4 fast free agent wide receivers the Eagles could sign

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By SportsRadio 94WIP

The Eagles are down a veteran wide receiver after Marquise Goodwin announced on Tuesday that he has decided to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season due to family health concerns surrounding COVID-19. 

The loss of Goodwin leaves the Eagles without both a veteran they were hoping they could count on to play if rookies like Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins and John Hightower aren’t ready. It also leaves them without one of the receivers they brought in this offseason to help add speed to their offense. 

With training camp already here, the options to replace Goodwin are limited, but here are four players that could make sense for the Eagles to bring in:

Paul Richardson: Richardson ran a pretty good 40-time at the NFL Combine in 2014, running it in 4.4 seconds. That speed has translated to being a deep threat at time in the NFL, as he has pulled in a catch of at least 40 yards in three of his six seasons. Richardson had his breakout season in 2017, finishing with 703 yards, 44 catches, six touchdowns and an average of 16.0 yards-per-catch. He has never been able to come close to that kind of production again, however, as he didn’t top 300 yards in either of his two seasons in Washington. 

Richardson ended the 2109 season on injured reserve with hamstring injuries, but is likely healthy now. Richardson has 64 games of NFL experience, including three playoff games. 

He wouldn’t have made sense for the Eagles as a priority free agent, but now that he has sat on the free agency market all offseason, taking a low-cost, low-risk chance on the 28-year old could be worth it. 

Taylor Gabriel: It is a little odd that Gabriel remains unsigned, considering the emphasis around the league right now on speed. Gabriel is undersized, just 5-foot-7, but has shown he can get behind defenses and stretch the field. His 2019 season wasn’t terrible, as he finished with 29 catches for 353 yard and four touchdowns in seven games, Gabriel has some loose ties to the Eagles coaching staff, as he was coached by Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta during the 2016 and 2017 season, and the Eagles hired Rich Scangarello this offseason — who worked under Shanahan in San Francisco and is expected to bring some elements of that offense to the Eagles. 

Gabriel feels like the closest thing the Eagles could get at this point to a Goodwin replacement. 

Tavon Austin: Eagles fans know Austin can still get behind defenses, as the veteran receiver got behind the Eagles’ defense late in the fourth quarter in the team’s Week 16 win over the Cowboys, but Dak Prescott missed him. Austin, 30-years old, didn’t do much in Dallas last season, finishing with just 13 catches for 177 yards and one touchdown. He would, however, bring some speed to the Eagles’ offense. 
Jarius Wright: Remember all those dumb jokes about how the Eagles receivers could field a track team? Well Wright would allow those jokes to continue, as he was a track star in high school, and ran a 4.4 40 at the 2012 NFL Combine. Wright’s career saw a bit of a revival in 2018 when he caught 43 passes for 447 yards, but after a down 2019, he remains unsigned. Wright isn’t the deep threat Goodwin could have been, but he does has 111 games of NFL experience — which is more games than all of the Eagles’ receivers not-named DeSean Jackson or Alshon Jeffery have combined. 
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