7/26/17: Eagles Wide Receivers

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A good slot receiver that is better than Jason Avant was. Maybe it’s not the right place for Jordan Matthews, but he did get a chance to play outside since the D-Jax and Maclin days. The former 2nd rounder feels like his worth is more than the $1.1 million he is slated to make in 2017. This piece of news stems from him sitting out of spring action due to a knee precaution. It all appears to make sense now, take care of your knee in the final year of a deal.

Good for QB Carson Wentz that the front office provided wide receiver help right away, long before Donovan McNabb got some. Matthews should be traded for a mid-rounder, or he’ll be the slot guy again and leave next spring. There is a slight chance that he could compete with Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor to get snaps on the opposite side of Alshon Jeffery. After all, Jeffery is a bonafide #1 receiver, so the “other guys” should get one on one opportunities all season with him and Zack Ertz commanding the most attention.

The thing is, there are several options to fill that role, by committee, or until someone runs away with it: Darren Sproles (in his final season), Donnell Pumphrey (rookie RB), Agholor (3 years left on deal) and Bryce Treggs (speed threat on the bubble of making the roster). Even the tight ends, Ertz and Trey Burke. So, Matthews is expendable in terms of the Doug Pederson offense. Yes, they have a franchise quarterback that they believe in, but the expectation is to run a balanced offense by pounding the football on the ground more. On top of that, they are interested in running more dual tight end formations, which means less 3-wide receiver sets. I would think he stays on the Eagles in 2017 and leaves via free agency. If a trade is in the works, it would likely be a late round pick. I doubt he gets released.