It may be safe to say that the last big Philadelphia Eagles threat in their red zone offense was wide receiver Terrell Owens in 2004. Owens was certainly great while he lasted, but we all know how that marriage ended. Ever since then, the Eagles have been trying to fill the void left by the former All-Pro. Of course the ideal red zone threat is usually tall and strong like a Randy Moss or a Plaxico Burress, but for the past three seasons Eagles fans have seen the likes of players like Riley Cooper trying to fit that need. Cooper has the size, but just lacks the overall talent to be even considered as such.
With the new coaching regime recognizing this problem, the Eagles orchestrated a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to acquire 6-2, 200 pound wide receiver Arrelious Benn for this year’s sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2014 for Tampa Bay’s 2013 seventh-rounder. The Buccaneers gave up on Benn who has had an injury plagued career throughout his first three years in the NFL. However, if Benn stays healthy, he could be the red zone threat Philadelphia has been lacking. Benn is not nearly as big as Moss or Burress, but has enough size to solve the team’s annual issues inside the 20-yard line.
Benn’s numbers, as they reflect his struggles staying on the field physically, are not at all impressive (59 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns) over three seasons. With a change of scenery and a fresh start in Philadelphia, Benn could prove to be a more than adequate complement to starting wideouts DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin in an offense still seeking good options close to the goal line.