The Philadelphia Eagles have plenty of depth at wide receiver, but that depth took a huge hit in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson both exited the game with separate injuries and are expected to miss multiple games. Nelson Agholor left portions of Sunday’s loss but he returned.
At one point the Eagles had just two active wide receivers and one active tight end, not exactly the ideal situation for any NFL team. Philadelphia is expected to have Agholor, second-round pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside and 2017 fourth-round pick Mack Hollins as their only wide receivers on the roster for Sunday.
The Eagles are going to have to add a wide receiver (or two) for the next few weeks. Here are the top free agent and internal options:
Free Agents (w/last team)
If the Eagles promote someone on the practice squad, Ward deserves his chance. The Eagles decided to keep just five receivers this summer, leaving Ward without a roster spot after an excellent preseason. The Eagles can slide Ward into the slot for extra depth, which would free Nelson Agholor to interchange on the outside and in the slot throughout the game. Ward has been with the Eagles for the past three years and he knows the system.
Green was signed to the Eagles practice squad in September as he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of this year’s draft. He had 202 catches for 2,698 yards and 23 touchdowns at Louisiana-Monroe, but didn’t get an opportunity thanks to injuries. The Eagles promoting Green is a long shot, but the coaching staff does like him.