Somewhat out of the blue, a trade was completed between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans. The centrepiece of the trade, is the tantalisingly frustrating Wide Receiver Dorial Green Beckham heading to the city of brotherly love for Offensive Lineman Dennis Kelly. Here we look at both sides of this intriguing trade.
The Eagles who already have half an eye on 2017 and beyond, as evidenced by their trade for the 2nd Overall in order to select Carson Wentz, will be delighted to score a potentially game changing talent in Green-Beckham who proved in his short bursts last season that he can be a dominant Wide Receiver in the NFL. DGB was primarily used last season as a Red Zone target due to his enormous and freakishly athletic frame, but gradually got worked into the Titans rotation towards the end of the season. Doug Pederson will certainly welcome the extra talent with Jordan Matthews the only proven Wide Receiver on the squad; so there’s plenty of opportunity for Green-Beckham to impress the coaching staff and work his way into their starting plans for 2016 and the future. Given the price that the Eagles paid and their intention to really build for the future, this trade makes a whole lot of sense in the short and long term.
The Titans on the other hand, must have come to the end of their tether with the highly talented but erratic WR, and decided to add depth on the Offensive Line with Dennis Kelly appearing to only be of back-up quality. His departure does leave the Titans with questions at WR; many would believe that Rishard Matthews is now the No1 guy though Tajae Sharpe zealots (if you can be a zealot two weeks into the preseason) will now be predicting big things for the fifth-round rookie out of UMass who has a lot of upside if given the opportunities. Kendall Wright can also be a useful tool, if not an especially exciting one, it could mean that there is an extra space for Justin Hunter, Andre Johnson, Harry Douglas or UDFA’s Reece Horn or Ben Roberts latch-on come the time for Tennessee to trim from 90 to 75 and eventually down to 53. One player likely to see a bump (in targets and opportunities as well as the slightly more nebulous fantasy ADP) will be TE Delanie Walker. Walker is the by far best and most reliable pass catcher on this team and could be in line to surpass last year’s career year totals.
All in all it looks like the Eagles have more to gain from this trade than the Titans, but we aren’t Flies on the Tennessee wall to see what else may have influenced them letting go of the enigmatic Wide Receiver. But if all goes to plan then Wentz and Green-Beckham may be a combination that will be heard in Philadelphia for years to come.
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