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Philadelphia Eagles Travis Fulgham Has Early Lead For Third WR Position

PHILADELPHIA - It's no secret that the Eagles would have preferred to play more 11 personnel (three receivers) under Doug Pederson but the group as a whole just didn't warrant it, especially with the presence of both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert at tight end and the injury issues to DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery…

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PHILADELPHIA - It's no secret that the Eagles would like most widespread to play extra 11 personnel (three receivers) beneath Doug Pederson however the crew as a complete superb didn't warrant it, seriously with the presence of every Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert at tight close and the nervousness concerns to DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery within the future of the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

With a brand unusual coaching crew in position, the addition of first-round employ DeVonta Smith, the third top rate employ in three years at wideout by the Eagles, alongside side the expected alternate or liberate of Ertz the aim another time remains the identical - secure extra streak on the world to stress opposing defenses.

The presence of Smith, who is coming off a nationwide championship and a Heisman Trophy-successful performance within the future of his ideal season at Alabama, figures to manufacture the aim reasonably more straightforward with the domino form of Jalen Reagor, the 2020 first-round employ, slotting in as an open air WR in 12 personnel after which either coming into into the slot or staying open air in 11.

The necessity would be involving Reagor inner to the slot with either Travis Fulgham or J.J. Arcega-Whiteside filling the No. 3 role. If the upper receivers falter the Eagles will trudge attend to Greg Ward, who is strictly a slot WR from an efficacy standpoint.

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The WR3 role will be an open competition advance August and others treasure Quez Watkins and John Hightower will like opportunities as neatly however you've got to open someplace.

In the OTAs open to the media, it appeared treasure Fulgham turn out to be once where the Eagles' started and the others will be making an strive to say they're greater alternatives than the lengthy 6-foot-2, waiver-wire pickup who looked treasure thought to be one of the suitable WRs within the NFL for a month closing season sooner than regressing attend into the pumpkin of neatly, a waiver-wire pickup.

"The four weeks confirmed me lots, it confirmed everyone lots," WR coach Aaron Moorehead talked about.

From Fulgham's coming-out birthday celebration on Oct. 11 in Pittsburgh unless Nov. 1, the Archaic Dominion product piled up 27 receptions on 41 targets for 378 yards and three touchdowns. Over a full 16-sport season that would possibly well well quantity to 108 catches for 1,512 yards and 12 TDs, ridiculous manufacturing for an organization that hasn't mustered even a 600-yard receiver since 2018.

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Travis Fulgham makes a TD derive in San Francisco in 2020

From Fulgham's four-week straggle to the close of the season, nonetheless, the numbers like been 9 receptions in 23 targets for 104 yards and no TDs. His playing time also plummeted.

“With that [production], it also comes with the responsibility of figuring out that defenses will open scheming in direction of you to close you," Moorehead talked about.

The Steelers surely weren't sport-planning for Fulgham and by Nov. 15 the New York Giants poke within the park like been with James Bradberry and Co. shutting Fulgham down to 1 reception in 5 targets.

"For a younger player, it took reasonably bit for him to treasure that once rapidly," talked about Moorehead. "Then, he bought nicked up reasonably bit and didn’t complain, however he had to play thru it. As the season bought going, it wore on him reasonably bit.”

The adjustments made in direction of Fulgham will would possibly well well also tranquil be adjusted. The mere presence of Smith would possibly well well also tranquil manufacture issues more straightforward on legend of that is the player - although he's a rookie - that the Bradberrys of the arena will be tasked with stopping first.

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Moorehead believes Fulgham would possibly well well even be the guy who confirmed these severe playmaking talents over that one month for actual motive.

"The fellow has it," talked about the WR coach. "All of us saw it."

All NFL gamers like expertise, nonetheless. Consistency is fundamentally what objects the starters aside.

"I’m taking a watch ahead to seeing Travis and what he does this twelve months," talked about Moorehead. "I deem the guy, as you saw him development closing twelve months, he extra or less hit reasonably little bit of a rut, bought out of it. That turn out to be once the object to me that turn out to be once so spectacular … He started figuring out what the responsibility turn out to be once, and what the expectation turn out to be once."

Transferring ahead the teacher wants the scholar to employ the derive 22 situation and outline himself.

"There are loads of gamers in this league who like played four weeks and gone truly neatly, and you don’t hear from them for a while," talked about Moorehead. "Is that what’s going to stipulate you? Or … is it going to be reasonably blip?

"I deem that if Travis can continue to grow bodily, mentally, and all these issues, he can secure himself to be that guy. If he does, to be actual, our receiving corps would possibly well well even be truly, truly, truly actual."

John McMullen contributes Eagles coverage for SI.com's EagleMaven and is the NFL Insider for JAKIB Media. That you would be in a position to hear to John, alongside legendary sports actions-discuss host Jody McDonald every morning from 8-10 on ‘Birds 365,” streaming are living on every PhillyVoice.com and YouTube. John shall be the host of his have expose "Extending the Play" on AM1490 in South Jersey. That you would be in a position to realize him at jmcmullen44@gmail.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

Ed Kracz is the publisher of SI.com’s Eagle Maven and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered Podcast. Examine out the most contemporary Eagles files at www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles and please follow him on Twitter: @kracze.

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