Here’s what Goodwin may have brought to the Philadelphia Eagles’ table.
The Eagles probably didn’t need Goodwin to catch 100 passes, go over 1,000 yards receiving or be the team’s number one option at wide receiver. Perhaps, knowing that he could stretch the field and take coverage away from his teammates was priority one. In 2013, during his NFL Combine workout, Goodwin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds, and there isn’t any indication he’s slowed down. His production did slip however as he only appeared in nine games.
In 2019, Goodwin caught 12 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown. In his best NFL season, he hauled in 56 receptions for 962 yards and two touchdowns. Surprisingly, he’s never scored more than four touchdowns in any given year, so losing Goodwin doesn’t mean that Philly lost an All-Pro. Sure, he’ll be missed, but he’s totally replaceable.
What are the Philadelphia Eagles’ current options at wide receiver?
At this point, most of the 2019 free-agent wide receivers have found a home, so you have to figure that the guys that are still available are available for some very good reasons. They may be injury-prone, subpar, or simply past their prime. Also, there are those who have been suspended, come with character concerns, or are one misstep away from an arrest and not playing in a while. Then again, whomever Philly signs will come with flags and/or a bargain price tag.
All in all, the Eagles should be looking for a wide receiver that can catch 20-40 passes and around three or maybe four touchdowns. Looking at the glass from a half-full perspective, Goodwin’s role won’t be hard to replace, but the Eagles will really have to scrape the bin for a competent wide receiver. Fortunately for the Eagles, the bin is still full of a few that can fill in if the “Birds” aren’t totally sold on what they have or someone gets hurt.