The Philadelphia Eagles made a large splash in the proverbial pool last week, signing several new offensive talents to replace the insufficient and under-performing players at the skilled positions.
Much of this is a result from high levels of criticism that head coach Doug Peterson and GM Howie Roseman received surrounding the team's current wide receivers.
Let's take a look at the new additions, as well as review those receivers whose jobs or roles are in jeopardy.
Jeffery joins the Eagles on a modest one-year, $14 million contract. Jeffery, who was released by the Chicago Bears, has only played 16 games in two out of five seasons in the NFL. Notorious for injuries, Jeffery has blamed them for his struggles with the Bears. Jeffery's best season came in 2013, where he accumulated 1,421 yards on 89 receptions and seven touchdowns.
This week on ESPN on the show First Take, Jeffery claimed that he is the No. 1 receiver in Philadelphia. Jeffery, who is excited to begin working with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, will look to prove himself in a one-year contract with the hopes of receiving a higher contract as a result from high-quality play.
No competent football fan can deny the skill that Alshon Jeffery possesses. With that said, it remains to be seen if Jeffery can reach his ceiling and guide the Eagles to reach theirs in the process.
Torrey Smith, a 28-year old receiver formerly a member of the San Francisco 49ers, signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Eagles. This, for the price, was a phenomenal addition to the Eagles receiving lineup.
Smith, who began his career with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, struggled since joining the 49ers in 2015, only accumulating 900 yards in two seasons with the team.
Smith is also excited to begin working with Wentz with a similar attitude to Alshon Jeffery. For this reason, the new additions to the team could provide unlimited amounts of success for the Eagles offense.
On-field productivity is a result from several different aspects of professional sports. Obviously, skill is a main ingredient for success. However, the intangibles, which are often an after-thought, play an important and vital role in a players ability to produce and be effective for their team.
Wentz has been given multiple passes for his streaks of poor play in his rookie season. These excuses were validated through the untrustworthy and unreliable play from old receiving core. This year, however, Wentz will have no one to place excuses on, as the Eagles have provided Wentz with more than enough talent on the latter end of his passes.
Nelson Agholor has received the highest level of criticism from fans, claiming that he is not living up to his draft stock potential. In many ways, this is true. Agholor has struggled in his first two seasons with the Eagles, accumulating only 648 yards and three touchdowns, not the kind of productivity you want or expect from a first-round pick. Agholor will be high on the list of players whose time in Philly may come to an end.
Matthews has been the No. 1 receiver for the Eagles since joining the team in 2014. Matthews is coming off a season with 804 yards on 73 receptions and three touchdowns.
The addition of Jeffery and Smith will hopefully elevate Matthews' play, as he takes a place on the hot seat on the Eagles depth chart. If the combination of Jeffery and Smith can put some positive pressure on Matthews to produce on the field, Matthews could potentially have one of his best seasons in his young career.