Wide receiver is widely considered to be Philadelphia’s strongest position, with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant returning as the top three. There’s no doubt that trio will provide plenty of options to quarterback Kevin Kolb, but the Eagles get even deeper at wideout.
Hank Baskett returns to Philadelphia, signing as a free agent, and will be the favorite for the fourth receiver spot. But even with his size, experience and knowledge of the offense, Baskett should get a good challenge from rookie Riley Cooper. That battle for the fourth spot should be one of the most interesting in camp, but don’t be shocked if a relative unknown throws his name into the mix as well.
There’s a pretty good chance that whoever the Eagles don’t keep at wide receiver, should they choose to only hang onto five, will end up catching on elsewhere around the league. Chad Hall has some potential as a kick returner and has had tryouts with Atlanta and Buffalo in the past.
Penn State product Jordan Norwood is highly regarded by the Birds, at least as far as undrafted talent is concerned. Norwood was originally signed by Cleveland, but didn’t survive the final round of roster cuts in 2009 and landed in Philadelphia. After spending most of last season on the practice squad, Norwood is hoping to steal a spot from Baskett or Cooper.
Rounding out the receiving corp for camp are Blue Cooper, Kevin Jurovich and Dobson Collins. While none seem to have a very good chance of moving up the depth chart, you never know who may have an impressive camp and make a name for himself, thus getting a chance to crack another roster.
All in all, the Eagles have little concern about their group of receivers and the only thing to be determined is who ends up fourth on the depth chart. Given Reid’s history of preferring to give his draft picks time to develop, it would be somewhat of an upset if Cooper unseated Baskett for the number four spot.
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