The love affair appears to be over, from an organizational standpoint anyway. It wasn’t even one full year ago that Travis Fulgham exploded onto the scene for this Philadelphia Eagles team. It didn’t hurt that his 2020 on-field debut came in Week 4 during a nationally-televised primetime tilt versus the San Francisco 49ers in a must-win game. No Birds fan will ever forget that final go-ahead toss to Fulgham and his mini-somersault into the end zone.
That was followed by one of the best four-game stretches by an Eagles wide receiver in recent memory. Fulgham hauled in 41 receptions for 378 yards and found his way into the end zone three more times, but that was it. Just like that, it was over, and the bottom fell out on a career that was seemingly headed in the right direction.
The Philadelphia Eagles are seemingly done with Travis Fulgham.
Fulgham’s story since his magical five-game run, one in which he was statistically one of the better wide receivers in the National Football League, has led us down a path of both answered and unanswered questions. What happened? Was his regression as simple as teams seeing his film and adjusting?
We heard he struggled with some injuries down the stretch in 2020. Was that the issue? The 2021 season approaches, and a man that we once thought could challenge for one of the starting wide receiver spots on the outside has seemingly been buried on the depth chart even though most believe he will still make the roster.
Once the time ran out on the Eagles’ second preseason game versus the New England Patriots, Fulgham had been on the field for 14 offensive snaps and 11 special teams snaps. That isn’t horrible, but it doesn’t state the Birds are high on him either right?
Then again, maybe this can be argued the other way. Maybe his absence during the first two preseason games means Philly really values him and wants him to rest. Maybe this means they’re doing all that they can to ensure he’ll be 100-percent healthy for the first game of the season.
Don’t write him off of the team yet. Don’t panic. Travis Fulgham should and will make the roster. We’re just a little uncertain about what his role is or how high his coaches are on him at the moment. This could be a precautionary measure, but whether that’s the case or not, this will be something that gets some attention over the next week and the final preseason game. Stay tuned.