Eagles Offense Overhauled With Wide Receiver AdditionsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Saturday, May 10th, 2014
This season a combination of Sproles and Maclin will be complimented by second rounder Jordan Matthews and third rounder Josh Huff.
Jordan Matthews is both book-smart and intelligent on the football field. Huge hands, tremendous blocker and a kid who is a true “professional” and a “team player.” Likely to be the second tallest wide receiver behind Riley Cooper on the depth chart, Chip has visions of lining up Mathews in the slot to begin the season.
This is a bit of a change to the “norm” of what size/speed combination travels to the uncharted territories of the dangerous football field. It makes complete sense that a guy like Chip would evoke such an offensive scheme. It’s what makes him who he is.
One receiver was a nice addition to the offense, but the Eagles elected to double up on new weapons for our 2014 offensive attack.
Josh Huff is reunited with his former Oregon head coach. This home coming is huge for the transition to the NFL level. His familiarity with the “Kelly Lingo” is going to give Chip confidence in the rookie. Huff is a tough kid; he speaks with a hardened tone. Huff knows what will be expected of him.
He steps onto the football field willing to do anything and everything to help his football team win. He is going to take a violent hit and not turn his head or short arm the football.
We were not going to replace Desean Jackson and what he offered skill set wise. Brandin Cooks could have been close, but it wasn’t meant to be. Avant was a locker room leader, but he was limited talent-wise.
Every receiver who now touches the football can make plays after the catch. Do we have that threat of electric speed? Sproles has another gear, and can do some “special” things to make a lot out of very little.
If Maclin remains healthy throughout the season, he will have the opportunity to break all his previous records with receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Matthews and Huff are rookies, but they will be major contributors to the 2014 Eagles offense. Jeff Maehl, Brad Smith or Arrelious Benn as our #5 looks a lot better than our depth chart to start the day.
If you take a moment to really digest how different the Eagles offense will look in season two of the Chip Kelly era, you can crack a smile with the possibilities.
Essentially we will deploy a first, second and third round receiver into the line-up that was not contributing last season. Throw in what a guy like Sproles has done his entire career, and sprinkle in the expected jump from Ertz in his second season.
How many days until training camp? The first pre-season game starts at what time?
I was excited to see how Kelly could deploy the “speed” element of our offense last year.
This season he has an arsenal of a handful of new offensive weapons that have a different skill set.
My thoughts after the Eagles added these two receivers?
If all stay healthy, this offense even with the harder schedule will be better than the 2013 showing.
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