The receiving corps is thin for the Eagles ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, but there are still some moves to be made to add depth and optionality moving forward.
The Philadelphia Eagles went into the 2020 new league year with a glaring hole at the wide receiver position. Fast forward two weeks and the team has done nothing to address their most significant weakness.
The Eagles’ offseason has been littered with acquisitions to bolster the defense, including the signing of a big-money free-agent defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and a trade for a lockdown cornerback in Darius Slay. They also decided to bring back two members of their 2019 secondary in Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod while saying goodbye to Malcolm Jenkins, the leader of the defense for the last six years.
Even the supplemental signings have been defensive-minded, with the team bringing in linebacker Jatavis Brown, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, and safety Will Parks. With the defensive side of the ball seemingly taken care of, it’s time for the team to turn its attention to the other side.
While there are still holes at running back and at the third tight end position, the team’s main concern should be finding a wide receiver. Currently, the position consists of four players: Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Greg Ward. Robert Davis, Deontay Burnett, and Shelton Gibson are among the other names under contract for the 2020 season, but they are likely to be cut before Week 1 kicks off. Without significant growth, it would take a disaster of 2019’s proportions at the position to see those names on the Week 1 roster.
Jeffery and Jackson are both coming off season-ending injuries, Arcega-Whiteside struggled in his rookie season, and Ward has to prove that the 2019-2020 season was no fluke. There are no sure things anywhere on that list.
There aren’t many players available that would move the needle much from a pre-draft standpoint, but there are still options to help improve the Eagles ahead of April’s selection meeting.