Possible Eagles depth options at wide receiver that no one is mentioning

The Eagles added John Ross following DeVante Parker's unexpected retirement, but might they be interested in making another addition at wide receiver?
Owner Jeffrey Lurie (left) and General Manager Howie Roseman (right)
Owner Jeffrey Lurie (left) and General Manager Howie Roseman (right) / Rich Schultz/GettyImages

The Philadelphia Eagles have enjoyed an impressive offseason, but that's often the case, isn't it? Needs were addressed in the most recent NFL Draft and before that in free agency to help complete a roster that looked to improve following a lackluster end to their 2023-24 season.

One of the areas the team looked to address was the depth issues in their wide receiver room. That need was addressed with the additions of DeVante Parker and Parris Campbell and, again, with selections of Ainias Smith and Johnny Wilson in the selection meeting, but Parker surprised everyone by retiring early.

Thanks to a deep free agency class, Philadelphia still has several options to fill their need in their wide receiver room. The questions are about whether or not they will explore any. Remember they also added veteran John Ross. Unfortunately, he hasn't played in an NFL game since 2021 and retired in 2023.

1. Hunter Renfrow

Although undersized, Hunter Renfrow, the five-foot-ten wide Clemson product has five years of NFL experience. He was released by the Raiders this offseason. He missed just five games over those five previous seasons.

Renfrow is a former 1000-yard receiver, eclipsing the plateau in just his third season in the league. He also added nine touchdowns.

Renfrow would present a consistent option for the Eagles in the slot, where he excels by exploiting mismatches versus linebackers or safeties. He has veteran experience and would provide Philadelphia with a reliable option that could start if injuries occur.

2. Michael Thomas

Once recognized as one of the NFL's best wide receivers, Michael Thomas has had an injury-riddled career as of late. He appeared in 15 or more games during each of his first four seasons, but he has only seen action in 20 games while missing 28 others over the four seasons that have followed.

Thomas was the model of consistency early, snagging over 90 catches while eclipsing over 1,100 yards and five or more touchdowns in his first four seasons. In three of those four seasons, he notched nine touchdowns. Year four was truly amazing.

He broke the single-season receptions record at the time with 149 snags en route to a 1725-yard, nine-touchdown campaign.

While Thomas isn't nearly the caliber of player he once was, he still represents value as a low-risk, potentially high-reward player. Like Refrow, he's a quality depth player with starting experience, one who can play on the outside and step in if an injury occurs.

3. Russell Gage

Russell Gage is younger than Michael Thomas and arguably more skilled than Hunter Renfrow. He has enjoyed quite the adventure as an NFL wide receiver.

Gage's job description with the Atlanta Falcons was limited to mostly special teams work as a rookie, but his role expanded in his second season. He hauled in 49 catches while notching 446 yards receiving and a touchdown.

His role increased even more in years three and four as Atlanta expanded his role. He fell just short of 800 yards during the following two seasons,

After spending four seasons with the Falcons, Gage signed with the Buccaneers in 2022, where his production dipped significantly (51 catches, 426 yards, four touchdowns). We must, however, keep in mind that he was part of a loaded receiver room.

There's something here though. While currently a free agent, he offers versatility outside and in the slot. His upside and age (he's 28 years old) offer Philadelphia a potential complementary piece to A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith and an older brother of sorts to rookies Smith and Wilson.

4. Randall Cobb

Here's someone worth mentioning if the Eagles are looking for more experience. Randall Cobb, a 13-year veteran, has seen it all with the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and New York Jets.

The Eagles' receiver room lacks experience and veteran leadership. Cobb would play a huge role in helping develop some of Philadelphia's younger players. At this stage in his career, the price tag should also be less expensive for a player entering his mid-30s.

The Eagles have again stacked their roster, but it's a little top-heavy. The talent pool drops significantly at wideout once you get past A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, but a veteran addition, possibly one of the guys on this list, would provide some quality insurance.

Let's be honest. Every NFL roster could use some.

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