In 2020, many of the Philadelphia Eagles‘ fans became fans of wide receiver Travis Fulgham and for good reason. Early in the campaign, he began to emerge as a primary target for the offense’s air attack as it searched for answers in the midst of injuries.
Now, in what basically equates to his sophomore season, this young wide receiver caught defensive coordinators by surprise. Heck, he caught us all by surprise, but after proving to be a viable threat, opposing defenses began to highlight him to slow down his productivity.
The question now is will he rose again?
Additions in the Philadelphia Eagles offense will allow Fulgham opportunities.
As mentioned, injuries plagued the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver group last season, and that opened the door for Fulgham’s success. Still, due to a lack of receiving threats in Philly’s passing game, the task of slowing the youngster was fairly simple for opposing defensive coordinators.
Fulgham put together an impressive four-game stretch, racking up 27 catches, 378 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. This offseason, during the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles added a young and very explosive rookie wide receiver, DeVonta Smith. His talent will have to be respected by any opposing defense.
There’s also the knowledge that defensive coordinators have to continue to prepare for Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert, and the legs of Jalen Hurts, but now, with multiple weapons for Jalen Hurts to choose from and his ability to take off with the football, defenses are going to be exposed.
That will provide opportunities for guys like Travis Fulgham to thrive when called upon.
Travis Fulgham could also potentially benefit from Zach Ertz’s situation. The Philadelphia Eagles seem to be all in on tight end Dallas Goedert, but to run the 12-personnel scheme (two tight ends, two wide receivers, and a running back) that new Head Coach Nick Sirianni plans to implement, there’s a need for two productive tight ends.
With Zach Ertz more than likely being out the door, the Philadelphia Eagles may run more 11-personnel offensive schemes (three receivers and one tight end). Per John McMullen of SI.com, Travis Fulgham could likely occupy the WR3 position on the Eagles offensive depth chart. Based on what we all know he is capable of, it’d be surprising if he didn’t.
Fulgham is in a good position to likely re-establish himself as a solid threat within the Birds passing game in the 2020 NFL season, and that’s a fact that should be obvious to anyone whose been paying attention.