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Eagles Rule Out One Method of Trading for WR Help

Devon Platana
The Philadelphia Eagles have ruled out one method when it comes to trading for more wide receiver help.
The Philadelphia Eagles have ruled out one method when it comes to trading for more wide receiver help. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

There's no putting it lightly: the Philadelphia Eagles' aerial attack in 2020 was straight-up awful. The Eagles averaged just 207.9 passing yards per game last year, which ranked fifth worst across the NFL. While fans were hoping things would change in 2021, it's clear the team could still use some help.

While some would suggest that the Eagles should go out and acquire a receiver, things aren't that simple. Eagles beat writer Mike Kaye reported on Sunday that Philadelphia has ruled out trading draft capital for players this season. In other words, don't expect any new wideouts to line up for the Eagles unless they're acquired in a player-for-player trade.

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With their current roster, the Eagles will enter the 2021 NFL season without a clear-cut No. 1 wideout. Rookie DeVonta Smith is likely the team's best bet to assume the role, especially after recording 117 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns with the Alabama Crimson Tide last year. However, he's still unproven at the NFL level.

Travis Fulgham finished the 2020 season as the Eagles' top receiver, but he only had 539 yards and 4 touchdowns, which says a lot about the team's situation. In fact, Fulgham and fourth-year tight end Dallas Goedert were the only Philadelphia pass-catchers to surpass 500 yards last year.

Considering how the team's WR room is nearly identical to last season's (apart from Smith), it wouldn't be surprising to see the Eagles passing game struggle once again.

Kaye also listed New York Jets WR Keelan Cole and Arizona Cardinals WR Andy Isabella as potential trade targets. Cole had 642 receiving yards and 5 TDs in 16 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020, so it may make more sense for the Eagles to go after the proven commodity. Nevertheless, there are also available veteran free agents such as Golden Tate and Danny Amendola.

Unless something changes, Philadelphia could struggle in 2021. FanDuel Sportsbook is projecting them to finish as the NFC East's last-place team at +450 odds.

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