Eagles: Best Options To Fill Remaining Roster Holes

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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

Wide Receiver

Unless head coach Chip Kelly is somehow content with Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper and Josh Huff as his top three wide receivers, the position is going to be addressed. Matthews had a very promising rookie year but he played exclusively in the slot and rarely lined up anywhere else. Cooper clearly had an awful year in 2014 compared to what he did in 2013. Huff didn’t show much when he was on the field either this past season. Consistently made mistakes but if he can get over the “rookie jitters”, he could return to being a dangerous weapon in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense, just like he was at Oregon.

As far as free agency goes, there are still some talented players on the market. But the Eagles lack of interest thus far makes it seem unlikely that they’ll sign any of them. Players like Michael Crabtree, Denarious Moore, Dwayne Bowe, Hakeem Nicks and Greg Jennings would all be solid additions to the roster. Yet it looks like Philadelphia will focus on addressing the position in the draft.

This year’s draft class is similar to last year’s since it is deep at wide receiver. There are prospects of all different shapes and sizes that can be had throughout the entire draft. Philadelphia has already shown significant interest in two prospects, USC’s Nelson Agholor and Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong, bringing both to Philadelphia for visits. Agholor is considered a day two prospect and Strong, a Philadelphia native, is one of the draft’s best receivers and many believe he won’t get out of the first round. Strong hinted on his Instagram account that he visited the Eagles while Agholor’s visit was reported by Yahoo’s Rand Getlin.

There are plenty of options at wide receiver throughout the draft but if the Eagles are serious about fixing the hole there, they’ll draft someone early. In the first round, besides Strong, a player such as Michigan’s Devin Funchess might be an intriguing option. Although didn’t test well at the combine, his size and skill set would make for a dangerous weapon in Kelly’s offense. Auburn’s Sammie Coates and Ohio State’s Devin Smith are both speedy receivers that the Eagles could also target somewhere on day two of the draft.

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