Here’s what Philadelphia Eagles fans should expect from Marcus Green in 2020.
Green is not a lock for the practice squad despite spending all of the 2019 season there. Calling up Greg Ward Jr. was understandable since he had been with the team for three years, and he had proven that he deserved a shot. Promoting Robert Davis also made sense because the “Birds” wanted a primary receiver who could make the contested catch and be physical.
Still. Philly didn’t show much trust in Green when they decided to sign Deontay Burnett to the practice squad in mid-December and then promote him to the active roster just two weeks later. When they wanted a backup slot receiver, they opted to look outside of the organization.
Sure Burnett had an extra year of experience and showed flashes with the New York Jets in 2018, but it still doesn’t help Green’s case that much. Burnett also had 48 total yards most of which came on a 40-yard catch in his Eagles debut, this despite practicing with the offense for just two weeks.
Since Green has a full year with the Birds practice squad under his belt and can play on special teams, he’ll definitely have a shot at making the roster. Unfortunately, when you weigh everything, the kick return is slowly becoming a dying aspect of the game in today’s NFL. It shouldn’t be a surprise if they keep Green around and add him to their scout team, but it also shouldn’t send shock waves through the fanbase if they let him go either. Right now, it just looks like this team has too many options that are better.