Randle caught eight touchdowns for the Giants in 2015 but was up and down during his time in New York, and did not generate a ton of demand in free agency. He ended up signing a one-year deal worth just over $1 million to join the Eagles in the hopes of proving that concerns about his approach to the game were based largely on misunderstandings.
We had the Givens news a bit ago, but that piece thought Randle may be safe - wasn't the case. Randel didn't show a lot of enthusiasm during preseason games and those who follow the team said he never really stood out at practice. Paul Turner was having a real nice camp and stood out in preseason games and likely played a big part in the Eagles decisions. Dorial Green-Beckham caught a red zone TD on Saturday and it looks like he's going to have a role quicker than most thought. Josh Huff also displayed some playmaking skills Saturday and should make the team.
The longest reception by an Eagles wideout went for 10 yards in their opening preseason game. It belonged to Paul Turner, an undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech, who also was the team's leading receiver for the evening, with six catches for 34 yards.
None of them did. Turner was the lone bright spot. Eagles quarterbacks passed for 114 yards, with several drops.
The Eagle receivers couldn't get a lot of separation against the Bucs. Randle played uninspired, admitting camp has taken a toll on him. Agholor played 32 snaps and was target twice but didn't catch a pass. This is an area to watch for potential fantasy owners to hopefully see some improvement in their next contest. Outside of Matthews, there isn't a lot of excitement from a fantasy standpoint right now.
In some ways, Chris Givens is the exact kind of receiver that the Andy Reid version of the West Coast Offense has utilized since the big guy entered the NFL’s head coaching ranks in 1999.
In his first two years in Kansas City, Reid didn’t have an all-around receiver better than Jordan Matthews (sorry, Dwayne Bowe), but he did have at least one guy who could run straight down the field and draw safety help. You've probably heard it referred to as the 'X' receiver, i.e., the guy who lines up on the line of scrimmage on the weak side of the formation, the side without the tight end.
The position of WR is a cause for concern in Philly and outside of Matthews there isn't a ton of fantasy potential right now. But things can change. Givens likely isn't going to be a starter but it seems the team will try to use his speed and mix him in with Agholor and Randle on the outside with Matthews mostly in the slot.