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Eagles had the worst wide receiver in the NFL for the second year in a row

A position by position breakdown of the Eagles 2015 roster.

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 NFL offseason has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles, which means Howie Roseman and new head coach Doug Pederson will spend the next couple of weeks evaluating the 2015 roster. The team went 7-9 last season and improvement is clearly needed. By the time NFL free agency starts on March 9, the Eagles will have a good idea of which players they'll want to bring back for the 2016 season. Today we'll continue this offseason review series by looking at the wide receiver position.

The Players




Numbers: 779 snaps, 85 rec, 997 yards, 11.7 Y/R, 8 TD, 78 Long, 9 drops, 2 fumbles

Review: Matthews didn't quite take the leap some hoped he would. He had more receptions and yards than he did as a rookie but his yards per reception dropped by 1.3 yards. He also had four more drops, four more penalties, and two more fumbles than he did in 2014. It's not like Matthews was flat out bad. He was easily the best of Philadelphia's awful wide receiving corps. There's room for improvement, though. And there are reasons to believe the 23-year-old pass catcher is on pace for a good career. Among Eagles players in their first two seasons, Matthews ranks first in receptions (152), second in yards (1,869) and second in touchdowns (16). If he can clean up the drops, which have always been a problem, and the Eagles can put another pass catcher or two on the field who aren't total liabilities, Matthews should be just fine.


Numbers: 687 snaps, 23 rec, 283 yards, 12.3 Y/R, 1 TD, 53 Long, 4 drops, 1 fumble

Review: Some thought Agholor could be Rookie of the Year in Chip Kelly's offense. That prediction didn't even come close to being true. Agholor really, really struggled as a rookie. He was a non-factor for way too often. He actually graded out as the worst wide receiver by Pro Football Focus: 119th out of 119 players. The Eagles had the worst graded PFF receiver last year in the form of Riley Cooper. Agholor did flash some ability at times. He had a great one-handed deep catch against Washington in Week 4. His sole touchdown of the season came when he burned the Bills defense in Week 14. There's still hope for the team's 2015 first round draft pick. Sometimes it takes time for receivers to adjust to the league. Agholor might be one of those players who really benefit from a full offseason of being in an NFL program. The pressure is on him to step up in Year 2.


Numbers: 590 snaps, 21 rec, 327 yards, 15.6 Y/R, 2 TD, 62 Long, 3 drops, 0 fumbles

Review: When Cooper is your second best receiver and the year isn't 2013, you know things have gone wrong. To no one's surprise, Cooper struggled again in 2015. He was held without a catch for seven of the 16 games he played. He dropped a few nicely thrown deep passes from Sam Bradford. The highlight of Cooper's season came when he made a clutch catch on third down late in the game against the Patriots. He also tipped New England's onside kick attempt out of bounds. With Cooper, the bad clearly outweighs the good. It's time for the team to move on.


Numbers: 569 snaps, 27 rec, 312 yards, 11.6 Y/R, 3 TD, 41 Long, 3 drops, 0 fumbles

Review: Huff played a lot more in 2015 than he did as a rookie, but it didn't make too much of a difference. Aside from a very few flashes of brilliance, he was mostly a non-factor. Huff showed that he has nice YAC ability. He didn't get open very much, however, and drops were an issue at times. Huff is 24 so maybe there's still some potential here. He needs to prove he can be more consistently productive or else he'll be gone.


Numbers: 569 snaps, 27 rec, 312 yards, 11.6 Y/R, 3 TD, 41 Long, 3 drops, 0 fumbles

Review: Austin getting cut was probably one of the best moments of the season for Eagles fans. It's crazy how Chip Kelly played him so much.


Numbers: 16 snaps, 2 rec, 11 yards

Review: Krause spent most of the season on the practice squad before getting called up to the 53-man roster to replace Miles Austin's spot. Krause played a little but didn't really show much.


Numbers: 9 snaps, 1 rec, 4 yards

Review: The 28-year-old Ajirotutu mostly played special teams. He finished with the second most special teams tackles. Pro Football Focus marked Ajirotutu down for two missed tackles, however.


Numbers: N/A

Review: Martino spent the entire 2015 season on the practice squad after joining the team late in training camp. He put up 100 yards and one touchdown on 10 receptions in the preseason.

Who Could Leave

Matthews and Agholor seem like locks to stick around.

One report suggested Huff isn't happy in Philadelphia, but he denied that report. Perhaps Chip Kelly wants to trade for him, though.

Cooper can be cut for a savings of $2.9 million. Most would assume the Eagles are going to cut him, and I'd generally agree, but I also have some doubts. Howie Roseman was the general manager when Cooper was drafted. He was also the GM when Cooper was rewarded with a contract extension. They're both from the same school: Florida. Can #GatorBias save Cooper?

Ajirotutu is a free agent. He's a special teams guy worth bringing back on a minimum deal at most.

Krause and Martino are fringe guys who will need to really impress in order to earn a roster spot.

Who Could Sign

The free agent market isn't really great. Alshon Jeffrey is at the top but the Bears are probably going to keep him by extending or franchising him. Jermaine Kearse is arguably one of the best receivers out there, so that tells you a lot. Jason Avant is going to be a free agent ... would Doug Pederson have interest in bringing the former Eagles player back to Philly?

NFL Draft Options

It's hard to see the Eagles drafting a wide receiver high because they've already invested so much into the position in recent years: a first on Agholor, a second on Matthews, and a third on Huff. Despite this, the team still needs help at receiver. The Eagles should probably address the position at some point. Maybe they can find good value in the middle rounds.

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