAGLE

    These are our WRs…you know when I’ll be ready to replace them? After we have drafted,groomed players in our system and they prove that they can no longer be kept off the field…keep your starters, draft players to fill the backup spots, paying them rookie money, and develop Homegrown eagles to eventually take over for our starters…

    • anon

      So you aren’t trying to win in the next couple of years? It’s not Luke we have a ton of pro bowlers, esp. on d.

      For wrs if there was a good fa I’d say take him. I’m all in for jones or mccluster.

  • Token

    So when are the Eagles signing Jonathan Martin? You know its coming. Lurie loves reclamation projects.

    I dont know anything about the player. Good run blocker right? But a tackle prospect correct?

    • GEAGLE

      Please NO!! Not with our media and crazy fans…we will never hear the end of it. It will be worst than signing TEBOW…lol I’d be down to “rehabilitate” incognito :).. I will always have a soft spot for Psycho linemen

      • Token

        No. Hes a POS. You want less of them on the team.

        If Martin can actually play I wouldnt care if they signed him. Im just think he might be Shawn Andrews mentally. Could play RT with Lane moving over.

  • peteike

    “The Tennessee Titans were dragged down by up to six players who qualified as “cancers” and didn’t care that the team wasn’t winning, tight end Delanie Walker said in a Radio Row interview at the Super Bowl.”

    Chemistry matters, love that this current team/coaches seem to be on the right side of this equation. Add to it that its only a year after a complete debacle in that regard.

  • anon

    I actually think Kelly got a real feel for what pros are like. I think he realizes he needs a stronger wr core. People we often unable to get open against man coverage. Kelly schemes against it but at the end of the day you need players that can win one on one battles against physical dbs especially in middle of field. So I think we do upgrade skill positions significantly. Maclin not helped by fact that fa is before draft and before Kelly can see his skillset.

  • Kev_H

    It’s probably more appropriate to ask if Cooper ‘s success is a product of Nick Foles. The Chip Kelly “system” (if that makes any sense) was spotty until Foles came along. Facts are facts.

    • GEAGLE

      Absolutely…chips system means nothing to coop if Vick plays 16 games. Hahahahaha I just said “Vick plays 16 games” in the same sentence

      • anon

        And he’s just not that talented for cms to pay for. Good in redzone though, but you can get similar production from a good te.

        • GEAGLE

          Not just that, but there are a lot of big sexy names teams will want to throw money at before they even look at Cooper, not to mention an amazing WR draft class…I think we are overestimating the market for Cooper. Dudes like:
          Emanual Sanders
          Decker
          Jacoby jones
          BOldin
          Nix
          tate

          And teams that want ST play or Redzone threats would target others before Coop:
          Ted Ginn
          Hester
          James Jones
          ….
          Don’t think there is this big money waiting for Coop that people keep worrying about

          • Token

            Yea thats what I was saying yesterday. People expect a big deal, it wont be. Avant type money at the max. Its not a contract to worry about. In the end I expect Avant to be gone and it will be a near wash cap wise.

  • GEAGLE

    Miscellaneous:

    Keep an EYE on the Jimmy Graham Situation since Drew Brees might have pulled a “McNabb” lol…when asked about whether he views Graham as a WR or TE(It’s only in question because of the franchise tag), Brees responded emphatically that he is just a TE….I don’t know Jimmy’s Charecter, but He may not like a QB screwing with his money basically taking managements side. Brees ain’t dumb, he knows Why he was asked and the context in which that question was being asked, and he basically inferred that Graham should make much less money because he doesn’t deserve to be tendered as a WR..

    Cliff Cap man, Riddle me this….Can the Skins afford to sign Orakpo! Aqib Talib AND still be able to sign Ward or Byrd?

    Ward is officially GONE!!! banner’s top priority will be retaining Top ranked Center,Mack and it won’t be cheap. I just don’t see Banner signing both Ward and Mack to mega deals, and he isn’t a “fan” of the franchise Tag. Redskins will Def try to sign Talib and retain Orakpo before they go after an Elite Safety. Oakland will def prob overpay for one..wondering who our competition would be for the other?

    • GEAGLE

      They are saying Denver can’t retain Knowshon. I hope Howie trolls shady and announces the signing of Knowshon as an early April fools
      ..
      Hearing ravens Jameel McClain and Bears Julius peppers might be cap casualties. Ike Taylor’s old ass too….anyone hearing any other potential names?

    • anon

      Almost every team needs safeties. Jets could be one option.

      • GEAGLE

        Im most worried about the Bengals as our main competition, but they have a cheap owner. How much more can the jets keep investing in defense and ignoring Offense?

        • anon

          I don’t think they get WR/TE help in FA. Be interesting to see what their draft is like.

    • cliff henny

      they’re about same as Eagles. have to move on from some guys to do it, namely trent williams, josh morgan and london fletcher-retired so not sure how that works. see them around 30m available with those 3 moves. so, yeah, technically, but wouldnt be smart. . they need help in trenches. think they need to go Howie’s route last yr, after Orakpo.

      • GEAGLE

        Trent Williams? Why in the world would they cut him?

        • cliff henny

          stupidity. and snyder wants shiny new toys. they have about 6m less than eagles right now, mariweather is 2m no dead, he’s gone. fletcher is confusing, he’s off books, but is 6m with 2m dead. not sure how retirement works. should have to take dead. it’s the risk of having older players with long term contracts.

    • Token

      I cant see Orakpo getting away. Even tho id like him to.

      Skins invested 2 picks in safety last year. I thought they liked both kids but they got injured didnt they? Skins have many holes to fill.

      You would think that after being with the Browns and Bills that Ward and Byrd dont wanna go to another trash franchise.

    • Jarrod

      Do you think Green Bay could be a player? I could see them screwing us in FA or the draft. Seems like they need the same positions.

  • justinhis

    What about jackson moving inside in a sort of amendola type slot role?

    • Mr.SweetDickWillie

      to fragile

  • Maggie

    there is a FA receiver playing in the super bowl this weekend who should work just fine in the slot, if he is affordable. A Seahawk.

    • GEAGLE

      Again with this nonsense?

  • Mr. Magee

    Don’t understand Tim’s point of view in this one… He says WR position is more likely to be “tweaked,” but then says the it’s a “5″ in terms of needing to be addressed.

    With Maclin coming back, something has to give. I’m also inclined to believe that Kelly wants an upgrade in terms of overall size. My bet is that Avant is gone (replaced by a bigger body), and that either Cooper or Maclin (most likely Maclin, IMO) end up disappointed with the number of targets they receive in 2014. All of this assumes no injuries, of course.

    • anon

      Think 5 meant that we’ve got contract situations that have to be dealt with this offseason.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    This is Maclin’s third ACL injury/ surgery. I don’t see anyone giving him more than he may get offered here. Well… Andy might.

  • Honest_T

    1. I think Benn or BJ Cunningham makes the team as our slot receiver. How can you guys completely overlook them? They are question marks at this point, but so was Coop last year and now some fools want to hand him $20 mil. I think we see new faces at WR, but they are as likely to come from the practice squad as the draft. I’d love to see that kid from LSU come back from Tampa (Shepard?).

    2. No way Howie writes a $20 million check to Coop.

    3. I still disagree with the whole 1 year “prove it” deal for Mac. If you have the advantage now, lock him up for multiple years at a discount, if you want him. If not out your coaching and development resources into someone else who is long term. You have to extend Cox, Foles, and Kendrick next year, so Mac is not getting resigned to a big contract even if he “proves it”, so the Eagles have to make the call now to keep him or cut him.

  • Jarrod

    Personally I think Coop gets money and the Eagles don’t pay. Coop’s stats: 47/84, 835yds, 8TDs. Laurent Robinson’s 2012 stats: 54/81, 858yds, 11TDs and he got a 5yr $32.5 million deal. Plus we already have Coop’s replacement on the roster in Benn.

    I think Maclin comes back. I think he’d rather stay put on a 1yr prove-it deal and get his payday next year.

    Avant should restructure and come back and the Eagles should want him in that locker room at least for the off-season.

    I could see adding a high upside FA for cheap (e.g. Kenny Britt) but I wouldn’t focus on it.

    Then I would keep WR as a priority in the draft. Grab 1-2 players with picks (1 in Rds 1-3 and later rds) and maybe pick up a couple UDFAs.

    I love Mike Evans but I doubt he lasts til pick 22. Marquise Lee seems like a solid player. I think Allen Robinson would be an excellent fit (big, plays hard, outside or slot, good RAC). Jarvis Landry is a nice prospect that could fit in the slot. I would even like to see them add DAT because he is just such a special player (although he would be considered an RB right?).

    WR1 – DJax
    WR2 – Evans/Robinson/Lee/Maclin
    WR3 – Landry/Late Rd Pick/Avant
    WR4 – FA/Benn/Smith

    • Token

      Benn. Kenny Britt?

      This looks like a doomsday scenario.

      • bill

        Counting on Benn staying healthy to be your #2 is like basing your retirement on winning PowerBall. And that’s assuming he makes the next step to become as good as Cooper was this year (obviously far more likely, so not as bad of an assumption).

  • Joe from Easton

    JMac in the Slot!

    • cliff henny

      you mean the guy that falls down when safety gets within 3 yards of him is all of a sudden going to make contested catches and run thru traffic? think Mac would never play in slot, and kelly would freak first time he gator arms or self tackles

      • Joe from Easton

        I have to start using that sarcastic font. I’m well aware of Maclin’s propensity to avoid contact. It has always driven me nuts about him.

        • cliff henny

          ok, good. seen it tossed about as serious suggestion.

          • Joe from Easton

            I mean it’s possible that the “prove it deal” (assuming that’s what happens) put together with Kelly’s camp competition system could push Maclin to another level of play in which he makes plays like that, but I wouldn’t count on it. He’s got the skills to play any receiver spot, he just needs the balls.

  • Joe from Easton

    I got called Riley Cooper while playin’ some round ball yesterday. I wonder if it was the one handed leaping catch while streaking down the court, or just the fact that I’m white. I’m guessing they chose Riley Cooper instead of “Mossed ‘eeem” for a reason.

  • Explorer51

    Lots of speculation in the KC press and blogosphere that Maclin will be a prime target for the Chiefs, particularly since AR was always a big fan. And, for what it’s worth, remember that Maclin was born, grew up in, and played his college ball in Missouri; if you think back to when he had the horrific health scare a few years ago, it was clear he was very close to his family and friends there.

  • PaoliBulldog

    I wonder how close the Browns came to trading Josh Gordon last year….

  • d33x

    I think if Coop looks for big money he’s gone, theres to many clones to him on our PS that have the same intangibles i.e.; big body, goes up for the ball ( A.Benn and BJ.Cunningham). Maclin needs to prove to our Coaches he is fully recovered from his injury, than I think there’s no question he returns, he’s proved to be productive in this league, and I believe he truly does want to stay in Philadelphia. Other than that, I think Avant is gone, and we draft another big bodied WR in the early rounds.

  • Vick3

    I hate the fact eh Jackson is used at a #1. He’s a 2nd option
    and would excel as a slot receiver. We need a big fast receiver who can create
    some separation and have good hands sound more like a wish but that’s
    what the Eagles need.