I’ll start by saying I’m not a very big fan of Matthews.
To me, he was one of the most disappointing players on the roster. Matthews struggled heavily with drops, and seemed to pile up a good deal of his statistics in garbage time. That’s not to say he didn’t have some legitimately good games or impressive moments here and there, but consistency was a huge issue for the former second-round pick.
It will be interesting to see if Doug Pederson continues to play Matthews in the slot, or gives him more of an opportunity to play outside.
Nelson Agholor: Stay
Agholor was another major disappointment as a rookie, but I don’t believe it was all his fault.
I don’t think that Chip Kelly made a nearly good enough effort to get Agholor involved with the offense. When the rookie did get the ball in his hands, we saw some flashes of explosive playmaking.
The Eagles have to hope he’ll be able to take a giant leap forward in his second season.
Riley Cooper: Go
It’s finally time to move on.
I’m not even necessarily as anti-Cooper as a lot of Eagles fans are.
Cooper takes a lot of heat because of what he’s being paid, but for a fourth receiver he’s fine. He contributes quite a bit to special teams, and every now and then he’s capable of making a play on offense.
The problem here is that Chip Kelly and the Eagles put him in a position where he has too much of a role on offense, and too much of a hit against the salary cap for the kind of production he can give.
But whether you’re a Cooper hater or not, its time to move on here.
Cooper has been an Eagle since 2010. Think about that for a moment. He’s played six years for Philadelphia. Guys of his talent level shouldn’t stick around for that long. Its kind of like how the Phillies held on to Kyle Kendrick for what was seemingly an eternity before letting him go.
Josh Huff: Go
Huff has some electric playmaking ability.
The problem is that he also makes a ton of mistakes. He’s too inconsistent to be counted on at the receiver position, and ultimately the best he has to offer this team are his skills as a kick returner. That’s not good enough, and the Eagles have several other capable options on the roster.
Seyi Ajirotutu: Go
Special teams ace. Made some nice plays here and there, but he’s very replaceable, and probably not a guy that should stick around multiple years.
Jonathan Krause: Go
Called up to the 53-man roster late in the season. Will likely get an opportunity to impress in camp, but odds are against him returning.
Possible Veteran Additions
The Eagles need to add a veteran to help round out this group. And I don’t mean another Miles Austin-type that has nothing left to give.
The free agent class’s only gem is Alshon Jeffrey, who will be much too expensive for a team that already has cap problems. Guys like Jermaine Kearse or Ruben Randle could be cheaper options that would help this group out.
Another name that could be a possibility is Jason Avant. He’s a perfect veteran voice for the younger wideouts, and could very much fill the role that the Eagles had in mind for Miles Austin this year. Plus, the guy still has some very reliable hands and showed in this year’s playoff game against New England that he can still be counted on to make some tough catches.
What I think Will Happen
The Eagles are going to be largely depending on their young wide receivers to step up and improve this position.
It’s possible that they could go after one of the cheaper free agents that I mentioned above, but I can’t see them going back to the draft in the early rounds to address this area for a third year in a row.