The Eagles’ Depth Chart At Wide Receiver

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We got a request from a reader yesterday to run through the Eagles’ wide receiver depth chart with the guys currently on the roster.

And since we are a blog of the people, we will oblige.




The Eagles currently have nine wide receivers on their roster (that does not include pass-catchers like TE Zach Ertz and RB Darren Sproles).

Below is a player-by-player look at how each guy figures into the team's 2014 plans. Keep in mind that this outlook will likely change post-draft.

Jeremy Maclin - As we mentioned recently, if healthy, Maclin is the early favorite to lead the team in targets. He is a good route-runner and does a lot of things well, although he doesn't have one skill that sets him apart. Maclin can get open downfield at times, but he's nowhere near the deep threat DeSean Jackson has been. In the past five seasons, among WRs who caught at least 100 balls, Jackson ranked third in yards per catch (17.7). Maclin ranked 57th (13.4). Coming off of ACL surgery, he is expected to be full-go by training camp and should be featured both outside and in the slot. Maclin can obviously be penciled in as a starter going into the spring.

Riley Cooper - Given the way things currently stand, Cooper is the other starter on the outside. He averaged a team-high 17.8 yards per catch in 2013 (third-best in the league). Chip Kelly spoke last week about what he wants in a wide receiver.

"You want someone that can separate from one-on-one coverage, be where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there with separation and catch the football," he said. "And that’s the biggest aspect for it. It can come in a lot of different ways. It can be the speed element of it. It can be the power and size element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to cut it."

With Cooper, it's the power/size element. He doesn't need to necessarily be open to make a play. Nick Foles will take chances on Cooper to track the ball down and fight off defenders, something he did well in 2013. The Eagles will be counting on him to provide a repeat (or better?) performance without Jackson on the other side.

Arrelious Benn - Things get incredibly dicey beyond the first two guys. Benn will only be 26 when the season starts, but he's coming off his second ACL injury in the past four years. At 6-2, 220, Benn is someone Kelly and the organization liked enough to trade for last offseason. He has good size, is an excellent blocker and can line up both inside and outside. If Benn can prove he's healthy, he has a shot to get into the WR mix, but at the same time, there's no guarantee he even ends up on the roster.

Brad Smith - Yes, he is still on the roster. The Eagles added Smith during last season, and according to Adam Caplan, they restructured his deal for 2014. Smith played a total of 20 snaps after joining the team in Week 11, finishing with two catches for 27 yards and two carries for 2 yards. He also saw limited action (four attempts) as a kickoff returner. Smith is the kind of guy Kelly values on the back end of the roster because he's capable of filling a number of roles. Offensively, though, he seems like nothing more than a rotational/depth guy.

Jeff Maehl - One of Kelly's guys from Oregon, he played 11.7 percent of the snaps last year, per Pro Football Focus. Maehl knew the system, but was largely a non-factor, finishing with four catches for 67 yards on nine targets. He'll have to compete for a roster spot this spring and summer.

Damaris Johnson - He was a complete non-factor, playing just 53 snaps all season while catching two balls for 14 yards. Johnson also did very little on special teams as a returner and lost that job. Kelly never seemed to think Johnson was capable of contributing much offensively. At this point, he's a longshot to make the roster.

Ifeanyi Momah - The 6-7, 239-pounder created some buzz when he signed, but looked extremely raw on the practice fields. His timed speed didn't translate, and Momah rarely showed that he knew how to use his size as an advantage. He'll practice with the Eagles, but barring some kind of monumental leap, should not be considered a candidate to contribute in 2014.

B.J. Cunningham - He was active for two games last year, but finished the season on the practice squad. It's unlikely he gets on the field for the Eagles in 2014.

Will Murphy - He played for Kelly at Oregon and made the 90-man roster last year after a spring tryout. He is a practice body who knows Kelly's system.

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  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

    so….we have 2 WRs penciled in to make the team, 1 coming off injury. 7 iffy guys.
    Ertz, Celek, Sproles aside… what is the over/under on WRs drafted or picked up as rookie FAs? Rather, new guys who end up on roster not in this list?
    I’m setting the line at 2.5

    • Will

      WR should be 1st pick in draft. I like the over sounds like after Maclin & Cooper the rest need to go…

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        smith will probably stay, likely as 4th/5th WR and ST guy. Benn is WC, but hopefully no better than our 4th (assuming a rookie steps us well enough to see more snaps). The rest are all upgradeable or PS candidates, hopefully we have more talented kids take those snaps.
        And of course, likely more 2 TE and 2 RB sets this year with Sproles and growth of Ertz.

        • Johnny Domino

          Benn and Maclin are tied in ACL repairs, that should count for something, right?

          • Will

            Scary…

      • anon

        There’s quality all over the draft — we could take ones anywhere that would be as good or better than what we’ve got.

    • Philly0312

      I’ll go with the Over. I see 3 guys on this list making it for certain, and likely 3 guys making it who are not on this list.

    • Tom W

      Im taking over thinking 4 …. two draft, two udfas.

      I got first round grades and scheme fit on 4: Watkins, Evans, ODB, Cooks

      Second rd: Adams, Robinson, Benjamin, Moncrief

      Third round: Herron, Landry

      Fourth round: Huff; Bryant

      Fifth round:Cory Latimer

      Sixth Round: Brandon Coleman

      • Richard Colton

        I’m not high on Lee either, but he doesn’t even get a 2nd round grade from you?

        • Tom W

          I took him off our board. Injuries and not a burner or big body blocker. too much like maclin and figured chips mantras doesn’t wanna duplicate players. but I would have him first in second round. I also took mathews off our board bc of scheme fit. not very athletic nor can separate very well.

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            I don’t read a lot of Mocks. It’s there a growing sentiment that Benjamin slides into the second? I don’t like him at 22. But at 54 or even jumping up a few spots of he’s out there dangling….F-yeah

          • Tom W

            There is a difference between draft grade and where someone gets drafted. LIke the cowboys had third round grade on that olineman last year but took him in the first bc of need. Same w eagles and Jarret. Benjamin may go in the first, but I don’t think he rates as a first round wr. Eagles had a 2 rd grade on Logan and Barkley. but they fell. Everyone had different grades on different players. And alot of players aren’t included on teams boards because of fit, injuries, character, intelligence, etc.

            And no I don’t see how Benjamin falls to 54 … don’t think he gets past steelers in the second rd

            I just look at the summary of 500 mocks on a weekly basis to see where the market for players is moving .. and benjamin has been trending down since the combine while other wrs like odb and cooks have been trending up. I think Lee or Benjamin is the fifth wr off the board .. probably in the late first rd, early second. really depends what a team wants.

          • Richard Colton

            Say he does, and is the highest remaining player on the Eagles’ draft board. Let’s say the Eagles also drafted ODB in round one. If you’re Howie – do you follow your board and go back-to-back WRs?

            I would.

          • cliff henny

            what about back to back to back to back to back to back?

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Yeah considering Maclin is on a 1yr deal, Coop basically a 2yr. And that’s all you got. Lock up the kids and your set for 4 years Length of Foles 2nd contact.

      • Joe Thomas

        I like Jordan Matthews in the 2nd round personally. He got size, speed, and pedigree.

        • Tom W

          I like him I just don’t think he does what chip wants well … separate and beat man coverage. he doesn’t play as fast as he is timed and he was forced alot of balls in blowouts in the SEC in Vandy against prevent coverage to boost his receiving numbers. I think he is a good possession wr in a west coast offense. Don’t think he matches up w our offensive scheme

      • Will

        Dri Archer didn’t make your 2nd RD? 4.26 speed faster then DeSean…

        • Tom W

          More of an “athlete” than a running back which we played mostly in college. Like a Deanthony Thomas and would presumably play a similar role in our offense. Not a pure wr.

          For eagles and the rest of the nfl, he is a luxury pick that I don’t see going before the 5th round if not later….certainly not the second rd … despite what nfl.com says. cbs has him as a 5th-6th rounder. He has durability concerns and fumbles a lot as well.

          beyond that, I don’t think chip likes drafting guys from small schools .. oklahoma, stanford, lsu, usc, ncstate, bama, utah, oregon st, etc. I applaud the way he drafts.

          • anon

            Agree -except for the Pac-10 bias.

      • ODBorBustAllDay

        Colemans not a 6th rounder. I pray he does slide to a spot we can grab him, but I doubt it. He’s a specimen, and he goes hard. I hear he has inconsistent hands, but GD that boys a monster.

        • Tom W

          Horrible hands, inconsistent, body catcher, injuries, plays slow. May go earlier if someone wants a big body, but there is alot of those in this draft like hoffman, street, saginaw valley wr. big wrs aren’t that hard to find. look at ramses barden

          • dp03

            I’m a Rutgers alum and season ticket holder. I hope Coleman succeeds in the NFL and the Eagles get him late so I can replace my L.J. Smith jersey .

            Like TomW, wouldn’t take him before 6. Agree with the bad hands/body catching statement and probably the injury prone part. If healthy (a key caveat), I don’t agree with the plays slow plays slow assessment. Coleman did play slow this season, but he had offseason knee surgery and admitted after the season that he was never 100% for any game.

            Watch tape of the end of 2011 and the 2012 season and he runs away from allot of defenders. Put on the Arkansas game in 2012, he beats them with a sluggo from about 20 yards out and takes WR quick pass about 45s the house.

          • Richard Colton

            R!

      • mksp

        Cody Latimer is 2nd-3rd round lock, no way he lasts til the 5th. Eagles have shown interest.

        • Tom W

          Saw we were bringing him in a few days ago.

          Its a draft grade, not a projection where he gets drafted.

          Lock is a little much. is that a second round lock or you hedging him a third round lock? I try not to paint myself in a corner.

          If all you look at is proday forty times which are notoriously faster than combine times, than maybe that gets him a fourth rd grade, but he is pretty raw in his route running and isn’t very elusive or quick per se. I try not raise players too much based on their prodays … certainly not three rounds.

          But w a historically deep wr class I don’t see him getting drafted before the fourth round. he falls outside the top 15 wrs for me and most draft sites so teams would really have to go nutz for him to get drafted that high based on number of wrs taken in previous 10 drafts if first three rounds

      • Richaud Jeaffreson

        If they take Benjamin before the 3rd, I will have lost all faith in humanity.

    • Chris

      Over. I think there could be a dark horse mid-level FA that Chip ends up liking, and the draft should yield two. Sidney Rice? Denario Alexander? Hell, torn ACL and missed 2013 season, seems like a perfect candidate for Howie

    • cliff henny

      nice line, i’ll take 3, one early pick, one later and take a draftable graded guy that falls out, Washington out of Mizzou.

    • Kevin

      I think they will end up with 3 pick-ups at WR (probably one high in the draft and two udfa’s). Kelly will want to upgrade and provide competition, but lets not forget, this is a run-first team. I don’t see Kelly going all AR and chucking the ball 70% of the time.
      I would be curious to see what happens on draft day if Ebron (the Top TE) slides down to 22… I think most mock drafts have him in the top 15. Does Chip pass on a WR or DB for another TE? And if he does, do Eagles fan’s revolt?

    • Scott J

      I don’t think of Kelly’s offense as players with positions, I think of them as players that can play different positions. Ertz and Sproles can line up anywhere. Along with the Maclin and Cooper, we have Celek, Ertz, Shady, and Sproles. Those are pretty good weapons.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        yea, that’s great, but we’ll still have x WRs on the roster, x TEs, x RBs, etc. Just playing with the #s. I mentioned those guys above

        • Scott J

          The roster hasn’t been finalized yet.

    • Keepingitreal

      In 2013, the Eagles lost their top receiver (Maclin) before the season started. Jackson was coming off injuries and 700 yard 2 TD season, Cooper had 248 yards and 3 TDs. Just acquired Benn went down to injury as well. So we entered the season with (at the time) an erratic wide receiver, and a stack of receivers nobody thought could play.

      How’d that season turn out on the passing front?

      In 2014, the Eagles have Maclin back, Cooper getting comfortable as the 2nd WR, and a host of guys in their 2nd year of Kelly’s system and all competing for playing time.

      It’s not a train wreck on offense folks. Chip Kelly and this offense will do very well. DeSean Jackson disappeared in most of 2013 victories – of the 10 wins, only 3 did Jackson catch over 100 yards (Redskins opener, first Giants game, and the Oakland blowout). Eagles won a lot of games when Jackson did not show up in the box scores.

      The sky is not falling, it’s not jaccaggedon. It’s just another chapter of Eagles football.

    • myeaglescantwin

      ^ remember when we were arguing DeSean’s value as a true #1 receiver..
      “he who laughs last”

    • James Skip Carl

      At least 4 counting UDFA’S

  • GumboGumbo

    There’s no way that Chip turns into Andy and thinks our current WR corp will be good enough to get by. I’d like to see Cooks or Benjamin in the first or Geagle’s Moncrief in 2nd or 3rd. Either way we need some pass catchers

  • borntosuffer

    Is it wrong to believe that Benn could be a solid depth guy based more on the fact that he has good size and speed and hasn’t proven otherwise yet than his past contributions? I think so. But, I will be hoping, anyway.

    • Chris

      I’m on board with Benn. hopefully he rehabs well, I’d like to think he’d be a good fit if healthy

    • usmcnole

      I think Benn could be a welcomed surprise this year. Nothing spectacular but a good contributor. I thought he could have won the battle with cooper last year had he remained healthy

      • Johnny Domino

        “had he remained healthy”

        Oh, if I had a nickel, I’d be making DeSean money,

        • peteike

          thank you, relying on Benn this season is not very promising if you ask me. Be nice to have a bit more stability but too late for that

      • ODBorBustAllDay

        Imagine how that would have changed history. Cooper should kiss Maclin and Benn every day for as long as they’re on the same team. Without them going down, he’d quite possibly be back in Oklahoma dreaming of what could have been.

        • dnabrice

          Oklahoma??? He’s got a job in Florida Real Estate with his dad as soon as he’s done in the NFL……

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Oh word? Is pops a real estate tycoon down the pan handle? I usually limit my creepy knowledge of athletes personal lives to sexy spouses.

    • cliff henny

      one thing never brought up about Benn, because he’s physically imposing and has that knee, he has brick hands. hopefully they locked the wheels on his wheelchair infront of a jugs machine for 6 months

      • OregonDucker

        Benn’s on thin ice. Chip will help him but Benn has to deliver.

  • Honest_T

    Learn the name Cory Latimer, and no he won’t last until the 5th round. 6′ 4″, with 4.4 speed a 40 inch vertical, and did more reps on the bench than any other WR. Big, fast, strong, and was 3rd best WR in Big 10 as a junior. He will maul you, mash, you, or run by you. He is Martavis Bryant without the drops and ego.

    • Will

      6’2″ at NFL Combine…

    • JosephR2225

      Look up Jeff Janis. 6th-7th round prospect. Didn’t really see him play at all at Saginaw Valley State, apart from a couple highlight films, but killed every measurable at the combine.

      http://mockdraftable.com/player/4498/

      • Adam G

        Mentioned him yesterday. He has the measurables, def won’t last til 6th or 7th round after the combine.

      • anon

        We already have Momah on the squad. Do we need another small school nobody?

        • Adam G

          Didn’t realize BC was a small school.

        • sean

          Momah went to Boston College, not really a small school.

        • cliff henny

          biggest difference is Momah had no college production, least this jeff Janis has a lot to look at.

        • peteike

          gotta keep plugging away and hope for the next TO or Brandon Marshall gem

    • Matty Boy

      I love this kid. He’s been brought in for a private workout (according to WalterFootball: http://walterfootball.com/draft2014meetingsteams.php), so I think he’s well on our radar.

    • aub32

      Why is he projected so low? Is he another Momah?

      • peteike

        as we know, big and fast numbers dont always translate. Same with small and fast just being the next djax. Never works like that. I get the draft talk etc though, not saying not to project potential players

  • Glenn

    It’s the system. Chip Kelly doesn’t need Jackson’s attitude or his ten million dollar salary. He never got double teamed anyway. We will just plug in maclin. If he gets injured. We will count on damaris Johnson or a rookie. It doesn’t doesn’t matter that desean will be a redskin. We shored up the secondary nicely with Jenkins. I am excited we are among the top teams in cap space. Let’s hope we don’t waste it on a better kicker or a veteran WR to give us depth.

    • cliff henny

      had me excited about that line of thinking till tossed in Damaris Johnson part

      • peteike

        and the not getting a better kicker part

        • cliff henny

          thanks, had to go back and read to end, stopped after DJ2.

    • Will

      WE need mis matches at WR big,tall,strong,fast,vertical leaping, ball snatching mean sons of bitches to battle for the football any where on the field…

      • anon

        That’s why we have TEs

        • Will

          Think Harold Carmichael, Megatron…WR that catch the ball at it’s highest point…remember CK loves his mis matches…look at Coop in this system…CB’s 5’9″ -6’0″ will have there hands full…CK said there are other factors besides speed to create separation from man coverage…

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Looking for a 6’7″ manchild to play WR for your team and win jump balls? You should join “MUTHAF#CKAZ 4 MOMAH” The Delaware Valleys 1st fan club for a 7th string receiver.

          • Will

            If he is any good he would be on the field a project at best there are better options before you ask Mike Evans for one and Kevin Benjamin…..

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Dude was coming back from a knee injury, and learning a new system in his first action on a football field since 2011. I think the fact they kept him on the Practice Squad, released him, and brought him back, is all you can take in terms of an endorsement. Chip obviously wants the kid to amount to something. 2 of our Defensive coaches were at BC during his tenure and vouche for his work ethic and charecter. The time I’ve heard him interviewed he’s just a down to earth kid trying to make good on his dream.

            I think this is his shot. If not this year, it probably won’t happen…. in Philly at least. But to say “if he was any good he’d have been on the field” doesn’t really fly given the slop we’ve seen take the field the last 15yrs. Guys make the team for all sorts of reasons, raw talent isn’t always cheif among them. It also doesn’t account for all the circumstances at play. I’m pulling for him, as a guy, and as a freak show.

          • Will

            Glad you are high on him and pulling for the guy truly as one fan to another I can respect that…hope he can play up to the potenial everyone see’s in him. I realize this is his make or break year maybe or maybe not…been almost 3 years since knee injury? Hope he can have a break out year….I look at Mike Evans who is ready to plug and play in Kelly’s Offense today…

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            I just don’t see any possible way we can move into the top 10 (my best projection) to get the kid. And trust me, for my money Evans is the BEST, most NFL ready receiver in this class. He’ll definitely have successful quicker than Watkins will, due to his size and strength. Them having him in for a workout is just due diligence. Now if you wanna come with me and find the kid, see if we can get him in a compromising situation with a few hookers and an 8 ball and help his draft stock tumble 12 or so picks….we should talk offline

          • Will

            LMAO….

          • Maggie

            I hope you’re cutting/pasting that fan club name each time. that’s a lot of typing CAPS otherwise! ;~)

        • ODBorBustAllDay

          Celeks not that guy really. He’ll fight, but he’s not exactly a leaper. I put him on the 2014 Farewell Tour with Trent, Ryans, & Herremans.

          • anon

            Nah, i mean unless we draft another guy he’ll still be here — we run too many multiple TE sets. Kelly loves him.

          • Adam G

            Not for that price. If he stays it will be bc his contract was reworked.

      • Glenn

        Desean who? Ifenayi Momah is a beast! Just waiting for an opportunity! Dumping desean is addition by subtraction.

    • aub32

      Wow just wow. I wouldn’t even know where to start with this post.

      • Richard Colton

        What? solid points all around. I myself totally forgot about Damaris Johnson. Problem solved.

        • cliff henny

          year ago we were all loving DJ2, thinking he’d become az-hakim like, slot killer. did he even see field? in pre-season even?

          • anon

            He was killing returns in pre-season back when our ST looked decent.

      • ODBorBustAllDay

        Stupidity like that takes a dedicated regimen of not watching games, only reading blog post of national writers who also don’t watch games and only read other national writers, 3-4 concussions in a 6 month period, steady inhalation of aerosol sprays to get high, and at least one hour a day licking lead based paints.

      • Glenn

        I hope you know what day it is.

    • Brian

      Nice piece of satire for April fools.

      • Glenn

        Indeed. Hey maybe with this new offensive lineman pickup we can cut Mathis. No room on this team for people who want to get paid fairly for superior play. Dropping Mathis salary will clearly put the team over the jets in salary cap space. We will call it the joe banner trophy.

  • anon

    Didn’t we get some guy from the bears??

    • oreofestar

      He was waived

      • anon

        Already? That bad, huh?

        • oreofestar

          yeah….

  • anon

    Since schedule of visits is out can we get some intel on some of the lesser known guys coming to visit?

    I didn’t see any kickers on the list…

  • cliff henny

    certainly sounds like Eagles are going to be relying on some rookies. hopefully familiarity with his system help, within reason it’s closer to what most of these guys are in college, cause Brady tried it with Dobson and Thompkins (who looked like world beater in pre-season against Eagles) and he couldn’t make that work.
    .
    just don’t take anyone on that tri-mester BS. set Ertz back 6 weeks or more. any of these top 15 or so WR on that graduation schedule?

  • oreofestar

    We are drafting 2 only Cooper and Maclin are surefire bets to make the roster everyone else is iffy, I say we either go first round and then late like ODB then maybe Hoffman r Coleman late in the draft or we can go Matthew or Robinson in he 2nd and then a 3rd or 4th guy like Moncrief, or Landry or something

    • anon

      so much crap on this roster be nice to just clear it all out

  • Aziz

    This is a great list. I’ve been avid reader of Birds24/7 since the beginning. I even followed Sheil Kapadia here. the article are always detailed and insightful. Here is an idea… Can we get a comparison of ACL injuries, by position, injury date and return date. I remember when RGIII got injured and he was terrible returning, but Adrian Peterson had one of the best carriers a back could have. Can we get a comparison?

    • anon

      I think part of that was that AP already knew what he was doing on a pro level — RGIII missed an important offseason

      • cliff henny

        and is a freak of nature outlier. Mac and Benn should be fine by both having full 9-10 months to recover. glad ACLs have come a long way in 5 yrs.

        • anon

          It’s amazing how many careers that injury had ended.

          • cliff henny

            the vet alone. worst I ever saw, the double blow, Chicago Davis. was just terrible.

        • peteike

          takes most guys til the 2nd season to be fully back after the surgery. AP was beyond the exception.

      • ODBorBustAllDay

        I think that was Bob’s 2nd or 3rd surgery too right?

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    Lets get Greg Salas back. he blew up last preseason in this offense and had a nice year for the Jets

    • anon

      That was an L, but oh well. Is jordan poyer still employed?

      • Johnny Domino

        At Walmart, I think.

  • Andy

    I’m not inspired by this group. Is it too late to bring back Jason Avant? Someone get Kevin Curtis’s agent on the phone.

    • Andy124

      Looks a little better if you add Sproles and draft picks.

    • Maggie

      Too bad we can’t go back 35 years and get MIKE Curtis’s agent. Now there was a linebacker. And the DC for that matter. Some guy named Chuck Noll.

  • Andy124

    He is a good route-runner and does a lot of things well, although he doesn’t have one skill that sets him apart. Maclin can get open downfield at times, but he’s nowhere near the deep threat DeSean Jackson has been.

    Heelllllooooooo Jerry Rice’s scouting report. :)

    • anon

      You shouldn’t disrespect mr. rice like that.

      • Andy124

        I think of it as more a testament to his greatness. With that scouting report, or something reasonably similar, he’s still the GOAT. Just that much more impressive.

        • cliff henny

          wonder if the rumor is true, or something Rice said in jest of himself, that he was faster in pads than out. cause, I sort of believed it. for a 4.6/4.7 guy, he left a lot 4.4 guys in the dust

          • anon

            Some guys have it on game day.

          • cliff henny

            Rice had it all. great player, had the running style, probably had his uniform tailored at the finest store. towel perfectly placed, man, he was a pleasure to watch…except for the 28 points they tossed up at the vet in 4th quarter.

          • Richard Colton

            I was at that game. left after the third quarter.

          • Andy124

            I know. Look at those YPC numbers. Insane.

    • Kev_H

      All of the draft sites had Maclin being a “bigger DeSean Jackson” coming out of college. It could be, and it seems like Maclin certainly feels. that the Eagles asked Maclin to do more things that Jackson couldn’t or wouldn’t do. So I don’t buy the simplistic “Maclin’s YPC is lower than Jackson’s so he is less of a deep threat”. Even if he is slightly less of a deep threat, playing with DeSean from 2009-2012 he caught significantly more balls for more TDs, so it isn’t a stretch to say that he could more than make up any deficit in one area by being a threat in more areas AND be more of a headache for defensive coordinators because of it.

      I’m sure that’s how the Eagles see it and I think the vast majority, if not all, NFL personnel offenses would choose Maclin over Jackson all else being equal, but then they don’t hire fans to work for them.

  • ODBorBustAllDay

    For those of you who dont know, I am the President and Founder of the oldest (and only) Ifeanyi Momah fan club in tge Delaware Valley, “MUTHAF#CKAZ 4 MOMAH”.

    Our mission statement: Look. You’re gonna bring in likely 3 bum ass receivers 3 every year who have little to no chance of making an impact and being anything more than pedestrians. Lets cut tye crap and just Ifeayni the 5th receiver job. Allow him to get as many 1st team reps as possible when Cooper/Maclin need a blow, and work of the inevitable rust he gathered during his lost senior season after the knee injury.

    At 6’7″ 235lbs, with 4.5 speed, he can undoubtedly be an asset Special Teams immediately. His length and athleticism could be particularly effective on the punt and FG blocking units. He showed a willingness and ability to run block last preseason. And given the opportunity with a QB of Foles caliber, We (I) have every confidence his ability in the passing game will shine through. After a season re acclimating himself to the game, and learning Chip’s expectations in the system, there’s no reason the kid can’t take the next step and become a contributing member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Given all the time and effort we’ve dumped into players with less promise, the Hurt Colemans’, and D’Embarass Johnsons.Guys like Jeff “better off delivering the” Maehl, Corny Ingram,Lacy Matthews……… Isn’t it time wet invest some time into a player with the potential to actually be special? Think of the great receivers the Eagles have cut in the past who went on to NFL stardom. Rod Smith, Jimmy Smith, Danny Amendola.

    Join us(me) “MUTHAF#CKAZ 4 MOMAH”, and make sure this is not the fate of our man Momah?

    • CJ

      That’s one hell of a mission statement.

    • damrvrhunter

      Jeff “better off delivering the” Maehl…Priceless!

  • UKEagle99

    If I cast my mind back to 2002 I have hope. Our current WR list looks a damn sight better than back then!

    Dameane Douglas
    Antonio Freeman
    Freddie Mitchell
    Todd Pinkston
    James Thrash

    • cliff henny

      Mr 4th and 26 i’d like to thank my hands always gets a pass from me. do like Freddie, he sucked, but like the guy

      • Adam G

        Turns out he’s not a good guy. Tax Fraud, non payment of child support. He’s in jail now I think.

        • UKEagle99

          Catching passes from Ryan Leaf!

        • ODBorBustAllDay

          Did you know…… He’s one of Chase Utleys best friends? Even introduced him to his wife. UCLA alums

      • ODBorBustAllDay

        All he did was catch 1st downs. Except that on that bounced off LJ Smith in the end zone and landed right in Freddie’s mitts. I ain’t mad at him.

        • cliff henny

          4th and 26…talk about crazy swing of emotions.

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Madness! We do all this fretting and speculating just to have a chance for one of those moments.

      • peteike

        met him at superbowl, totally a..clown. Watched him turn down a little kid for an autograph right in front of me as he just stood there leaning against the railing doing nothing. Like it wouldve been hard, and Im the last guy to buy into those autograph/cold shoulder stories. Of course I saw this one first hand so….for whatever thats worth

  • LookinAtMyGucci

    I’m not sure if anyone else noticed, but even with Jaccson, this list still wouldn’t be awe-inspiring. Additions (one or two by subtraction..cough..Damaris..cough), were going to be made anyway.

    • anon

      He at least gives you a guy to scheme against. And if you haven’t noticed the giants massively upgraded their secondary, Skins tried to make some improvements as well.

      • LookinAtMyGucci

        Oh I don’t take that away from him. It’s a loss. Hands down. My point is this bunch needed some serious tweaking, regardless of Jaccson…. Agree with the secondary upgrades by the the Ginas. The Foreskins tried, but they brought back D.Hall and Meriweather, and brought in a 35yr old safety, so, they remained about the same. At least they hurt their cap in doing so. The Ginas took a step forward on D for sure. Depending on what they do with the draft, I think they might be the biggest challenge.

  • Eagles1018

    Good tape on Jordan Matthews. One hold on a TD run but he’s a willing blocker. He can run a slant pattern….and he beats Jayden Watkins who the eagles wanna bring in for a visit….

  • peteike

    whats the deal with Robinson from Penn St. Looks like a beast, I think Id rather have him over ODB or Lee, what am I missing here?

    • cliff henny

      nothing. outside of Watkins and Evans, think you can put next 8 in almost any order you want, it’s close.

      • peteike

        aha, okay just seemed like consensus for first 4 or 5 guys in most things Ive read and seen on tv

        • ODBorBustAllDay

          I think Robinson is a sure thing. Right situation he’ll flourish year one. NE/DEN/SEA/SF end of round 1……. Houston at the top of Round 2 seems obvious with O’brien also. He’s gonna be a double digit TD threat for yrs.

      • Andy124

        When in doubt, be a homer! Draft A-Rob in the 2nd.

        And since PSU grabbed Franklin, Matthews is a homer-by-association pick with better speed.

    • JosephR2225

      I don’t know that you’re “missing” anything, they’re just different types of WRs. Robinson is a big strong body without breakaway speed who can outmuscle a CB for a jump ball along the sidelines, but he’s not going to take a 12-yard slant for 60 yards.

      • peteike

        right, just seems like these big WR with skills are rare and usually get a ton of attention. I guess the bust possibilities increase because of lack of speed/separation as well

  • travis papa

    Great site that actually listens to fans/posters. Can not find that anywhere. Awesome

  • dnabrice

    A few months ago we were pounding the fact that the Eagles needed to bolster their outside pass rush and safety. At this point WR has jumped to the top of the list. WHAT ABOUT OUR DEFENSE????? Will they go WR over the safeties that will probably slip to us in round 1?

    • JosephR2225

      Maybe I’m in the minority, but I take Howie at his word when he says they’re going to take the best player on their board at any position. If anything I would rather see them pass on WR in Round 1 unless someone head and shoulders above the rest is sitting there for them. There is tremendous value later in the draft at the WR position, and not so much at pass rusher or safety…

    • peteike

      right, now more positions of need it seems. They mocked Ealy or Pryor to us on path to draft last night if we go D. Mayock said Ha Ha was most likely gone since he had a good pro day. Can Robinson make it to end of Rd 2 I wonder.

  • Honest_T

    Last year we were talking about Coop not making the squad, let alone an impact. I can’t wait to see what kind of magic Chip works this year. He would not have cut DJ if he didn’t think one or more of those names above could be a consistent producer.

    • OregonDucker

      Chip is a football wizard. This year is a tougher schedule. We will see how he survives his NFL baptism. I believe he will.

  • JofreyRice

    wow, laid out like this it really looks like garbage. One of Cooper/Maclin goes down, they’re going to be leaning on Benn as a starter?

    • OregonDucker

      Chip will scheme-fit accordingly. He does not prefer A listers because of the baggage. He likes diamonds in the rough. He has created winners for years. He loves the game and players who love the game.

  • Kev_H

    I think Benn is better than Cooper (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJAEoKz-AWQ). He certainly had more success than Cooper prior to last year and I’m not sure why he isn’t considered a key part of the mix for 2014 on this blog.

    • Andy124

      2 Reasons:
      1) Injuries. Not only 2 ACLs but plenty of smaller ones during his time in TB.
      2) Cooper had his big year. Benn hasn’t. You can’t just say that before that Benn did more so Benn is better, because last year did happen.

      I still have hopes for Benn, just not expectations.

      • peteike

        great line, “I still have hopes for Benn, just not expectations.”

      • Kev_H

        I see what you are saying, but it seems to me like the press and fans understanding of injuries is lagging behind reality. If 2 ACLs were a game changer, the Redskins would need a QB and the Eagles wouldn’t have offered Maclin a long-term deal. The Eagles traded draft picks for Benn and signed him to a multi-year contract. Unless he went to some amateur surgeon, he should be ready to go. Who is the last athlete who got put out of business a knee injury? Tony Oliva?

  • Uncle Wonder

    • Tom W

      All day at 22 unless someone wants to move up to 22 and give us an early second, third, and fifth.

  • SoCalEaglesFan

    Wow that’s a pathetic group. Welcome back to the Thrash/Pinkston years. Thanks, Howie.

    • OregonDucker

      You have no idea what Chip is about. Pick another team.

      • JofreyRice

        You go first. If this guy has been watching since the Pinkston thrash days, he’s been an Eagle fan long enough to know what a crappy receiver corps looks like. You’ve been a fan for what, 13 months?

      • SoCalEaglesFan

        What? Pick another team? We people from Philly don’t “pick” teams, we’re born into a team. I’ve bled Eagles green since the 1960’s sitting in franklin field with my dad and grandfather. I’ll still be bleeding green years after Chip Kelly is gone. So will my son and later my grandson. You, on the other hand will move on as soon as Kelly does… Which won’t be too long from now.

  • myeaglescantwin

    God i hope Momah put in the work to make a jump this season. He looked lost last year when the ball was in the air. Could be scary if he puts it together.

    • jshort

      I’m hoping he’s been working on his game too….he runs a 4.40/ 40 to boot

  • myeaglescantwin

    i don’t believe Howie”steely eyed” Roseman will draft a WR in the first round. The options are iffy in rd 1 outside of the top 2 guys.
    WR is the toughest position for a rookie to make an immediate impact