Wentz enters his second season with a bevy of new and improved receiving options, including offseason signings Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, as well as rookie fifth-rounder Shelton Gibson. Along with those pass-catchers, Jordan Matthews (knee), Nelson Agholor, Bryce Treggs, Zach Ertz and Trey Burton have also joined Wentz in his home state to work on their chemistry this week. In doing so, the Eagles' offensive contingent will hope to vastly improve on last season's mark of 6.2 yards per passing attempt, which topped just one team league-wide.
The Eagles don't want to release Mathews with a failed physical designation, which likely would require a significant injury settlement, given his $4 million base salary. Mathews also has some incentive to hurry things along, as he'll have a better chance of making an impact this season if he finds a new team before the start of training camp. The Eagles seem content to move forward with LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey in the backfield.
Hicks suffered a hand injury during a non-football related activity, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports.
Hicks, who got married last Saturday, reportedly suffered an undisclosed hand injury during his honeymoon in Greece. At worst, he's looking at a four-week timeline for recovery, so he should be on the field for the opening of training camp July 27.
Hollins stands to benefit from Friday's release of Dorial Green-Beckham, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Hollins, a 6-4, 221-pound deep threat, was selected by the Eagles in the fourth round of this year's draft. That came despite his senior season being restricted to seven games by a collarbone injury. Although Philadelphia also added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to its receiving ranks this offseason, and still features Jordan Matthews (knee) prominently, Hollins figures to get every opportunity to push them and the underwhelming Nelson Agholor for playing time -- a sentiment DGB's release supported Friday. Although it's difficult to know what to expect from Hollins out of the gate, his 20.6 yards per catch and 20 touchdowns across his final 33 college games leaves plenty of intrigue ahead of training camp.
Johnson figures to benefit from Friday's release of wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Johnson was undrafted out of Texas and released following the preseason last year, but he signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles in January in hopes of making the team this time around. Not only did Johnson impress when handed an expanded role while Jordan Matthews (knee) was sidelined for most of OTAs, but his progress has now been rewarded with a slide up Philadelphia's depth chart upon DGB's release. Of course, the 22-year-old will need to maintain his improved level to earn a roster spot ahead of the upcoming campaign, but Friday's transaction seems to favor his chances.