Training Camp Battle:
"The Enforcer" Receiver
By Jacob Brassard
Wide Receiver depth has been a major topic of discussion for Eagles fans since the start of last season. The Eagles had four clear cut receivers, but a major drop off on the depth chart after that. The Birds lost one of those receivers, Zach Pascal, to free agency this offseason. Pascal's stats did not fly off the pages, yet he played an important role for the Eagles. Nick Sirianni described him as " An Enforcer". Pascal had a lot of snaps blocking on run plays, helping out on special teams, and was able to fill in wherever he was needed. A true Dog Mentality player.
This season, they signed Olamide Zaccheaus, who came off a solid season with the Atlanta Falcons. ( Check out my post on the WR3 matchup between Watkins and Zaccheaus HERE) The first 4 WR spots on the roster are very likely already taken. There is a chance to steal away the number 3 and 4 spots, but a player will have to dominate camp for it to happen. That outcome is certainly not impossible, yet Quez Waktins, and Olamide Zaccharious are likely the guys based on experience. On the other hand, they will not be great to fill the enforcer role Pascal has left behind. They do not have great size or strength to effectively run block, the physicality to play special teams, or ability to fill in outside if Brown or Smith goes down. Sirianni will look to the 5th and final roster spot to help fill this role.
This article will look at the options for WR 5 aka the enforcer on the Eagles with a focus on the two front runners and new additions to the offense, Joseph Ngata and Jadon Haselwood.