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Thu, 23 May 2013 15:21:26 -0700
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly confirmed that he prefers larger and taller players at most positions on his team, but he's in favor of protecting his smaller players like WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson touched the ball progressively less in each of his five NFL seasons in part because the team worried about keeping him healthy. Jackson only played in five games last year because of fractured ribs and only scored one touchdown. He hopes he can go back to being extremely productive in the team's new offense with larger players creating mismatches for their opponents. "I'm challenging myself to be able to play every position," said Jackson, who's been hinting all offseason that he could be lining up in the backfield as well. "There might be a play or a different position where I normally would not line up or be in, but the leeway of the offense gives us the opportunity to go inside and outside and things like that, so I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to learn the whole offense and be in different spaces throughout the game."
Twelve of the team's receivers on the roster are 6-foot-1 or taller, including WRs Arrelious Benn (6-foot-6), Greg Salas (6-foot-1) and Riley Cooper (6-foot-3). Kelly hopes to make opponents pay if they decide to double team Jackson or jam him at the line of scrimmage. Having bigger receivers outside to block should also help the running game. WR Russell Shepard, an undrafted rookie, will have the same opportunity as Benn to prove himself. "I was on the front line on kickoffs, I played running back, I played quarterback, I played receiver," Shepard said. "So (the versatility) is giving me more of an opportunity of making this 53-man roster."
Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners should expect Kelly to try and involve Jackson more in an offense that should cater to Jackson's wishes to touch the ball more often and score more frequently. Jackson has been a frustrating play in point-per-reception formats in his career, but that could be changing. Until we know more about how he may be involved in this new scheme, consider him a midrange No. 3 wideout.
Fri, 17 May 2013 15:06:27 -0700
Philadelphia Eagles WRs Riley Cooper and Arrelious Benn may have to compete for one roster spot during training camp. Both are bigger receivers that can block and play special teams.
Sat, 06 Apr 2013 11:24:19 -0700
Philadelphia Eagles WR Arrelious Benn is expected to help out on special teams next season because he has experience as a return man as well as on kick coverage.
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:46:10 -0700
Philadelphia Eagles WR Arrelious Benn said he was ready to move on from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I was expecting it," Benn said of the trade. "I wanted to move forward. I didn't want to be there."
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:50:46 -0700
The Philadelphia Eagles signed WR Arrelious Benn to a one-year contract extension Thursday, Mar. 21. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.
Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:49:42 -0700
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired WR Arrelious Benn and a 2013 seventh-round pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, March 15, in exchange for a 2013 sixth-round pick and a conditional pick in 2014.
Fantasy Tip: Benn has been slowed by multiple injuries in his career, but if he can remain healthy, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him flash glimpses of effectiveness in Chip Kelly's new regime. Benn isn't worth considering in most drafts, but keep an eye on how he fits into this new offense in offseason workouts and training camp.
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:29:04 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are shopping WR Arrelious Benn. Benn was a second-round pick in 2010.
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:36:36 -0800
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Arrelious Benn (knee) re-injured the same knee that he hurt in training camp that resulted in him being placed on Injured Reserve Thursday, Nov. 22.
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:57:07 -0800
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday, Nov. 22, they have placed WR Arrelious Benn (shoulder) on Injured Reserve.
Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:28:18 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Arrelious Benn (shoulder), S Ahmad Black (illness), S Cody Grimm (hamstring) and CB Eric Wright (Achilles') did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 21.
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