It seems the New York Giants NFC East rival Eagles are still trying to undo the damage that Chip Kelly did to their offense.
The Eagles' offense feel off precipitously after losing (or casting off) DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, and Jeremy Maclin over the course of Kelly's tenure as head coach. The apparent belief that his offensive schemes would transcend the talent on the field ultimately seemed to end Kelly's time as head coach, with the office going to Doug Pederson in the NFL's annual coaching carousel.
The Eagles quickly moved to solidify their defense, but their offense still appeared to lack weapons, particularly on the outside. They added former Giant Rueben Randle late in free agency. And despite positive reviews early in the offseason program, Randle has drawn criticism as camp has gone on.
Tuesday morning they made a move to add another potential weapon to their offense.
Eagles announced they have acquired WR Dorial Green-Beckham from Tennessee Titans in exchange for G/T Dennis Kelly.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 16, 2016
Kelly is a former fifth round pick and has backed up the guard and tackle spots for the Eagles. But for the Giants, the bigger concern is Dorial Green-Beckham.
There's a connection there too. "DGB" is a massive receiver in the mold of Plaxico Burress at 6 feet, 6 inches 230 pounds, and was drafted by the Titans with the 40th overall pick in the 2015 draft, a pick traded by the Giants to move up and select Landon Collins.
Green-Beckham's sheer size made him an impact player at Missouri, but significant off-field issues got him dismissed from the program after a fantastic sophomore season. There were also reports that he didn't take coaching well in college, and that seemed to follow him to Tennessee.
#Titans are upset w/ how Green-Beckham responded to demands. Told to work harder in offseason, came in out of shape. Didn't improve. #Eagles— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) August 16, 2016
Ultimately it's a curious move. The Eagles' offensive line appears to be in decline and their depth could be very important considering Sam Bradford's injury history and Carson Wentz's current injury. At the same time, DGB's reported issues with coaching -- not to mention problems styaing on the straight and narrow -- are interesting considering the criticisms of Rueben Randle.
If he can put it all together, his size, long strides, and catch radius pose a problem for secondaries. But if he remains lackadaisical in his route running, along with Rueben Randle, then ballhawks like Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Darian Thompson could be in for a couple big games.