It’s August 3rd at the time of this story being written and published, and if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you already know what that means. The Birds put on pads today. It’s been a fairly decent camp that has, for the most part, gone on without a hitch, but there isn’t a fan of this proud franchise that isn’t aware of the news that came down on the first Monday of August.
Following an injury that he sustained during the Saturday practice session, DeVonta Smith sat out of on-field drills on Monday. He has a mild MCL sprain and will sit out for precautionary reasons, but there’s a theory that’s been floating around the Philly media and within the fan base even before we learned of what’s been going on with Mr. Smith.
The Philadelphia Eagles must sign a veteran receiver.
87 men currently sit on the active roster as we’re reporting this. Landon Dickerson is on the Non-Football Injury list. Le’Raven Clark and Rodney McLeod are on Philly’s PUP (physically unable to perform list). Don’t be surprised if the Birds add a prospect, but if they do, the best option would probably be to add a veteran wide receiver.
The Birds currently have ten wideouts on the roster. Here’s the list: Quez Watkins, Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Jhamon Ausbon, Travis Fulgham, John Hightower, Andre Patton, Michael Walker, Jalen Reagor, and Smith.
That’s a young bunch, and even though there are reasons to be excited about so many of those guys, it would be wise to add a veteran wideout, even if they only did so to assist some of this unit as they navigate through camp. Philly only figures to carry six wideouts into the regular season, but here’s what you have to remember.
This isn’t just the first real NFL training camp for the 2021 NFL Draft class. It’s the first full camp for the 2020 class too. They’ve made plays, but in the same manner that Carson Wentz benefited from having Josh McCown on the roster in 2019, this unit can benefit from a savvy veteran’s advice as well.