Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Wallace could be surprise 1,000-yard receiver in 2018

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As crazy as it sounds, Mike Wallace could end up being a surprise 1,000-yard receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2018 season.

Whether it ends up being Carson Wentz or Nick Foles under center come September, Doug Pederson is confident enough in the Philadelphia Eagles still being one of the top teams to beat in the NFC, no matter what.

On paper, the Eagles’ offense is loaded with all sorts of talent for either quarterback to work with, and even though Torrey Smith is no longer part of the picture, the team has high expectations for veteran Mike Wallace.

After spending the previous two seasons as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Wallace ended up signing with the Super Bowl champions in the offseason as somewhat of a replacement to Smith when it comes to a speedy deep threat.

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As difficult as it was to trade Smith to the Carolina Panthers a few months ago, Philadelphia also knew this was a necessary move to help clear up some space in the salary cap department.

Not to mention, when seeing how the Eagles were able to sign Wallace to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, this seemed like an absolute steal for the organization. From Wallace’s perspective, the veteran wideout understands that he’s not getting any younger, and the window for him to win a Super Bowl before it’s time to call it a career is quickly closing in.

In other words, this seemed to be one of those situations in which Wallace would be willing to take the necessary pay cut to join a team with a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl. And while some Philadelphia fans didn’t consider this one of the more exciting moves, Wallace could end up making more of an impact than originally expect.

Believe it or not, the possibility of Wallace breaking the 1,000-yard receiving mark shouldn’t be ruled out either when looking at some of the numbers he put together over the last two years as a member of the Ravens.

Wallace may only have found the end zone eight times since the 2016 season, but the fact that he caught 124 passes for 1,765 yards is one of a few reasons behind the decision by the Eagles to bring him on board.

With Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor leading the way in the receiving department, Wallace could even benefit from seeing additional passes thrown in his direction if opposing defenses focus on the whereabouts of his new teammates.

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Saying a veteran receiver that will be 32 by the time September rolls around could be a 1,000-yard receiver sounds like a bold prediction, but Wallace’s recent production shows it may not be that crazy of a prediction after all while helping the Eagles repeat as champions.