Eagles Welcome Markus Wheaton To Wide Receiver Mix

Eagles Welcome Markus Wheaton To Wide Receiver Mix”

The Eagles did not add a running back like many expected them to in the draft and promptly re-signed free agent running back Darren Sproles to a one-year contract.

The Steelers selected Wheaton in the third round of the 2013 draft and allowed him to take on an expanded role each of his first three seasons in the league. Wheaton had just three catches in one season with the Bears. Wheaton played 11 games last season for the Chicago Bears but only managed three receptions for 51 yards.

The 5-11, 189-pound brings experience playing from both the outside and the slot in his five-year National Football League career. In 2015, his best season in the NFL, Wheaton averaged 17 yards-per-catch on his 44 catches.

There's no clear path for Wheaton to see the field. Wheaton will essentially be trying out for the Eagles this offseason.

He'll have, at the very least, an opportunity to impress coaches and extend his career. If he looks like the player he was early on his career, he could prove to be a steal, much like some of the Eagles' veteran signings were last offseason.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, he thrived in the shuttle drills ranking fourth among receivers with a 4.02-second 20-yard shuttle and second with an 11.16-second 60-yard shuttle. The Eagles need speed receivers on the outside, and Wheaton fits the bill as a low-risk, high-reward signing.

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