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Who Will Be Catching Passes For Carson Wentz In 2018?

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Carson Wentz Has Thrived In 2017 With His New Offensive Weapons, But Are They Here To Stay?

Who will be catching passes for Wentz in 2018? The answer to that is not as simple as you may think. Several players are up for free agency and others are potential cap causalities that may be cut. These players include Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Brent Celek, and Trey Burton.

Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery, who signed a one year, $9.5 million deal last offseason, is the Eagles #1 priority in the 2018 offseason. Through nine games, Alshon has had 34 catches for 500 yards and five touchdowns. Based on those numbers Alshon is projected to end with 60 catches for 889 yards and 9 touchdowns. That would be his highest total in each category since 2014. Not exactly eye-popping #1 WR numbers, however in the last three weeks, Alshon has shown improvement. He has had 10 catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Alshon looks to be gaining a rapport with his quarterback Carson Wentz. Howie Roseman will inevitably get the deal done, but does Alshon deserve WR #1 money? In 2015, wide receivers Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas both received a five year, $70 million dollar contracts. 

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith will be a $5 million dollar cap hit in 2018. If Smith is cut, the Eagles would gain all $5 million back to the salary cap. Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas are going to have a tough decision here due to the young talent at wide receiver. The Eagles currently have young guns in Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson, and Marcus Johnson. Torrey Smith’s current production of 15 catches for 221 yards and 1 TD isn’t what it needs to be, so he could be the odd man out in 2018.

Brent Celek and Trey Burton

The tight end position at first glance looks good since Zach Ertz, who the Eagles have signed until 2021, is having a breakout season. Unfortunately, that is not the case since Head Coach Doug Pederson likes to run multiple formations that include double tight end sets. Brent Celek, a veteran tight end, and fan favorite is one of the few players who made the 53 man roster for Coach Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, and now Doug Pederson. Celek’s contract was structured to have a potential out next offseason, saving the Eagles $6 million in cap space. Due to Celek’s long tenure in Philadelphia, I feel he will retire as an Eagle after the 2018 season.

That only leaves Trey Burton, a pass catching specialist, who filled in nicely for Zach Ertz in week 8 versus the 49ers with two catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. We could see Trey Burton back in 2018 but he is looking to be the odd man out here in Philadelphia.


With the tight end position as the biggest question mark, what will the Eagles do to fill the void? Get a tight end through the draft or free agency? They may not have to. Undrafted FA WR Billy Brown, turned a lot of heads with great hands in the offseason. He could be the replacement the Eagles are looking for. 

Billy is making the transition from wide receiver to tight end and will look to improve upon his inline blocking and muscle mass with Tight Ends coach Justin Peele. Brown has the ability to be what Trey Burton is this year for the Eagles. A pass-catching tight end who can line up and play outside or on the line of scrimmage.

Needless to say, Carson Wentz is having a career year in 2017. Wentz and company are primed to do so again in 2018 with a bevy of young talent that’s already on the Eagles roster. The 2018 NFL Draft will be beneficial to the future success of the team.