During the final day of OTA’s this past Friday, some reporters on scene noticed that Greg Ward was lining up as the Philadelphia Eagles staring slot receiver when the first team was taking reps. Obviously we’re only in June, so it’s not like grand conclusions can be made off a few random snaps, but it peaked some people’s interest nevertheless.
No offense to Ward, but a lot of people we’re hoping that newly appointed head coach Nick Sirianni would bring something a little bit different to the table when it came to the team’s slot receiver position. Sirianni was hailed as being a bit of a “WR guru” during his time in Indianapolis, and the Eagles are a team that is desperate for some added creativity within their offense.
While Ward has been serviceable for the Eagles since his rise from the practice squad into a starting role back during the 2019 season, it definitely feels like we’ve reached our peak level of productivity with the former college QB. Ward ranked 146th out of 153 qualified wideouts last season in terms of average yards per target – a testament to just how much explosiveness Ward lacks compared to other players around football.
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The slot position in an offense is typically reserved for guys who are extremely fast and gifted with the ball in their hands, neither of which really apply to Ward in the slightest.
Greg Ward as the Philadelphia Eagles starting slot WR in 2021? Not so fast.
As training camp picks up and Sirianni starts fielding more open competition amongst the WR depth chart, I’m hopeful that the Eagles are open to moving off of Ward.
Keep reading to see what other options they could turn to: