Wide Receiver Position Should Be a Strength for Philadelphia Eagles

By Ryan Wenzell
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The wide receiver position for the Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly is as deep as it has ever been. The Eagles truly boast depth that goes six or seven deep at the position with the likes of  DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, and newly acquired receivers Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn.

One man who I believe could really stand out, especially in Chip Kelly’s high paced offense thanks to his quickness, sudden burst, and speed is the second year wide out Damaris Johnson. Johnson’s speed and quickness are apparent just watching clips of OTAs and minicamp as he gets off the line with a real burst and has some shiftiness in the open field.

Johnson showed flashes last year as a wideout, but perhaps his biggest moment came against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football when he returned a punt deep in his own zone 98 yards for a score. This was the third longest punt return in NFL history and it came in his rookie season in the bright lights of prime time football. One is reminded a bit of fellow teammate DeSean Jackson when watching Johnson play, but I believe Johnson is shiftier and more creative in the open field with the ball in his hands.

With some more snaps afforded to him, I believe the second year man out of Tulsa could shine in this type of offense which gives the wide receiver more freedom to improvise with option routes and allows speedy, quick twitch athletes like Johnson the ability to shine.

The wide receiver position is truly stacked for the Eagles. From what I have seen so far Johnson has stood out among the pack, and in this new high octane offense he could be the one to watch in 2013.

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