Eagles have competition at receiver

July, 1, 2014
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Following a 10-win season and an NFC East title, there are still many questions surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles.

Especially at wide receiver.

With the loss of DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant, the Eagles appear to be thin at wide receiver heading into the 2014 season. Jeremy Maclin is back from a torn ACL to pair with Riley Cooper. Arrelious Benn is competing against second-round pick Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt and third-round pick Josh Huff from Oregon.

Ifeanyi Momah is also in the mix with some others, including free agent Quron Pratt, who is wearing the No. 10 jersey formerly donned by Jackson.

"I'm doing everything now that I was doing before I got hurt," Maclin told the Press of Atlantic City. "I feel like I'm all the way back."

Cooper had 47 receptions for 835 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He improved steadily through the season.

"Riley has always had the physical tools to play at a high level," Eagles wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell told the Press of Atlantic City. "He's a big, physical receiver who plays hard and blocks very well. Riley just needed to gain some confidence."

Matthews and Huff have impressed coach Chip Kelly through organized team activities. They could receive snaps early in the regular season.

"I know Josh extremely well just because I had an opportunity to coach him [at Oregon] for three years," Kelly told reporters during OTAs. "He's big [5-foot-11, 206 pounds], he's physical, has a great work ethic and is an explosive player that really can change direction very, very quickly. I think he and Jordan have hit it off and really play off each other right now, so it's two good, young guys to go together."

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