Suddenly Eagles' Receiving Corps Looks Suspect

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Dec 9, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) and wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Just three weeks ago, the Philadelphia Eagles looked like an offensive juggernaut injecting itself with steroids.  Wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin both re-signed with the team and now free agent wide receiver Jason Avant had yet to be cut from the team.  Nary was the word that receiver DeSean Jackson would be dangled in rampant trade rumors.  Fast forward to the here and now, and suddenly the Eagles have a pressing need at a vital skill position on offense.  With DeSean Jackson’s potential imminent departure, suddenly Eagles fans are left looking at a depth chart filled with guys eerily similar to James Thrash and Nae Brown.

Simply put, Philadelphia Eagles receivers behind Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin do not look very daunting.  Damaris Johnson seems very similar to former Kansas City Chiefs and now Tennessee Titans wide receiver Dexter McCluster in both potential as well as actual production on the football field.  While speed and maneuverability are important for small players, quite often they are unable to achieve long-term success outside of being return specialists or contributors on trick plays.  Also the recent off-season acquisition of running back Darren Sproles seems to negate most, if not all, possibilities of varying offensive packages Johnson could be included in.  It’s also unlikely that hybrid receiver/quarterback Brad Smith contributes in any way, shape, or form on offense based on the limited action seen of him thus far in his career.

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