The Philadelphia Eagles receivers have been an absolute disaster over the past two seasons. This franchise should make signing a receiver in the 2021 NFL free agency a top priority. Highly-priced veterans like Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson couldn’t stay on the field. High draft picks like JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Jalen Reagor have been underwhelming (especially JJAW) during their tenures in Philly as well. For Jalen Hurts to succeed with the Eagles, he needs to have the right pieces around him. With the Eagles in a challenging financial position, here are some cheap receivers that the Eagles could look to sign during the 2021 NFL free agency.
2021 NFL Free Agency: 5 Possible Receivers for the Eagles
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams
Josh Reynolds has been with the Los Angeles Rams the past four seasons, where he’s reeled in 113 catches for 1,450 yards and nine touchdowns. Reynolds clearly has talent, but Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods overshadowed him in a loaded receiving corps. If he signs with Philly during the 2021 NFL free agency, Reynolds could have the opportunity to see regular playing time and reach his full potential. Reynolds is good in open-space as a slot receiver but has struggled with drops at points in his career. He put up career highs in 2020, including 52 catches for 618 yards.
Damiere Byrd, New England Patriots
In his first season with the New England Patriots, Damiere Byrd took advantage of the opportunity to see regular playing time. Having signed a one-year deal, Byrd is now a free agent. Byrd is elite in open space and could also be a punt returner for Philadelphia.
Not to mention, going from Cam Newton to Jalen Hurts should be an upgrade in terms of hitting receivers in open space. 2020 was the best year of Byrd’s career as he recorded 47 catches for 604 yards and one touchdown. He’s a versatile weapon the Eagles could sign in the 2021 NFL free agency.
Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars
A four-year veteran with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Keelan Cole now hits free agency for the first time in his career. Cole has shown flashes of greatness but has yet to break out consistently. While he won’t be a pro-bowler, he could still be a solid third option for the Eagles as an upgrade over Greg Ward Jr. In four seasons with the Jaguars, Cole caught 159 passes for 2,242 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns. 2017 and 2020 were the best years of his career where he recorded 748 and 642 receiving yards respectively. Again, Cole is nothing special, but could still produce on a cheap contract.
Demarcus Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs
In five years with the Kansas City Chiefs, Demarcus Robinson proved he can play at a high level. However, in a loaded receiving corps, he was never able to get consistent playing time. Someone whom the Eagles were rumored to be targeting last year, Robinson has great hands and big play ability. Not to mention, he will probably be relatively cheap. If he chooses to sign with the Eagles, it will be interesting to see if he can break out with regular playing time. Since 2017, he’s caught 120 passes for 1,415 yards and 11 touchdowns, while catching passes from Patrick Mahomes. He could be a nice target during the 2021 NFL free agency.
Kendrick Bourne, San Francisco 49ers
A relatively unknown receiver, Kendrick Bourne has been solid with the San Francisco 49ers over the past four seasons. Getting the chance to play due to injuries, Bourne put up career highs of 49 catches and 667 yards, while catching two touchdowns in 2020. Bourne has never seen consistent playing time, but rarely drops, and can be an effective slot receiver. Over the past four seasons, Bourne has racked up 137 catches for 1,769 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Philadelphia Eagles receiving core is one of several issues for this team and hopefully, Howie Roseman can sign some cheap receiving options in the 2021 NFL free agency.
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