By Peter Gleason
So who’s the Eagles’ No. 2 receiver?
Alshon Jeffery, signed as a free agent, is obviously No. 1.
However, five players will battle to earn the No. 2 spot.
The favorite to land this position is former 49ers and Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (above). Brought in as a free agent during the offseason, Smith has the speed and experience that Birds have been looking for. After going a couple of seasons with young, inexperienced receivers leading the charge, the Eagles could now look to experienced players after the issues that plagued them the last few seasons.
Other potential options if the Eagles want to avoid putting their rookies into the spotlight this season are Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham.
Both Agholor and DGB started last season for the Eagles but their production was woeful. Going back to these two would almost be admitting failure in their draft process and free agent evaluations.
The other two main options that the Eagles could consider for No. 2 are draftees Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. While the two players possess solid levels of talent asking either to take a starting role this soon into their NFL careers could prove to much for the two mid-to-late round draft picks.
If all goes according to plan, expect to see Torrey Smith playing opposite Alshon Jeffery in the Eagles offense in September.