Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman is featured in the main spotlight of Peter King's The MMQB column this week. The read isn't too different from Mike Garafolo's profile of Roseman from earlier this offseason, but it's still worth a look. There's a lot of talk about how Roseman used his time away from personnel last offseason as a learning experience, how he's keeping Chip Kelly's sports science around (which we already knew), and how he's been the man behind Philadelphia's busy free agency period. Speaking of, there's an interesting clip in the column about some items remaining on Roseman's agenda.
"What Roseman still wants to do is to find a receiver with deep speed. And he’d love to get burgeoning star Fletcher Cox signed long-term. But what he’s done so far is, well, a lot."
Roseman has publicly said he wants to re-sign Cox, so that's not new. The note about adding a receiver with deep speed, though, that's new.
The Eagles haven't had a legitimate deep threat since losing Jeremy Maclin in free agency last offseason. DeSean Jackson was obviously a great big play receiver for the Eagles during his time in Philadelphia as well. With both of them gone, the cupboard has been left bare.
Philadelphia's wide receivers greatly struggled in 2015. It's been especially disappointing for the team because they've invested such high draft resources into young pass catchers such as Nelson Agholor (first round pick in 2015), Jordan Matthews (second round pick in 2015), and Josh Huff (third round pick in 2014). Of those players, Agholor is the fastest. He showed off some deep speed with his long touchdown reception against the Bills last season. But that rare flash of potential is hardly a projection of future consistency.
And so the Eagles are still looking for a pass catch who can bring a big-play element to the passing game. There aren't a lot of great options left in NFL free agency, which was never strong at the receiver position even before the top guys were still on the market. Perhaps the team is looking to the NFL Draft. Philadelphia native Will Fuller of Notre Dame could make sense for the Birds considering he runs a 4.32 40-yard dash.
Roseman's spent a good portion of this offseason fixing the perceived mess left behind by Chip Kelly and restoring things to how they used to be when he was in control. The Birds had a credible deep threat for most of Roseman's tenure, so it makes sense that he's looking to bring that element back to Philadelphia's offense.