After Jeremy Maclin shocked all of Philadelphia with his departure from the Eagles, this offseason he left the team in need of another receiver.
Jordan Matthews, who had an extremely productive rookie season hauling in 67 receptions for 872 yards and 8 touchdowns, is still in Philly. The cousin of Jerry Rice hit his stride as the 2014 season progressed and has all the talent to become a special player.
Nevertheless, wide receiver is a dyer need due for the Eagles due to the lack of production from Riley Cooper.
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Cooper broke out in 2013 after he and Nick Foles developed an outstanding chemistry. However, he came back down to Earth in 2014, struggling to create separation from defensive backs.
Last season Cooper caught only 55 receptions for 577 yards and had a disappointing three touchdowns. Cooper was never the most polished player but what he was expected to do was to be a red-zone threat. After only three touchdowns in 2014, the Eagles need to upgrade immediately.
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Josh Huff is a name that not many fans recognize but the second year player out of Oregon has high expectations within the Eagles organization. Huff was unable to display his skill set last season, suffering injuries that delayed his development.
Heis expected too have a much bigger role in 2015 though. Huff is comparable to Wes Welker but is more explosive and has better big play ability. Expect the rising star to play in the slot next season, allowing Jordan Matthews to play on the outside where he is more comfortable.
Phillip Dorsett Is A Great Fit
Philadelphia is one receiver away from having a very good receiving core. Free Agency is not where the Eagles will be replacing Jeremy Maclin, as there are no players that are viable options; they will need to do so in the draft. Phillip Dorsett, out of the University Of Miami, is an intriguing possibility for the Birds.
Dorsett possess elite speed and is one of those rare receivers who can take the top off of a defense. Although he did not break Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record as analysts predicted, he still showed off his blazing speed running a 4.33. Phillip Dorsett is very similar to DeSean Jackson, a player that the fans of Philadelphia were once in love with. Dorsett has the ability to score every time he touches the ball.
Standing at 5 feet 10, Dorsett weighs around 180 pounds. Chip Kelly is fond of bigger receivers, but what Dorsett lacks in size he replaces with explosiveness. In 2014, Dorsett caught 10 touchdowns for 871 yards; one season removed from partially tearing his MCL. Dorsett is also versatile because of his ability to play in the slot or the outside and Kelly values versatility tremendously.
Dorsett Makes Eagles An Elite Offense
Pairing Dorsett opposite Jordan Matthews could replace the production of Maclin. Philadelphia recently acquired Sam Bradford in a trade with the Rams and one of his strengths is his accuracy on the deep ball. Having Dorsett at his disposal to take the top off of the defense would be scary. Drafting Dorsett could potentially propel the Eagles to being the best offense in the NFL.
A good receiving core with a revamped rushing attack that contains two Pro bowlers would be dynamic; not to mention all those weapons running the fastest tempo in the league.
Dorsett is projected to be a 2nd-3rd round selection, making him a great value pick. Eagles have an opportunity to fill other needs with their first pick, such as offensive linemen or safety, and wait for Dorsett. He is a player that may have even more success as a pro.
Dorsett’s small structure exposes him to a higher possibility of being injured. He also needs to improve in his route running, although it is not a major weakness. His hands are underrated; despite being small he catches balls in traffic. If the Eagles manage to select Dorsett and use their first round pick to fill other holes, they will be much improved in 2015.