The Philadelphia Eagles have been in desperate need at wide receiver since the season began. The loss of Jeremy Maclin during training camp moved everyone up the ladder, but that hasn’t really proven to fill the roles necessary. Riley Cooper, although promoted to No. 2 receiver, has been absent in the passing game and seen more negative headlines than catches. Jason Avant has continued to be his stellar veteran self, but his contributions are often limited by the time he sees on the field. The spread offense should extend defenses and allow the use of the tight end to become more prevalent, however, the Eagles have missed out on the contributions available from all options at the position. At 1-3, it’s time to shake things up a bit and see who else can perform and produce in the spotlight.
Jeff Maehl, although only playing spot time at the end of the game against the Denver Broncos, ran crisp routes, caught his first NFL pass, and scored his first career touchdown. Maehl finished second in receiving for the game, ahead of DeSean Jackson, and converted the second longest reception of the game for the Eagles. He looked dangerous, and though it may have been against lesser defensive backs than those matching up to start the game, he has earned a chance at more time and the opportunity to build on his early success.
Philadelphia has not seen much success in other candidates to this point, so trying a receiver who is familiar with the system, having played for Chip Kelly at Oregon, seems like a viable option. Maehl may not provide the size threat of Cooper, but with little production coming from that experiment anyway, it looks simple to at the very least give it a try.