Change In Philosophy At WR Evident For Philadelphia Eagles

By Ryan Wenzell
Kelvin Benjamin Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles have made some unexpected changes this offseason. On offense, a unit which produced historic numbers last season, they parted ways with electric talent DeSean Jackson due to off-field issues, and brought in dynamic running back and slot weapon Darren Sproles.

I don’t believe they are anywhere near done yet. Expect the Eagles to be aggressive in further addressing the offense, and specifically the WR position in the 2014 draft.

Chip Kelly has a saying, “Big people beat up little people.” Perhaps that is the philosophy he is going with at the wide receiver position. The Eagles have brought in a ton of receiver prospects to visit the Novacare Complex, many of them of the large variety.

One guy the Eagles have their eyes on who would be an intriguing target at No. 22 is Kelvin Benjamin. He is a king-sized receiver at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds. Don’t let the size fool you though, the kid can also move. His yards per catch average was out of this world in college as his change-of-direction and athleticism is staggering for his size.

He may remind some old-school Eagles fans of the great Harold Carmichael, a huge man that could box out defenders and make catches even when he seemingly wasn’t open. Kelly values size at almost every position. If they can get their hands on a guy like Benjamin, they won’t hesitate.

Kelly won with guys like Jackson on the outside, small receivers with electric speed. Perhaps he think this offense can take another step up with big receivers who provide a huge red zone target for Nick Foles.

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