In 38 career games over the course of four collegiate seasons, Trevon Grimes saw the field for two of the most storied programs at the NCAA level. As a freshman, in 2017, the six-foot-four, 218-pound wide receiver appeared in two games, hauling in three receptions for 20 yards in the Big Ten for the Ohio State Buckeyes. In 2018, he transferred, and that’s where a lot of Philadelphia Eagles fans took notice.
Playing in football’s best conference, the SEC, Grimes racked up 97 receptions for 1,444 yards and 14 touchdowns as a member of the Florida Gators, and here’s what’s special about that. Most of the time, he was working with, shall we say, less than adequate play from the quarterback position.
The Philadelphia Eagles find a diamond post-draft.
Three days, seven rounds, and 259 picks went by in the most recent NFL Draft before the Birds added seven undrafted free agents right after the selection meeting ended. Grimes has a lot of people excited, and rightfully so.
The theory within the Eagles fan base and media is there’s a strong possibility of Jalen Reagor taking over in the slot. If that’s the case, that outside wide receiver position is wide open for the taking. That’s not to say that it’s time to pencil Grimes in as the full-time starter come week one, but when you look at Philly’s other options (Quez Watkins, John Hightower, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside for instance), the argument can be made that Grimes has a strong chance at making the roster.
Here’s a breakdown of the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver room.
Greg Ward is good, and he’s been through a lot with the franchise. It’s never really felt like the organization loves him as much as the fans do though. If he sticks, he’s probably a backup slot guy. Hightower and Watkins never proved that they were consistently ready for the bright lights in 2020. JJAW simply just can’t play.
That brings us to Travis Fulgham. He has the ability, and we’ve learned, since the close of last season, that he was playing through injury towards the end of the campaign. He might be Grimes’ biggest competition for a roster spot, and even if things play out to where Fulgham nabs that second spot on the wide receiver’s depth chart, who’s to say that Grimes shouldn’t be placed above, Ward, Hightower, and Watkins? There’s much to be worked out in camp.
If you’re still uncertain about Grimes’ ability, do yourself a favor. Go back and look at the most recent SEC Championship Game, one where he torched former Eagles prospect and first-round draft choice Patrick Surtain on a 50-yard catch and run.
How this guy went undrafted is unknown. How well he would have done in an offense like LSU’s or Clemson’s can’t be proven, but here’s what we can say without question. If you think this young man can’t start for Philly, you’re mistaken.
Again, we’re a long way from figuring a few things out roster-wise, but no one needs to figure out if this young man is ready for the NFL. He’ll make the Eagles roster. Those of you who spend every offseason looking for a darkhorse from the undrafted ranks that can pop and make some impact needn’t look any further than Mr. Grimes.