Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/7/13
Despite losing a second veteran wide receiver for the season to a knee injury the Eagles still have no plans to acquire an experienced big-name veteran receiver at this point according to a league source familiar with their thinking. Arrelious Benn originally a second-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2010 tore his left ACL during practice on Tuesday 10 days after starter Jeremy Maclin tore his right ACL during practice on the same field at the NovaCare Complex. The injuries have left the Eagles perilously thin at wide receiver and with very little experience at the position. Maclin the third wideout taken in the 2009 draft is one of 12 receivers in NFL history with at least 50 catches for 750 yards in each of his first four seasons. Benn the fourth receiver taken in the 2010 draft had 59 catches for 862 yards and five touchdowns in three injury-plagued seasons with the Buccaneers. Other than starter DeSean Jackson a two-time Pro Bowl pick and Jason Avant who is considered exclusively a slot receiver at this point in his career the Eagles do not have a wide receiver with 50 career receptions. The only other receivers on the roster with more than three career catches are fourth-year pro Riley Cooper (46 for 659 five TDs) who returned to practice on Tuesday; 23-year-old speedster Damaris Johnson (19 for 256 as a rookie last year); and 24-year-old Greg Salas (27 for 264 in 2011 with the Rams). Nick Miller caught three passes for 40 yards with the Raiders in 2010 and Ifeanyi Momah Russell Shepard and Will Murphy are all undrafted rookie free agents. As of now Jackson and Cooper are the projected starters with Avant in the slot and Johnson the first outside receiver off the bench. Shepard took reps with the first offense outside during Cooper’s four-day layoff. The Eagles are likely to add one or two wide receivers in the next couple days but they are expected to be young street free agents or young veterans with a year or two of experience and some upside.
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