As the preseason has hit its halfway point, the Eagles wide receiver depth chart has been rather up in the air as players are fighting for the limited spots. With the loss of Torrey Smith, it has made the hierarchy of receivers a question mark. On top of that, Alshon Jeffery might not be available for week 1 which could mix things up even more. Doug Pederson and new wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer could have their hands full week 1 and beyond.
Alshon Jeffery: Alshon is the clear #1 wideout on this team after a solid 69 receptions on 138 targets and 12 touchdowns between the regular season and playoff run. However, he has been sidelined all preseason with a shoulder injury, and it has shown in the production of the offense. Head coach Pederson said, “You’re just missing the timing, you’re missing the rhythm, and you’re missing big-play capabilities potentially in these games.”
Nelson Agholor: One of the great bounce back players of the 2017 season, Agholor has absolutely played his way to being the #2 alongside Alshon. Nelson led the team in receptions with 77 and came a long way from his rookie season. If he can stay healthy, expect him to have a similar year.
Mike Wallace: In what was a little bit of a surprise, the ten-year veteran is listed as the #3 receiver for the Eagles as of now. Wallace is coming off of a 52 catch and 748 yard season for the Baltimore Ravens this past season and is excited for his opportunity with his fifth team. “This is what I want. I embrace this role, I embrace this team, I embrace the responsibility and the expectations of being on this team, that’s why I came here.”
Markus Wheaton/Kamar Aiken: Two newcomers to the Birds, both looking to find consistent roles. Wheaton was on the Bears last year after a decent stint in Pittsburgh and Aiken was on the Colts after a couple of seasons in Baltimore. Both really are fringe guys who will have to prove themselves to make the roster, and through two games, haven’t done so.
Mack Hollins: The Eagles have had success with second year wideouts and Hollins will look to join them. The former Tar Heel had a couple flashes including a deep 64 yard touchdown against the Redskins, and has a solid frame for such a young wideout. Expect him to the outside positions, or even be an oversized slot guy when the starters need a break.
Shelton Gibson: Gibson has been the standout of the preseason at the wideout position so far. Despite going up against less than stellar competition, Gibson has collected 167 receiving yards and two touchdowns through the first two preseason games along with being the primary return man for the Birds, so far. The 2017 fifth round pick from West Virginia has been working hard and the improvement has been apparent. After the preseason game against the Patriots, Gibson said, “I’ve grown up a lot, matured a lot. I have a lot more confidence. I’ve put last season behind me.”