—August 15th isn't the time to panic when it comes to injuries, but when Ian Rapoport put out a tweet on Monday concerning the possibility of Alshon Jeffery starting the season on the PUP list, it certainly grabbed peoples attention.
Now, this seems like a typical "throw shit up against the wall and maybe it will stick" type of report.
He "could" land on the PUP or he "could not."
Not a lot of validity in that tweet. But it does make you think about the wide receiver position as a whole.
I came across a Philly.com article by Jeff McLane where he highlighted his most valuable/least valuable performers during camp.
Two of the five least valuable players he listed were Mack Hollins and Kamar Aiken...
Mack has done a lot of dancing this offseason, but apparently he hasn't done a lot of developing. He is also hurt, so I am assuming he won't play Thursday night.
Kamar Aiken is battling for the 5th or possibly 6th wide receiver position, but according to McLane "he didn’t take advantage of chances with the first two units."
Should we be concerned?
Rapoport's “report” was shaky at best. There's no reason to believe that Alshon will start the season on the PUP list...
It wouldn't be a complete shock if Jeffery were to miss week 1—he did have rotator cuff surgery on February 21st after all—but even that isn't for sure.
In the event that Alshon Jeffery were to miss time, the Eagles would still be OK.
The good news from McLane's article was the postive comments about Mike Wallace and Shelton Gibson.
We have heard a lot of good things about Wallace as of late..
Wallace caught 52 balls for 748 yards a season ago. That was only 41 yards less than Alshon. I'm not saying Wallace is Alshon Jeffery, but he is certainly an upgrade over Torrey Smith.
I also wrote about the possibility of a true breakout season for Nelson Agholor. That possibility would only increase without Alshon on the field. Agholor is more than capable of taking his game to the next level.
Mack Hollins is leaving the door wide open for guys like Shelton Gibson.
Gibson stood out in the first preseason game. He had 130 total yards (77 receiving, 53 return yards) and a touchdown..
Greg Ward was another camp standout, but can he translate what he's doing in practice to the actual game?
Veterans Kamar Aiken and Markus Wheaton will need to show something.. quickly.
As of now, the wide receiver position is NOT a concern.They don't need to sign Dez Bryant, or make any other rash decision.
However, it is a position to watch in tomorrow night's preseason game from foxborough.
With the injuries there is plenty of opportunities sitting out there. It's very possible that the Eagles keep six wide receivers, at least to start the season.