slim pickings

Few options remain for the Eagles at receiver

Slim pickings for Eagles 

While the Eagles want to upgrade the receiver position things do not look good. Slim pickings remain for the Eagles in their search to add talent at the position. With Mike Wallace suffering a fibula injury most likely ending his season and Alshon Jeffery still weeks away it’s getting rough for the Birds. Nelson Agholor shined in Tampa Bay but he’s really the only threat right now. The only other healthy options are Shelton Gibson, Deandre Carter, and Kamar Aiken.

Who’s left?

After it was reported that the Browns planned to release Josh Gordon they were able to find a trade partner. That team was none other than the New England Patriots. The Patriots sent a measly fifth-round pick to Cleveland in exchange for the 27-year-old receiver. The Eagles had been rumored to be in the hunt but obviously didn’t make the move.


For Gordon’s sake, he joins a high-class organization that hopefully can get his career on track. Plus he gets to play with Tom Brady. So what is available? The answer is not much. Dez Bryant is still out there waiting for the right price. Former Eagles Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews remain as well. Finally to make room for Gordon the Patriots cut Corey Coleman so he is now an option. Some sleeper options are Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, and Dontrelle Inman but neither of these options is what the Eagles need.


Need game-changing talent.

Its simple the Eagles need to add some serious talent. Guys like Aiken, Bryce Treggs or Carter no offense just don’t appear to be the answer. Mack Hollins is on IR so currently, the Eagles have lost three of their top four options. Doug Pederson said today that the team is looking to add a veteran receiver.

Maclin or Matthews?

During their times in Philadelphia, both Maclin and Matthews were both very productive. Maclin’s best season came in 2014 where he set career highs in receptions and yards with 85 for 1318 yards. The following year in Kansas City he recorded 87. Maclin left for the Chiefs reuniting with Andy Reid.


Matthews spent the first three seasons of his career in midnight green before being traded. The Eagles acquired Ronald Darby from the Bills in exchange for Matthews. After one season the former Vanderbilt star was released by the Bills. He signed with the Patriots this offseason before being cut. Now Matthews is still just 26 and Maclin is 30 so there is still plenty of production there. They seem to be the most likely options. Its worth noting that the first career touchdown of Wentz’s career was to Matthews so there is chemistry there.

Wentz is back

Carson Wentz is back and that will certainly help. However he cant do everything himself. If the Eagles are serious about adding some help it appears these are the best options. Me personally i have no issue with any of these guys. Both Matthews and Maclin know what it takes to play for this team.

They were even teammates for one season. Dez brings drama but he would love the chance to get back at his former team twice a year. Coleman is in need of a confidence boost but this could be the place to help him. While slim pickings remain let’s see what Howie is able to cook up.

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