Philadelphia Eagles: Analyzing the WR position before the 2018 NFL Draft
Shelton Gibson: The Question Mark
The Eagles spent a fifth-round pick on Shelton Gibson back in last years draft. The 5’11” speedster was expected to become the young deep threat that the Eagles haven’t had since their days with DeSean Jackson. Unfortunately, Gibson could not wow his coaches in the preseason. In fact, he even struggled tremendously in practice.
Not only did Gibson hardly get any separation with his routes in the 2017 preseason, but he struggled just merely to catch the ball. Had it not been for his special team’s contributions, Gibson would’ve been cut in no time. Now Gibson will get his second shot with the Eagles offense in his second year, but it won’t be easy for him.
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If the Eagles do happen to select a wide receiver in the 2018 draft, Gibson could easily be the odd man out by final roster cuts. The Eagles liked to keep six guys active on gameday in the past, and Gibson was fortunate enough to be suited up for some of those games in 2017. But if he doesn’t start to issue a lot more value sooner than later, then he will most likely find himself on the waiver wire by the end of August.