The Eagles shocked everyone last week by pulling off a trade with the Tennessee Titans to acquire former second round pick Dorial Green-Beckham. Poll results show that Eagles fans overwhelmingly approve of the deal while Titans fans are almost evenly split on the trade. For more reaction and inside perspective on DGB, I reached out to our friend Jimmy Morris from Music City Miracles.
1) What was your initial reaction to the DGB trade? Is this a good deal for the Titans? Why or why not?
"I was shocked. You don't see teams give up on someone with his ceiling before year 2 very often.
However, I do think it was a good deal for the Titans because they are trying to change the culture, and he was a guy that hadn't made the commitment to being the best football player he could be. On potential value the trade isn't good for the Titans, but I love the message it sends."
2) What are DGB’s strengths?
"He's 6-5, 240 and is really fast. He has the raw ability to be a top 5 receiver in this league. He has the speed to make big plays down the field and the size to be a deadly threat in the red zone. Seriously, his ceiling is really, really high."
3) What are his weaknesses?
"He couldn't figure out the offense for one. There were numerous times last season where he went one way and Mariota threw the ball another way. One of those guys is said to be a student of the game, one isn't. You can make your own determination on who was at fault.
DGB also didn't put in the time to learn the nuances of the wide receiver position. Again, that was an issue for the new regime."
4) Why was DGB available at such a low cost? Why/how did he fall out of favor in Tennessee?
"For the reasons mentioned above. Former GM Ruston Webster valued talent above all else. This group wants performance and commitment."
5) Based on what you saw last season, how do you project DGB’s future? Can he be a good starting receiver in the NFL?
"He absolutely can be if he decides he wants to be. I was thrilled when they drafted him last year. You don't see a guy with his measureables available in the 2nd round very often. For the Eagles' sake, hopefully this will be a wake up call for him."
6) Eagles fans were very surprised Dennis Kelly had any trade value. Why did the Titans want him?
"The Titans needed a guy that could step in and play tackle if one of their starters gets hurt. Their swing tackle, Byron Bell, was lost for the season in OTAs. They didn't have another guy on the roster that could hold up in that scenario. Now they do."
Thanks again to Jimmy. Go check out Music City Miracles.