3 things to know as Eagles reportedly add Olamide Zaccheaus

Olamide Zaccheaus #17, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Olamide Zaccheaus #17, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

There is no sports town like the City of Brotherly Love. Sure, we know that you are already aware, but here’s why we mention that on this occasion. The Philadelphia Eagles have arguably the best wide receiver duo in the NFL (no disrespect to the guys in Miami), but Birds fans would rather discuss what’s missing.

Hey, we get it. We completely understand. Football is a demolition derby, a marathon, and a war of attrition. Deeper teams are often more cheerful. If Philly were to lose A.J. Brown or DeVonta Smith or both for an extended period of time, the complexion of their offense changes swiftly.

Quez took a step backward in 2022. To his credit, he acknowledges that, but Zach Pascal is also gone. This team needs some insurance at the wide receiver position.  Eight days before the coming NFL Draft, they appear to have added some reinforcements. Fasten those seat belts. We have something to discuss.

Here are three nuggets to chew on as the Eagles add Olamide Zaccheaus.

At the time of this story’s release the Philadelphia Eagles have yet to officially announce the signing of Olamide Zaccheaus which is why we waited to release this story. Who are we kidding though? It’s impossible to keep roster moves a secret around a fan base like this one.

Zacchaeus is a five-foot-eight, 193-pound former Atlanta Falcon. Here are three things to know as we await the announcement that the pen has been put to paper.

1. He’s a hometown product.

Olamide Zaccheaus is a native of New Jersey and a St. Joseph’s Preparatory alum. He and his family lived in Plainfield, New Jersey before moving to Magnolia, New Jersey when he was seven. A nice prep career in the City of Brotherly Love earned him an opportunity to attend the University of Virginia.

He earned Second-Team All-ACC honors in 2017 and joined the Falcons in 2018 as an undrafted rookie. None of that will earn him a roster spot, but it’s always fun when hometown products join the nest. See Haason Reddick. for evidence.

2. There’s still work to do if he’s going to

If we were to guess, Zaccheaus will enter the NovaCare Complex as the fourth man on the depth chart at wide receiver. Slot him behind A.J., DeVonta, and Quez. Place him ahead of Greg Ward, Britain Covey, Tyrie Cleveland, and Devon Allen.

If Philly were to add other prospects to the position, all of this could change. If we were to guess, however, we’d say he’d make the team if a 53-man roster had to be introduced today. That can change though.  JAKIB Sports mainstay/Eagles Insider John McMullen seems to agree.

3. Let’s talk about some career stats.

Perhaps you have noticed. We talk about statistics a ton in football. Here are the numbers for Olamide Zaccheaus.

  • four seasons
  • 55 career games
  • 23 starts
  • 94 receptions
  • 1,328 receiving yards
  • eight touchdowns

Zaccheaus hasn’t racked up a ton of career return attempts or exorbitant amounts of yardage on the returns he has attempted. He could still compete with Devon Allen and Britain Covey to win the job of being a return ace on special teams.

Don’t be shocked if this young man wins the slot job next season. Don’t be shocked if he doesn’t make the team. That’s how thin the margin for error is in the NFL>