Philadelphia Eagles: Predicting which WRs will make final roster in 2021
By Smit Bajaj
These three receivers will top the depth chart for the Philadelphia Eagles.
1. DeVonta Smith
The selection of DeVonta Smith in the 2021 NFL Draft caused the Philadelphia fanbase to erupt and for good reason. The former Alabama receiver is set to be the WR1 for the Philadelphia Eagles and has already amassed large expectations.
We’ve heard enough about his skinny frame. Smith runs his routes surgically and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Having the ability to line up on the outside or in the slot, he’s also versatile in terms of alignment and in the depth of his routes.
Whether it’s in the short, intermediate, or deep parts of the field, DeVonta Smith can create separation and make an impact. He’s a lock to make the roster and a reason for optimism going into the 2021 season.
2. Jalen Reagor
Among the many disappointments of the 2020 season, Jalen Reagor’s performance was a prominent one. Due to injuries and dysfunctionality in the offense, he was never able to take off. In 2021 however, Reagor has come out and said that he plans to play primarily in the slot.
Slot receivers generally run shorter routes with fewer looks in press coverage. This move will allow the Eagles to take advantage of Reagor’s quickness and speed after the catch. Last year dampened any lead receiver expectations for Reagor, but he can carve out a nice role in the slot.
3. Travis Fulgham
The disappearance of Travis Fulgham was just as mysterious as his emergence. He led the team in receiving yards last year with 539, but he recorded 435 of them in five games. For a brief moment, Philadelphia had a capable wide receiver.
The role that Fulgham will have moving forward is something worth monitoring. He has the frame to be a solid outside receiver and proved it last year. We’re just not sure which Travis Fulgham we’ll see next year. Still, those five games alone should guarantee him a roster slot and a chance for a starting spot.