Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Keys to Improve the Wide Receivers
By Jacob Brooks
Nov 27, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews (81) celebrates his first quarter touchdown with Josh Huff (11) against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
#3 – FOCUS ON THE YOUNG GUNS
2014 2nd round pick, wide receiver Jordan Matthews is exactly what we thought. Matthews posted an incredible rookie season and showed his value to this Eagles team. Matthews and Maclin make a great duo of receivers and both guys leave their ego at the door.
While Matthews did have some “rookie drops” his overall performance really showed what he is capable of. Matthews ended his rookie season with 67 catches, 876 yards and 8 touchdowns. A very productive season for a player that should only get better.
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If the Philadelphia Eagles cut Riley Cooper, they will need another wide receiver to step up. I think that could be another 2014 rookie, Josh Huff. Huff had his share of bad moments last season, but he also had flashes of solid play that the Eagles drafted him for. In case you missed it, Huff also adds value in the return game. Watch his 107 yard kickoff return touchdown.
Huff has some things to prove but I think in his 2nd season in this offense he will be more comfortable. The question would then become, which player plays outside receiver and which player plays inside slot receiver? The Philadelphia Eagles seem content to leave Jordan Matthews inside, but I’d like to see Huff take over the slot position.
Dropping Cooper and giving more playing time to Josh Huff would give the Philadelphia Eagles a very athletic and young wide receiver corp to build around.
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