The Philadelphia Eagles have had horrible luck when it comes to the health of their wide receivers over the last couple of years. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson have simply been unable to stay on the field. Now, it appears the the Eagles are heading in a brand new direction.
Doug Pederson was fired, Carson Wentz was traded, and the Eagles are letting both Jeffery and Jackson walk in free agency.
While a change will be good for the Eagles, the tough task of finding their new direction will be challenging. It will all start with finding new weapons for second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts to work with. Thankfully, there are a ton of talented wideouts that will be available in free agency this offseason.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at three free agent wide receivers the Eagles should pursue.
3. Marvin Jones
One of the most intriguing and underrated wide receivers on the market this offseason will be Marvin Jones. He has not received the hype and recognition that he deserves with the Lions.
During the 2020 season in Detroit, Jones racked up 76 receptions for 978 yards and nine touchdowns. Those numbers came quietly. Jones isn’t the kind of receiver that will grab major headlines, but he will always put up consistent production.
Jones would be a very nice fit for the Eagles and could very well become their No. 1 option. That would be a role that Jones would have interest in.
2. JuJu Smith-Schuster
Granted, quite a few fans would not love this move due to the off-the-field personality that Smith-Schuster has shown. He has a knack for being too confident and then falling flat on his face. In addition to that, he has not lived up to the “star” hype over the last couple of years.
Smith-Schuster had a solid 2020 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching 97 passes for 831 yards and nine touchdowns. The yardage wasn’t what was expected, but the rest of the numbers look great.
If the Eagles want to take a risk, Smith-Schuster would be their guy. He has true superstar potential, but he just needs to put it all together. This is an option that Philly should take a close look at.
1. Allen Robinson
Finally, the Eagles would do themselves a massive favor by signing Allen Robinson in free agency. He has been a monster with the Chicago Bears over the last few years and is set to hit the open market. Robinson could be franchise tagged, but the Bears may not opt to go that route.
Robinson finished the 2020 season with 102 receptions for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers came with Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles throwing him the ball. Hurts may be a second-year quarterback, but he would take a big step forward with a target like Robinson.
Obviously, there are going to be a ton of teams interested in signing Robinson if he actually hits the open market. The Eagles should absolutely be one of them.