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Eagles claim big wide receiver off waivers

First new player to be added since training camp started.

NFL: AUG 17 Preseason - Lions at Texans Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles claimed wide receiver Travis Fulgham off waivers, according to an official announcement from the team.

Fulgham was waived by the Green Bay Packers yesterday just nine days after they originally claimed him off waivers from the Detroit Lions earlier in August.

The Lions originally selected Fulgham, who turns 25 in September, with a sixth-round pick at No. 184 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Here’s what out friends over at Pride Of Detroit recently wrote about him:

He made a name for himself as the first ever Old Dominion offensive player to be drafted — and the second ever at any position for the Monarchs.

The receiver struggled to stick around Detroit. Fulgham made the initial 53-man roster, but was waived and re-added to the practice squad less than a month into the season. He finally made his NFL debut in December, though he failed to record a reception in the three games he played for the Lions.

Fulgham was acquired by the Packers via waivers last week. With receiver Devin Funchess choosing to opt out of the 2020 season, Green Bay seemed like an ideal landing spot for the young receiver. He was among the favorites to earn a roster spot and even could have earned a starting role in a weak skill position group. He is now available once again, though.

Fulgham did show some level of promise in the preseason last year. He actually led the Lions in receiving with seven receptions for 147 yards (21.0 average), including a long of 52. His summer success clearly didn’t translate to the regular season, however.

Fulgham is a bigger receiver at 6’2½”, 215 pounds. He’s also pretty long with 33¾ inch arms. Funny enough, Fulgham’s top athletic comparison on Mockdraftable is ... J.J. Arcega-Whiteside:

Fulgham obviously faces steep odds of making the Eagles’ roster. The team is already carrying 10 receivers on the 80-man roster in addition to having Alshon Jeffery on active/PUP. NFL clubs must cut their rosters down to 53 by 4:00 PM Eastern on September 5 so it’s not like Fulgham has much time to impress as he tries to learn a new system.

Perhaps the Eagles just wanted a camp body but maybe they feel like Fulgham has upside. Wouldn’t be a crazy thought. Will be interesting to see if he can earn practice squad consideration.