PHILADELPHIA, PA –
The Eagles may have missed out on trading for former All-Pro WR Josh Gordon, but there are still plenty of options available for the team after potentially losing Mike Wallace for the rest of the year as reported by ESPN first.
Head Coach Doug Pederson announced in his afternoon press conference that speedy veteran Mike Wallace suffered a broken fibula on Sunday in the loss to the Buccaneers. The Eagle are now missing their first, second, and fourth wideout on the depth chart as Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins are still working their way back from various injuries. Thin at a vital position, here are some possible options for the team to explore as franchise QB Carson Wentz is set to make his 2018 debut this upcoming Sunday.
Promote from within – Last week, the Birds brought back Kamar Aiken and signed former 3rd-round pick Braxton Miller to their practice squad. Aiken, of course, suited up and caught five balls for 39 yards in replacement of Wallace. Miller, on the other hand, was the third option in Houston last season catching just 19 passes in 11 games. If Wallace heads to IR, Miller may be promoted to the 53. Markus Wheaton is another option as he spent time with the team this offseason.
Explore the free agent pool – Dez Bryant does not seem like the best fit for this team given Jeffery is on the mend and the possession receiver the offense needs. The Eagles will be looking for a player with better speed. Corey Coleman is a guy who was just released by the Patriots to make room for Josh Gordon. The former first-round pick with 4.37 speed was scheduled to work out for Philadelphia last week, but signed with the Pats before the meeting occurred.
A few other names that come to mind are Jordan Matthews, Jeremy Maclin. Neither of these options presents the speed factor the team would be looking for, but both Matthews and Maclin have familiarity with the offensive system.
Make a trade – Although the toughest of the three options, the Eagles could look to pry a WR away from a team that knows its headed nowhere significant in 2018. The current teams that are 0-2 include Houston, Buffalo, Oakland, New York Giants, Detroit, and Arizona.
Buffalo’s Zay Jones is a speedy player who has shown some flashes and could be pried away from a team looking to rebuild. Jones was recently in a beef with Kelvin Benjamin and also makes for a possible candidate given he plays faster than his 4.45 indicates and still has two years on his contract. Some other names that are rumored to be available include Marvin Jones, DeVante Parker, Travis Benjamin, and Amari Cooper, but all seem unlikely as of right now.
No matter which route the team chooses, look for them to make some sort of acquisition as the team tries to rebound from their first loss of the season. Returning home for a Week 3 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts with Carson Wentz at the helm could get them back on track, but either way, it is clear the team is looking at all options.
“Obviously, that’s probably the focal point right now,” Person said about the wide receiver position today in his press conference. “We are constantly looking to help better our roster and so we’re in that process right now.”